From Jigten Sumgön’s “Cintamani Shastra”

Overall, if one merges Dharma and mind
and moisturizes one’s mental continuum with love and compassion,
what appears is an appearance of one’s own [mind].
Thereby, even the river of hot ashes “Unfordable One”
will be the elixir of the [heavenly] river “Gently Flowing”.


Note the irregular pattern of light and heavy syllables typical for Jigten Sumgöns poetry:
̮ ̱ ̱ ̮ ̱ ̮ ̱ ̮
̮ ̱ ̮ ̱ ̮ ̱ ̮ ̱ ̮
̮ ̱ ̮ ̱ ̮ ̱ ̮
̮ ̱ ̮ ̱ ̮ ̱ ̮
̮ ̱ ̱ ̮ ̱ ̮ ̱ ̮

Thanks to Sonam Spitz we were able to improve the translation: The river Vaitarani, which consists of hot ash and caustic liquid and, therefore, cannot be forded because one’s flesh falls off one’s bones when one enters it, is really the heavenly Ganga-river “Mandakini”. These are also mentioned in Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara (10.10, trl. Vesna and Alan Wallace):

By the power of my virtue, may those whose flesh has com-
pletely fallen off, whose skeletons are of the color of a white
jasmine flower, and who are immersed in the river Vaitarani
whose water is like fire, attain celestial bodies and dwell
with goddesses by the river Mandakini.

In the Bodhicaryavatara you pray that those who are tormented by the one may obtain the other (by birth in a heavenly realm). Jigten Sumgön explains that if you train the mind, the one IS the other — that is the power of practice!


Sherab Jungne’s Walking Stick

Except for this single teaching phrase, there is no other Dharma: “Samsara and nirvana are one’s mind.” I lean on this one stick – if it is there, [everything] is there. If it is lacking, [everything] lacks!”

Sherab Jungne (1187-1241), according to the biography by Rinchen Phüntshog, the sNyan pa’i ‘brug sgra, fol. 11v

ཆོས་ཚིག་གཅིག་པའི་ཆོས་ཀུན་གཞན་མེད་འཁོར་འདས་རང་སེམས། ཡོད་ན་ཡོད་ལ་མེད་ན་མེད་པའི་བེར་ཀ་གཅིག་བརྟེན།

All pleasure and pain are one’s own mind

Whatever pleasure and pain appear,
if you do not understand that it appears as your own [mind],
you remain an outsider to this teaching.
Thus, someone who wishes [to obtain] benefit and happiness,
makes efforts in the purification of his own mind!

Jigten Sumgön, Collected Works, vol. 4, p. 262 f.

བདེ་དང་སྡུག་བསྔལ་གང་སྣང་ཀུན།། རང་ཉིད་སྣང་བར་མ་གོ་ན། བསྟན་པ་འདི་ལས་ཕྱི་རོལ་བ།།
དེས་ན་ཕན་དང་བདེ་འདོད་པ།། རང་སེམས་དག་ལ་ནན་ཏན་བསྐྱེད།།

Nine lines on why it is not necessary to search for the view, practice, conduct, and result somewhere else

Homage to the Guru Jewel!
This uninterrupted stream of thoughts
is finally to be known as gnosis.
It is not necessary to search somewhere else for the view.
This undistracted ordinary consciousness
is finally to be known as practice.
It is not necessary to search somewhere else for the practice.
Your own mind, which has never been separate [from that],
is finally to be known as being the Buddha.
It is not necessary to search somewhere else for the result.

‘Jig-rten-mgon-po’i gSung ‘bum, vol. nga, pp. 173 f.

ན་མོ་རཏྣ་གུ་རུ། རྒྱུན་མི་འཆད་པའི་རྣམ་རྟོག་འདི། །ཡེ་ཤེས་ཡིན་པར་ད་གཟོད་ཤེས། །ལྟ་བ་ལོགས་ནས་བཙལ་མི་དགོས།
།ཐ་མལ་ཤེས་པ་ཡེངས་མེད་འདི། །སྒོམ་པ་ཡིན་པར་ད་གཟོད་ཤེས། །ཉམས་མྱོང་གཞན་ནས་བཙལ་མི་དགོས།
།འབྲལ་མ་མྱོང་གི་རང་སེམས་འདི། །སངས་རྒྱས་ཡིན་པར་ད་གཟོད་ཤེས། །འབྲས་བུ་གཞན་ནས་བཙལ་མི་དགོས།།

Message with great heart advice of instruction to Nag shod mKhan po

Except for practicing your own mind,
there is no other means of pleasing the guru!

‘Jig-rten-mgon-po’i gSung ‘bum, vol. nga, pp. 193