A guide to the bodhisattva way of life summary

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The Way of the Bodhisattva by Śāntideva

One of the great classics of Mahayana Buddhism, The Way of the Bodhisattva ( Bodhicharyavatara) is a guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment, and to generating the qualities of love, compassion, generosity, and patience. Presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse, it outlines the path of the bodhisattvas--those beings who renounce the peace of an individual salvation and vow to work for the deliverance of all beings, and to attain enlightenment for their sake. The text is beloved by Buddhists of all traditions.

Originally written in India in Sanskrit, the text first appeared in Tibetan translation in the eighth century. The fact that it has been expounded, studied, and practiced in Tibet in an unbroken tradition lends the Tibetan version of the Bodhicharyavatara a particular authority. The present version has therefore been translated from the Tibetan, following a commentary by the Nyingma master Kunzang Pelden, renowned for its thoroughness, clarity, and accessibility.
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The Path of Light - The Bodhi-Charyavatara of Santi-Deva SHANTIDEVA

Jump to navigation. The teachings are a commentary on Chapter 8—the chapter titled "Meditation"—of the great master Shantideva's book Bodhicaryavatara A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life. I take full responsibility for all mistakes that have occurred, through hearing and writing incorrectly what was taught, for these I apologize.

Chapter 6 – Patience

With devotion I pay homage to the buddhas gone to bliss, To their Dharma body, noble heirs and all worthy of respect. Therefore I do not expect this to be of much use to others, And write it only to acquaint it to my mind. Through this, my faith will be strengthened for a while, And I will grow more accustomed to what is virtuous. Then should others, somehow equal to myself in fortune, Chance upon these words, they might find them beneficial. This free and well-favoured human form is difficult to obtain. All ordinary virtues therefore are forever feeble, Whilst negativity is strong and difficult to bear— But for the mind intent on perfect buddhahood, What other virtue could ever overcome it?

JavaScript seems to be disabled in your browser. You must have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website. Why this focus from him and millions of masters and practitioners before and after? For a bit of history, you can also see our post on its story. This was translated with reference primarily to the Tibetan and following the commentary of Khenpo Kunpel, the nineteenth-century Nyingma master renowned for his spiritual realization and instrumental in the preservation of the oral traditions and teachings of his tradition. This edition also includes a ten-page biography of Shantideva as well as selections on tonglen , or exchanging oneself with others, from Khenpo Kunpel's commentary. The Wallace's translation is based both on Sanskrit and Tibetan sources and was guided by Tibetan commentaries, notably of Gyaltsup-Je.

Wallace and B. The Bodhicharyavatara The Guide of the eighth-century Indian master Shantideva is one of the great works of Buddhist literature. The central concept of The Guide is bodhichitta , or the mind chitta that aspires and practices for the enlightenment bodhi of all beings. Shantideva paints our prospects for the future in no uncertain terms. Death, he observes, does not discriminate between old and young, healthy and ill; it descends like a thunderbolt. The specter of our actions looms large in light of mortality, and the choice is clear: shape up and strive for enlightenment, or be prepared to suffer the consequences.

It has ten chapters dedicated to the development of bodhicitta the mind of enlightenment through the practice of the six perfections Skt. The text begins with a chapter describing the benefits of the wish to reach enlightenment.
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  1. A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life Shantideva Translated from the Sanskrit and Tibetan by Vesna A. Wallace and B. Alan Wallace Snow Lion Publications.

  2. The Ocean of Good Explanation by T'ogme Zang-po, Shantideva's A Guide to the . Bodhisattva's way of Life will inspire readers with the higher ideals of Bodhisattvas and will infuse their practical Glossary of Terms. Bibliography.

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