There are many powerful gods and forces in the world today which, because they
are still controlled by contaminated actions and disturbing emotions, remain, like
ourselves, within the prison of cyclic existence.
Influenced by sources of suffering they
perform harmful actions which express their hostility and desire. No matter how powerful
these gods and forces are, they are incapable of protecting others from suffering and
fear. If you are sinking in a swamp yourself, you’re not in a position to rescue anyone
We all need a refuge we can trust and which will not let us down. The 37 Practices of
the Bodhisattva are such a refuge, for they will never fail us if practiced and embodied
When we are overwhelmed by obstructions, feel afraid or are in pain, we have a support
and a source of strength and hope. Taking refuge in these practices invites the blessings
of all enlightened being who will guide and protect you.
In this course, Durga Devi will guide you in understanding each of these practices in a simple,
concise manner and encourage you to put them into action in a pragmatic way.
When we see no way out, when we look to our right and left but no one, not even our
spiritual guides and yoga teachers can do anything directly to help us, there is no need for despair because
the virtue we ourselves have created through these practices will act as our refuge and