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The Way of the Bodhisattva
     

The Way of the Bodhisattva

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by Shantideva, Padmakara Translation Group (Translator), Wulstan Fletcher (Read by)
 

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Treasured by Buddhists of all traditions, 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. This text has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries. Presented in the form of a personal

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Treasured by Buddhists of all traditions, 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. This text has been studied, practiced, and expounded upon in an unbroken tradition for centuries. Presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse, it outlines the path of the Bodhisattvas—those who renounce the peace of individual enlightenment and vow to work for the liberation of all beings and to attain buddhahood for their sake.

This version is translated from the Tibetan and includes a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a translator’s preface, a thorough introduction, a note on the translation, and three appendices of commentary by the Nyingma master Kunzang Pelden.

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“If I have any understanding of compassion and the practice of the bodhisattva path, it is entirely on the basis of this text that I possess it.” —H. H. the Dalai Lama

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ISBN-13:
9781590304785
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
11/06/2007
Pages:
64
Product dimensions:
5.52(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.62(d)

Meet the Author

Shantideva was a scholar in the eighth century from the monastic university Nalanda, one of the most celebrated centers of learning in ancient India. According to legend, Shantideva was greatly inspired by the celestial bodhisattva Manjushri, from whom he secretly received teachings and great insights. Yet as far as the other monks could tell, there was nothing special about Shantideva. In fact, he seemed to do nothing but eat and sleep. In an attempt to embarrass him, the monks forced Shantideva's hand by convincing him to publicly expound on the scriptures. To the amazement of all in attendance that day, Shantideva delivered the original and moving verses of the Bodhicharyavatara. When he reached verse thirty-four of the ninth chapter, he began to rise into the sky, until he at last disappeared. Following this, Shantideva became a great teacher.

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The Way of the Bodhisattva 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shantideva's clear, impeccable logic is set forth in verse of haunting beauty. "Haunting" in the sense that the images will capture you, convey the intended emotion, and remain with you. For anyone who wishes to learn what bodhicitta is; for those who wish to develop it, and those who want to ensure that it grows and never decreases - this is your indespensible text!
rick90 More than 1 year ago
This book is beautiful and very poetic. It is simple in its description of profound wisdom and the enlightened mind. The dharma contains here has the potential to heal our wounds and transofrm the heart.
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FaceMan More than 1 year ago
A great text about Shantideva and the Way of the Bodhisattva. It also goes well with "A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life" also by Shantideva/¿¿ntideva ¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿ Any practicing Buddhist will appreciate and engage the writing of Shantideva. Enjoy, Namaste
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Monshin More than 1 year ago
The Way of the Bodhisattva was composed by the Indian scholar Shantideva, a renowned Tibetan teacher. The book focuses on the practice and enhancement of bodhichitta, meaning having an open heart and an open mind. The book is written in beautiful verse-type language. It encourages and inspires the reader to look into oneself and practice transforming the mind by facing the situations we encounter with courage and a calmness of spirit. The teachings, though written many years ago, are definitely relevant today. I am studying this book with a book-discussion dharma group at the Dae Yen Sa International Meditation Temple in New Hartford, CT. The book is having a most positive effect on all the participants.
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