Gendun Chopel at age twelve, is said to have written two of these poems when he was twelve. Only one such poem by him survives.

where he writes:

Refined subtle essence purified by fire,

A body where infinite light- forms converge as one.

You are teacher, the taught, the audience.


It is unclear whether this is one of his youthful works; that it is dedicated to a famous Nyingma lama.

It was translated by Donald S. Lopez Jr, here’s the original Tibetan one. a grid of squares, eighteen by eighteen, is drawn, and a syllable is placed in each square such that the syllables can be read as a poem in multiple directions.


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