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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 covers the definition of spiritual friends; how to identify an authentic teacher; and, once you have found one, how to … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 6, part 1

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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37 practices: a note on memorization

Memorization is a tried and true method of internalizing important information, both in Tibetan monasteries and in our own culture in the days of yore. My eighth-grade English class was assigned to memorize 135 lines of poetry over the course … Continue reading

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5. To give up negative friends When I’m with friends who strengthen the three poisons / Reflection, study, meditation fade, Kindness and compassion are forgotten, / And I’m caught up again in worldly aims. Not following the friends who harm … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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37 practices: the first 7 verses

To study, contemplate and meditate To leave your homeland To rely on solitude To let go of attachment to this lifetime To give up negative friends To rely on spiritual friends To take refuge in the Three Jewels Preparation for … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 3, part 2

Verse 3: To rely on solitude, along with class notes for part 1, is here. Commentary: Dilgo Khyentse advises us: “If you wish to concentrate entirely on the Dharma instead of being constantly tossed hither and thither by waves of attachment … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 4

4. To let go of attachment to this lifetime Old friends I’ve known as long as I remember, / One day we’ll have to go our separate ways. Material possessions I’ve worked hard for / Will be enjoyed by someone … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 3

3. To rely on solitude When I avoid conditions that disturb me, / Emotional afflictions lose their strength. When there are no distractions to engage me, / My dharma practice grows to fill the space. Awareness – knowing – rigpa … Continue reading

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37 practices: verse 2

2. To leave your homeland While those I love can stir up a tsunami, / And those I hate can burn me up like fire, When I don’t care I lose my moral compass / And dark delusion permeates my … Continue reading

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