Bodhisattva (Compassion) Practices – 6


When sublime spiritual friends are replied upon, one’s faults are exhausted and one’s qualities increase like the waxing moon. Holding sublime spiritual friends even more dear than one’s own body is the Bodhisattvas’ practice.

Modern Translation:


A bodhisattva’s practice is to cherish more than our bodies
Our hallowed spiritual mentors, to whom,
By entrusting ourselves, our faults come to deplete
And our good qualities come to expand like the waxing moon.

— The Berzin Archives Thirty-seven Bodhisattva Practices
 (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…)

Practice – 5                                                   Practice – 7

2 comments on “Bodhisattva (Compassion) Practices – 6

  1. Lea Strongheart says:

    Just beautiful. We become those whom we are surrounded by and those we are focused on.



    • contoveros says:

      Right Speech, Right Intent.

      I’d add Right Brain, but I don’t think the Buddha had the science to show much of our love, compassion and forgiveness comes from the right hemisphere of the brain. Friends influence us a lot.

      michael j


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