Seven Points of Training the Mind
Listen, noble children:
Like bubbles in water, all compounded things
Like a ripe poisonous fruit, all samsaric
pleasures, though seemingly pleasant at
the time, are actually painful.
Like chasing the water of a mirage,
conditioned states are neverending.
Like the good or bad experiences in a dream,
all the aims of this life are utterly
Like a person recovered from smallpox, the
excellent fruition of liberation never reverts
Like a fine staircase, a sublime master’s oral
instructions are the path for ascending to
the palace of liberation.
Like a cultivated field, nonconceptual
meditation is the basis for the growth of
From Jewels of Enlightenment: Wisdom Teachings from the Great Tibetan Masters, by Erik Pema Kunsang, © 2003 by Erik Hein Schmidt. Originally published under the title A Tibetan Buddhist Companion. Reprinted with permission of Shambhala Publications. www.shambhala.com.
Vimalamitra (c. 8th century) was an Indian master of Dzogchen [Great Perfection] teachings.
Great aims are those aims that all beings share in. So what are they? There are three:
- To learn about oneself.
- To resolve the matter of life and death.
- To save others.