The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas (in Tib. རྒྱལ་ སྲས་ ལག་ ལེན་ སོ་ བདུན་ མ་) is an important text from the lojong (mind training) collection.
In 37 verses, Gyalséy Thokmé Sangpo, the author of this text, gives the instructions on how to follow in the Bodhisattvas’ footsteps. Togme Sangpo was also called “Gyalsay”, which means the “son of the conquerors”.
The expression sons of the victorious ones, which is used in the title and the body of the text, refers to the Bodhisattvas, because through their training on the path they achieve the supreme enlightenment and become Buddhas, the victorious ones.
Thirty-Seven Practices comprises all instructions we can find in the most prominent Buddhist writings on the Bodhisattva path, such as the Eight Verses of Training the Mind and the methods for practicing the six perfections as elaborated in the Bodhisattvachariavattara. In January 2018, His Holiness the Dalai Lama noted that the Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas are especially suitable for those who are often tormented by anger and attachment. Togme Sangpo’s explanation starts with the correct method for learning the holy Dharma through listening, contemplation, and meditation.
From September 2020 until August 2021, in 11 sessions, Venerable Geshe Tenzin Tenphel, based on the text, aims to explain how certain instructions, originating from the exponential path of the Buddha, can be pursued by every human being and be transferred into every action of our lives.
Complete Course Calendar
First module 18 to 20 September (from Friday, 5.30 pm CET)
Listening, reflecting, meditating starting the practice of renunciation
Second Module 30 October to 1 November (from Friday, 5.30 pm CET)
Renouncing and relying
Third Module 11 to 13 December (from Friday, 5.30 pm CET)
Refuge and Ethics
Fourth Module 27 to 30 December (from Sunday, 3 pm CET to Wednesday, 4.30 pm CET)
Working for the benefit of others
Fifth Module 5 to 7 February (from Friday, 5.30 pm CET)
A problem or an opportunity?
Sixth Module 12 to 14 March (from Friday, 5.30 pm CET)
My enemy is my best friend
Seventh Module 23 to 25 April (from Friday, 5.30 pm CET)
How to overcome desire?
Eighth Module 28 to 30 May (from Friday, 4 pm CET to Sunday, 12.30 pm CET)
The truth behind hallucinations
Ninth Module 12 to 20 June (from Friday, 5.30 pm CET)
Generosity, Ethics and Patience
Tenth Module 22-25 July (from Thursday. 5.30 pm CET)
Perseverance, Concentration and Wisdom
Eleventh Module – Retreat 15 to 22 August (from Sunday, 5.30 pm CET)
Retreating into cultivating vigilance