HYMN OF PRAISE I hold aloft the scepter of compassion, the diamond thunderbolt of love. Its' five prongs showing the five wisdoms, conquering the five passions. I must be worthy to uphold it. I hold aloft its' companion, the bell of wisdom, ringing freedom throughout the universes. I resolve never to separate from the perfect wisdom, to realize I cannot be separate. I will ring the bell throughout all worlds, throughout all lives. I hold them together to show the non-duality of wisdom and compassion, with every fiber of my being, throughout all worlds. I receive the bow and arrow, the bow of wisdom of selflessness, the arrow of communication, precise teaching, sending out the messages of wisdom to all beings. I shoot the arrow of freedom everywhere, in all directions, to slay the enemy of ignorance, and cynicism, and despair. I receive the wheel of majesty and truth. I vow to turn the wheel, to liberate all beings, to preserve their freedoms. I hold the gesture of sophisticated understanding, fine distinction between good and evil, beauty and ugliness. I uphold the book, the teaching of the Buddha Yamantaka, conqueror of death. I accept responsibility for the teaching. I remind all beings of the ground of freedom and the void. I hold in reverence the ornaments of our teacher, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, always with us in our hearts. The gesture of non-duality, the gesture of offering. I receive the radiant wish-fulfilling jewel, to uphold the teachings of the jewel clan of the Buddhas. I receive the vajra of the vajra clan. My hands are dancing gods and goddesses of worship. I receive the lotus of the lotus clan. I touch the earth. I uphold my vajra scepter and bell. I uphold the sword of the sword clan, turning envy into all accomplishing wisdom and its' teachings.