The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva: Verse 3

Don’t engage disturbances and emotional reactions gradually fade away;

Don’t engage distractions and spiritual practice naturally grows;

Keep awareness clear and vivid and confidence in the way arises;

Rely on silence; this is the practice of the bodhisattva.

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When things seem wrong, in error — or immoral if I’m being honest about how I feel — my last impulse is detachment or avoidance. I’m easily excited. How can I even pretend to be searching for something when I can hardly stand to read these instructions.

When something makes you angry it feels like you’ve been invaded and this force comes rushing up like a geyser.

If you release it to the world through self-expression, instead of getting better, it gets worse. So don’t do it. Stay even, stay quiet.

Pay close attention, don’t ignore what you’re feeling, and don’t express it.

Do not get distracted. Modern studies on happiness have found when we have too many choices, we regret our decisions. When things are simple we enjoy the quiet.

Isn’t chronic insecurity driving most of us crazy? Isn’t that why we’re all so eager for transformation? Oh, how we yearn for strength and confidence.

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