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Seven Points of Training the Mind

Seven Points of Training the Mind

Listen, noble children:
Like bubbles in water, all compounded things
are impermanent.
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
to suffering.
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:

  1. To learn about oneself.
  2. To resolve the matter of life and death.
  3. To save others.

With meditation comes patience, and with patience you will learn the rest.

Peace and Blessings 

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