||LOJONG: Eight Verses for Training the
Offered by His Holiness
the Dalai Lama at American University, Washington, D.C. in November,
By thinking of all sentient beings
better than the wish-granting gem
for accomplishing the highest
may I always consider them precious.
Wherever I go, with whomever I go
may I see
myself as less than all others,
and from the depth of my heart
consider them supremely precious.
May I examine my mind in all actions
soon as a negative state occurs,
since it endangers myself and
may I firmly face and avert it.
When I see beings of a negative disposition
those oppressed by negativity or pain,
may I, as if finding a
consider them precious, for they are rarely
Whenever others, due to their jealousy,
and treat me in other unjust ways,
may I accept this defeat
and offer the victory to others.
When someone whom I have helped
or in whom I
have placed great hope
harms me with great injustice,
may I see that
one as a sacred friend.
In short, may I offer both directly and
all joy and benefit to all beings, my mothers,
and may I
myself secretly take on all of their hurt and suffering.
May they not be defiled by the concepts
eight mundane concerns,
and aware that all things are illusory,
they, ungrasping, be free
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