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37 practices: verse 26

26. To guard ethical conduct If, through a lack of ethical conduct, / I can’t accomplish my own benefit, Then any aspiration to achieve / the benefit of others is a joke. To keep and guard my ethical conduct / … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 25

25. To practice generosity If, wishing to attain awakening, / I need to give even my body up, Then doesn’t it go also without saying / that this applies to mere external stuff? Without hope for reward or benefit / … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 22

22. To remain free from subject-object fixation All appearances are my own mind; / mind’s nature from the start is concept free. To know my own mind’s nature and refrain / from grasping onto subject-object signs: This is the way … Continue reading

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37 practices: verses 20 and 21

20. To conquer my own aggression / How to use objects of hatred on the path If I don’t tame my inner enemy, / the poison of aggression, anger, hate, Then outer enemies just multiply / no matter how, to … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 17

17. To repay disrespect with reverence / how to use humiliation on the path If someone, my in-fer-i-or or peer, / Through pride dis-par-a-ges and puts me down, To hon-or them as I would my teach-er / And place them … Continue reading

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Ego: what it is, what it isn’t, and why it matters

I just wanted to share a brief explanation of ego from Traleg Rinpoche (author of a number of books, including the best explanation of karma I’ve ever encountered, Karma: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and Why It Matters). The … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 16

If someone I’ve cared for as my own child / Turns on me as their worst enemy, Then, like a mother when her child is ill, / To shower them with more love than before: This is the way a … Continue reading

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37 practices: which verse(s) to memorize?

As you may know, I’m a great fan of memorization as a way to deeply study and internalize the dharma. In fact, it is one of the traditional 10 Dharma Activities. It’s also why I’m making a new translation of … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 15

15. To repay humiliation with respect / how to use disparagement on the path If someone tells a crowd my hidden faults / And speaks of me with undisguised contempt, To see them as my spiritual friend / And bow … Continue reading

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Orientation for newcomers

Welcome to the study guide for the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, one of the core texts of the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Though it was written by a 14th-century Tibetan monk, Togme Zangpo, we still study it centuries … Continue reading

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