The Eight Verses on Transformation of Mind
This piece was taken from His Holiness, The Dalai Lama’s Book of Transformation.
May I transform myself in the purest most beneficial way for my own enlightenment and for the benefit of all sentient beings.
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.
Whenever I interact with someone, May I view myself as the lower amongst all, And, from the very depths of my heart, Respectfully hold others as superior.
In all my deeds may I probe into my mind, And as soon as mental and emotional afflictions arise- As they endanger myself and others - May I strongly confront them and avert them.
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.
When others, out of jealously Treat me wrongly with abuse, slander and scorn, May I take upon myself the defeat And offer to others the victory.
When someone whom I have helped, In whom I have placed great hopes, Mistreats me in extremely hurtful ways, May I regard him or her still as my precious teacher.
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.
May all this remain undefiled By the stain of the eight mundane concerns; And may I recognize all things as illusion, Devoid of clinging, may I be released from bondage.