02 May His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Eight Verses of Training the Mind


  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 supremely dear.
  2. Whenever I associate with others I will learn
    To think of myself as the lowest among all,
    And respectfully hold others to be supreme
    Form the very depths of my heart.
  3. In all actions I will learn to search into my mind
    And as soon as an afflictive emotion arises
    Endangering myself and othrs
    Will firmly face and avert it.
  4. I will learn to cherish beings of a bad nature
    And those pressed by strong sins and sufferings
    As if I had found a precious
    Treasure very difficult to find.
  5. 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.
  6. When one whom I have benefitted with great hope
    Unreasonably hurts me very badly
    I will learn to view that person
    As an excellent spiritual guide.
  7. In short, I will learn to offer to everyone without exception
    All help and happiness directly and indirectly
    And respectfully take upon myself
    All harm and suffering of my mothers.
  8. I will learn to keep all these practices
    Undefiled by the stains of the eight worldly conceptions
    And by understanding all phenomena as illusions
    Be released from the bondage of attachment.