Filed in Vajrayana

37 Practices of the Bodhisattva - Verse 35

Ken McLeod

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Ken McLeod continues his commentary on the 37 Practices of the Bodhisattva with the 35th verse. Watch the other videos here.

When reactive emotions acquire momentum, it’s hard to make remedies work.
A person in attention wields remedies like weapons,
Crushing reactive emotions such as craving
As soon as they arise — this is the practice of a bodhisattva.

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Shimon Haber's picture

In order develop bodhicitta, one has to hear about it and then recall the kindness of one’s mother until there is a feeling of a high level of love and compassion in the heart and mind for her. - Shimon Haber

Halflotus's picture

Ken is by far my favorite Buddhist teacher. His podcasts are a treasure, and his presentation of Buddhist ideas and practices has a clarity that no other western teacher I have heard comes close to.

nutnut's picture

ken is a best Buddhist teacher.I heard about him from my friend and i am very impressed from his thoughts and presentation of Buddhist ideas I really want to attend his lectures on practices of Bodhisattva

mralexander99's picture

In the future, if we ever decide to have a "Mount Rushmore" for western teacher's of The Dharma...Ken McLeod will be our "Thomas Jefferson" ....his knowledge and wisdom is unfathomable and so delicately subtle...I really enjoy the treasure of studying his offerings!

Patricia.I's picture

Ever heard of Sarah "Sally" Hemings?

"In short, beneath his sanctimonious and sententious exterior lay a thoroughly adaptive and amoral public figure--like so many of those of the present day. Even conceding that Jefferson was deeply in love with Sally Hemings does not essentially alter the case: love does not sanctify such an egregious violation of his own principles and preachments and the shifts and dodges, the paltry artifices, to which he was compelled to resort in order to fool the American people. "There is no vice that doth so cover a man with shame," said Francis Bacon, whom Jefferson accounted one of the three greatest men who ever lived, "as to be found false and perfidious."

kimall's picture

I am noticing the structure of the 37 practices. They begin with a recognition that help is needed to become wise. Then there is getting the foundational pieces in place -- leaving home, finding a teacher, taking refuge. This is followed by work in ethical behavior and restraint, which takes a long time. Eventually we get to the verses about technical meditation practice, letting go, and resting in open awareness -- which are enabled by the more "foundational" practices that came earlier. The fruition of this is emptiness and a profound shift in perspective.

What follows? Verses on seeing through everyday conceit and practicing right speech! All that effort, and we are back to the rough-and-tumble world of human interaction, where we are once again charged with seeing and letting go of emotional reactions.

It is a complete circuit of the 8-fold path. But now we understand that freeing these patterns is simply done for itself, not for any reason of Self.

Of course, the linear view is just one view. These practices also develop in parallel.

earth2indy's picture

I like your comment. I feel the humility and insight, thank you.

James Mullaney's picture

I appreciate the wisdom of this, but practically, it's beyond my power.'s picture

As he says, one may fail 1000 times - that's why it's called practice....
Just attention, and re-attention, with forgiveness - and forgiveness - and forgiveness - for every "failing" - has been helpful to me.