37 practices: Resources

The main text we are using is The Heart of Compassion by Dilgo Khyentse. This commentary is quite comprehensive and touches on many foundational ideas of Vajrayana Buddhism. Dilgo Khyentse (1910-91) was a great master in the Nyingma lineage and a contemporary of Khyabje Kalu Rinpoche.

Other sources we’re using specifically for the 37 practices are Reflections on Silver River by Ken McLeod and personal notes I took while livestreaming Pema Chodron’s weekend retreat on the 37 practices at Omega Institute in 2016. (I can’t find any evidence that it’s available for purchase.) I also occasionally refer to Khenpo Tsultrim Gyamtso Rinpoche’s commentary, The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, which includes the Tibetan and was originally published by the Marpa Institute but is out of print as far as I know.

Since the 37 Practices falls within both the lam rim and the mind training tradition, we sometimes refer to the following indispensable texts:

For lam rim enrichment, we rely upon Gampopa’s all-encompassing guidebook to the path of awakening, Ornament of Precious Liberation, aka Jewel Ornament of Liberation. There are several translations. This one, by Ken Holmes, is the one I currently use most.

For mind training enrichment, we rely on The Great Path of Awakening by Jamgon Kongtrul, translated by Ken McLeod.

The study guide begins here.

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