VERSES COMMEMORATING THE GREAT POET JOHN GIORNO YESHE DORJE

Your marvelous birth took place in North America.
Bright, youthful, and open-minded,
You fortunately met the great terton and regent of
          Guru Padmasambhava, Lord Dudjom,
And contacted his lotus feet with unfailing devotion of
          body, speech, and mind.



Taken as a close student, this teacher bestowed
          empowerments and instructions,
And crowned you with the name Yeshe Dorje.
As the Lama wished, you established a Dharma center in the
          United States.
How amazing and fortunate you are John!



The excellent meanings of Dharma, wealth, desire, and liberation
          join together in a poem
Intoxicating body and mind with so much joy and deligh
That everyone freely sings sounds of happiness!
Your reputation for great poetry resounds around the globe!



In the space of your open and contented mind
The sun and moon of the yoga of the two stages
           inwardly shine clearly.
Externally, galaxies of beautifully composed poems shimmer.
Shooting stars of fearless yogi activities flash.



Dzogchen yogi Yeshe Dorje,
This brief, unfabricated, natural life story,
On the occasion of your celebration
Was written by your Dharma friend, Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal.

COMMEMORATION OF JOHN GIORNO LETTER COURTESY OF KHENPO TSEWANG DONGYAL

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Khenpo Tsewang Dongyal

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