Eight Verses of Thought Transformation

As introduced by one of our drum mates, we registered for the 2-day teachings by His Eminence the 7th Ling Rinpoche, on the “Eight Verses of Thought Transformation” at the Amitabha Buddhist Centre (ABC). This was my first time coming to ABC, and although the venue was crowded, we met nice people who kindly passed us cushions so that we can sit comfortably on the floor for the 2-hour session 🙂

The “Eight Verses of Thought Transformation” is from a set of Mahayana teachings in the Tibetan tradition known as ‘lo-jong’ or mind training, on practices to transform the mind into bodhicitta:

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

2. When in the company of others, I shall always consider myself the lowest of all, and from the depths of my heart hold others dear and supreme.

3. Vigilant, the moment a delusion appears in my mind, endangering myself and others, I shall confront and avert it without delay.

4. Whenever I see beings who are wicked in nature and overwhelmed by violent negative actions and suffering, I shall hold such rare ones dear, as if I had found a precious treasure.

5. When, out of envy, others mistreat me with abuse, insults, or the like, I shall accept defeat and offer the victory to others.

6. When someone whom I have benefited and in whom I have great hopes gives me terrible harm, I shall regard that person as my holy guru.

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

8. Undefiled by the stains of the superstitions of the eight worldly concerns, may I, by perceiving all phenomena as illusory, be released from the bondage of attachment.


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