Orientation for newcomers

Welcome to the study guide for the Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, one of the core texts of the Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Though it was written by a 14th-century Tibetan monk, Togme Zangpo, we still study it centuries later and halfway across the world because it continues to speak directly to our experience.

If you’d like to explore the study guide, I recommend starting here with the brief orientation. This website is in blog format so there’s no table of contents per se, but it’s easy to navigate once you get going.

The various categories and tags in the right-hand column also point to a number of posts about three-year retreat and some of the whys and hows of dharma practice.

Here are some links to get you started:

About the 37 practices study guide

About this blog

Resources for the study guide

Study guide prelude (class 1)

37 practices infrastructure (class 2)

Verse 1

From the archives:

“Secrets of the Three Year Retreat — Revealed!”

“18 Ways to Catch Ego-Clinging in the Act!”

“Some Buddhist Ways to Work with Emotional Overwhelm”

“Compassion versus Wisdom”