Verses 7-9 of 27 Verses on Mind Training
seeds of action are positive and negative intentions. Any intention consciously rooted in selfless motivation,
desiring only sheer goodness for all conscious life, will establish the stable ground of goodness and will
universally generate rich results of goodness. Any intention even slightly weakened by selfish motivation
undermines both the ground of our life and its fruits. Intention is the sole creative force of existence.
cling to the intention of triumphing over another, the desire to prosper at the expense of any being or to
indulge in the slightest bias against any being because of personal feelings of attraction or repulsion, these
alone are the causes for whatever suffering exists in personal lives and in the universe as a whole. We should
meditate ceaselessly on this revolutionary truth, remaining conscious of it during every moment of
9) Those who attempt to deceive with words of advice that in any way exalt selfishness and depreciate selflessness
become hopelessly lost in narrow-mindedness, obsessed with their own selfish interests. Such persons create the
only error in the universe: diverting our precious care and concern for others to ourselves. This deception not
only expresses hatred for Buddha's wisdom but is the absurd attempt to destroy universal Buddha
Translation is from the book Mother of the
Buddhas: Meditations on the Prajnaparamita Sutra by Lex Hixon.
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