The Eight Verses of Training the Mind.

Buddhism, Spirituality

The Eight Verses of Training the Mind.

With the intention to attain

The ultimate, supreme goal

That surpasses even the wish-granting jewel,

May I constantly cherish all living beings.

Whenever I associate with others,

May I view myself as the lowest of all;  

And with a perfect intention,  

May I cherish others as supreme.

Examining my mental continuum throughout all my actions,  

As soon as a delusion develops

Whereby I or others would act inappropriately,

May I firmly face it and avert it.

Whenever I see unfortunate beings

Oppressed by evil and violent suffering,

May I cherish them as if I had found

A rare and precious treasure.

Even if someone I have helped

And of whom I had great hopes

Nevertheless harms me without any reason,

May I see him as my holy Spiritual Guide.  

When others out of jealousy

Harm me or insult me,

May I take defeat upon myself

And offer them the victory.

In short, may I directly and indirectly

Offer help and happiness to all my mothers,

And secretly take upon myself

All their harm and suffering.

Furthermore, through all these method practices,

Together with a mind undefiled by stains of conceptions of the eight extremes

And that see’s all phenomena as illusory,

May I be released from the bondage of mistaken appearance and conception.   

By Geshe Langri Tangpa  (AD 1054 – 1123)