Six Words of Advice by Tilopa

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Tilopa

Six Words of Advice
༄༅། །གནད་ཀྱི་གཟེར་དྲུག།
nä kyi zer drug
six essential key points
by Tilopa
ཏི་ལོ་པ་
translated by Ken McLeod

མི་མནོ་
mi mno
Don’t recall                     Let go of what has passed
མི་བསམ་
mi bsam
Don’t imagine                 Let go of what may come
མི་སེམས་
mi sems
Don’t think                     Let go of what is happening now
མི་དཔྱོད་
mi dpyod
Don’t examine                Don’t try to figure anything out
མི་སྒོམ་
mi sgom
Don’t control                  Don’t try to make anything happen
རང་སར་བཞག་
rang sar bzhag
Rest                               Relax, right now, and rest
This advice consists of only six words in Tibetan. The translation to the left in bold letters was
developed to capture its brevity and directness. Some people prefer the translation to the right.
prepared by Michael K. Nisch