Author Archives: Yeshe Chödrön

And let it begin with me

Before I get started on the Gampopa Ornament of Precious Liberation class notes, here’s a short presentation I gave a couple of weeks ago at an interfaith prayer service in Richmond, Virginia. Organized by Chaplain David Curtis at Westminster Canterbury … Continue reading

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37 practices: full translation and guided meditations

I’ve just posted the complete translation of the 37 practices on the 37 practices translation page (at the top of the screen). I’ve also added a page for audio of guided meditations we’re doing this month as part of our abbreviated … Continue reading

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37 practices: mindfulness, vigilance and integrity (35 and 36, part 2)

Mindfulness, vigilance and … a loophole!  Each and every verse resonates with me, but I feel that in particular verses 35 and 36 are the heart of the 37 practices. As I said in the post on these verses, linked … Continue reading

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37 practices: the wrap-up

Last week, almost exactly a year after we began, we finished the text of The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva. by Gyalse Ngulchu Togme Zangpo, whose name translates as “the bodhisattva of Silver River, Excellent Asanga,” a venerable 14th-century Tibetan … Continue reading

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37 practices: concluding verses

I haven’t translated the concluding verses yet. For now, please refer to the translation in Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s The Heart of Compassion, by the Padmakara Translation Committee, or any other translation in any of other commentaries. The final four verses … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 37

37. To dedicate all merit In order to dispel the suffering / of beings numberless as space is vast, To dedicate the merit of my practice / to everyone’s complete awakening, With wisdom purified of three domains: / This is … Continue reading

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37 practices: verses 35 and 36

35. To use mindfulness and vigilance to crush emotional reactions Once reactivity becomes a habit / it’s hard to turn its energy around. To overpower it without delay, / by wielding mindfulness and vigilance, The moment a reaction first begins … Continue reading

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37 practices: verses 31-34

Verses 31-34: the four instructions from the sutra For the first time since this class began a year ago in June 2017, we are going to attempt the feat of discussing four verses at once. This is both because they … Continue reading

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37 practices: teachings by His Holiness Karmapa May 2018

I’ll come back as time permits and share some of my notes from these wonderful teachings, given in five sessions May 29-31, 2018, at the awe-inspiring Riverside Church in New York City. Not only did they provide an excellent, concise … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 30

30. To unite wisdom with skillful means The five perfections, lacking inner wisdom, / are not enough for full awakening. To cultivate the wisdom of true knowing, / united with the path of skillful means, And not conceive the three … Continue reading

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