修心八颂 Eight Verses of Training the Mind
by Geshe Langri Thangpa
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.
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.
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
Whenever I see ill-natured beings' suffering Or those overwhelmed by heavy misdeeds or
I will cherish them as something rare As though I'd found a priceless treasure
Whenever someone out of envy Does me wrong by attacking or ...me
I will take defeat upon myself And give the victory to others
Even when someone I have helped Or in whom I have placed great hopes
Mistreats me very unjustfy I will view that person as a tre spiritual teacher
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
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