Thirty-Sevenfold Practice of a Bodhisattva. The Root Text of Ngulchu Thogme, The Heart of Compassion commentary by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche.
Everything depends on whether one’s intent is good or evil. To reach enlightenment we must pass through the paths and bhumis. Progress depends on pure attitude and good heart. Without pure attitude, all paths lead in a perverted direction.
It is not enough to just say, “Things are empty, mind is empty, everything is empty.” It is not enough to only think rigpa. One needs to gather the accumulations, purify negative karmas and receive the blessings of the glorious guru. It is said that to depend on other methods than these should be known as delusion. By other methods, one will not realize rigpa.
Devotion to all the buddhas above means to all the enlightened lineage masters from dharmakaya Samantabhadra down to your own guru. Compassion for all sentient beings below means for all the six kinds of beings who have been one’s mother. These tow – devotion and compassion – are like your head and your feet. By heart alone you are not a whole human being. Never say, “Only rigpa, only rigpa, I do not need devotion or compassion.” That is not the authentic way to practice.