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36. Don’t put exchange value on things

  • This is the Fourteenth Slogan/Instruction of Point Six, which consists of sixteen instructions.
  • Point Six is “The Disciplines of Mind Training”

Chögyam Trungpa and Khenchen Trangu Rinpoche both translate this one as “Don’t act with a twist.” 

The literal meaning in Tibetan of this instruction is that we don’t undertake hardships motivated by a calculated intent. Of course, it is nice to go to trouble for others, to be willing to suffer so that others are happy, but if our motivation is to help ourselves so that in the end we win material things or receive acclaim from others then we are acting with a hidden motivation.

We might say, “Okay, I agree you won in this case,” with the hidden intent that it is ultimately we who will prevail. Or we might give something to somebody, not out of generosity, but because we hope to get something from them later on. This is the wrong motivation.

The Seven Points of Mind Training by Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche

Silver inlaid with turquoise, copper, brass and gold; gilt bronze lotus; overall: 32.4 cm (12 3/4 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art

Bodhisattva Maitreya: The Future Buddha, 1100s. East India, Bengal, Pala period. Silver inlaid with turquoise, copper, brass and gold; gilt bronze lotus; overall: 32.4 cm (12 3/4 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art

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