The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva

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The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva

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THE THIRTY-SEVEN
PRACTICES OF A BODHISATTVA

by Ngülchu Thogma



commentary by
HIS HOLINESS THE SEVENTEENTH KARMAPA
OGYEN TRINLEY DORJE
Oral Translation: Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Tilokpur Nunnery, India
February 2007
Oral Translator: Ringu Tulku Rinpoche
Transcriber: Sally Clay
Editors: Sally Clay and Michele Martin
Verse translation: ©️2008 Michele Martin



Stanza 7

Captive themselves in the prison of samsara,
Whom could worldly gods protect?
Therefore, in seeking protection, going for refuge
To the unfailing Three Jewels is the practice of a bodhisattva
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In some countries there are ancient ways that are not necessarily part of an established philosophical tradition, but belong to a kind of animism. If we see an impressive rock, we think there is something special there. If we see a tree that is a few hundred years old and outstanding, we think there is something there. In this kind of worship, we depend on the power of gods, nagas, great spirits, and so forth. Not taking responsibility for our own future, we make prayers to those spirits or beings and put our life in their hands.
These kinds of practices are sometimes useful. In Tibet people point not only to trees or rocks, but also to a whole mountain and say, “This mountain is such-and-such a god.” The benefit of this is that it helps to protect the environment. If the mountain is sacred, we cannot destroy it or do anything to it. Not only is the environment protected, but many animals on the mountain are saved. With this way of thinking, we do not harm anything on the mountain, so there are some benefits to these beliefs and practices.


Continued here:

http://www.kagyu.org/ktd/densal/archives/1802/hhexcerpt.php




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