Verse 2 of Eight Verses for Training the Mind
Whenever I am with others may I
think of myself as the lowest of all and from the very depths of my heart may I respectfully hold others as
verse calls us to train the mind in proper humility, eliminating our habitual arrogance and pride by 'thinking
of ourselves as the lowest of all.'
certainly not suggesting we belittle ourselves; we should have self-esteem and self-confidence.
a practice is being offered for taming our exaggerated sense of self-importance and for cultivating
true humility and respect for others.
afflictions of arrogance, superiority, pride, and competitiveness create disharmony among people and prevent us
from learning and evolving.
Therefore, by respectfully holding others as supreme, we become more humble, gentle, and open. This naturally
brings harmony and compassion into our relationships and helps us to achieve great qualities, virtues, and
Source: Used with permission from Neil Cohen at Naljor Prison
Dharma Service, PO Box 1177, Mount Shasta CA 96067.
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