Less, More, Even, Never

933880_463215173770950_1645795759_nI bow to the Lord of Compassion!

 

If others are triumphant, that is my prayer.

If I am defeated, that is also my prayer.

In front, behind, above, below, right, left

—any place is the right place for practice.

Bless me to think of myself less!

 

If others are happy, they are worthy of happiness.

If they are learned, beautiful, rich,

famed, powerful, and sober,

bless me to wish their splendor to increase!

 

Why should others be burdened with my likes and dislikes,

my pleasure or displeasure at each contact?

Exposing my formations is but a cause for shame!

Bless me to remain even.

 

When I practice the Dharma, I benefit myself.

As I help others, I am helped.

Why expect added recompense?

Bless me to never wish for gratitude or glory!

 

Mind Training 56 – 59: Less, More, Even, Never

Don’t wallow in self-pity.

Don’t be jealous.

Don’t be frivolous.

Don’t expect applause.

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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