自我教言 Self Guidelines
(巴楚仁波切) (by Patrul Rinpoche)
There are 3 things that I never forget:
Never forget virtuous teachers
Never forget merciful Buddha,
Never forget righteous thought and mindfulness.
There are 3 things I need to always remember:
Always remember teachers who transmit disciplines,
Always remember Buddha's teachings (that lead the paths of liberation),
Always remember disciplines and vows.
There are 3 things I need to keep:
Keep mind concentrated on practice and not be distracted,,
Keep body in dharma practice and not be distracted,
Keep mind in a relaxed state.
There are 3 things urgent to forget:
Urgent to forget friends who bring wrong desire,
Urgent to forget enemies who bring hatred,
Urgent to forget sleep that brings ignorance.
There are 3 situations I need to be prudent
Be prudent when speaking in public,
Be prudent when behaving in private,
Be prudent when observing my mind.
There are 3 things I need to keep secret of:
Keep secret of my virtues,
Keep secret of other's faults,
Keep secret of future plans.
Do not publicize 3 things:
Do not publicize the occasional renunciation,
Do not publicize any sly behavior,
Do not publicize my merits.
Do not go to 3 places:
Do not go to places of dispute and fight,
Do not go to places of crowd without right mindfulness,
Do not go to places of mundane entertainment.
Do not speak 3 things:
Do not speak dharma in front of non-believers,
Do not speak dharma experience without request,
Do not speak words of dishonest.
There are 3 actions I should not have:
Do not act emotional in front of friends,
Do not act capricious with promises,
Do not act deceptive or hypocritical.
There are 3 things I do not behave:
Do not feel proud and conceited,
Do not discuss faults behind one's back,
Do not disrespect other sentient beings.
There are 3 things I should not do:
Do not give property to those who are wealthy,
Do not trust those who are dishonest,
Do not disclose secrets to anyone.
There are 3 things I should not inspect:
Do not inspect female bodies,
Do not inspect friend's behaviors,
Do not inspect my own virtuous deeds.
There are 3 things I need to be compliant:
Be compliant with what friends say,
Be compliant with proper local apparel,
Mind is always in accordance with dharma.
There are 3 things I do not listen to:
Do not listen to other's praises about my virtuous deeds,
Do not listen to words from a person who is fickle and like the new,
Do not listen to teaching from a person who has no wisdom.
There are 3 things I do not wish to obtain:
Do not wish to obtain wealth from rich persons,
Do not wish to obtain high status,
Do not wish to obtain luxurious clothing.
There are 3 things I do not slander:
Do not slander a reputable person,
Do not slander items for sale,
Do not slander my virtuous teacher.
Do not praise 3 kinds of people:
Do not praise a scandalous person,
Do not praise a proud fool,
Do not praise a young child.
Do not slander nor praise 3 kinds of people:
Do not slander nor praise my family and relatives,
Do not slander nor praise an unfamiliar teacher,
Do not slander nor praise anyone.
There are many more guidelines like these.
In conclusion, it is important to constantly inspect myself,
for both dharma practice and mundane matters.