• The Heart of Compassion

  • The Thirty-Seven Verses on the Practice of a Bodhisattva
  • By: Dilgo Khyentse
  • Narrated by: John Telfer
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (149 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What would be the practical implications of caring more about others than about yourself? This is the radical theme of this extraordinary set of instructions, a training manual composed in the 14th century by the Buddhist hermit Ngulchu Thogme, here explained in detail by one of the great Tibetan Buddhist masters of the 20th century, Dilgo Khyentse. 

In the Mahayana tradition, those who have the courage to undertake the profound change of attitude required to develop true compassion are called bodhisattvas. Their great resolve - to consider others’ needs as paramount, and thus to attain enlightenment for the sake of all living creatures - carries them beyond the limits imposed by the illusions of “I” and “mine,” culminating in the direct realization of reality, transcending dualistic notions of self and other. 

This classic text presents ways that we can work with our own hearts and minds, starting wherever we find ourselves now, to unravel our small-minded preoccupations and discover our own potential for compassion, love, and wisdom. Many generations of Buddhist practitioners have been inspired by these teachings, and the great masters of all traditions have written numerous commentaries. 

Dilgo Khyentse’s commentary is probably his most extensive recorded teaching on Mahayana practice.

©2007 Shechen Publications (P)2019 Shambhala Publications

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A commentary to be read and contemplated upon over and over

It is probably the best commentary on the Way of the Bodhisattva I have read/listen to so far. I got a lot of strong emotions and goosebumps listening to this book. I even cried at some part because the compassion from these great teachers moved me so much.

If you really learn and integrate these practices into your life, your life will become a meaningful better life and your future lives will be good and have all the conducive factors for spiritual growth.

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Excellent

This is an excellent text. It illuminated many areas of uncertainty and doubt for me.

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Amazing

Such a valuable and fantastic book full of wisdom and straight talk from a genuine realized master. Narration also top notch. Amazing.

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Countless times

This is an e book for anyone who wants to delve into what it means to be a practicing Buddhist. Delivered in a relatable and conversational format, you receive the teachings in an clear and easy to digest format. Not dry or preaching whatsoever, like a friend speaking to a dear, old friend. In a time where the Dali Lama has voiced that perhaps another Lama may not follow, and has opened up even the most sacred of ceremonies to the public, in hopes of transmitting the most sacred texts for the benefit of all beings, this speaks volumes on how compromised our world has become when it comes to wickedness.
Truly this e book is a blessing in transmitting the truth that you are capable, now, of adjusting your mindset away from fear and confusion, and towards ultimate enlightenment. Maybe not in this life, but if you try to follow these concepts, you and others around you will benefit in countless ways, and discover depths of peace unfounded. I’ve listened to this countless times. And whenever I am in a time of sorrow or confusion, put my AirPods in and work through whatever it is. This book to me is like listening to a loving Grandfather reassure me that everything is, and will be, ok.

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Pith instructions with the greatest heart

This is an amazing vessel of teaching. The 37 verses themselves are deeply inspiring- and Dilgo Khyentse’s commentary is what makes it an accessible treasure.

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Amazing

May all beings negative Karma be passed on to me & may all beings reach enlightenment, 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🏄🏾‍♂️🌞🌹❤🌱🌌, Beautiful book from the Blessed Buddha himself, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche

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Most excellent

This book is very clear, forthright & friendly as if your best friend is talking supreme sense to you.

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For liberation!

Just wanted to point out that when Dilgo Khyentse came to America in 1975, he came here to bless Odiyan Retreat Center! Love!

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Namaste

Absolutely beautiful book from beginning to the end . Heard it 3x and bought 2 physical copies one for myself the other to share. Thank you!
Namaste

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.May all beings benefit from your listening ....

If you're interested or experienced practitioner of Emptiness meditation insight . This teaches students about. The most important and Truly useful information on Bohdichita relative to your capability. Just the first time listing. Assured that my mind practice, practice of exchanging self for other. As well the vast amount of information that doesn't come from just listing and practicing alone. This Piece of equipment for your unique being. To accompaniment your own very Buddha nature Tata . This gem of compassion will be read and re-read .. Countless times numerous times for each individual that is extremely tightly controlled with Body Speech and Mind. One Thus-Come to the full potential of Bohdichita and how this can become a very effective process for Understanding The View.
Om Ah Hung.

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  • 06-30-22

No practical advice

Just someone bragging about how kind he is, telling you stories about the kind acts he did. “Then he helped a poor old woman!”

What a hero, you will learn nothing if compassion, or spirituality. Just bragging and bragging. Don’t waste your credit on this, unless you just wanna listen to someone brag about their kindness.

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  • Nick payton
  • 05-09-21

Loved this total transmission from a master

buddism isn't a religion its a way of finding the truth, away of understanding the huamn conditions
A finger pointing at the moon, for some see the finger some look at the moon others see the space in between all objects

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-01-21

Excellent

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Dilgo Khyentse is extremely wise and is able to explain concepts in a really easy to understand manner. I am new to reading Buddhist books, but I would recommend this to anyone.

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  • 04-17-22

Wonderful

How wonderful.
Now all I have to do is put it in to practice
Thank you Rinpoche

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  • John Swatland
  • 03-01-22

Excellent text, highly recommended.

I really enjoyed the content of this book and really feel the writer. I will come back to this and listen many times as it seems fundamental to Tantric wisdom and understanding. Concepts presented clearly and with good and often humorous examples given.
The reader I found too fast for the subject matter and also the tone was not neutral enough

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