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37 practices: concluding verses

I haven’t translated the five 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. Not a lot … 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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37 practices: verse 29

29. To attain complete and stable meditation To vanquish my emotionality / I need insight based in tranquility. To understand this and to cultivate / a stable, focused meditative state, Not getting stuck in the four formless realms: / This … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 28

28. To engage in dharma with diligence If lis-ten-ers and solitary buddhas, / in striving just for their own benefit, Are seen to focus with the same resolve / as putting out a fi-re on their head, Since my aim … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 27, part 2 of 2

The translation and audio for practice 27, to cultivate patience, may be found in verse 27, part 1. Bear with me — this is a longer than usual post because I found some extra resources for the patience paramita. Or, … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 27, part 1 of 2

27. To cultivate patience For bodhisattvas wishing to accrue / a wealth of wholesome virtue and good deeds, All harm is like a precious treasure trove, / from other people or adversity. To cultivate a patient attitude, / not feeling … Continue reading

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