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Eight Verses For Training the Mind - Verses 4-6

by Ratnadharini (2018)

A series of talks on the Eight Verses for Training the Mind by Langrithangpa. Ratnadharini gives us an inspiring, down-to-earth consideration of verses 4-6.

The talks were given as part of the 2018 Triratna International Council at Bhaja, India and features a range of senior Dharma teachers from the Triratna Buddhist Order.

Uncompromising, brilliant, long considered a classic of the Lojong mind training school, Langrithangpa's pithy text bears daily reflection and can fuel a lifetime of Dharma inquiry and practice.


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.

This talk is part of the series Eight Verses for Training the Mind - A Series from the International Council 2018.