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Eight Verses for Training the Mind: Talk 3

by Subhuti

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.

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1. Recapitulation of previous verses (6:51) 
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2. Fourth verse - "When I see ill-natured people..."; a treasure trove; ego-clinging and self-transcendence (11:53) 
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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) 
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4. Sixth verse - "Even if someone whom I have helped..."; betrayal; what is revealed in betrayal; unrealistic expectation (10:09) 
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5. Embracing difficulties, seeing opportunities - direct practices undertaken with care; the transcendental as practice not theory (5:58) 

Total running time: 46:21