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Eight Verses of Training the Mind

Eight Verses of Training the Mind

by Geshe Langri Thangpa

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    7. 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.
    8. 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.

Kadampa Geshe Langri Thangpa (1054-1123), was a student of Geshe Potowa, who was a direct pupil of Atisha’s principal pupil Dromtönpa.
This master was called Gloomy face apparently because he laughed little, he gave the following reason for this;
“When I think about all the endless suffering in the different realms of samsara, how could I ever possibly smile?”

“We aspire to positive, meaningful, and helpful relationships with our family, colleagues, friends, sangha, and beyond. And yet often our experience of these relationships is characterized by strife and difficulty. This short text provides profound instructions for working with our mind, transforming our interactions with others, and on this basis, progressing on the path to awakening. Rinpoche teaches that what really matters for our journey of awakening is working with our mind. Geshe Langri Thangpa (Langthangpa), the author of this mind training text, received key pith (core or essence of something) instructions from the great Kadampa master, Potowa Rinchen Sal, who was a student of Atisha’s primary disciple, Drontonpa. Langthangpa’s Eight Verses provide the essence of the Kadampa teachings on mind training.

Chekawa Yeshe Dorje, who wrote down Atisha’s instructions in The Seven Point of Mind Training was profoundly inspired when he encountered just two of Langthangpa’s Eight Verses.”


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