Category Archives: Mind Training

Practical advice for post-meditation

Four Attachments

If you are attached to this body, you lack understanding. If you are attached to this world, you lack renunciation. If you are attached to personal liberation, you lack the mind of enlightenment. If you are attached to views, you … Continue reading

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Most Crucial Point

Grasp this most crucial point, and avoid every downfall: my body, possessions, and merit[1] I give to everyone, protecting, cleansing, and increasing[2] them.  —Shantideva, Shikshasamucchaya [1] Body, possessions, and merit are the three foundations of self-grasping. [2] The four factors … Continue reading

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Evaluation

I bow to the Lord of Compassion!   I may know as many sutras as an elephant can carry on his back, but if I do not abandon self-grasping and self-cherishing[1], my mind is still far from the Dharma. Bless … Continue reading

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Less, More, Even, Never

I 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. … Continue reading

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Examine and Analyze

I bow to the Lord of Compassion!   I misconstrue patience in reference to defects and Dharma cultivation. I misconstrue yearning in reference to possessions and the two accumulations. I misconstrue excitement in reference to worldly matters and the study … Continue reading

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Without Bias

I bow to the Lord of Compassion!   Afflictions arise in relation to friends, enemies, and strangers, locations, dwellings, clothes, and possessions. Bless me to apply the training equally to the two classes!   Every being throughout the six realms … Continue reading

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Four Sets of Three

I bow to the Lord of Compassion!   It is difficult to recognize when afflicted emotions arise; it is difficult to disrupt them; it is difficult to allow them to self-liberate— Bless me to overcome these three!   Deep hearing … Continue reading

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