Caroline and I will split for a few weeks and reunite at a higher altitude as I leave Goa to traverse Mother India alone. Tomorrow I leave the 95 degree heat, mosquitos, and mysore with Rolf, for 65 degree weather and Tibetan Monasteries in the village of Bir in Himachal Pradesh to study with several teachers including one of my personal heros, Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo. She will be teaching a text, The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva. I was reading a bit of it and found each stanza exquisite. Here are the first few:
Selections From 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva:
Don’t engage disturbances and reactive emotions gradually fade away;
Don’t engage distractions and spiritual practice naturally grows;
Keep awareness clear and vivid and confidence in the way arises.
Rely on silence — this is the practice of a bodhisattva.
You will separate from long-time friends and relatives;
You will leave behind the wealth you worked to build up;
The guest, your consciousness, will move from the inn, your body.
Forget the conventional concerns — this is the practice of a bodhisattva.
With some friends, the three poisons keep growing,
Study, reflection, and meditation weaken,
And loving kindness and compassion fall away.
Give up bad friends — this is the practice of a bodhisattva.
With some teachers, your shortcomings fade away and
Abilities grow like the waxing moon.
Hold such teachers dear to you,
Dearer than your own body — this is the practice of a bodhisattva.