Bodhicitta

According to Patrul Rinpoche, the way of the shepherd bodhisattva, is the best and highest way.

Among the many methods for developing uncontrived bodhicitta given in Tibetan Mahāyāna teachings are:

In Lojong's 59 slogans, Point Two: The main practice, which is training in absolute and relative bodhicitta.

Slogan 2. Regard all dharmas as dreams; although experiences may seem solid, they are passing memories.
Slogan 5. Rest in the nature of alaya, the essence, the present moment.
Slogan 7. Sending and taking should be practiced alternately. These two should ride the breath (aka. practice Tonglen).
Slogan 8. Three objects, three poisons, three roots of virtue -- The 3 objects are friends, enemies and neutrals. The 3 poisons are craving, aversion and indifference. The 3 roots of virtue are the remedies.

When only realizing Śūnyatā, the practitioner might not benefit others, so the Mahayana path unites emptiness and compassion, this keeps from falling into the two limits and remaining on the middle way. Traditionally, Bodhisattvas practice mediative concentration at the beginning toward attaining the noble one's wisdom level, then the main practice becomes benefiting others spontaneously, unlike other paths that might discontinue benefiting others.

All the conducive causes and auspicious conditions should be complete for bodhicitta to properly arise. After continued training, these qualities can arise in the mind without contrivance.

Tibetan Buddhists maintain that there are two main ways to cultivate Bodhichitta, the "Seven Causes and Effects" that originates from Maitreya and was taught by Atisha, and "Exchanging Self and Others," taught by Shantideva and originally by Manjushri.