A Commentary on The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva
by Ngulchu Thogme.
Now that we have a vessel of leisure and resources, so difficult to find,
So that we may bring ourselves and others across the ocean of samsara,
Without a break during day or night
To listen, reflect, and meditate is the practice of a bodhisattva.
Attachment to friends churns like water;
Aversion to enemies burns like fire.
Dark with ignorance—not knowing what to adopt or reject—
To give up this homeland is the practice of a bodhisattva.
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Oral translation by Ringu Tulku and Michele Martin. Translation of the Root Text and editing by Michele Martin. Republished with thanks to the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Tibetan Buddhist monastery, Woodstock, New York.