In the garden of exquisite flowers at the bank of a river
The Bliss-gone honey-bees are sitting on the flowers,
Totally beautifying the garden and emitting the sound of the Dharma drum,
And the whole garden manifests as if listening to the holy Dharma with respect...
The forest, as if it were the clear sky shining with stars and planets,
Is peaceful and rich with the ornament of garlands of virtues.
It is beautified with the glories of nature.
Such prosperity never exists even in the heaven of Brahma.
Trees carry loads of fruits and leaves.
Gardens provide different pleasures in the four seasons .
Rivers emit various music sweet to hear.
Forests are ornamented by ascetics in contemplation.
From the sounds of trees touched by winds,
Birds, bees, and deer
Hear the pacifying holy Dharma in Brahma voice.
These sights make blossom the thousand-petalled flower of faith.
It seems that all the virtuous karma perfected in the past,
And the blessings of the kindness of the holy ones
Have entered the beings of this land,
And that the samsaric ocean is going to end.
- Longchen Rabjam
If you're looking for a review of the 70's Tong Qing Hao (sample thanks to The Essence of Tea), you won't find it here. I made no notes. Instead I read some Longchenpa, contemplated the matter of age and essence, and steeped myself in thankfulness. :)