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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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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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