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Stepping Stones The 37 Bodhisattva Practices Translated by David Goode Tucker
Stepping Stones The 37 Bodhisattva Practices Translated by David Goode Tucker
Preface A friend introduced me to the 37 Bodhisattva Practices I wanted to impress her I read Spiritual text a lot My attitude was Read on grasshopper This won t be anything special for a man of my advanced spiritual experience The translation of the first six fell into that comfortable groove where most Spiritual writing lives It stayed in my head I nodded wisely My heart was still safe from attack I breathed a sigh of relief Then she read the seventh practice It begins All suffering comes from our wish for our own happiness I was cut to the soft throbbing quick of my heart For days I kept going back to number seven Every time it cut Deep None of the others touched me like that They ran at me on a path my heart knew well and knew how to dodge Me being me I wanted all of them to wound me like number seven I looked at other translations Still no blade I found a commentary by H H Garchen Rinpoche a lama I deeply love and respect Blades blades everywhere The complacency I sought in order to hide and protect my love of the mundane trembled afraid for its life Hallelujah I began putting the 37 Practices into my own words I am a poet I wanted every one of the practices to cut like number seven I studied Rinpoche s commentary I avoided esoteric Buddhist words and I did not want the
Preface A friend introduced me to the 37 Bodhisattva Practices. I wanted to impress her. I read Spiritual text a lot. My a...
hard stone of religiosity to dull these phrases I wanted them to wound everyone I will be fortunate if I speak and write English well by the time I die So in the lexicon of today s academics these do not qualify as translations I do not speak or read Tibetan You may call them whatever you wish I call them translations because this is how I define the word translate To change one language into another language in a way that the new words are still able to sing and dance I picture my job as carrying the ancient words of Tokeme Zangpo across the wide ocean of time and culture and when they step off the boat and into your mind they can still sing and they can dance All that is really import is that we find a way to plant these truths deep in our hearts That they grow and transform our lives into pure love and compassion What else is that important What else will bring us happiness What else can we carry with us into death On two of the pages are written the numbers 1 through 37 My suggestion Cut them out Put them in a hat or a bowl and every day pick one out Live with it all day and night Pauline and I do that We have had some marvelous experiences With my heart full of love and prayers I pass these writings on to you my friend David Goode Tucker
hard stone of religiosity to dull these phrases. I wanted them to wound everyone. I will be fortunate if I speak and write...
We wake up and we realize we are on a voyage That we are traveling in this ship of human form a rare opportunity Gradually we learn that the Kiss is the only treasure worth the rigors of this journey We stand our watch We tend the rudder of our mind whether it is sun or cold We sail toward the constant Kiss of unchanging Love where there will be relief from suffering For us For many In this life In any others that might follow
We wake up, and we realize we are on a voyage. That we are traveling in this ship of human form... a rare opportunity. Gra...
Attached to my loved ones I am stirred like a ocean in storm Hating my enemies I burn like fire Darkness and confusion rush in I forget what to keep and what to discard If I unlock my grip on my loved ones and my enemies we are all drawn into the embrace of the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
Attached to my loved ones, I am stirred like a ocean in storm. Hating my enemies, I burn like fire. Darkness and confusion...
This life is filled with turmoil and distraction Better to leave them Better we go to the place of Great Peace that is within our mind Confusion and anger will wither Understanding will grow We will watch ourselves drawn into the embrace of the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
This life is filled with turmoil and distraction. Better to leave them. Better we go to the place of Great Peace that is w...
We will die We will lose everything Our family Our friends work money Our Spirit will walk away from our body like a guest leaving the house If we unlock our grip on it all even our life we summon the beauty of love and compassion They are the only friends who will cross into death with us They will carry us to the splendor of the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
We will die. We will lose everything. Our family. Our friends... work... money. Our Spirit will walk away from our body li...
Some people too frightened to open their hearts to love and compassion gossip hate want revenge They do not believe in the Kiss If you hang out with such people you will become like them You will forget your love of the Kiss Pray for those people Love them But turn away and embrace the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
Some people, too frightened to open their hearts to love and compassion, gossip, hate, want revenge. They do not believe i...
