Category Archives: Mind Training

Practical advice for post-meditation

Tonglen: Giving and Taking

All sentient beings, my parents, wish happiness; all wish to avoid suffering. If all my mothers suffer, how can this child be happy? I shall suffer the consequences of my unskillful acts, if not this very day, then shortly after— … Continue reading

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Untainted

In brief, directly or indirectly, I will offer help and happiness to all my mothers[1], and secretly take upon myself all their hurt and suffering.   I will learn to keep all these practices untainted by thoughts of the eight … Continue reading

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Victory & Defeat

Whenever someone out of envy does me wrong by attacking or belittling 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 … Continue reading

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Treasure

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, or those overwhelmed … Continue reading

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Precious

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 … Continue reading

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The Scorpion’s Sting

To rejoice in the sorrow and passing of my enemies is the sting of a scorpion, its venom in my veins. Bless me to never revel in the pain of another!

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Eight Verses on Training the Mind

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, … Continue reading

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