The ocean has always been a potent metaphor for mind. Our sailing meditation deepened with this teaching from Gampopa.
That minded self and thoughts are inseparable like water and waves. Waves are nothing but water. Water itself arises as waves and yet despite manifesting as waves it never is never anything other than the essence of water. Analogously every thought is at the very moment that is arises nothing but mind itself, empty clarity since mind itself is unimpeded in its manifestations, it can arise as any type of thought.
Below, Milarepa's similar poem for Peldar Blum is set to music against the backdrop of the Maine ocean. Lyric loosely adapted from the translation by Garma C. C. Chang and set to music by Winfield "Binny" Clark. Duet performed with Suzann Duquette.