Some teachers love the Kiss more than life When we follow the Kiss we find them When we love their wisdom more than our own life the root of our suffering and negativity is dug up and discarded Love and compassion are planted That is the embrace of all who desire to live in the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
Some teachers love the Kiss more than life. When we follow the Kiss, we find them. When we love their wisdom more than our...
What is it that we secretly worship Money Family Fame Sex They will not satisfy or protect us They are all destroyed by change and death When we discover the Kiss and embrace her we lose our love for those things Compassion for all life arises We are drawn into the embrace of the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
What is it that we secretly worship  Money  Family  Fame  Sex  They will not satisfy or protect us. They are all destroyed...
All who have climbed the mountain of truth tell us we suffer because we do not love compassion more than we love our own life Even if it means death we must chose compassion Compassion contains the only true morality Without it we do terrible harm Nothing is more important That is the embrace of all who desire to live in the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
All who have climbed the mountain of truth tell us  we suffer because we do not love compassion more than we love our own ...
Like morning dew on a sheath of grass everything we do and say in this life will quickly evaporate When our deepest intention is love when before anything we desire compassion time cannot dissolve our happiness and we find ourselves drawn into the embrace of the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
Like morning dew on a sheath of grass, everything we do and say in this life will quickly evaporate. When our deepest inte...
We all live on the same ground of being When we grab the passing joy we abandon the meaning of life We create suffering for everyone especially those who love us When we release our joy to the Kiss we prepare the ground for every creature to live in harmony We draw to us and to everyone the constant Kiss of unchanging Peace
We all live on the same ground of being. When we grab the passing joy, we abandon the meaning of life. We create suffering...
The wish to satisfy the vast cities of self centeredness that rule our hearts is the source of all suffering If in my love I am willing to sacrifice so you may walk out of the bondage of self the walls of the cities begin to crumple Such compassion is the only doorway to the embrace with the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
The wish to satisfy the vast cities of self-centeredness that rule our hearts is the source of all suffering. If, in my lo...
Someone may steal all of our money our things Is it better to be angry at the thief or is it better to remember what we owe them We owe a great debt of love to everyone Isn t it better we give love to the thief rather than anger for we cannot achieve happiness until the thief achieves happiness That is the embrace of all who desire to live in the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
Someone may steal all of our money.... our things. Is it better to be angry at the thief, or is it better to remember what...
If someone tries to kill us even when we ve done nothing to them we cannot fight or hate them We love or we lose the Kiss Or worse for us and for them we block their path to the Kiss To be wounded or killed is not the worst thing that can happen to us To lose the Kiss makes life meaningless That is the embrace of all who desire to live in the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
If someone tries to kill us, even when we   ve done nothing to them, we cannot fight or hate them. We love, or we lose the...
Someone may criticize and gossip about us Their actions may cause people to distrust and avoid us If we are angry with the critic the Kiss disappears If we open our hearts to them look for their good qualities and tell everyone about those good qualities we summon the Kiss for ourselves and for them That is the embrace of all who wish to live in the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
Someone may criticize and gossip about us. Their actions may cause people to distrust and avoid us. If we are angry with t...
If someone criticizes or slanders us especially in front of others we often become angry Our anger steals the Kiss If we treat our accuser as a friend and teacher if we watch for the lessons learned from our pain and pray blessings on that person we summon the Kiss We feel love and gratitude for the person We enter the embrace of the constant Kiss of unchanging Peace
If someone criticizes or slanders us, especially in front of others, we often become angry. Our anger steals the Kiss. If ...
We may love someone We may love them as deeply as our own sweet child and then they turn on us Betray us Act hateful If we are hostile to them we lose the Kiss If we cherish them as if they were our own innocent child we summon the Kiss For us For them That is the embrace of all who wish to live in the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
We may love someone. We may love them as deeply as our own sweet child, and then they turn on us. Betray us. Act hateful. ...
We may consider the famous more important than us We may consider a beggar less important When either treats us with contempt and we are angry we embrace chaos See what they teach us how we are able to love chaos more than the peace When we accept that teaching and accept them as teacher we invite the embrace of the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
We may consider the famous more important than us. We may consider a beggar less important. When either treats us with con...
