Eight Verses for Training the Mind

Posted by on May 30, 2011 | No Comments

I’m not sure where I got this from. I do know that it hangs in front of me in my little home office. It’s been there for so long now, just dangling in front of my face quietly hoping that I would give it more attention. There is the idea of out of sight out of mind. These verses are a case of there for so long I didn’t notice it anymore. We all know sometimes the best things are right in front of us. We just have to open our eyes or choose to look in a new way.  These Eight  versus, although sometimes the language may read oddly, offer great inspiration to open our hearts as we walk through our days.
-Erik Everts, Founder/The Blue Buddha

Eight Verses for Training the Mind

1.  With a determination to achieve the highest aim for the benefit of all sentient beings, which surpasses even the wish-fulfilling gem, May I hold them dear at all times.

2.  Whenever I interact with someone, May I view myself as the lowest amongst all,
and, from the very depths of my heart,
respectfully hold others as superior.

3.  In all my deeds may I probe into my mind,
And as soon as mental and emotional afflictions arise
–as they endanger myself or others–
May I strongly confront and avert them.

4.  When I see beings of unpleasant character oppressed by strong negativity and suffering,
May I hold them dear–for they are rare to find–as if I have discovered a treasured jewel.

5.  When others, out of jealousy, treat me wrongly with abuse, slander and scorn,
May I take upon myself the defeat and offer to others the victory.

6.  When someone whom I have helped, or in whom I have placed great hopes,
mistreats me in extremely hurtful ways,
May I regard him still as my precious teacher.

7.  In brief,  May I offer benefit and joy to all my mothers, both directly and indirectly,
May I quietly take upon myself all hurts and pains of my mothers.

8.  May all this remain undefiled by the stains of the eight mundane concerns;
And May I recognizing all things as illusion,
devoid of clinging
be released from bondage.