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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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