Shabkar : Sky empty and luminous

Shabkar Tsogdruk Rangdrol (1781 – 1851 CE), born in northeastern Tibet, entered monastic studies at the age of eight, took full ordination at the age of 21, and became a wandering ascetic at the age of 25. He wrote extensively, and in the Tibetan tradition is considered second only to Milarepa in his yogic and poetic skills.

Sky empty and luminous
beyond all attachments,
Me, the setting sun
resplendent with light,
Will not remain at all.

I pass behind the western summit
To reappear again soon,
Above the mountains of the east.

Translation by Matthieu Ricard

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