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Advice From a Spiritual Friend

by Geshe Rabten, Geshe N9781878424938

“Do not wish for gratitude.
Never strike at the heart.
Now if you die, you will have no regrets.”
—The Seven-Point Thought Transformation

Like wise old friends, two Tibetan masters offer down-to-earth advice for cultivating compassion, wisdom, and happiness in every situation. Based on practical Buddhist verses on thought training (lojong), Advice from a Spiritual Friend teaches how to develop the inner skills that lead to contentment by responding to everyday difficulties with patience and joy.

Following Stephen Batchelor’s introduction to the Kadamapa tradition that gave rise to these earthy, pithy instructions, Part One is a commentary by Geshe Dhargyey to Atisha's (982-1054) Jewel Rosary of a Bodhisattva. Part Two includes a commentary by Geshe Rabten to the famous Seven-Point Thought Transformation.

First published in 1977, Advice from a Spiritual Friend is a Wisdom classic that has enriched readers in many editions over the years. As Batchelor says in his introduction, “These teachings are as applicable today as they were when Atisha first introduced them to Tibet.”

Introduction by Stephen Batchelor

Part One The Jewel Rosary of a Bodhisattva

The Root Text

The Commentary by Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey

Part Two The Seven-Point Thought Transformation

The Root Text

The Commentary by Geshe Rabten


1. The Preliminary Practices

2. The Main Practice

3. Changing Adverse Circumstances into the Path

4. Elucidating a Lifetime’s Practice

5. The Measure of Having Transformed One’s Thoughts

6. The Commitments of Thought Transformation

7. The Instructions on Thought Transformation


Appendix: Thought Transformation in Eight Stanzas
Editor’s Acknowledgments in the First Edition

Advice From a Spiritual Friend

ISBN / Product Code: 9780861711932

Format: Paperback

Length: 142 pages

Size: 230 x 150mm

Availability: In stock

Price: $A 31.95

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