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37 practices: overview of action bodhicitta, verses 11-30

According to Dilgo Khyentse (pages 98 and 106), in practice 10 we cultivate aspiration bodhicitta, the wish for all beings to be happy and to be liberated from the confusion of samsara, which marks the beginning of the Mahayana path … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 11

11. To exchange my happiness for others’ suffering  The source of every single suf-fer-ing / Is wishing for my happiness alone, While focusing on others’ benefit / Gives rise to buddhahood, awakening. Because of this to genuinely trade / My … Continue reading

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37 Practices: Verse 10

10. To liberate all beings My mothers, each and every sentient being, / Since time without beginning cared for me. How can I be happy while they’re suf-fering? / I must get to work and set them free. To cultivate … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 9

9. To strive for unchanging freedom Like drops of dew upon each blade of grass / The three realms’ happiness evaporates. In contrast, the supreme and highest state / Of liberation doesn’t ever change. To strive in all my efforts … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 8

8. To refrain from harm at all costs The suf-fer-ings of the three lower realms, / These states of mind so difficult to bear, According to the teachings of the Sage / Are the result of actions that do harm. … Continue reading

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37 practices: taking refuge as a practice, verse 7 p.s.

In verse 7 of the 37 practices of a bodhisattva, Togme Zangpo reminds himself (and now us, since his writings have survived 7 centuries) to give up worldly refuges and look instead to refuges that are authentic and reliable and … Continue reading

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37 practices: verses 8-10, the path begins

Click on the link for discussion and audio of the preliminary practices all together: verses 1-7. 8. To refrain from harm at all costs The suf-fer-ings of the three lower realms, / These states of mind so difficult to bear, According … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 7

7. To seek refuge in the Three Jewels Who can the worldly deities protect, / Themselves imprisoned in samsara’s jail? The Three Jewels, which embody freedom’s path: / Reliable protection without fail. To seek refuge in Buddha, dharma, sangha: / … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 6, part 2 of 2

The translation of verse 6, to rely on spiritual friends, may be found in part 1 of the class notes, which touches on the definition of spiritual friends; how to identify an authentic teacher; and, once you have found one, how … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 6, part 1 of 2

6. To rely on spiritual friends When I rely on spiritual friends, / My faults and negative behaviors wane, Constructive qualities and skills expand / Just like the brilliance of the waxing moon. To hold authentic friends like this more … Continue reading

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