A Guide to the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva

Translated by Christopher Stagg
By Ngawang Tenzin Norbu
Contributions by Dzogchen Ponlop
Foreword by Dzogchen Ponlop

- Hardcover
Snow Lion
Pages: 312
Size: 6 x 9
ISBN: 9781559394918

In short, in whatever you are doing,
To always, with mindfulness and attentiveness,
Ask yourself, “What is the state of my mind?”
And accomplish the benefit of others is the practice of a bodhisattva.
—Verse 36

Who are bodhisattvas and what do they practice? In the fourteenth century, the Tibetan Buddhist master Gyalse Tokmé Zangpo answered these questions in a now classic teaching called the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva. This text, consisting of inspiring verses distilling the entire Mahayana path of compassion, continues to inspire modern-day Buddhist masters, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

One of the most important commentaries on the Thirty-Seven Practices is by the twentieth-century master Dzatrul Ngawang Tenzin Norbu, known as the Buddha of Dza Rongphu, and is translated here along with associated meditation instructions for the first time. Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, who requested this translation by Christopher Stagg, provides an informative overview to the history of the text and commentary, introducing the reader to the world of one of Tibet’s most widely studied texts.