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Seven-Point Attitude-Training

(Seven-Point Mind-Training)
(Togmey-zangpo edition)

(Blo-sbyong don-bdun-ma)
by Geshe Chaykawa (dGe-bshes 'Chad-kha-ba)
Togmey-zangpo (Thogs-med bzang-po) edition
translated by Alexander Berzin, June 2004

Prostration to great compassion.

(1) Train first in the preliminaries.

(2) Ponder that phenomena are like a dream.
Discern the basic nature of awareness that has no arising.
The opponent itself liberates itself in its own place.
The essential nature of the path is to settle
within a state of the all-encompassing basis.
Between sessions, act like an illusory person.

Train in both giving and taking in alternation,
Mounting those two on the breath.
(In regard to) the three objects, (take) the three poisonous attitudes
And (give) the three roots of what's constructive,
(While) training with words in all paths of behavior.
As for the order of taking, start from myself.

(3) When the environment and its dwellers are full of negative forces,
Transform adverse conditions into a path to enlightenment,
By banishing one thing as (bearing) all blame
And meditating with great kindness toward everyone.

Voidness, from meditating on deceptive appearances
As the four Buddha-bodies, is the peerless protector.

The supreme method entails four actions to use,
(So) instantly apply to meditation whatever I might happen to meet.

(4) In brief, the essence of the quintessential teachings
Is applying the five forces.

The quintessential teaching for the Mahayana transference of mind
Is the five forces themselves,
While giving importance to my path of deportment.

(5) If all my Dharma practice gathers into one intention
If, from the two witnesses, I take the main;
If I can continually rely on my mind being only happy;
And if even distracted I'm still able;
Then I've become trained.

(6) Train always in the three general points.
Transform my intentions, but remain normal.
Don't speak of (others') deficient or deteriorated sides.
Don't think anything about others' (faults).
Cleanse myself first of whichever disturbing emotion is my greatest.
Rid myself of hopes for fruits.
Give up poisoned food.
Don't rely (on my disturbing thoughts) as my excellent mainstay.
Don't fly off into bad play.
Don't lie in ambush.
Don't put (someone) down about a sensitive point.
Don't shift the load of a dzo to an ox.
Don't make a race.
Don't reverse the amulet.
Don't make a god fall to a demon.
Don't seek suffering (for others) as an adjunct for (my) happiness.

(7) Do all yogas with one.
Do all the quashing of what's distorted with one.
At the beginning and the end, have the two actions.
Whichever of the two occurs, act patiently.
Safeguard the two at the cost of my life.
Train in the three difficult things.
Take the three major causes.
Meditate on the three undeclining things.
Possess the three inseparables.
Act purely, without partiality to objects.
Cherish (applying) wide and deep training toward everything.
Always meditate toward those set aside (as close).
Don't be dependent on other conditions.
Practice primarily now.
Don't have reversed understandings.
Don't be intermittent.
Train resolutely.
Free myself through both investigation and scrutiny.
Don't meditate with a sense of a loss.
Don't restrict myself with hypersensitivity.
Don't act for merely a short while.
Don't wish for (any) thanks.

(Like this,) transform into a path to enlightenment
This (time when) the five deteriorations are rampant.
This essence of nectar of quintessential teachings
Is in lineage from Serlingpa.

From the awakening of karmic remainders
From having previously trained,
My admiration (for this practice) abounded.
And due to that cause,
Ignoring suffering and insult,
I requested the guideline instructions
To tame my self-grasping.
Now even if I die, I have no regrets.