The EV are as the title says eight verses which were composed by Geshe Langri Thangpa (1054-1123)but this text belongs to the Tibetan Buddhist school of thought called Lojong which literally means “Training the Mind” or “Transforming the Mind” and is considered quite important that almost all Buddhist writers from Tibet have made a commentary on it which as far as I can see are all primarily the same with possibly one or two differences which are mainly minor although there is one verse which is or can be interpreted differently.
So here is my condensed commentary on The Eight Verses For Training The Mind.
By thinking of all sentient beings
As even better than the wish-granting gem,
For actualizing the highest aim,
I will constantly practice holding them dear.
Whenever I come into another’s company,
I will practice seeing myself as lower than anyone else,
And from the very depths of my heart,
May I respectfully hold others more highly than myself.
Whatever I am doing, I will closely examine my mind,
And as soon as a disturbing emotion, or negative state arises,
Since these endanger myself and others,
May I firmly confront and avert them.
Whenever I meet ill-natured beings,
Or those overpowered by negativities pain, or problems,
May I cherish and care for them as if I had found
A precious treasure difficult to find.
Whenever others, due to jealousy,
Mistreat me with abuse, slander and scorn, or in other unjust ways,
I will take the loss upon myself,
And give the victory to them.
Even when someone I have helped,
Or in whom I have placed great expectations,
Were to harm me very badly,
may I see him as an admirable friend.
In brief, may I offer both directly and indirectly all help,
Happiness and benefit to all beings, my mothers,
And may I secretly take upon myself
All of their harmful actions, pain and suffering.
I will learn to keep all these practices,
Undefiled by the stains of the eight worldly concerns (gain/loss, pleasure/pain, praise/blame, fame/dishonour),
May I recognize the illusory nature of all existing things,
May I transcend the bondage of attachment and mistaken views of reality.
At the end of the day I may be right, I may be wrong, but I share this hoping I am one or the other.