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Tokme Zangpo’s 37 Verses on the Practices of Spiritual Heroes

Loving Attention

Even if a person I have cared for as my own child treats me as his worst enemy, I shall lavish him with loving attention, like a mother caring for her ill child. This is the practice of a Bodhisatva. … Continue reading

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The 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva

Though he sees that in all phenomena there is no coming and going, He strives solely for the sake of beings. To the sublime Lama inseparable from the Lord of Compassion, the Protector of Beings, I pay constant homage with respectful … Continue reading

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Tolerating afflictions

If, in return for not the slightest wrong of mine, Someone were to cut off even my very head, Through the power of compassion to take all his negative actions Upon myself is the practice of a Spiritual Hero. Even … Continue reading

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Patience

Even if in the midst of a large gathering Someone exposes my hidden faults with insulting language, To bow to him respectfully, regarding him as a friend, Is the practice of a Spiritual Hero. –Tokme Zangpo, 37 Practices

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Loving Kindness

Even if someone makes derogatory statements about me
 And proclaims them throughout the universe, In return, out of loving-kindness,
 To extol that person’s qualities is the practice of a Spiritual Hero. –Tokme Zangpo, 37 Practices

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Compassion

If, in return for not the slightest wrong of mine, Someone were to cut off even my very head, Through the power of compassion to take all his negative actions Upon myself is the practice of a Spiritual Hero. –Tokme … Continue reading

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Patience

If someone driven by great desire Seizes all my wealth, or induces others to do so, To dedicate to him my body, possessions, And past, present, and future merit is the practice of a Spiritual Hero. -Tokme Zangpo, 37 Practices

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Benefiting Others

All suffering without exception arises from desiring happiness for myself, While perfect Buddhahood is born from the thought of benefiting others. Therefore, to really exchange my own happiness For the suffering of others is the practice of a Spiritual Hero. … Continue reading

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What is the use of my own happiness?

If all the mothers who have loved me since beginingless time are suffering, What is the use of my own happiness? So, with the aim of liberating limitless sentient beings, To set my mind on enlightenment is the practice of … Continue reading

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Delights Evaporate

Like dew on grass, the delights of the three worlds By their very nature evaporate in an instant. To strive for the supreme level of liberation That never changes, is the practice of a Spiritual Hero. -Tokme Zangpo, 37 Practices

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