The Seven Points of Heart Training

Lojong - Tonglen

Atisha, Serlingpa, Chekawa, Langri Tangpa

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CONTENTS 
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Contents of first part

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Teachers

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Atisha

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Serlingpa

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Geshe Chekhawa

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Geshe Langri Tangpa

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Jamgön Kongtrul (JK)

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HH Shamar Rinpoche (SR)

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Allan Wallave (AW)

 
 
 
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The Seven Points of Mind Training

 
 
  1. The first is an Excerpted from: A Passage from Solitude, by B. Alan Wallace. 1992 by Snow Lion Publications, Ithaca, New York 14851.
  2. The second is from: THE GREAT PATH OF AWAKENING, by Jamgön Kongtrul, translated by Ken McLeod. © 1993 by Ken McLeod. Published by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Inc., Boston.

 
 
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1- The Preliminaries

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First, Train In The Preliminaries - AW

1. the preciousness of human life
2. death and impermanence
3. actions and their results
4. the unsatisfactory nature of the cycle of existence

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First, Train In The Preliminaries - JK

preliminaries to a period of meditation
preliminary instruction
the actual instructions

 
 
 
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2- The Actual Practice

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Treat everything you perceive as a dream.

Consider The World As Dreamlike - AW

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Regard All Phenomena As Dreams - JK

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Find the consciousness you had before you were born.

Investigate The Nature Of Unborn Awareness - AW

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Examine The Nature Of Unborn Awareness - JK

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Let even the remedy itself drop away naturally.

Even The Antidote Itself Is Liberated In Its Own Place - AW

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Even The Remedy Is Freed To Subside Naturally - JK

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Stay in the primeval consciousness, the basis of everything.

Establish The Nature Of The Path In The Sphere Of The Foundation Of All - AW

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Rest In The Nature Of All, The Basis Of Everything - JK

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Between meditations, treat everything as an illusion.

Between Meditation Sessions Act As An Illusory Being - AW

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In Post-meditation Practice, Be A Child Of Illusion - JK

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As you breathe in, take in and accept all the sadness, pain, and negativity of the whole world, including yourself, and absorb it into your heart. 
As you breathe out, pour out all your joy and bliss; bless the whole of existence.

Alternately Practice Sending And Taking - AW

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Train In Taking And Sending Alternately. Put Them On The Breath - JK

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Understand your attachments, your aversions, and your indifference, and love them all.

Three Objects, Three Poisons, Three Roots Of Virtue - AW

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Three Objects, Three Poisons, Three Seeds Of Virtue - JK

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Apply these proverbs in everything you do.

In All Activities Train With Words - AW

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Use Sayings To Train In All Forms Of Activity - JK

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When practicing unconditional acceptance, start with yourself.

Begin The Sequence Of Exchange With Yourself - JK

 
 
 
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3- Using Adversity to Wake Up

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When everything goes wrong, treat disaster as a way to wake up.

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When The Environment And Its Inhabitants Are Enslaved By Evil, Turn Unfavorable Circumstances Into The Path Of Awakening - AW

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When Evil Fills The World And Its Inhabitants, Change Adverse Conditions Into The Path Of Awakening - JK

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Take all the blame yourself.

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Blame Everything On One Thing - AW

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Drive All Blame Into One - JK

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Be grateful to everyone.

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Meditate On Great Kindness Toward Everyone - AW

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Be Grateful To Everyone - JK

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Don't worry- there's nothing real about your confusion.

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Meditation On The Deceptive Appearances Of The Four Bodies Is Unsurpassed In Guarding Emptiness - AW

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To See Confusion As The Four Kayas, The Protection Of Emptiness Is Unsurpassable - JK

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When something unexpected happens, in that very moment, treat it as a meditation.

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Whatever You Encounter, Immediately Apply It To Meditation - AW

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In Order To Take Unexpected Conditions As The Path, Immediately Join Whatever You Meet With Meditation - JK

 
 
 
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4- Life and Death

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The Five Forces

To Synthesize The Essence Of This Practical Guidance, Apply Yourself To The Five Powers - AW

1. the power of resolution.

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2. the power of familiarization.

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3. the power of the white seed.

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4. the power of abandonment.

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5. the power of prayer.

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A Summary Of The Essential Instructions: Train In The Five Forces - JK

 
 
 
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5- Yardsticks

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All teachings have the same goal.

All Dharma Is Included In One Purpose - AW

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All Dharma Has A Single Purpose - JK

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Follow the inner witness rather than the outer ones.

Maintain The Chief Of The Two Witnesses - AW

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Of The Two Judges, Rely On The Principal One - JK

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Always have the support of a joyful mind.

Rely Continually On Mental Happiness Alone - AW

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Always Have The Support Of A Joyful Mind - JK

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Practicing even when distracted is good training.

You Are Proficient If You Can Practice Even When Distracted - JK

 
 
 
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6- Commitments

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Always observe these three points:

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  1. Regularity of practice.
  2. Not wasting time on the inessential.
  3. Not rationalizing our mistakes.

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Always Practice The Three Principles - AW

1. not to contravene any commitments we have already made in our spiritual practice:

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2. not to allow our mind training to become ostentatious:

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3. not to let the mind training become lopsided:

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Always Practice The Three General Principles - JK

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Change your attitude, but stay natural.

Transform Your Desires, But Remain As You Are - AW

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Change Your Attitude, But Remain Natural - JK

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Do not discuss defects.

Speak Not Of Degenerate Qualities - AW

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Do Not Talk About Weak Points - JK

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Don't worry about other people.

Think Nothing About The Other Side - AW

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Don't Think About The Affairs Of Others - JK

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Work on your greatest imperfection first.

