Saturday, July 15, 2006

byin brlabs

Another very common dharma word you see a lot in commentaries and verses is byin brlabs. This is commonly translated as blessing, but we will see later how to look at this from a different angle.

You see this in constructs such as requesting the teacher for blessings.

byin means to give, hand over. brlabs is related to waves. So it's a form of receiving waves of something given.

Alex Berzin actually translates byin brlabs as inspiration, we are not requesting something material that we will receive as blessing waves, rather we want to get the inspiration based on our teachers and past teachers. We want to achieve the same levels as them, and this inspires us.

I personally like this translation more, as it... inspires me.

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