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བློ་སྦྱོང་།
Mindful Training
༈ གླང་རེ་ཐང་པ་རྡོ་རྗེ་སེང་གེས་མཛད་པའི་བློ་སྦྱོང་ཚིག་བརྒྱད་མ་བཞུགས་སོ།
Eight Verses for Mind-Training Composed by Geshe Langri Thangpa Dorjee Singghe (1054-1123).
Audio: H.H. the Dalai Lama
1 སེམས་བསྐྱེད།
༈ བདག་ནི་སེམས་ཅན་ཐམས་ཅད་ལ།
ཡིད་བཞིན་ནོར་བུ་ལས་ལྷག་པའི།
དོན་མཆོག་སྒྲུབ་པའི་བསམ་པ་ཡི།
རྟག་ཏུ་གཅེས་པར་འཛིན་པར་ཤོག
May I consider sentient beings,
dearer than the Wish-Fulfilling Gem.
Best wishes in mind,
Forever hold them dear.

2 སྙིང་རྗེ།
གང་དུ་སུ་དང་འགྲོགས་པའི་ཚེ།
བདག་ཉིད་ཀུན་ལས་དམན་བསྟ་ཞིང༌།
གཞན་ལ་བསམ་པ་ཐག་པ་ཡིས།
མཆོག་ཏུ་གཅེས་པར་འཛིན་པར་ཤོག
Whenever whoever I am with
May I see myself least important.
And sincerely others in mind,
Hold them dearly highest.

3 བསམ་གཏན།
སྤྱོད་ལམ་ཀུན་ཏུ་རང་རྒྱུད་ལ།
རྟོག་ཅིང་ཉོན་མོངས་སྐྱེས་མ་ཐག།
བདག་གཞན་མ་རུངས་བྱེད་པས་ན།
བཙན་ཐབས་གདོང་ནས་བཟློག་པར་ཤོག
Always observe my behaviour.
Negative thoughts may arise,
[and]Hurt myself and others.
Confront and suppress it with force.

4 བཟོད་པ།
རང་བཞིན་ངན་པའི་སེམས་ཅན་ནི།
སྡིག་སྡུག་དྲག་པོས་ནོན་མཐོང་ཚེ།
རིན་ཆེན་གཏེར་དང་འཕྲད་པ་བཞིན།
རྙེད་པར་དཀའ་བའི་གཅེས་འཛིན་ཤོག
For unpleasant sentient being is,
Overwhelmed by bad-karma and suffering.
When stumble upon rare treasure,
Cherish and empathise.

5 སྦྱིན་པ།
བདག་ལ་གཞན་གྱིས་ཕྲག་དོག་གིས།
གཤེ་སྐུར་ལ་སོགས་མི་རིགས་པའི།
གྱོང་ཁ་རང་གིས་ལེན་པ་དང༌།
རྒྱལ་ཁ་གཞན་ལ་འབུལ་བར་ཤོག
Out of envy others may,
Insult, abuse and treat me unjustly.
May I accept [freewill] defeat and loss,
And offer victory to them.

6 ཤེས་རབ།
གང་ལ་བདག་གིས་ཕན་བཏགས་པའི།
རེ་བ་ཆེ་བ་གང་ཞིག་གིས།
ཤིན་ཏུ་མི་རིགས་གནོད་བྱེད་ནའང།
བཤེས་གཉེན་དམ་པར་བལྟ་བར་ཤོག
Whom I have helped,
With great expectation.
Did immense harm and unjust in return.
May I see him as my true teacher.

7 ཚུལ་ཁྲིམས།
མདོར་ན་དངོས་དང་བརྒྱུད་པ་ཡིས།
ཕན་བདེ་མ་རྣམས་ཀུན་ལ་འབུལ།
མ་ཡི་གནོད་དང་སྡུག་བསྔལ་ཀུན།
གསང་བས་གདག་ལ་ལེན་པར་ཤོག
In essence, directly or indirectly,
Offer total wellness to mothers.
Suffering and pain of mothers,
Inconspicuously take upon myself.

8 བརྩོན་འགྲུས།
དེ་དག་ཀུན་ཀྱང་ཆོས་བརྒྱད་ཀྱི།
རྟོག་པའི་དྲི་མས་མ་སྦགས་ཤིང༌།
ཆོས་ཀུན་སྒྱུ་མར་ཤེས་པའི་བློས།
ཞེན་པའི་འཆིང་བ་ལས་གྲོལ་ཤོག
All above be free from
eight compromises of Acquired Concept.
Recognizing all phenomena is illusory,
May I be free from bondage of disgusting Attachment.
*mother: sentient beings
Transliteration: karma
heart
Vitamin C

Vitamin C is antioxidant. it C is soluble in water. It helps body cell to regenerate or it does repair work for free. Although our body can make many other things that we lack but it cannot make vitamin C. It must come from something we eat.

In my view Tibetans should take vitamin C supplement every day, especially those who live in Tibet and monks who spends months in retreat who eat Tsampa and black tea.

Since C is soluble in water, no harm is done if excess is taken. It goes straight into urine and out. Body does not retain excess C. However, lack of C can cause gum bleeding, inflammation, tiredness. When C is severely deficient it can cause Scurvy.

Type 2 Diabetes

There are reports that taking daily dose of 1000mg Vitamin C helps lower Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS), LDL(bad cholesterol) in type 2 diabetes.

Here is a link to reference to PubMed paper on US government webpage.

Ref: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18160753

Heart Disease

Since C helps reduce bad Cholesterol (LDL: there are types of LDL: Particle test is better than LDL Cholesterol level test) and being antioxidant means it can help repair damaged cells due to wrong foods we eat or bad habits we picked up. We may be using the wrong oil to cook our food with; what looks nice and tastes good may be causing some serious chemical change to our body cells; unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking. Our body cells especially the heart, the work horse, get damaged.

Damages Arteries either clog or collapse if help is not on its way. Since Vitamin C is antioxidant, it helps heal cells. Your heart and lungs, if you are smoker, needs your help!

There are new findings in Medical field that points to link between vitamin C and heart failure rate.

Here is a reference material.

Note: Latest Medical news and finding are facts of today. There are few research that were done in the past and result published may point to something conflicting to the present findings. In such case, we must discern and accept the latest or the newest findings. That way we move forward, not backward.

Ref: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/754043

Cancer

Tobacco is a major cancer mortality. World Health Organization (WHO) put cancer death due to Tobacco at 22 percent per year. In 2004, 1.6 million people died of Tobacco related cancer.

Meat

More cancers are found in those who eat meat compared to those who don’t.

Vitamin C is most abundant in red Chilly/Peppers -not powder. It was first discovered in Paprika grown in Hungary.

Vitamin C supplement may reduce occurrence of cancer among Tibetans which is high.

Ref: click here

Deep frying in vegetable oil, Kabse, Numtak Baglap, fry momo etc, is also a concern because these oils are not stable at high temperature which means they produce toxics-aldehyde. Now scientists know that lard, and coconut oil is better for deep fry. Sunflower oil is good if you just drink it not frying. Same goes for olive oil.

Ref: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/foodanddrinknews/11767261/which-oil-should-I-cook-with.htm






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