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The Eight Verses of Training the Mind were written eight hundred years ago by Geshe Langri Thangpa, a great Tibetan Buddhist master in the Kadampa tradition. These verses are the heart of all the lojong practices for training the mind in compassion.

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Drop the “I” and get on with it
There really is no other way
You must get over you.

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With heartfelt thanks is launched my noble new deployment
I swear white-flagged allegiance to all beings equally
Until we finally topple as one towering joyful wave
On the inevitable shore of our enlightenment.

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I’m suffering from altitude sickness
And it’s an awfully bad case
From thinking too highly of myself
Stuck up in this cold and rarified place

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So certain of all but the dream
I dare say I think I know you?
The crunch of Eve’s apply in the pronouns

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Better if the sign said “Ego Alert!”
Reminding this off-duty cop to patrol inner roads
Radar set to detect malice in my own heart

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One night I dream the world is changed
The future quite perfect in every way
And still I’m not content. Imagine my surprise!
The problem it seems within me lies.

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See the torment through the blazing
Be patient with malice and misery alike
Don’t condescend with pitying remarks
Love the unloved and endure the sparks

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The house wins at Casino Samsara
But we keep betting the farm nonetheless
Always hoping to be the exception
To be the one who finds happiness

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May I too have courage and a view that’s higher
Emptiness cannot hurt emptiness in turn
May I take my lumps as coal for the fire
And run to the stake singing, “Burn, karma, burn!”

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