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THE WAY FORWARD

I have these 8 verses on my bedroom walls [in BIG type] so that every night it is the last thing I see before I go to sleep, and every morning it is the first thing I see when I wake up. They have been there for geez… at least 12 years… and I am still learning from them every day. This is not something you understand and can apply overnight… this is about making a lifelong choice to treat EVERY person better, and to be a better person yourself:

I will be posting more Journals explaining more about each of these principles.

The Buddhist “8 Verses for training the Mind”

[click on the links for an in depth explanation, by the Dalai Lama, of each of the eight Verses]

Verse 1

With a determination to achieve the highest aim, For the benefit of all sentient beings which surpasses even the wish-fulfilling gem – may I hold them dear at all times.

Verse 2

Whenever I interact with someone, may I view myself as the lowest amongst all, And from the very depths of my heart respectfully hold others as superior.

Verse 3

In all my deeds may I probe into my mind, And as soon as mental and emotional afflictions arise – since they endanger myself and others – May I strongly confront them and avert them.

Verse 4

When I see beings of unpleasant character oppressed by strong negativity and suffering, May I hold them dear-for they are rare to find as if I have discovered a jewel treasure!

Verse 5

When others, out of jealousy treat me wrongly with abuse, slander, and scorn, May I take upon myself the defeat and offer to others the victory.

Verse 6

When someone whom I have helped or in whom I have placed great hopes, mistreats me in extremely hurtful ways, may I regard him still as my precious teacher.

Verse 7

In brief, may I offer benefit and joy to all my mothers, both directly and indirectly, May I quietly take upon myself all hurts and pains of my mothers.

Verse 8

May all this remain undefiled by the stains of the eight mundane concerns; And may I, recognizing all things as illusion, devoid of clinging, be released from bondage.


FURTHER JOURNAL ENTRIES IN THIS SERIES:

 

THE FIRST PRINCIPLE
THE SECOND PRINCIPLE
THE THIRD PRINCIPLE
THE FOURTH PRINCIPLE
THE FIFTH PRINCIPLE
THE SIXTH PRINCIPLE
THE SEVENTH PRINCIPLE
THE EIGHTH PRINCPLE

Journal Comments

  • George Swann
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  • D Byrne
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