26. To guard moral discipline
If, through a lack of moral discipline, / I can’t accomplish my own benefit,
Then any aspiration to achieve / the benefit of others is a joke.
To keep and guard my moral discipline / completely free from worldly in-ter-ests:
This is the way a bodhisattva trains.
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The paramita or transcending action of moral discipline is sometimes referred to as just discipline, or alternatively as morality or ethics, or any combination of these terms. The widely respected translator Lotsawa Tony Duff, in his fabulous online Tibetan-English dictionary The Illuminator, provides a very helpful explanation of what the Tibetan word tsul.trim really means and why “unfortunately, there is no single word that captures this particular flavor in English.” He feels “discipline” is the most accurate option, though still imperfect. I used “moral discipline” because that’s what Ken Holmes calls it in his translation of Ornament of Precious Liberation, and because it was easy to fit into the verse meter.Share on Facebook