Verse 5 of Eight Verses for Training the Mind
Whenever others, because of their
jealousy, treat me badly with abuse, insult, slander, or in other unjust ways, may I accept this defeat myself
and offer the victory to others.
to accept loss and defeat for ourselves and offering gain and victory to others is the very foundation of the
it may appear, at the worldly level, that we suffer loss by way of this practice, ultimately the practitioner
receives the greatest benefits of spiritual wealth and virtue.
learning to accept harsh or unjust treatment, we should not allow ourselves to react with anger, behave
in the same non-virtuous ways in return, or to abandon others because of their actions toward us. This
is the essence of accepting defeat and offering the victory, and the accomplishment of supreme patience and
By accepting defeat and offering the victory to others, with the pure motivation of heartfelt compassion, we
destroy the ignorance of our self-cherishing at its very roots.
Source: Used with permission from Neil Cohen at Naljor Prison
Dharma Service, PO Box 1177, Mount Shasta CA 96067.
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