Eight Verses for Training the Mind By Geshe Langri Tangpa (1054-1093)
1 With the wish to achieve the highest aim, Which surpasses even a wish-fulfilling gem, I will train myself to at all times Cherish every sentient being as supreme. 2 Whenever I interact with others, I will view myself as inferior to all; And I will train myself To hold others superior from the depths of my heart. 3 During all my activities I will probe my mind, And as soon as an affliction arises- Since it endangers myself and others- I will train myself to confront it directly and avert it. 4 When I encounter beings of unpleasant character And those oppressed by intense negative karma andsuffering, As though finding a treasure of precious jewels, I will train myself to cherish them, for they are so rarely found. 5 When others out of jealousy Treat me wrongly with abuse and slander, I will train to take the defeat upon myself And offer the victory to others. 6 Even if one whom I have helped, Or in whom I have placed great hope, Gravely mistreats me in hurtful ways, I will train myself to view him as my sublime teacher. 7 In brief, I will train myself to offer benefit and joy To all my mother, both directly and indirectly, And respectfully take upon my self All the hurts and pains of my mothers. 8 By ensuring that all this remains undefiled From the stains of the eight mundane concerns, And by understanding all things as illusions. I will train myself to be free of the bondage of clinging.