Eight Verses for Training the Mind

Eight Verses for Training the Mind, Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa (1054 -1123)

By thinking of all sentient beings as even better than the wish-granting gem for accomplishing the highest aim, may I always consider them precious.

Wherever I go, with whomever I go, may I see myself as less than all others, and from the depth of my heart, may I consider them supremely precious.

May I examine my mind in all actions, and as soon as a negative state occurs, since it endangers myself and others, may I firmly face and avert it.

When I see beings of a negative disposition or those oppressed by negativity or pain, may I, as if finding a treasure, consider them precious, for they are rarely met.

Whenever others, due to their jealousy, revile and treat me in other unjust ways, may I accept this defeat myself, and offer the victory to others.

When someone whom I have helped, or in whom I have placed great hope, harms me with great injustice, may I see him as a sacred friend.

In short, may I offer both directly and indirectly all joy and benefit to all beings, my mothers,and may I myself secretly take on all of their hurt and suffering.

May they not be defiled by the concepts of the eight mundane concerns,and aware that all things are illusory, may they, ungrasping, be free from bondage.

Transcribed from: Chenrezig Tibetan Buddhist Center of Philadelphia, Daily Prayers

Venerable Lama Losang Samten, Spiritual Director

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