Mind Training: 1. Preliminaries

chenrezig (2)I bow to the Lord of Compassion.

 

My human life with all its freedoms,

extremely rare, difficult to repeat—

bless me with zeal,

all day and night, to seize this opportunity.

 

My fragile body, like a water bubble,

decays and dies so very quickly—

bless me to know I walk toward my end,

a culprit to the scaffold.

 

My every act is followed by a consequence,

just like a shadow as the day grows older—

bless me to be extremely cautious,

avoiding harm and accumulating virtue.

 

Worldly pleasures are deceptive,

and bring no lasting joy, only suffering—

bless me to strive sincerely

to attain the bliss of perfect freedom.

 

The path begins with strong reliance

on my kind teachers, source of all good—

bless me with the discernment

to follow them with great devotion.

 

May I always meet authentic teachers

and delight in the Dharma,

traverse the path with patience and enthusiasm,

and manifest the union of wisdom and compassion! 

Seven Points of Mind Training, 1. First, train in the preliminaries

About Tashi Nyima

I am a Dharma student, and aspire to be a companion on the path. I trust that these texts can offer a general approach and basic tools for practicing the Buddha's way to enlightenment. ||| Soy un estudiante del Dharma, y aspiro a ser un compañero en el sendero. Espero que estos textos ofrezcan a algunos un mapa general y herramientas básicas para la práctica del sendero a la iluminación que nos ofrece el Buda.
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