We may live in poverty People may ridicule us Our health may fail We may feel worthless Please please remember it is only in the embrace of the Kiss that our suffering will cease The preoccupation with our own suffering is true poverty When we grab the riches of our compassion for others we are all drawn into the embrace with the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
We may live in poverty. People may ridicule us. Our health may fail. We may feel worthless. Please, please remember  it is...
We may be adored by many We may gain tremendous wealth Please realize that the package that carries the gift of worldly attainment is always filled with pride There is no Kiss in that box To remember that the suffering of the world is shared by us all To help lift our neighbor s load Those are the kinds of deeds that summon the embrace of the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
We may be adored by many. We may gain tremendous wealth. Please realize that the package that carries the gift of worldly ...
We fight many battles We think we win some We think we lose some Until we understand that anger is our real enemy we lose everything Our anger creates and feeds the failures in our life When we cry out for the armies of the Kiss to bring peace to our mind and to our enemies we all called toward the embrace with the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
We fight many battles. We think we win some. We think we lose some.Until we understand that anger is our real enemy, we lo...
The things we crave make us feel good for a moment food power family sex money beauty It is like salt water The more we drink the thirstier we become The further we are from the Kiss When we find the place in our mind that does not crave or cling the door to the embrace of the constant Kiss of unchanging Peace opens
The things we crave make us feel good for a moment  food, power, family, sex, money, beauty. It is like salt water. The mo...
Our mind creates our reality Pain Pleasure Success Failure Beauty Ugliness Hate Love In the country that hides behind such a construct there is only the oneness that flows from the Kiss As our mind finds it way into that land contradictions stop and we are able to feel our unity with all creation In that country we find the embrace with the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
Our mind creates our reality  Pain--Pleasure. Success--Failure Beauty--Ugliness. Hate--Love. In the country that hides beh...
There is so much in the world that is beautiful Beautiful to our eyes our touch our hearing our taste We grab for it it disappears like a rainbow after the rain It cannot satisfy the deep needs of our soul When we stop trying to grab and hold we draw the embrace of the constant Kiss of unchanging Love to us and to everyone
There is so much in the world that is beautiful. Beautiful to our eyes, our touch, our hearing, our taste. We grab for it....
When we dream our child has died it really hurts Their death haunts us Yet the death is not real Remember when we suffer in this life we are not yet awake It seems real It hurts but when we experience the Kiss we begin to wake up Once we are inside the embrace of the constant Kiss of unchanging Love we realize that all our suffering is a dream
When we dream our child has died, it really hurts. Their death haunts us. Yet the death is not real. Remember  when we suf...
Once we taste the Kiss we are willing give up everything in order to have her even our own life We stop holding onto our things our self our ambition We begin to live generously We give up the hope for thanks or spiritual rewards The purity in her taste pulls us into the embrace with the constant Kiss of unchanging Peace
Once we taste the Kiss, we are willing give up everything in order to have her... even our own life. We stop holding onto ...
Stopping our bad actions is not enough Doing good deeds is not enough Only our pursuit of the Kiss will lead us away from evil and into Love Any other morality will fail us The Kiss will steal our wish for worldly recognition As we enter the embrace of the constant Kiss of unchanging Love we will burn with the desire to benefit others
Stopping our bad actions is not enough. Doing good deeds is not enough. Only our pursuit of the Kiss will lead us away fro...
We all want to live in the rooms of peace The Kiss holds the keys When we treat everyone who hates or harms us as a precious teacher as someone who helps us identify our anger and hate day after day the kiss forges more keys to open more doors into the embrace with the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
We all want to live in the rooms of peace. The Kiss holds the keys. When we treat everyone who hates or harms us as a prec...
If any of us beginner or seasoned teacher pursues the Kiss to make us look good or to get something from others it is as if our head has been set afire When we search inside ourselves for the wish for everyone in the world to find the Kiss we and everyone are pulled into the embrace with the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
If any of us, beginner or seasoned teacher, pursues the Kiss to make us look good or to get something from others, it is a...
