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The Heart of Compassion: The Thirty-seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva Paperback – May 29, 2007
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Seven Point Mind Training (lojong, tonglen) offers ways to do this . . . Pema Chodron's book "Start Where You Are" is excellent if this book insprires you to get a move on into practice!
As I read through this book and saw pictures of this man, I feel that he was a living embodiment of compassion and wisdom. One of my favorite parts of the book was when he explained how people who harm us (physically or mentally) should actually be regarded as precious teachers who show us the way to living more gently and compassionately. These situations can actually be a doorway for us to let go of our own pride and anger. "The lowest seat is the seat of the saints."-Patrul Rinpoche
I strongly recommend this book to spiritual warriors wanting to live in a more ethical way.
I had wanted to read his works before and this book was the perfect entry for me. I highly recommend it to any one who wants to dig a little deeper into Tibetan Buddhism. Om Mani Padme Hum
- The author states "[ the book's] essence is that whatever actions and whatever ... practice you do ... you should do them with the intention of benefiting the infinity of sentient beings. If your intentions are ... without any self-clinging, perfection will naturally arise." This book, like many TIbetan teachings, discusses "pith sayings," based on very brief (often cryptic) statements with further commentary by the author, which blends classical teaching and a modern outlook. Dilgo Khyentse teaches that a habitual and persistent attitude of well-wishing and compassion, combined with refining one's efforts at non-grasping and improved discernment, are the best methods for improving our own lives. The book outlines many methods for doing this, and he concretely discusses obstacles modern practitioners seem to have (for example, a solid identification with our culture or national origin, which we post-moderns take for granted, is likely to get us into more difficulty than we usually think).
-Dilgo Khyentse was the teacher for Matthieu Ricard, the prominent monk/scientist, and anyone who has taught Matthieu Ricard is worth your attention. FWIW I am a Theravadin Buddhist practitioner and disagree with Tibetan Buddhism in many important areas, but still think this book not only deserves a place on your "books to take to a desert island" list, it deserves uploading into the GPS system of one's heart and mind.
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Great comprehensive discussion on the basics of Buddhism and the 37 Versus. Can only recommend!Published 3 days ago by Susanne
Very sisinct rephrasing of the overall teaching in my limited knowledge and understanding.
Read in conjunction with the tibetan book of living and dying, they formed for me a... Read more
This book is a concise and enlightening guide to the contemplative bodhisattva practice. Tons of insightful quotes to meditate on during the day or to share on social media.Published 7 months ago by G. Peters
Wonderful Book! Everyone should read it and practice these practices as best as one can in their given situation
and relationships. Om mani padme hum.
This book is not for the average reader . I think that the heart of compassion is a book only for the serious reader that is making change in the world and their own lives. MarthaPublished 13 months ago by Martha S.
While reading these classical teachings of tibetan Mahayana I discover that although everything HH Dilgo Khyentse says is motivating, and clarifying, his presentation looks... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Buddhist from South