The Heart of Compassion: The Thirty-Seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva

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What would be the practical implications of caring more about others than about yourself? This is the radical theme of this extraordinary set of instructions, a training manual composed in the fourteenth century by the Buddhist hermit Ngulchu Thogme, here explained in detail by one of the great Tibetan Buddhist masters of the twentieth century, Dilgo Khyentse.

In the Mahayana tradition, those who have the courage to undertake the profound change of attitude required to develop ...

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The Heart of Compassion: The Thirty-seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva

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Overview

What would be the practical implications of caring more about others than about yourself? This is the radical theme of this extraordinary set of instructions, a training manual composed in the fourteenth century by the Buddhist hermit Ngulchu Thogme, here explained in detail by one of the great Tibetan Buddhist masters of the twentieth century, Dilgo Khyentse.

In the Mahayana tradition, those who have the courage to undertake the profound change of attitude required to develop true compassion are called bodhisattvas. Their great resolve—to consider others’ needs as paramount, and thus to attain enlightenment for the sake of all living creatures—carries them beyond the limits imposed by the illusions of “I” and “mine,” culminating in the direct realization of reality, transcending dualistic notions of self and other.

This classic text presents ways that we can work with our own hearts and minds, starting wherever we find ourselves now, to unravel our small-minded preoccupations and discover our own potential for compassion, love, and wisdom. Many generations of Buddhist practitioners have been inspired by these teachings, and the great masters of all traditions have written numerous commentaries. Dilgo Khyentse’s commentary is probably his most extensive recorded teaching on Mahayana practice.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781590304570
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/29/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 462,726
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche (1910–1991) was a highly accomplished meditation master, scholar, and poet, and a principal holder of the Nyingma lineage. His extraordinary depth of realization enabled him to be, for all who met him, a foundation of loving-kindness, wisdom, and compassion. A dedicated exponent of the nonsectarian Rime movement, Khyentse Rinpoche was respected by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism and taught many eminent teachers, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He tirelessly worked to uphold the Dharma through the publication of texts, the building of monasteries and stupas, and by offering instruction to thousands of people throughout the world. His writings in Tibetan fill twenty-five volumes.

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Table of Contents


Translator's Introduction     1
About Gyalse Ngulchu Thogme     9
The Root Text     27
Textual Outline     39
The Commentary     43
Supplementary Commentaries on the Spiritual Teacher     205
Supplementary Commentary on Desire     211
Supplementary Commentaries on Transcendent Concentration     215
Supplementary Commentaries on Transcendent Wisdom     223
Mind-Training Prayer     227
Notes     235
Bibliography     253
Index     261
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