The Eight Verses

Please enjoy these two series on thought transformation!


Eight Verses to Turn Your Life Around

With Geshe Thubten Sherab

Teachings from a Buddhist master on a short yet effective practice to transform your daily life from problems and difficulties into one of courage, satisfaction and peace.

Geshe Thubten Sherab shares his wisdom and experience in bringing a deep purpose to our day-to-day life, in developing resilience for life’s challenges, and courage in the face of adversity.

Teaching 1
Guided Meditation on Verse 1
Teaching 2
Guided Meditation on Verse 2
Teaching 3
Guided Meditation on Verses 5 & 6
Teaching 4
Guided Meditation on Verse 7

The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation

  1. Determined to obtain the greatest possible benefit from all sentient beings, who are more precious than a wish-fulfilling jewel, I shall hold them most dear at all times.
  2. When in the company of others, I shall always consider myself the lowest of all, and from the depths of my heart hold others dear and supreme.
  3. Vigilant, the moment a delusion appears in my mind, endangering myself and others, I shall confront and avert it without delay.
  4. Whenever I see beings that are wicked in nature and overwhelmed by violent negative actions and suffering, I shall hold such rare ones dear, as if I had found a precious treasure.
  5. When, out of envy, others mistreat me with abuse, insults or the like, I shall accept defeat and offer the victory to others.
  6. When somebody whom I have benefited and in whom I have great hopes gives me terrible harm, I shall regard that person as my holy guru.
  7. In short, both directly and indirectly, I offer every happiness and benefit to all my mothers. I shall secretly take upon myself all their harmful actions and suffering.
  8. Undefiled by the stains of the superstitions of the eight worldly concerns, may I, by perceiving all phenomena as illusory, be released from the bondage of attachment.


How the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation Can Improve Our Lives

With Eddie Peet

Geshe Langri Tangpa’s short and profound teaching in just eight verses, guides us in taking the essence of this fortunate human life without wasting a single moment. What causes our suffering? How do we empower ourselves to overcome problems? The answer is to train our minds. If our perception of ‘problem’ or ‘suffering’ is transformed we can provide ourselves with the ultimate antidote.

The eight verses by Geshe Langri Tangpa are a classic spiritual text of the lojong genre (mind training) and one of the main sources of inspiration for HH the Dalai Lama in his daily meditations. In this 4-part series, registered FPMT teacher, Eddie Peet, leads us through the topic through the lens of teachings by great Buddhist masters such as HH the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and linking with contemporary western viewpoints.

Class 1
Class 2
Class 3
Class 4