In times of pandemic, worldwide environmental destruction, and social disintegration, one can easily be overcome by feelings of disconnection, helplessness, resignation, and paralysis.
The text entitled The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva, by the 14th-century monk Ngulchu Thogme Sangpo, provides clear insights on how to work with such challenges and turn around seemingly intractable situations. It points to the skillful means that bring us the strength of heart to work with difficult circumstances while being of benefit to others.
Talk 1: When nothing works anymore
Turning around // The story of Ngulchu Thokme Zangpo
Talk 2: Setting out to travel
What to take with us — preparations & provisions
Talk 3: Map and compass for travel
What to leave behind- the means of actual travel and progress
Talk 4: Obstacles
How to make use of loss, suffering, disgrace and other obstacles
Talk 5: Signposts
Signposts left behind by an old monk — making sure we don’t go astray
Each session includes a 30- to 40-minute talk.
Here are 2 good translations:
1) Ken McLeod’s translation on his website: unfettered mind:
2) The Lotsawa House translation: