Gedun Choephel: Profound darkness


The profound darkness of a cinema
Our mind
The white light projected on a screen
‘Dharmata’, ‘sunyata’.
The various forms which appear in this light;
Illusory phenomena.
The queen, the star of the show,
Her many seductions,
Her tears and her laughter:
Her beauty and her ugliness,
Her love and her hate:
The chain of causality.

Gedun Choephel la in Nangtseshar prison. The original was reputedly destroyed. According to Jamyang Norbu this present version came from the memory of a lama in exile who knew Gedun Choephel well.