Date of Visit: October 12, 2010, 2:00 -3:30 pm
Location: San Jose, C A – San Jose Convention Center
Topic: Geshe Langri Thangpa’s Eight Verses of Training the Mind (lojong tsik gyema)
Ticket Information: http://www.gyutocenter.org/events/dalai-lama-visit.html
Teaching in San Jose, CA, USA on October 12: His Holiness will give a teaching on Geshe Langri Thangpa’s Eight Verses of Training the Mind (lojong tsik gyema) organized by Gyuto Vajrayana Center. Contact Website: www.gyutocenter.org
Written by 11th-century master Langri Tangpa, Eight Verses of Training the Mind is a classic text in the genre of lojong, or mind training. Lojong focuses on methods for thought transformation such as cultivating compassion, developing appropriate regard for self and others, and turning obstacles into opportunities for positive change. Reading the Eight Verses of Training the Mind is part of His Holiness’ regular practice, and he describes it as one of his main sources of inspiration.
The Eight Verses of Mind Training
With the wish to achieve the highest aim,
Which surpasses even a wish-fulfilling gem,
I shall train myself to at all times
Cherish sentient beings as supreme.”
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.
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.
When I encounter beings of unpleasant character,
And those oppressed by intense negative karma and suffering,
As though finding a treasure of precious jewels,
I will train myself to cherish them, for they are so rarely found.
When others out of jealousy
Treat me wrongly with abuse and slander,
I shall train to take the defeat upon myself
And offer the victory to others.
Even if one whom I have helped
Or in whom I have placed great hope
Gravely mistreats me in hurtful ways,
1 will train myself to view him as my sublime teacher.
In brief, I will train myself to offer benefit and joy
To all my mothers, both directly and indirectly,
And respectfully take upon myself
All the hurts and pains of my mothers.
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.
Translated by Dr. Thupten Jinpa
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