The Way of the Bodhisattva
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, first in India, and later in Tibet. 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, translated from the Tibetan, is a revision by the translators of the 1997 edition. Included are a foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a new 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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Shantideva's presentation of these teachings is poetic and penetrating. He makes it all sound so very reasonable. It is a delicious way to turn your mind toward your heart's truest desire.
The Text and the Translation
The Excellence of Bodhichitta
Taking Hold of Bodhichitta
The Life of Shantideva
Equalizing Self and Other
Exchanging Self and Other