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Eight Verses for Training the Mind: Talk 4

by Subhuti

This is the last in a four-part series by Subhuti on the Tibetan text 'Eight Verses for Training the Mind' by Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa. Subhuti begins with a quick summary of the show so far, then we are into the final two verses and drawing closer to the essence of practice and wisdom this great text embodies.

"In brief, directly or indirectly,

May I give all help and joy to my mothers,

And may I take all their harm and pain

Secretly upon myself."

"May none of this ever be sullied

By thoughts of the eight worldly concerns.

May I see all things as illusions

And, without attachment, gain freedom from bondage."

Talk given at Madhyamaloka, Birmingham, 2004

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

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1. Recapitualation of previous verses (5:52) 
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2. Seventh verse - "In brief, directly or indirectly..."; seeing suffering around you; two uncreative responses - shutting down, despair (8:31) 
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3. A creative response; resolution on a higher level - opening up (5:13) 
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4. Not a martyrdom - identifying with the efforts of others, direct and indirect; relationships with parents and mother; giving joy (13:20) 
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5. Eighth verse - "May none of this ever be sullied..."; the eight Lokadhammas - 'Worldly Winds' - and Bodhisattva practice; reflecting on the three lakshanas; the illusory nature of Reality - maya (10:15) 
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6. The Bodhichitta practice - practice and action within the view of shunyata (4:12) 

Total running time: 47:23