Eight Verses on Thought Transformation

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100 000 monks in prayerLam Rim Eight Verses on Thought Transformation

Is one of the most important texts on thought transformation, Lojong Tsigyema (Eight Verses on Thought Transformation). It was composed by Geshé Langri Tangba, who was a very unusual bodhisattva. His Holiness the Dalai Lama reads it daily. From THE UNION OF BLISS AND EMPTINESS
His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama)

(1) With a determination to accomplish
the highest welfare for all sentient beings,
Who surpass even a wish-granting jewel,
I will learn to hold them all supremely dear.

(ii) Whenever I associate with others, I will learn
to think of myself as the lowest among them all,
And respectfully hold others as being supreme,
From the very depth of my heart.

(iii) In all actions, I will learn to search into my own mind,
And as soon as an afflictive emotion arises,
Endangering myself and others,
I will firmly face and avert it.

(iv) I will learn to cherish beings of bad nature,
And those oppressed by strong negativities and sufferings,
As if I had found a precious treasure
So very difficult to find.

(v) When others, out of jealousy, treat me badly
With abuse, slander and so on,
I will learn to take all loss
And offer the victory to them.

(vi) When one whom I have benefited with great hope
Unreasonably hurts me very badly,
I will learn to view that person
As an excellent spiritual guide.

(vii) In short, I will learn to offer to everyone without exception
All help and happiness directly and indirectly,
And secretly take upon myself
All the harms and suffering of my mothers.

(viii) I will learn to keep all these practices
Undefiled by the stains of the eight worldly conceptions,
And, by understanding all phenomena to be like illusions,
I will be released from the bondage of attachment.

Supplied by the Lam Rim Buddhist Centre Johannesburg

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