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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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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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37 practices: verse 14

14. To repay slander with love / how to use disgrace on the path If someone slanders me and spreads the word, / Maligning me throughout the universe, To pay them back I fill my heart with love, / Extolling … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 13

13. To repay injury with acceptance / how to use suffering on the path Though I’ve not done the slightest thing that’s wrong, / Without a cause someone cuts off my head. To generate compassion in my heart / And … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 12

12. To repay theft with generosity / how to use loss on the path If someone driven by intense desire / Steals all my wealth or instigates the theft, To dedicate to them from all three times / My wealth, … Continue reading

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37 practices: overview of bodhisattva boot camp (12-19)

In the bodhisattva boot camp verses, Togme Zangpo places us directly in dire situations designed to elicit our deepest habitual reactivity. Fortunately, he also provides the key in each situation to liberate ourselves from the corresponding habitual pattern and from the … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 11, part 3 of 3

In our third and final class on verse 11, we began with Ken McLeod’s commentary in Reflections on Silver River and discussed a contemplation he suggests: “Suppose you were told that, no matter what you did, you would never be … Continue reading

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