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Eight Verses for Training the Mind: Talk 2

by Subhuti

This is the second in a four-part series by Subhuti on the Tibetan text 'Eight Verses for Training the Mind' by Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa. We continue here with the first verse, then it's full speed ahead into the second and third verses, with special consideration given to the whole notion of 'cherishing':

"Whenever I am in the company of others,

May I regard myself as inferior to all

And from the depths of my heart

Cherish others as supreme."

"In all my actions may I watch my mind,

And as soon as disturbing emotions arise,

May I forcefully stop them at once,

Since they will hurt both me and others."

Talk given at Madhyamaloka, Birmingham, 2004

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

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1. More on the first verse - cherishing; terrorism and self-interest, humanity and inhumanity (7:32) 
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2. Ways to practise cherishing (7:07) 
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3. Second verse - "Whenever I am in the company of others..."; inferiority and superiority - atma mana (pride in self); serving others (10:03) 
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4. Others helping us to overcome pride - an antidote not a metaphysical viewpoint (4:36) 
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5. Third verse - "In all my actions may I watch my mind..."; the kleshas - etymology and meaning, their disturbing effect on the mind (4:00) 
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6. The kleshas as cognitive and affective; the kleshas and what we really need; stopping - acceptance and recognition; summary of talk (13:11) 

Total running time: 46:29