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Eight Verses for Training the Mind: Talk 1

by Subhuti

This is the first in a four-part series by Subhuti on the Tibetan text 'Eight Verses for Training the Mind' by Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa. In this talk, Subhuti introduces the verses in the context of the development of Buddhism in Tibet and India. We then have a full treatment of the first verse itself:

"May I always cherish all beings,

Withe the resolve to accomplish for them

The highest good that is more precious

Than any wish-fulfilling jewel."

Talk given at Madhyamaloka, Birmingham, 2004

This talk is part of the series Eight Verses for Training the Mind.

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1. Urban vihara; introduction to the text - Atisha (4:59) 
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2. Three lines of approach - view, practice and action; shunyata, bodhichitta, moment to moment effort; an emphasis on action (6:52) 
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3. Langri Tangpa's Lohjong - 'A New Mind' (2:50) 
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4. First verse - "May I always cherish all beings..."; the four atma (mula) kleshas (5:02) 
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5. Atma sneha - 'self-cherishing'; expanding to include others (5:07) 
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6. Clarifications - not hating yourself; difference between atma moha and atma drishti - passive and active ignorance; atma sneha, atma mana and metta bhavana (8:15) 
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7. 'Cherish'; not abstract love; the Wish-fulfilling Jewel - wanting and wishing (9:39) 
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8. The tragedy of not knowing what we want; realisation as the deepest happiness; the nature of Samsara and contact with the Dharma (5:26) 

Total running time: 48:10