Bodhisattvas’ (Compassion) Practices -20


If outer foes are destroyed while not subduing the enemy of one’s own hatred, enemies will only increase. Therefore, subduing one’s own mind with the army of love and compassion is the Bodhisattvas’ practice.

Modern Translation

Overcoming Hostility and Attachment


A bodhisattva’s practice is to tame our mental continuums
With the armed forces of love and compassion,
Because, if we haven’t subdued the enemy which is our own hostility,
Then even if we have subdued an external enemy, more will come.

– 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 -19                                    Practice -21

2 comments on “Bodhisattvas’ (Compassion) Practices -20

  1. kim says:

    I really appreciate that you’ve been posting these for those of us new to Buddhism. I haven’t been meditating enough lately due to scheduling conflicts. I try to squeeze it in at home, but it’s not the same. So I really delight in reading the Berzin Archives. Was wondering if you can recommend any good books?


    • contoveros says:

      The Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield, is the last book I read. I recommend it for its spiritual aspect as well as the “synchronicity” it discusses.

      It helped me open more to so-called “coincidences” in my life that seem to have more bearing on the spiritual side. Maybe on the mystical side, if you can believe it. It’s an easy read. You should enjoy it. Get it from your library, or for $1.99 at Alibris.

      Got mine free from a friend who thought I’d enjoy it.

      michael j


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