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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

A.1: Though he sees that in all phenomena there is no coming and going, He strives solely for the sake of beings. To the sublime teacher inseparable from the Lord of Compassion, the Protector of Beings, I pay constant homage with … 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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