- Mind Training
- Message from the Dalai Lama
- Special Acknowledgments
- Technical Note
- 1. Bodhisattva’s Jewel Garland
- 2. How Atiśa Relinquished His Kingdom and Sought Liberation
- 3. The Story of Atiśa’s Voyage to Sumatra
- 4. Root Lines of Mahayana Mind Training
- 5. Annotated Root Lines of Mahayana Mind Training
- 6. Seven-Point Mind Training
- 7. A Commentary on the “Seven-Point Mind Training”
- 8. The Wheel of Sharp Weapons
- 9. The Peacock’s Neutralizing of Poison
- 10. Melodies of an Adamantine Song: A Chanting Meditation on Mind Training
- 11. Stages of the Heroic Mind
- 12. Leveling Out All Conceptions
- 13. A Teaching on Taking Afflictions onto the Path
- 14. Guru Yoga Mind Training
- 15. An Instruction on Purifying Negative Karma
- 16. Mahayana Purification of Grudges
- 17. Two Yoginīs’ Admonition to Atiśa to Train His Mind
- 18. Kusulu’s Accumulation Mind Training
- 19. Mind Training Taking Joys and Pains onto the Path
- 20. Sumpa Lotsāwa’s Ear-Whispered Mind Training
- 21. Bodhisattva Samantabhadra’s Mind Training
- 22. Eight Sessions Mind Training
- 23. Mind Training Removing Obstacles
- 24. Mahayana Mind Training Eliminating Future Adversities
- 25. Atiśa’s Seven-Point Mind Training
- 26. Mind Training in a Single Session
- 27. Advice to Namdak Tsuknor
- 28. Glorious Virvapa’s Mind Training
- 29. Eight Verses on Mind Training
- 30. A Commentary on “Eight Verses on Mind Training”
- 31. The Story of the Repulsive Mendicant
- 32. A Commentary on “Leveling Out All Conceptions”
- 33. Mahayana Mind Training
- 34. Public Explication of Mind Training
- 35. Yangönpa’s Instruction on Training the Mind
- 36. Guide to the Heart of Dependent Origination
- 37. Supplement to the “Oral Tradition”
- 38. Root Lines of “Parting from the Four Clingings”
- 39. Parting from the Four Clingings
- 40. Unmistaken Instruction on “Parting from the Four Clingings”
- 41. An Instruction on “Parting from the Four Clingings”
- 42. A Key to the Profound Essential Points: A Meditation Guide to “Parting from the Four Clingings”
- 43. A Concise Guide to “Parting from the Four Clingings”
- Table of Tibetan Transliteration
- About Thupten Jinpa
- The Institute of Tibetan Classics
- The Library of Tibetan Classics
- Become a Benefactor of the Library of Tibetan Classics
1. Bodhisattva’s Jewel Garland32
Sanskrit title: Bodhisattvamaṇevalī
Homage to great compassion.
Homage to the teachers.
Homage to the faith divinities.
Discard all lingering doubts,
And strive with dedication in your practice.
Thoroughly relinquish sloth, mental dullness, and laziness,
And strive always with joyful perseverance.
With mindfulness, vigilance, and conscientiousness,
Constantly guard the gateways of your senses.
Again and again, three times both day and night,
Examine the flow of your thoughts.
Reveal your own shortcomings,
But do not seek out others’ errors.
Conceal your own good qualities,
But proclaim those of others.
Forsake wealth and ministrations;
At all times relinquish gain and fame.
Have modest desires, be easily satisfied,
And reciprocate kindness.22
Cultivate love and compassion,
And stabilize your awakening mind.
Relinquish the ten negative actions,
And always reinforce your faith.33
Destroy anger and conceit,
And be endowed with humility.
Relinquish wrong livelihood,
And be sustained by ethical livelihood.
Forsake material possessions,
Embellish yourself with the wealth of the noble ones.
Avoid all trifling distractions,
And reside in the solitude of wilderness.
Abandon frivolous words;
Constantly guard your speech.
When you see your teachers and preceptors,34
Reverently generate the wish to serve.
Toward wise beings with Dharma eyes
And toward beginners on the path as well,
Recognize them as your spiritual teachers.
[In fact] when you see any sentient being,
View them as your parent, your child, or your grandchild.
Renounce negative friendships,
And rely on a spiritual friend.
Dispel hostility and unpleasantness,35
And venture forth to where happiness lies.23
Abandon attachment to all things
And abide free of desire.
Attachment fails to bring even the higher realms;
In fact, it kills the life of true liberation.
When you encounter the causes of happiness,
In these always persevere.
Whichever task you take up first,
Address this task primarily.
In this way, you ensure the success of both tasks,
Where otherwise you accomplish neither.
Since you take no pleasure in negative deeds,
When a thought of self-importance arises,
At that instant deflate your pride 
And recall your teacher’s instructions.
When discouraged thoughts arise,
Uplift your mind
And meditate on the emptiness of both.36
When objects of attraction or aversion appear,
View them as you would illusions and apparitions.
When you hear unpleasant words,
View them as [mere] echoes.
When injuries afflict your body,
See them as [the fruits of] past deeds.
Dwell utterly in solitude, beyond town limits.
Like the carcass of a wild animal,
Hide yourself away [in the forest]
And live free of attachment.24
Always remain firm in your commitment.
When a hint of procrastination and laziness arises,
At that instant enumerate your flaws
And recall the essence of [spiritual] conduct.
However, if you do encounter others,
Speak peacefully and truthfully.
Do not grimace or frown,
But always maintain a smile.
In general when you see others,
Be free of miserliness and delight in giving;
Relinquish all thoughts of envy.
To help soothe others’ minds,
Forsake all disputation
And be endowed with forbearance.
Be free of flattery and fickleness in friendship,
Be steadfast and reliable at all times.
Do not disparage others,
But always abide with respectful demeanor.
When giving advice,
Maintain compassion and altruism.
Never defame the teachings.
Whatever practices you admire,
With aspiration and the ten spiritual deeds,
Strive diligently, dividing day and night.3725
Whatever virtues you gather though the three times,
Dedicate them toward the unexcelled great awakening.
Disperse your merit to all sentient beings,
And utter the peerless aspiration prayers
Of the seven limbs at all times.
If you proceed thus, you’ll swiftly perfect merit and wisdom
And eliminate the two defilements.38
Since your human existence will be meaningful,
You’ll attain the unexcelled enlightenment.
The wealth of faith, the wealth of morality,
The wealth of giving, the wealth of learning,
The wealth of conscience, the wealth of shame,
And the wealth of insight—these are the seven riches.
These precious and excellent jewels
Are the seven inexhaustible riches.39
Do not speak of these to those not human.
Among others guard your speech;
When alone guard your mind.
This concludes the Bodhisattva’s Jewel Garland composed by the Indian abbot Dīpaṃkaraśrījñāna.26
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