Work On The Stronger Disturbing Emotions First - JK

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Abandon all hope of results.

Abandon All Hope For Results - AW

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Give Up All Hope For Results - JK

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Give up poisonous food.

ABANDON POISONOUS FOOD - AW

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Give Up Poisonous Food - JK

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Don't be consistent.

Do Not Devote Yourself Kindly To The Central Object - AW

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Don't Rely On Consistency - JK

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Don't indulge in malicious gossip.

Do Not Laugh At Malicious Jokes - AW

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Don't Be Excited By Cutting Remarks - JK

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Don't wait in ambush.

Do Not Wait At The Narrow Passageway - AW

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Don't Wait In Ambush - JK

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Don't strike at the heart.

Don't Make Things Painful - JK

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Don't put the yak's load on the cow.

Do Not Load The Burden Of A Dzo On An Ox - AW

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Don't Put The Horse's Load On A Pony - JK

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Remember - this is not a competition.

Do Not Direct Yourself To The Summit Of The Ascent - AW

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Don't Aim To Win - JK

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Don't be sneaky.

Do Not Be Devious - AW

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Don't Revert To Magic - JK

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Don't abuse your divine power for selfish reasons.

Do Not Let The Gods Descend To The Devil - AW

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Don't Reduce A God To A Demon - JK

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Don't expect to profit from other people's misfortune.

Do Not Seek Another's Misery As A Way To Your Own Happiness - AW

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Don't Seek Pain As A Component Of Happiness - JK

 
 
 
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7- Guidelines

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In all your activities, have a single purpose.

Practice All Yogas By Means Of One - AW

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All Active Meditation Is Done In One Way - JK

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Solve all problems by accepting the bad energy and sending out the good.

Counteract All Withdrawal By Means Of One - AW

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All Corrections Are Made In One Way - JK

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Renew your commitment when you get up and before you go to sleep.

There Are Two Actions On Two Occasions, At The Beginning And End - AW

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At The Beginning And The End, Two Things To Be Done - JK

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Accept good and bad fortune with an equal mind.

Whichever Of The Opposites Occurs, Be Patient - AW

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Whichever Of The Two Occurs, Be Patient - JK

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Keep your vows even at the risk of your life.

Guard The Two At The Cost Of Your Life - AW

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Observe These Two, Even At The Risk Of Your Life - JK

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Recognize your neurotic tendencies, overcome them, then transcend them.

Practice The Three Austerities - AW

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Learn The Three Difficult Points - JK

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Find a teacher, tame the roving mind, choose a lifestyle that allows you to practice.

Acquire The Three Principal Causes - AW

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Take Up The Three Primary Resources - JK

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Love your teacher, enjoy your practice, keep your vows.

Cultivate The Absence Of Three Degenerations - AW

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Don't Allow Three Things To Weaken - JK

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Focus your body, mind, and spirit on the path.

Be Endowed With The Three Inseparables - AW

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Make The Three Inseparable - JK

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Exclude nothing from your acceptance practice: train with a whole heart.

Train In All Areas Without Partiality. Overall Deep And Pervasive Proficiency Is Important - JK

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Always meditate on whatever you resent.

Always Meditate On Those Who Make You Boil - AW

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Always Meditate On Volatile Points - JK

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Don't depend on how the rest of the world is.

Do Not Rely On Other Conditions - AW

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Don't Depend On External Conditions - JK

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In this life, concentrate on achieving what is most meaningful.

Now Practice What Is Most Important - AW

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This Time, Practice The Important Points - JK

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Don't let your emotions distract you, but bring them to your practice.

Do Not Be Contrary - AW

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Don't Make Mistakes - JK

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Don't let your practice become irregular.

Do Not Be Erratic - AW

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Don't Fluctuate - JK

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Train wholeheartedly.

Practice Decisively - AW

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Train Wholeheartedly - JK

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Free yourself by first watching, then analysing.

Free Yourself By Means Of Investigation And Analysis - AW

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Find Freedom Through Both Examination And Investigation - JK

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Don't feel sorry for yourself.

Do Not Be Boastful - AW

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Don't Make A Fuss - JK

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Don't be jealous

Do Not Bind Yourself With Hatred - AW

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Don't Be Caught Up In Irritations

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Stay focused.

Do Not Be Fickle - AW

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Don't Be Temperamental - JK

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Don't expect any applause.

Do Not Desire Gratitude - AW

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Don't Expect Thanks - JK

 
 
 
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Conclusion

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Verses on Lojong

Atisha

Seven Point Mind Training Prayer, Atisha

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Praise of Arya Tara

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Geshe Chekawa

The Seven Point Thought Transformation, Geshe Chekawa

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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L'entraînement de l'Esprit en Sept Points de Guéché Tchékhawa

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
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Geshe Langri Tangpa

The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation (lojong) by Geshe Langri Tangpa

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1. The Preciousness Of All Living Beings

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2. Developing Humility And Respect

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3. Cultivating Mindfulness

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4. Cherishing Those Who Are Difficult

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5. Offering The Victory To Others

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6. Learning From Those Who Harm Us

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7. The Practice Of Taking And Giving -- Tog-Len

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8. The Illusory Nature Of Phenomena

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Eight Verses For Training The Mind - by Geshe Langri Tangpa

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Serlingpa

Leveling out all Conceptions, by the precious spiritual teacher Protector Serlingpa

 

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The Peacock's Neutralizing of Poison by Dharmarakshita

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COLOPHON

 
 

 
 
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Seventh Dalai Lama, Kelsang Gyatso

Using Illness To Train The Mind

 
 
 
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Other Links

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