The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas
By Rinchen, Gesha Sonam (Author), Rgyal-Sras Thogs-Med-Dpal (Author), Rinchen, Geshe Sonam (Author), Sonam, Ruth (Translator)
Paperback. 112 pages
Recognizing their true potential and letting go of everything which could hinder them on their spiritual journey, Bodhisattvas entrust themselves to the path taught by the Buddha. Resisting disturbing emotions, they learn to respond to difficult situations in a constructive way. Fully understanding the nature of reality and the illusion-like nature of pleasure and pain, they overcome clinging attachment and aversion. In these ways, Bodhisattvas come to cherish living beings as the source of all happiness and are ultimately able to work solely for the good of all. Gyelsay Togmay Sangpo wrote "The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas" in the fourteenth century. His succinct and simple verses of advice summarize the quintessence of the Mahayana path to perfection. Geshe Sonam Rinchen's oral teachings elucidate these practices for the modern reader and show how we can transform our actions, feelings, and ways of thinking to become Bodhisattvas ourselves.
Geshe was born in Tibet in 1933 and is currently resident scholar at the Library of Tibetan Works and archives in Dharamsala, India.
Geshe Sonam Rinchen is a highly respected teacher at the Dalai Lama's Library of Tibetan Works and Archives in Dharamsala, India, and author of many books. He lives in India.
Sonam was raised in Ireland and graduated from Oxford University with an M.A. in Modern Languages. She began studying with Geshe Sonam Rinchen in 1978 and has worked as his interpreter since 1983.