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Offline thegchokgreg

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8 verses of mind training
« on: February 05, 2015, 06:32:58 am »
Eight Verses of Training the Mind

by Geshe Langri Thangpa

By thinking of all sentient beings
As more precious than a wish-fulfilling jewel
For accomplishing the highest aim,
I will always hold them dear.

Whenever I’m in the company of others,
I will regard myself as the lowest among all,
And from the depths of my heart
Cherish others as supreme.

In my every action, I will watch my mind,
And the moment destructive emotions arise,
I will confront them strongly and avert them,
Since they will hurt both me and others.

Whenever I see ill-natured beings,
Or those overwhelmed by heavy misdeeds or suffering,
I will cherish them as something rare,
As though I’d found a priceless treasure.

Whenever someone out of envy
Does me wrong by attacking or belittling me,
I will take defeat upon myself,
And give the victory to others.

Even when someone I have helped,
Or in whom I have placed great hopes
Mistreats me very unjustly,
I will view that person as a true spiritual teacher.

In brief, directly or indirectly,
I will offer help and happiness to all my mothers,
And secretly take upon myself
All their hurt and suffering.

I will learn to keep all these practices
Untainted by thoughts of the eight worldly concerns.
May I recognize all things as like illusions,
And, without attachment, gain freedom from bondage.

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Re: 8 verses of mind training
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2015, 03:46:13 pm »
Dear thegchokgreg,

Thank you for sharing this with us.

This is perfect and beautiful.

Thanks again.
The non-doing of any evil,
the performance of what's skillful,
the cleansing of one's own mind:
this is the teaching of the Awakened.

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Re: 8 verses of mind training
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2015, 11:41:41 am »
Indeed; these are among the most important teachings of the Kadampa Geshes.  I study them often.

Thanks!   :anjali:


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