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Bringing fear of coronavirus (and all other fears) onto the path Part 4: “If it is better for me to be ill…”

It turns out that our old friend from the 14th century, Togme Zangpo, the author of The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, had something to say about how to deal with fear of coronavirus (and all other illnesses) in the … Continue reading

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Bringing fear of coronavirus (and all other fears) onto the path: Part 1: The four ends

It’s March 2020 and coronavirus, along with its associated illness, covid-19 (corona virus disease of 2019, has appeared on the scene in the last few weeks, overtaking headlines in the midst of a volatile presidential primary season; and inspiring widespread … Continue reading

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37 practices: full translation and guided meditations

I’ve just posted the complete translation of the 37 practices on the 37 practices translation page. I’ve also added a page for audio of guided meditations we’re doing this month as part of our abbreviated “37 practices summer camp” program, meeting … Continue reading

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37 practices: mindfulness, vigilance and integrity (35 and 36, part 2)

Mindfulness, vigilance and … a loophole!  Each and every verse resonates with me, but I feel that in particular verses 35 and 36 are the heart of the 37 practices. As I said in the post on these verses, linked … Continue reading

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37 practices: the wrap-up

Last week, almost exactly a year after we began, we finished the text of The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva. by Gyalse Ngulchu Togme Zangpo, whose name translates as “the bodhisattva of Silver River, Excellent Asanga,” a venerable 14th-century Tibetan … Continue reading

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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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