Eight Verses for Training the Mind
1. With the determination to accomplish
The highest welfare of all sentient beings,
Who excel even the wish-fulfilling jewel,
May I at all times hold them dear.
2. Whenever I associate with others
May I think of myself as the lowest of all.
And from the depth of my heart
Hold the others as supreme.
3. In all actions may I search into my mind,
And as soon as delusions arise
That endanger myself and others,
May I firmly face and avert them.
4. When I see beings of wicked nature,
Oppressed by violent misdeeds and afflictions,
May I hold them dear
As if I had found a rare and precious treasure.
5. When others out of envy treat me badly
With slander, abuse and the like,
May I suffer the loss and
Offer the victory to them.
6. When the one whom I have helped
And benelitted with great hope
Hurts me badly, may I behold him
As my supreme guru.
7. In short, may I directly and indirectly offer
Benefit and happiness to all my mothers.
May 1 secretly take upon myself the harmful actions
And suffering of my mothers.
8. May all this remain undefiled by the stains of
Keeping in view the eight worldly principles.
May I, by perceiving all phenomena as illusory,
Unattached, be delivered from the bondage of samsara.