Tonglen: Giving and Taking

chenrezigbI bow to the Lord of Compassion! 

All sentient beings, my mothers,

wish happiness; all wish to avoid suffering.

If all my mothers suffer, how can this child be happy?

Bless me to take away their suffering.


I take into my heart

all their suffering and the causes of suffering.

ram yam kham

By the fire of aspiration and the wind of compassion,

it dissolves into emptiness.

om ah hum

I give them all my happiness and the causes of happiness.

Bless me to give all gain and victory to them.


I shall suffer the consequences of my unskillful acts,

if not this very day, then shortly after—

bless me to eat the bitter fruit before it ripens.


so’ham sa’ham

Gain and victory to others, loss and defeat to myself!

Whenever and wherever I meet my anguished parents,

bless me to mount this aspiration on the breath.

Mind Training 7 – 9: Formal Practice — Tonglen: Giving and Taking


Train alternately in taking and giving.

Begin close to yourself.

Mount the two upon the breath.


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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