The Kiss is more important than money or fame fear or loss If we know this really know it in our heart we will desire her more than riches sex or power Such desire calls her to us calls her to open the door to the embrace with the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
The Kiss is more important than money or fame, fear or loss. If we know this, really know it in our heart, we will desire ...
Most of us act badly If we are angry at other people s behavior at our own behavior we put up a wall The Kiss cannot climb that wall When we express understanding and compassion toward all bad behavior wisdom comes to take down the wall pulls us into the embrace with the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
Most of us act badly. If we are angry at other people   s behavior... at our own behavior, we put up a wall. The Kiss cann...
If we can be honest about our motives thoughts and mistakes the Kiss can hear our call for help If we pretend sincerity good behavior and high motives the Kiss cannot hear us will not know the need to bring a light to bend down to clear the undergrowth of thoughts that entangles us cannot lead us into the embrace of the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
If we can be honest about our motives, thoughts and mistakes, the Kiss can hear our call for help. If we pretend sincerity...
When we talk about people s faults the Kiss departs If we look into our mind to unmask our motives for criticizing others we always discover our own selfdoubt and its child jealousy When we talk about people s highest qualities their gifts their kind actions the kiss returns and we are all swept into the embrace of the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
When we talk about people   s faults, the Kiss departs. If we look into our mind to unmask our motives for criticizing oth...
When we compete to please the people from whom we want love money or respect we separate ourselves from the Kiss We listen less think less meditate less When we release our hold on such ambition the Kiss returns teaches us how to abandon the thinking that creates separation draws us into the embrace of the Constant Kiss of unchanging Love
When we compete to please the people from whom we want love, money or respect, we separate ourselves from the Kiss. We lis...
Harsh or angry words steal the Kiss When we speak them When we hear them we lose Everyone loses When we take the risk to speak in kindness and love everyone s heart is pulled toward the embrace with the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
Harsh or angry words steal the Kiss. When we speak them. When we hear them... we lose. Everyone loses. When we take the ri...
When we do not live every moment with the Kiss we forget the beauty of her touch Anger and pride jump into our bed They refuse to leave The instant these new lovers arrive we must flip on the light switch of our mind With the light on the Kiss can drive her rivals from our bed as she draws us into the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
When we do not live every moment with the Kiss, we forget the beauty of her touch. Anger and pride jump into our bed. They...
We must be aware of what our hearts love Then we must ask these question Does this love affair switch on the light in our mind Is the kiss we feel the Kiss of peace Does this kiss ignite our hearts to compassion for everyone That is how we know we have truly embraced the intention to live in the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
We must be aware of what our hearts love. Then we must ask these question  Does this love affair switch on the light in ou...
To enter the embrace of the Kiss is to change the world When we allow our desire for the Kiss to become the intention of every action the world moves toward Love and Peace more than guns or votes can ever do When we find ourselves calling incessantly for Love to be manifest in all beings we know we are all being drawn into the eternal embrace with the constant Kiss of unchanging Love
To enter the embrace of the Kiss is to change the world. When we allow our desire for the Kiss to become the intention of ...
Preface A friend introduced me to the 37 Bodhisattva Practices I wanted to impress her I read Spiritual text a lot My attitude was Read on grasshopper This won t be anything special for a man of my advanced spiritual experience The translation of the first six fell into that comfortable groove where most Spiritual writing lives It stayed in my head I nodded wisely My heart was still safe from attack I breathed a sigh of relief Then she read the seventh practice It begins All suffering comes from our wish for our own happiness I was cut to the soft throbbing quick of my heart For days I kept going back to number seven Every time it cut Deep None of the others touched me like that They ran at me on a path my heart knew well and knew how to dodge Me being me I wanted all of them to wound me like number seven I looked at other translations Still no blade I found a commentary by H H Garchen Rinpoche a lama I deeply love and respect Blades blades everywhere The complacency I sought in order to hide and protect my love of the mundane trembled afraid for its life Hallelujah I began putting the 37 Practices into my own words I am a poet I wanted every one of the practices to cut like number seven I studied Rinpoche s commentary I avoided esoteric Buddhist words and I did not want the
Preface A friend introduced me to the 37 Bodhisattva Practices. I wanted to impress her. I read Spiritual text a lot. My a...