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8 Verses of Mind Training

Congratulations to all of you who have the courage and tenacity to read all the last 8 posts explaining the ‘8 Verses of Mind Training’ by Geshe Langri Thangpa. It is not easy, especially the last verse. Below I’ve written the 8 Verses out for you to read and reflect on every morning to help set your motivation for the day. His Holiness the Dalai Lama says he does the [...]

The 8 worldly concerns

This awesome text on compassion written nearly 1300 years ago, called ‘8 Verses of Mind Training’ by the humble saint-scholar Langri Thangpa,’ verse 8 reads: “In all this may my mind be unstained By the eight ordinary concerns, And know all things to be like illusion; Free of clinging may I release all beings from bondage.” The eight worldly concerns are four sets of opposites: praise and blame; reputation and [...]

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Offer happiness and peace to all my mother

This awesome text on compassion written nearly 1300 years ago, called ‘8 Verses of Mind Training’ by the humble Samurai Spiritual Warrior Langri Thangpa.’ Verse 7 reads: “In short, may I directly and indirectly Offer happiness and peace to all my mothers; And all their negativity and suffering May I secretly take upon myself.” This is beyond incredible – taking everyone’s suffering away from them and giving them all my happiness. WOW! Is this possible? Some have accomplished this, probably [...]

May I regard him as my sublime master

We are moving along in our journey towards cultivate more love and compassion directed to ourselves and others through this awesome classic short text written about 1000 years ago on cultivating compassion. Verse 6 from this text, ‘8 Verses of Mind Training’ by Langri Thangpa,’ reads: “When someone whom I have helped With much hope and expectation Hurts me deeply and unjustifiably, May I regard him as my sublime master.” This verse is all about developing our compassion deeper, going [...]

When others out of envy Mistreat me

We are continuing our journey through this classic short text written about 1000 years ago on cultivating compassion. Verse 5 from this text, ‘8 Verses of Mind Training’ by Langri Thangpa,’ reads: “When others out of envy Mistreat me with slander and abuse, May I take defeat upon myself (without putting myself down) And offer the triumph to others.” This verse is all about forgiveness. Forgiving others is often a solo experience. We feel better by letting go of hurts [...]

May I cherish him as something rare

We are going through this famous short text on cultivating compassion. Verse 4 from this text, ‘8 Verses of Mind Training’ by Langri Thangpa,’ reads: “Whenever I see an evil being Overwhelmed by intense negativity and suffering, May I cherish him as something rare, As if by chance I had found a priceless treasure.” The theme here is to learn to not shy away from difficult people, but learn to understand where they are coming from. With this intimate knowledge, [...]

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Our thoughts and feelings

By being mindful and observing our thoughts and feelings we begin to notice our inner world. This is the first big step towards changing our reality. […]

Honest

The courage to be honest yet kind and respectful helps us face difficult situations. Just being brutally honest harming others is narrow-minded and shortsighted. Finding the courage to be motivated by genuinely caring for others and from that motivation being honest, breeds courage — a deep inner courage of love. Then whatever my come our way we can handle gracefully.