The Heart of Compassion has ratings and 13 reviews. Through Spiritual Materialism by Chögyam Trungpa The Heart of Compassion by Dilgo Khyentse. By Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. Translated by the Padmakara Translation Group. Publisher: Shambhala. ISBN The extraordinary set of instructions . commentary by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche The following is an excerpt from “The Heart of Compassion: Thirty Seven Verses on the Practice of.

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What would be the practical implications of caring hexrt about others than about yourself? This is the radical theme of this extraordinary neart of instructions, a training manual composed in the fourteenth century by the Buddhist hermit Ngulchu Thogme, here explained in detail by one of the compxssion Tibetan Buddhist masters of the twentieth century, Dilgo Khyentse.

In the Mahaya What would be the practical implications of caring more about others than about yourself? In the Mahayana tradition, those who have the courage to undertake the profound change of attitude required to develop true compassion are called bodhisattvas.

This classic text presents ways that we can work with our own hearts and minds, starting wherever we find ourselves now, to unravel our small-minded preoccupations rilgo discover our own potential for compassion, love, and wisdom.

Many generations of Buddhist practitioners have been inspired by these teachings, and the great masters of all traditions have written numerous commentaries. Paperbackpages. The Thirty-seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Lists with This Book. Apr 22, D rated it it was amazing. What a lot of thoughts of attachment and anger I have! Does that happen to you? He remai What a lot of thoughts of attachment and anger I have! He remained there until he was 65, dedicating himself entirely to spiritual practice, and to showing in body, speech, and mind every aspect of perfection.

When the ruthless soldiers appeared brandishing their bloodstained swords and spears, they wanted to receive his blessing, but dared not approach. Yet, just as a doctor’s prescription alone will not cure her patient, if you don’t pray fervently to the Victorious Ones and apply their teachings, it’s going to be difficult for them to protect you, let alone for me to do so.

Therefore, practice correctly all the instructions you have received and you’ll be able to help others, just as I have done. So you don’t need to feel pain at the thought that we are going to be separated. Even if we part, rely upon the Three Jewels and pray to them — is there any refuge more supreme?

To that end, to listen, to reflect, and meditate Day and night, without distraction, is the practice of a bodhisattva. If people’s minds are permeated with the wish to help others, the general welfare of the world steadily increases.


Those who practice the Dharma of the Mahayana in accordance with the Buddha’s intention are known as bodhisattvas. The buddhas being those who have totally conquered the enemies of ignorance and other emotions, they are often referred to by the epithet “Victorious Ones,” while bodhisattvas, in many texts, are called “children of the Victorious Ones. Having this precious human life is like having a well-rigged ship on which to sail across the ocean to an island of treasures.

As Shantideva says in The Ways of oof Bodhisattva: Cross the commpassion of emotions On the boat of human existence. Fompassion time of khyyentse is uncertain; The cause of death is unpredictable. Practice to free yourself and all others from the suffering that is samsara. Among human beings, there are 4 root sufferings: The meaning of leaving behind your native land is to leave behind the emotions of attachment, hatred, and the obscuring ignorance that permeates both.

Go to a completely unknown place where there is nothing that will engender hearr emotions. Affectionate relatives and friends Are like jailers detaining you in samsara.

Entanglement in desire or aversion toward sensual experiences Is like honey into which an insect falls.

Seized by fear, throw them all away! Have good thoughts and intentions toward all beings. Like the moon, which is always on the move, do not remain in one place too long.

Living in solitary places, the source of all good qualities — your self-control and moderation increase. Anything you do that is in accord with the Dharma, however small or trivial, will be beneficial.

Give up concerns of this life by reflecting on impermanence — Consciousness, a guest, will leave the hotel of the body In reality, phenomena are impermanent, and devoid of any true substantial existence.

Fear death now, And thus become fearless at the time of death; Do nothing. Start the day by arousing the wish for enlightenment. In the evening, examine everything you have done during the day, confess whatever was negative, and dedicate whatever was positive to the benefit of all beings. Make a promise to do better the next day.

To cherish the teacher more than yourself, and more than anyone else, is the practice of a bodhisattva. People naturally search for refuge, for someone or something to protect them from sorrow and torment. Some people turn to the powerful with the hope of achieving wealth, pleasure, and influence. True refuge can only be provided by something that is itself totally free — true refuge is to be found only in the Three Jewels — the Buddha spiritual friends, animals, wheels, bridges, boats, fresh breezes, medicinal plantsDharma teachings of the Buddha: A king whose predominant concern was the welfare of his subjects would be considered noble, whereas a king who looked after his own welfare and comfort at the expense of his subjects would be shameless.

Throughout your past lives you have been connected with all beings, and at some time or other all of them must have been your loving parents. Faith is the prerequisite for refuge, and its very essence. Taking refuge comes from the depth of your heart. After taking refuge, 1 do not take refuge in worldly gods and powerful people of this world.


Having taken refuge in the Buddha 1 respect any representation of the Buddha. Having taken refuge in the Dharma 2 respect all the scriptures, down to a single letter of the alphabet.

Never step over books. Having taken refuge in the Sangha 3 respect members of the monastic community and all Dharma practitioners. Abandon evildoing Practice virtue well Master your own mind Looking at the mind There is nothing to see. Seeing nothing, we see the Dharma, The source of all buddhas. In the mind of a beginner There is clarity, but no stability; To stop it being consigned to the wind of thoughts, Fasten it with the rope of mindfulness.

Calming the mind is like closing the glass of a lantern around the flame so that it can shine brightly and steadily, protected from the wind. Avoid attachment to the homes of friends and benefactors is the practice of a bodhisattva. For I am one who strives for freedom; I must not be bound by wealth and honors. To feel satisfied with whatever you have, that is the ultimate wealth; Not to crave or be attached to anything at all, that is the ultimate happiness.

Most wars that devastate the world are started by harsh words. As Nagarjuna says in his Letter to a Friendthe words people speak are of three kinds: World that help and please are like honey. Words that are honest and true are like flowers. Violent, harmful words are like excrement. The way a bodhisattva uses speed is to bring people onto the path of liberation. Start by saying things and telling stories that open people’s minds by making them happy.

Gradually and skillfully introduce them to the meaning of Dharma. Stay alert, and watch what your mind is doing. The buddha nature, tathagatargarbha, is present in all of us, but we fail to recognize it.

If your mistaken belief in a self disappeared, you would realize the essential sameness of self and other. The essence of the practice of a bodhisattva is to transcend self-clinging and dedicate yourself completely to serving others.

True generosity is to have no clinging; true discipline is to have no desire; true patience is to be without hatred. A bodhisattva possesses impartial love for all beings. Bless me that I may know how to use all difficulties and obstacles as friends along this path!

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May I be able to benefit beings Through my body, speech, and mind. Even through my shadow.

Khynetse may not even the least harm Ever come about because of me. May all beings enjoy happiness and well-being And perform the deeds of the bodhisattvas.

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Mar 02, Cmpassion rated it really liked it Shelves: I will be “currently reading” these thirty seven verses for a long time. This isn’t a book to be read cover-to-cover and then put on a shelf. It’s really a handbook and sometimes a textbook on living a compassionate life. And writing a “review” of it is like a writing a review of the Bible.