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The text “Leveling Out All Conceptual Thoughts,” is a lojong, or a text or practice that belongs to the mind training series. It is a text that Yangsi Rinpoche recommends that people study and try to put into practice.

Why Use This Text

Rinpoche states that until realization of emptiness happens, afflictive emotions arise. This text is a helpful in working with these emotions. It is a step by step instruction on focusing energy into one aspiration, instead of abusing energy. It is about organizaing and simplying one’s thought process, which can lead to transforming one’s experiences and emotions

The following version is transalted in Mind Training: The Great Collection, with translation by Thupten Jinpa (the principle translator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama):

Herein is contained a teaching conferred by Serlingpa to Atisa to help him subue the barbarian boderlands.

The guardian and teacher Serlingpa said to master Atisa, “Son, to subdue the barbarian borderlands, you wil need the following teachings”:

Level out all [false] conceptions;
Carry forth the foce of all antidotes;
Concentrate all Aspirations into one;
And seek the path where all paths converge–

These are the four enlightened factors, the antidotes.
They are vital if you are to tame barbarian borderlands;
They are essential, too, in the age of degeneration
To bear with misguided ways of negative companions

Adverse conditions are your spiritual teacher;
Demons and possessor spirits, the Buddha’s emanations;
Sickness is a broom for negative karma and defilements;
Sufferings are displays of ultimate reality’s expanse–

These are the four thoroughly afflicted factors;
They are vital if you are to tame the barbarian borderlands;
They are essential, too, in the era of degeneration
To bear with misguided ways of negative companions

This [training] is the great counterpoint to happiness;
This is the great successor to misery;
This is the charm that attracts misfortune;
And this is capping of wishes that are least useful —

These are the four antidotes to misguided ways;
They are vital if you are to tame the barbarian borderlands;
They are essential, too, in the age of degeneration,
To bear with misguided ways of negative companions

“Self” is the root of negative karma;
It is to be discarded decisively.
“Other” is a source of enlightenment;
It is to be embraced enthusiastically–

These two teachings draw the remedies to a close;
They are vital if you are to tame the barbarian borderlands;
They are essential, too, in the age of degeneration
To bear with misguided ways of negative companions.

Cast away decisively, let go with ease;
Dismantle thoroughly, and let be with gentleness–
These are the four aspects of the sealing of emptiness;
They are vital if you are to tame the barbarian borderlands.

They are essential, too, in the age of degeneration
To bear with misguided ways of negative companions.
If you engage in the practices in this way,
Beings will not be fettered but will attain freedom.

Thus it was taught.

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