For the Benefit of All Beings: A Commentary on the Way of the Bodhisattva

For the Benefit of All Beings: A Commentary on the Way of the Bodhisattva

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The fourteenth Dalai Lama, a living embodiment of the bodhisattva ideal, presents here detailed practical guidance based on sections of The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva, the best-known text of Mahayana Buddhism. The Dalai Lama explains this classic and beloved work, showing how anyone can develop a truly "good heart" and the aspiration for

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The fourteenth Dalai Lama, a living embodiment of the bodhisattva ideal, presents here detailed practical guidance based on sections of The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva, the best-known text of Mahayana Buddhism. The Dalai Lama explains this classic and beloved work, showing how anyone can develop a truly "good heart" and the aspiration for the enlightenment of all beings. In this book, the Dalai Lama's profound knowledge is evident—the result of extensive training. Here he shares his extraordinary insight into the human condition and what it means to be a responsible and caring person. This book was previously published under the title A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night

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“On many levels, the book is splendid as both an introduction to Buddhist spirituality and an explication of Shantideva for contemporary Westerners.”—Library Journal

“One does not have to be a Buddhist to appreciate the beauty of the teachings and the simplicity of the life presented here. Indeed, non-Buddhists may discover a refreshing new approach to the doctrines of ‘love your neighbor,’ and ‘do unto others.’”—Booklist

Library Journal
The Nobel laureate/Buddhist leader adds to his growing body of best-selling works with this insightful, relevant, and uplifting commentary on one of the best-known texts of Mahayana Buddhism. Shambhala Sun magazine publisher James Gimian (commentary) and translator Wulstan Fletcher (quotes from the titular work) read; the dual voices help to differentiate between his Holiness's commentary and the text itself. This is not leisurely listening material and may be especially challenging to those unfamiliar with the original text or the basic tenets of Buddhism. For Buddhists, students of religion, and those interested in advanced religious materials.—Emma Duncan, Brampton Lib., Ont.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590306932
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
04/21/2009
Series:
Shambhala Classics Series
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
708,587
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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From the Publisher
“On many levels, the book is splendid as both an introduction to Buddhist spirituality and an explication of Shantideva for contemporary Westerners.”—Library Journal

“One does not have to be a Buddhist to appreciate the beauty of the teachings and the simplicity of the life presented here. Indeed, non-Buddhists may discover a refreshing new approach to the doctrines of ‘love your neighbor,’ and ‘do unto others.’”—Booklist

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