The Root Text of the Seven Points of Training the Mind
By Chekawa Yeshe Dorje
Point One: The Preliminaries, Which Are a Basis for Dharma Practice
I prostrate to the Great Compassionate One
- First, train in the preliminaries.
Point Two: The Main Practice, Which Is Training in Bodhicitta
- Regard all dharmas as dreams.
- Examine the nature of unborn awareness.
- Self-liberate even the antidote.
- Rest in the nature of alaya, the essence.
- In post-meditation, be a child of illusion.
- Sending and taking should be practiced alternately. These two should ride the breath.
- Three objects, three poisons, and three seeds of virtue.
- In all activities, train with slogans.
- Begin the sequence of sending and taking with yourself.
Point Three: Transformation of Bad Circumstances into the Path of Enlightenment
- When the world is filled with evil, transform all mishaps into the path of bodhi.
- Drive all blames into one.
- Be grateful to everyone.
- Seeing confusion as the four kayas is unsurpassable shunyata protection.
- Four practices are the best of methods.
- Whatever you meet unexpectedly, join with meditation.
Point Four: Showing the Utilisation of Practice in One’s Whole Life
- Practice the five strengths; the condensed heart instructions.
- The mahayana instruction for ejection of consciousness at death is the five strengths: how you conduct yourself is important.
Point Five: Evaluation of Mind Training
- All dharma agrees at one point.
- Of the two witnesses, hold the principle one.
- Always maintain only a joyful mind.
- If you can practice even when distracted, you are well trained.
Point Six: Disciplines of Mind Training
- Always abide by the three basic principles.
- Change your attitude, but remain natural.
- Don’t talk about injured limbs.
- Don’t ponder others.
- Work with the greatest defilements first.
- Abandon any hope of fruition.
- Abandon poisonous food.
- Don’t be so predictable.
- Don’t malign others.
- Don’t wait in ambush.
- Don’t bring things to a painful point.
- Don’t transfer the ox’s load to the cow.
- Don’t try to be the fastest.
- Don’t act with a twist.
- Don’t make gods into demons.
- Don’t seek others’ pain as the limbs of your own happiness.
Point Seven: Guidelines of Mind Training
- All activities should be done with one intention.
- Correct all wrongs with one intention.
- Two activities: one at the beginning, one at the end.
- Whichever of the two occurs, be patient.
- Observe these two, even at the risk of your life.
- Train in the three difficulties.
- Take on the three principle causes.
- Pay heed that the three never wane.
- Keep the three inseparable.
- Train without bias in all areas. It is crucial always to do this pervasively and wholeheartedly.
- Always meditate on whatever provokes resentment.
- Don’t be swayed by external circumstances.
- This time, practice the main points.
- Don’t misinterpret.
- Don’t vacillate.
- Train wholeheartedly.
- Liberate yourself by examining and analysing.
- Don’t wallow in self-pity.
- Don’t be jealous.
- Don’t be frivolous.
- Don’t expect applause.
From Start Where You Are by Pema Chodron