Other translations:

Listening, Reflecting, and Meditating—an Aspiration

At the beginning, when by listening you cut through your superimpositions,
May you not be deceived by biased thoughts about friends and enemies,
May you not follow others blindly, nor speak without a basis for your words,
And may your knowledge of the true nature of reality increase.

In the middle, at the time of gaining certainty through reflection,
May you not be deceived by thoughts of appearing objects and their imputed names being the same thing,
May your own analyses not bind your own mindstream,
And may you gain certainty in the true nature, equality.

At the end, when you are practicing in meditation,
May you not be deceived by outer distractions of perceived and perceiver,
On the inside, may you not be bound by thoughts of refutations and proofs,
And may you rest naturally within the native state.

Composed by Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche
Translated by Ari Goldfield. Translation copyright 2012, Ari Goldfield.