Kindness, The eight verses of happiness

The eight verses of happiness

1st verse

With the thought of attaining enlightenmentFor the welfare of all beings,

Who are more precious than a wish-fulfilling jewel,

I will constantly practice holding them dear.


2nd verse

Whenever I am with others

I will practice seeing myself as the lowest of all,

And from the very depth of my heart

I will respectfully hold others as supreme.


3rd verse

May I examine my mind in all actions 

And as soon as a negative thought occurs, 

Since it endangers myself and others 

May I firmly face and avert it.


4th verse

When I see beings of negative disposition

Or those oppressed by negativity or pain,

May I, as if finding a treasure, consider them precious,

For they are rarely met.


5th verse

Whenever others, due to their jealousy,

Revile and treat me in others unjust ways,

May I accept this defeat myself,

And offer the victory to others.


6th verse

When someone whom I have helped

Or in whom I have placed great hope

Harms me with great injustice,

May I see that one as a sacred friend.


7th verse

In short may I offer both directly and indirectly, 

All joy and benefit to all beings, my mothers, 

And may I myself

Secretly take on all of their hurts and suffering.


8th verse

May they not be defiled by the concepts

Of the eight mundane concerns,

And aware that all things are illusory,

May them, ungrasping, be free from bondage.


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