The Three Poisons and Their Antidotes 

Less greed, more generosity.


Even if someone, driven by desperate want,

Steals, or makes someone else steal, everything you own,

Dedicate to him your body, your wealth, and

All the good you’ve ever done or will do — this is the practice of a bodhisattva.

Less delusion, more truth.


In short, in everything you do,

Know what is happening in your mind.

By being constantly present and aware

You bring about what helps others — this is the practice of a bodhisattva.

Less hatred, more love


For bodhisattvas who want to be rich in virtue

A person who hurts you is a precious treasure.

Cultivate patience for everyone,

Completely free of irritation or resentment — this is the practice of a bodhisattva.

Framing everything using the three poisons and their antidotes can help reduce suffering. Think of any situation in your life that you dislike. Can you find yourself present and mindful in that situation, instead of avoiding it? Is there a way that you are being greedy by only wishing for good situations?

I am a quiet person. I sometimes find myself in social environments with people who dominate the conversations, talking about topics that I find are not very interesting, for example, investment in real estate. In a effort to be generous I try to be interested. This is often more helpful for my spirit than resisting the conversation. It also is a way for me to show love and be patient.

Quotes taken from The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva