Wednesday, August 19, 2009

TIBETAN PRAYER

A beautiful Tibetan Buddhist prayer that I've always admired:

THE EIGHT VERSES OF MIND TRAINING

Determined to obtain the greatest possible benefit from all sentient beings, who are more precious than a wish-fulfilling jewel, I shall at all times practice holding them most dear.

When in the company of others, I shall at all times practice considering myself the lowest of all, while from the depths of my heart holding others dear and supreme.

Vigilant, the moment a delusion appears in my mind, endangering myself and others, I shall at all times practice confronting and averting it without delay.

Whenever I see beings wicked in nature and overwhelmed by violent negative actions and suffering, I shall at all times practice holding such rare, difficult-to-fine ones dear, as if I had found a precious treasure.

When, out of envy, others mistreat me with abuse, insult, or the like, I shall at all times practice accepting defeat and offering the victory to others.

When someone whom I have benefited and in whom I have great hopes gives me terrible harm, I shall at all times practice regarding that person as my holy guru.

In short, both directly and indirectly, do I offer every happiness and benefit to all my mothers, I shall at all times practice secretly taking upon myself all their harmful actions and suffering.

Through my perceiving all dharmas as illusory, may all the above practices never be defiled by the stains of the superstitions of the eight worldy dharmas, and may I, free of clinging, be released from the bondage of attachment.

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