April 29th, 2014

Mind Training 101

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 depth 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 people
or those overwhelmed by heavy misdeeds or suffering,
i will cherish them as something rare,
as though i'd found a priceless treasure.

When 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.

         -- Langri Tangpa, (11th century) Eight verses of Training the Mind.

Collapse ).* delight and disappointment about (1 and 2) money, (3 and 4) approval, (5 and 6) status, and (7&8) pleasure and pain.