Verse 7 of Eight Verses for Training the Mind
brief, may I offer both directly and indirectly all help, happiness and benefit to all beings, my mothers, and
may I secretly take upon myself all of their harmful actions, pain and suffering.
verse refers to the essence of Tong-len practice (Giving and Taking).
to offer, directly and indirectly, our help, happiness, benefit, skills, and resources in loving service to all
beings who certainly, at some time in the past, have been our own mothers.
Tong-len practice, with strong compassion, we visualize taking on the obstacles, problems, illnesses, and
suffering of others.
visualize giving them all of our happiness, comfort, love, virtue, prosperity, and great insights.
verse the word 'secretly' suggests this particular practice of compassion may not be suitable or may be too
difficult for beginning practitioners.
It also means that this practice should be done discreetly, and not openly displayed or spoken about so as to gain
praise or recognition.
Source: Used with permission from Neil Cohen at Naljor Prison
Dharma Service, PO Box 1177, Mount Shasta CA 96067.
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