I've worried that the love will weaken my practice
- Poetry of Tsangyang Gyatso

《曾虑多情损梵行》

- Last updated: 2024-03-22 16:03:22

I've worried that the love will weaken my practice by Tsangyang Gyatso
中文原文

曾虑多情损梵行入山又恐别倾城。

世间安得双全法不负如来不负卿。


English Translation

I've worried that the love will weaken my practice,

trying to seclude in the mountain but fearing to lose you.

Where could i find a way to get you and the Enlightenment both?

So i won't let you and the Buddha down in this dew-like world.

By Tsangyang Gyatso

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