The Thirty-Seven Practices of All the Bodhisattvas Verses 2-4

Dharma talk given by Ven. Geshe Tsewang Thinley August 16, 2020.

Music by Barefoot Bran Music.

The Thirty-Seven Practices of All the Bodhisattvas
by Gyalse Tokme Zangpo

Verses 2-4

The practice of all the bodhisattvas is to leave behind one’s homeland,
Where our attachment to family and friends overwhelms us like a torrent,
While our aversion towards enemies rages inside us like a blazing fire,
And delusion’s darkness obscures what must be adopted and abandoned.

The practice of all the bodhisattvas is to take to solitary places,
Avoiding the unwholesome, so that destructive emotions gradually fade away,
And, in the absence of distraction, virtuous practice naturally gains strength;
Whilst, with awareness clearly focused, we gain conviction in the teachings.

The practice of all the bodhisattvas is to renounce this life’s concerns,
For friends and relatives, long acquainted, must all go their separate ways;
Wealth and prized possessions, painstakingly acquired, must all be left behind;
And consciousness, the guest who lodges in the body, must in time depart.

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The Thirty-Seven Practices of All the Bodhisattvas – Verse 1

Dharma talk given by Ven. Geshe Tsewang Thinley July 19, 2020.

Music by Barefoot Bran Music.

The Thirty-Seven Practices of All the Bodhisattvas
by Gyalse Tokme Zangpo

Namo Lokeśvaraye!

You see that all things are beyond coming and going,
Yet still you strive solely for the sake of living beings—
To you, my precious guru inseparable from Lord Avalokita,
I offer perpetual homage, respectfully, with body, speech and mind.

The perfect buddhas, who are the source of all benefit and joy,
Come into being through accomplishing the sacred Dharma.
And since this in turn depends on knowing how to practise,
I shall now describe the practices of all the buddhas’ heirs.

The practice of all the bodhisattvas is to study, reflect and meditate,
Tirelessly, both day and night, without ever straying into idleness,
In order to free oneself and others from this ocean of saṃsāra,
Having gained this supreme vessel—a free, well-favoured human life, so difficult to find.

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In Memory of Sunny Urgyen Rabga

Carl “Sunny” Schweitzer left this life in the early hours of Sunday, June 28, 2020. Born in Nebraska, Sunny grew up playing hockey and water skiing on Lake Okoboji. He attended the University of Miami on a water skiing scholarship and later in life developed a passion for sailing and the America’s Cup. Sunny was a talented flutist, a skill he shared with his daughters. He lived and traveled extensively in South America and Mexico, where he mastered exotic dishes while becoming a chef. While in South America, he fostered an interest in spiritual paths. He later became a devoted Buddhist, purifying his negativity and reaching out to others with compassion and an open heart. Sunny was always a source of great humor and inspiration for his friends. Sunny is survived by his daughters Andrea Garvey and Sarah Schweitzer, beloved granddaughter Sophia Garvey, Sister Julie Cramer, and niece Bee. Continue reading