Thirty-seven steps may stop all suffering

You want truth in advertising? Well, this headline ain’t what you’re looking for. There’s simply no magic that will transform your life by taking 37 steps, or thirty-seven thousand steps, for that matter.

But, by following  just a few of these suggestions you might find your Self  placed on a path that will help ease or decrease a few “stressors” in your life. After a while, some may even begin to fade away, due to lack of interest, or lack of  daily use. Believe me.

The works or quotes I’ll share over the next few weeks are all from a booklet entitled “The Thirty-Seven Bodhisattva Practices,” published and distributed on behalf of” His Eminence Garchen Rinpoche,’ a Buddhist teacher of Dharma of whom I met recently. (Bodhisattva  — In Tibetan Buddhism, a Bodhisattva is anyone who is motivated by compassion and seeks enlightenment not only for him/herself but also for everyone…)

The original text was written for his own and others’ benefit by the monk Togmay, an “exponent of scripture and reasoning,” in a cave in Ngulchu Rinchen, the booklet said. His full name, Gyelsay Togmay Sangpo (Geshe Sonam Rinchen) authored  The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas. He lived from 1295 to 1369, being born in southwestern Tibet near Sakya, according to published reports. This work by him is about training the mind. This means ridding oneself completely of all disturbing emotions and their imprints. At the very least, according to Dharma teaching, it should help to prevent their “coarser forms” and gradually to decrease them.

For first verse, please see Bodhisattva (Compassion) Practices – 1 .

What is a Bodhisattva?

For commentary, please see: Thirty-seven Bodhisattva Practices
For another version, see Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva

4 comments on “Thirty-seven steps may stop all suffering

  1. Sounds interesting….as with all teachings, we just have to use what speaks to us…I haven’t sorted out “rebirth” in terms of past lives, but “on the cushion,” and in mindfulness, I sure see rebirth going on, moment to moment….

    All the best,



  2. I look forward to seeing these posts, Michael J. Thanks for sharing your treasures with us.



    • contoveros says:


      I had seen these before, maybe 30 or 40 years ago, read them and wondered if I could ever live “uo” to them, let alone understand them. I still have difficulty with the language, particularly wuth the first steps about “rebirth,” but the later ones hit home sweet home.


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