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This is the third in a four-part series by Subhuti on the Tibetan text 'Eight Verses for Training the Mind' by Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa. Onwards we go into the fourth, fifth and sixth verses. - some of the most challenging and rewarding practices you're ever likely to encounter!
"When I see ill-natured people,
Overwhelmed by wrong deeds and pain,
May I cherish them as something rare,
As though I had found a treasure-trove."
"When someone out of envy does me wrong,
By insulting me and the like,
May I accept defeat
And offer victory to them."
"Even if someone whom I have helped
And in whom I have placed my hopes
Does great wrong by harming me,
May I see them as an excellent spiritual friend."
Talk given at Madhyamaloka, Birmingham, 2004
This talk is part of the series Eight Verses for Training the Mind.
|1.||Recapitulation of previous verses (6:51)|
|2.||Fourth verse - "When I see ill-natured people..."; a treasure trove; ego-clinging and self-transcendence (11:52)|
|3.||Fifth verse - "When someone out of envy does me wrong..."; loss of self in the face of defeat; positive pride and healthy psychological confidence; embracing defeat and cherishing others (11:30)|
|4.||Sixth verse - "Even if someone whom I have helped..."; betrayal; what is revealed in betrayal; unrealistic expectation (10:09)|
|5.||Embracing difficulties, seeing opportunities - direct practices undertaken with care; the transcendental as practice not theory (5:58)|
Total running time: 46:20