Eight Verses of Training the Mind

(By Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa 1054-1123) 

With the determination to accomplish
The highest welfare for all sentient beings
Who surpass even a wish-granting jewel
I will learn to hold them supremely dear.

Whenever I associate with others I will  learn
To think of myself as the lowest among all
And respectfully hold others to be supreme
From the very depths of my heart

In all actions I will learn to search into my mind
And as soon as an afflictive emotion arises
Endangering myself and others
Will firmly face and avert it.

I will learn to cherish all beings of bad nature
And those pressed by strong sins and sufferings
As if I had found a precious
Treasure very difficult to find

When others out of jealousy treat me badly
With abuse, slander, and so on,
I will learn to take all loss
And offer the victory to them

When one whom I have benefited with great hope
Unreasonably hurts me very badly,
I will  learn to view that person
As an excellent spiritual guide.

In short, I will learn to offer to everyone without exception
All help and happiness directly and indirectly
And respectfully take upon myself
All harm and suffering of my mothers.

I will learn to keep all these practices
Undefiled by the stains of the eight worldly conceptions
And by the understanding all phenomena as like illusions
Be released from the bondage of attachment.


5 Responses to “Eight Verses of Training the Mind”
  1. EBenz says:

    All we need to do is to watch our mind. We shouldn’t stopped by our own habitual defilements disguised as anger, bad hurtful speech, vengence and all forms of desires and attachments. Cultivate human dignity, exercise patience, tolerance,sympathy, humility, kindness and compassion. Execute virtous actions by pushing ourselves to help and benefits others. It’s a worthwhile deed!

  2. Sarah says:

    This is the Buddha’s teaching condensed into eight verses. If we practise what is taught here, we will become enlightened. Dharma is pure and simple.

  3. Arisa says:

    It is natural for our minds to forget once situations or what we have heard had past. So we must train our minds not to forget. The way to do this is that we must constantly have verses to remind us of virtuous actions we must project and discard non-virtuous thoughts from our minds which will eventually lead to non-virtuous actions. The best way to do that is to read the 8 verses of training the mind by Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa. When we read this everyday we become habitual to it. And when the opposite thoughts arises we can stop it by remembering the 8 verses. It will also help us to collect the good merits to help us to transform ourselves and cause peace and harmony wherever we go.

  4. Arisa says:

    These 8 verses of training the mind when contemplated deeply is very beneficial for the transformation of oneself. Is also a very important guide to help us to refrain from all our negative habitual habits. Habituations can be classified as good or bad habituation. But in the Samsaric existence bad habituation will always be easier to follow. It is easy and enjoyable to indulge in negative habituations.So we need these 8 verses to train our mind to counter and think positive eventually to be habituated into positive thinking and actions. This will create harmony, love, compassion, humility etc in ourselves with others.

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