The Offering

Last night in a dream I passed
Through a frightening world.
Today my being is lost.
I have stabbed a sharp dagger into my heart,
I have cut off my head and offered it,
A jewel on the white snow cap of Mount Kailash. [1] Set up my right hand on the peak of Magyal Pomra. [2]

Gave my left hand to the peak of Eternal Gangkar Riwo [3] Sent my right foot to Lake Kokonor. [4] Stuck my left foot in Lake Manasarovar. [5] Though this fully-endowed human body is hard to obtain,
I make an offering of the seed of its parts everywhere.

Footnotes

  • [1] Situated in the far west of the plateau, Mount Kailash is considered a sacred place by Tibetans of both the Buddhist and Bon faith, to whom it is known as “Kang Rinpoche”, or “Jewel of Snows”. The mountain is also regarded as sacred in Hindu India where it is renowned as “Kailasa Parbat”, or Mountain of Shining Crystal.
  • [2] Situated in the Golok territory of north eastern Tibet, Amnye Machen mountain is the residence of Tibet’s most powerful guardian spirits known as Machen Pomra and is regarded as a sacred place and pilgrimage destination, particularly for Tibetan people.
  • [3] Towering high above the river gorges of far south eastern Tibet the mountain Minyak Gangkar, also known as Gangkar Riwo (Gonga Shan in Chinese) is a sacred place for Tibetans, both Buddhist and Bon-po, and a pilgrimage destination.
  • [4] Towering high above the river gorges of far south eastern Tibet the mountain Minyak Gangkar, also known as Gangkar Riwo (Gonga Shan in Chinese) is a sacred place for Tibetans, both Buddhist and Bon-po, and a pilgrimage destination.
  • [5] Towering high above the river gorges of far south eastern Tibet the mountain Minyak Gangkar, also known as Gangkar Riwo (Gonga Shan in Chinese) is a sacred place for Tibetans, both Buddhist and Bon-po, and a pilgrimage destination.

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