The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step

Nine Hurdles

 Nine Hurdles | Great Middle Way.

by Tashi Nyima



An autonomous, resourceful, and fully equipped body

that’s freed of the eight unfavorable states is not easy to get.

To get to the heart of this free and resourceful occasion

and to get past the pleasures of worldly life is not easy to do.

To see what is wrong with the phenomenon of samsara

and accomplish nirvana is not something easy to do.

Although one might practice true Dharma extensively,

the purest conductive conditions don’t easily join.

A Lama who masters instructions, scriptures, and logic

and has a compassionate heart is not easy to find.

A student with faith who does not get fed up or exhausted

and is able to actually practice is not easy to find.

A practice environment blessed with the proper conditions

free of all hazard and fear is not easy to find.

Friends with the same motivation and way to apply it,

whose thinking accords with your own are not easy to find.

A body that’s able to work with its pain and illness

and still do all you bid it is not easy to find.

Although you might get every one of these factors together,

to practice with one-pointed mind is not easy to do.

These are nine things which are difficult to come by.

They’re difficult, but it’s these difficult things you must do.


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