13 Practices of an Awakened Person

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By Paul Lenda

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Tog-me Zong-po lived nearly 800 years ago yet his 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva is still considered a pinnacle list of traits a person who wishes to become enlightened for the benefit of all beings has. The following 13 practices (which I’ve put into simpler terms to make them easier to understand) are what I consider the most practical and helpful out of the 37 and by applying these practices to our daily lives we can make a lasting positive impression on the collective consciousness of humanity…a positive influence that is deeply needed in this time of transition from the old order to the new paradigm. Some of these are not easy but for those of us that want to embark on the journey to awakened enlightenment, these are practices that will lead us there.

1.) Day and night, be fully alert and present. Listen, reflect, and do alot of meditation.

2.) Attraction to those close to you catches you in its currents. Aversion to those who hate on you burns inside. Indifference that ignores what should be done is a black hole. Take a step outside your comfort zone.

3.) Some so-called friends take you further and further away from the path to awakened consciousness. These kinds of friends ridicule and discourage learning, reflection, and meditation. These kinds of friends make you lose kindness and compassion. Give up these bad friends.

4.) All suffering comes from wanting to please our own selves. Enlightened awakening arises from when our thoughts and actions help others. So, in exchange for our selfish desires and neglect of our suffering humanity, replace thoughts of self with concern for all others.

5.) If someone spreads ugly rumors about us with cruel words, and even if what that person has said spreads to others and gains wide acceptance as being the truth; wish for that person to overcome their troubles and gain peace of mind. Applaud all their positive traits and treat them with kindness.

6.) If in a crowd full of people someone exposes our faults before others and points out the flaws we still have; do not get angry or become defensive; just listen in silence and reflect on their words. Treat this person as a teacher.

7.) If someone we love and have cared for with kindness treats us with thankless resentment and treats us as if we are their most hated enemy, then see these acts as a terrible sickness that has infected and affected their mind. Treat them with even more love and affection.

8.) Even when you are famous, praised, and rich don’t be arrogant. Know that the magnificence of existence, as awesome as it is, ultimately has no substance. Cast out what pride you might have as a result of fame.

9.) If we are not able to take control of the anger inside of us, although we may overpower and conquer others outside, the anger will just keep coming. Turn inwards and tame the wild flow of your mind-stream.

10.) Whatever appears to be truly real is simply what a mind in delusion creates. This mind of ours is also from the beginning devoid of an essence inherently real. Realize Truth is beyond the conceptions we have known and beyond the knower as well. Dispel the belief in inherent existence.

11.) Abusive words and language that we say in anger cause others alot of pain by disturbing their minds and we who are striving to be enlightened will find that our practice will decline. So seeing the faults that arise from harsh language, abandon abusive and hurtful language.

12.) Without making efforts to clearly analyze delusions we have and mistakes we commit, then even though on the outside we look and play the part, we may simply be spiritual materialists. For this reason, try to examine mistakes, delusions, and faults you possess, then afterwards try to remove them completely.

13.) In everything you do, be mindful of what is happening in your mind. By being constantly present and aware that you are feeling, thinking, and acting in a way that helps others.

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About the author:

Paul LendaPaul is a conscious evolution guide, author of “The Creation of a Consciousness Shift“ and co-founder of SHIFT>, a social community focused on anchoring in the new paradigm and assisting the positive transformation of humanity. With the drive to be aware of and experience the wider horizon of Reality, Paul has developed an extensive background in the spiritual and transformative elements of life; one that is both knowledge and experienced-based.

Visit his website shift.is and connect with him on Twitter.


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  • Well done. These 13 of 37 are very insightful. Where might the remaining be found?

    • Wake Up World

      Hi there,

      There are plenty of books on Amazon or you can do a Google search for “37 Practices of a Bodhisattva”

  • Very good tips Paul,

    I find many of these kinds of articles to be of little use but I know these 13 practices are definitely where we need to be on our path to finding our true selves and being at peace within.

    Thankyou!

  • karla

    I have a question to that article. I’m with you in all those points. I just want to ask some questions. “Helping others” can be done in different mindsets. In my studies of social work I noticed that people help others because of different reasons. For me it’s important to not help because of egoistic reasons.
    So…how can I change…I often fall into ego-patterns. I helped others because I felt responsible (my own worth gets bigger then), or because I didn’t want someone to think bad about me or criticize me for not being helpful (fear). How can I help others and KNOW that I’m not acting out of these ego-patterns? How do you notice that main difference? And how to not end up in burnout?

    • Siv sunday

      Thank You Karla, for writing this, it’s so important. Search Drama Triangle for more info of this . I have managed to stop these patterns myself, by self-love, and by not acting on the false help pattern. We must truly love ourselves to love somone else.

    • The Way of Sunshine

      Hi, first of all there is in all likelihood going to be a gap between where we are at spiritually and the Bodhisattva’s activity, and it might be helpful to accept that. There are different levels of Bodhisattva though, and to be motivated to help others is a beautiful motivation, certainly a step towards the Bodhisattva Ideal. What may be helpful for you is to understand that one needs to train in both compassion and wisdom, if one wishes to transcend egoistic motivation. A bodhisattva, insofar as he/she can be pinned down by words, has trained in meditation and wisdom practices to the point that they no longer experience the world in terms of self and other. They have practised buddhist meditation until insight has arisen, the wisdom which transcends duality. This wisdom is not something to get hold of intellectually, but rather the fruit of practice, something to be experienced. If one can realise interconnectedness, and see that the suffering of another is one’s very own, then one acts spontaneously with compassion in the world. The insight which would end egoistic motivation isn’t to be grasped, first of all one can aim for happiness and positivity, so that insight practices do not lead to depression or alienation. In this, you need to ensure you look after yourself as well, and return to your sources of inspiration for energy. One of the best Buddhist meditations for cultivating positive emotions is here: – the ‘Metta Bhavana.’ By reflecting on your shared experience and connectedness with all sentient beings, it becomes impossible to harm any form of life, and ‘helpfulness’ or kindness springs forth. Until then, know that you are already on the path, already being kind and helpful, so have a little faith in yourself, and take comfort from the fact that the ego patterns do not fall away very easily! In fact, they will be present until enlightenment, and I mean Buddhist enlightenment, a state beyond any suffering or doubt, probably beyond our present capacity to understand.

  • Gerri pietromonaco

    Kudos oh and I love you!

  • BoulderPM

    I’m having a hard time with number 3. I keep hearing this from multiple sources, but, to me it seems a contradiction to other principles. For one, aren’t all people your friends? If these friends are taking you away from your path, isn’t that you taking you away from the path? No matter how convincing they may be, and effective their behavior is at taking you off your path, blaming them is not taking responsibility for yourself. Couldn’t these friends actually be the exact teacher you need? If they have ways of taking you off of the path, couldn’t they be actually very valuable in learning your own weaknesses? And, most importantly, don’t these people need friends that are on the path more than anybody?