Verses 16-18 of 27 Verses on Mind Training
this blissful practice, continually cultivating the wonderful, ever-expanding mind of goodness, even the
slightest lack of sympathetic joy disappears and awareness becomes more concentrated and selfless, while the
selfish emotions and conceptual projections which compose this narrow conventional world are gradually effaced,
and we are completely liberated. The brilliant sun of Great Compassion shines unobstructed. The spirit of
wholehearted love in every thought and action constitutes the spontaneously radiating sunlight, effortlessly
melting the mist of self-centeredness, vastly strengthening our constant efforts for all beings.
benefit each other, consciously or unconsciously. Even enemies become profound benefactors in subtle ways. Those
who clearly perceive this radical principle find no isolated object for hostile thought. They can discover and
encounter only friends, benefactors, and inseparably related beings. This insight avoids aggressive thinking and
allows the mind to expand endlessly into wholesomeness, generosity, and sympathy.
18) Never offering the slightest encouragement to hostility, never hesitating to embrace the concerns of others,
pay complete attention to every altruistic impulse that arises in the stream of pure awareness. Contemplate the
teaching of selfless compassion, calming and clarifying the turbulent flood of egocentric mind with the sweetest
meditation. Renounce the meaninglessness of selfish life. Become devoted to the true meaning of existence: the
spontaneous, active compassion for all living beings. If one does not refute self-centered motivation, the subtle
tendencies of the mind can never be free from the gross or subtle disposition to negation.
Translation is from the book Mother of the
Buddhas: Meditations on the Prajnaparamita Sutra by Lex Hixon.
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