Heart Teachings on the 37 Bodhisattva Practices
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Brave, Generous, & Undefended is for all who desire freedom from confusion and suffering, fruits of a single root: grasping to the illusory “self.” Rich with insight, humor, and fearless love, Barbara Du Bois’s fresh, direct heart teachings on the timeless 37 Bodhisattva Practices encourage and guide seekers and practitioners at all levels, in any spiritual tradition.
Composed in the 14th century by Tibetan teacher Tokme Zangpo, the 37 Bodhisattva
Practices show clearly, and definitely, how to cultivate the expansive, freeing compassion and love that cut the tree of suffering at its root, for the benefit of others and ourselves. This is the way of the bodhisattva—one dedicated to the well-being, happiness, and liberation of all—and Brave, Generous, & Undefended is a profound teaching on living forth in ordinary life this highest of callings.
The author, a contemporary master Dharma teacher, brings her energetic, penetrating wisdom from the heart to Tokme Zangpo’s classic text. The bodhisattva trainings contained in this book turn one’s self-absorption inside out, revealing the good heart that seeks ultimate freedom―for all.
As a longtime practitioner, familiar with the tricks of conditioned mind and what it is hiding from, Dr. Du Bois embraces us as participants in intimate, dynamic discussions that vividly demonstrate the transformational power of the bodhisattva intention. Readers may find arrows of love and truth piercing their illusions of self and separation, showing how, in the ever-present union of absolute and relative, we already are what we aspire to become: embodiments of truth and love.
Her mind and my mind are one; whatever I know, she knows… I am asking all my friends to make sure you read this precious book.
—His Eminence Garchen Triptrul Rinpoche, from the Foreword
This profound yet practical book will inspire, support, guide, and invigorate beginning seekers and advanced practitioners in every tradition, as well as those without a formal spiritual focus or path. The author’s Dharma training and wisdom, together with her psychological, phenomenological, and sociological perspectives, are uniquely angled to illumine both our most evident and most hidden dilemmas and confusions―as well as the gifts we bring to the path of awakening and to all our companions on the way. Her invitation to each of us: “…take what speaks to you and test it for yourself, contemplate and practice on it until you attain confidence, and then continue, for the benefit of all.”