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The Bodhisattva Vow: A Practical Guide to Helping Others [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso
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6 Jun 2003
A Bodhisattva is a reign of the world who, motivated by compassion, spontaneously seeks enlightenment to benefit all living beings. In this welcome guide to compassionate living, Geshe Kelsang explains in details how to take and keep the Bodhisattva vows, and how to practise the Bodhisattva's deeds of giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, concentration and wisdom. With this audio handbook as your companion we can enter the Bodhisattva's way of life and progress along the path to full enlightenment. Approximate running time: 146 minutes.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tharpa Publications; Abridged edition (6 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0948006927
  • ISBN-13: 978-0948006920
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 1.4 x 0.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,599,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born in Tibet and is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. Resident in the West since 1977, he is the author of 21 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has also founded over 1100 Kadampa Buddhist Centres and groups throughout the world.

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"This book is an ideal companion... written with impeccable qualifications and clarity." - Going Beyond

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Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism who has pioneered the introduction of modern Buddhism into contemporary society. He is the author of 21 highly acclaimed books that perfectly transmit the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world. He has founded over 1200 Kadampa Buddhist centres and groups throughout the world.

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very practical 20 Jan 2001
Format:Paperback
An indispensable guidebook for those who have taken the Bodhisattva vows or are considering doing so. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso outlines the Root and Secondary downfalls of a Bodhisattva and presents methods for purifying broken commitments. The text is accompanied by extensive explanations of the practice of the six perfections. Very useful.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By James W
Format:Paperback
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully qualified Buddhist Master, and this becomes immediately obvious when reading his books.
The Bodhisatva Vow is a perfect commentary to the a set of vows taken once you become a Buddhist. Introducing commitments and behaviours into you life in order to become a wiser and more compassionate person is an essential part of being a Buddhist. This book describes this area perfectly.
No one, in my experience, explains the wonderful intricacies of Buddhist Philosophy in such a clear and simple way. This is a truly a masterful book that I feel very fortunate to have encountered.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, practical, direct 12 July 2011
By Graeme
Format:Paperback
If you're looking at this book it's probably because you're interested in Buddhism. Mahayana Buddhism is the school of Buddhism in which practitioners seek to follow Buddha's teachings on how to attain full enlightenment (as opposed to the lesser enlightenment of personal liberation or 'nirvana'). A person who has the spontaneous wish to attain full enlightenment as the best way to benefit all living beings is called a 'Bodhisattva'. A Bodhisattva takes and keeps the Bodhisattva vow as a way of strengthening their pure wish and protecting themselves from losing it. Even before we become an actual Bodhisattva we can begin to gain familiarity with this vow and put it into practice to the best of our ability, this is of huge personal benefit, benefits everyone around us and prepares the path to enlightenment for us. This book is a practical guide to understanding, taking and maintaining this vow for the interested reader and the sincere practitioner alike.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars UNQUALIFIED commentary from an UNQUALIFIED author 10 April 2011
Format:Paperback
The product description says:
"In this welcome guide to compassionate living, Geshe Kelsang explains in detail how to take and keep the Bodhisattva vows, and how to practice the Bodhisattva's deeds of giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, concentration, and wisdom."

Considering the plethora of books commenting on Bodhisattva vows, one would be better served by reading any one of those versus this nonsense. The author of this book (be it the hard copy book or the audio book version) is the same rigid character, who in his New Meditation Handbook, claims swatting a mosquito in anger will result in eons in the hell realm without any discussion of purification or karma. That is a very draconian statement from a very draconian "religious" leader.

The presently reviewed title is yet another rigid outing for the self-proclaimed Geshe. Comparing this to genuine and authentic Buddhist authors will instantly reveal the inadequacies of this title. It is no more than pop Buddhism for the new age Western Buddhist mind rather than a serious commentary, which it purports to be.

Again, with all the other commentaries available on Bodhisattva vows, pick a title written by a genuine and authentic Buddhist author instead of this narrow-minded book. Virtually any title would be better than this one, but an excellent book that immediately comes to mind and also available from Amazon is: NO TIME TO LOSE: A TIMELY GUIDE TO THE WAY OF THE BODHISATTVA by PEMA CHODRON.
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10 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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This is a useful book, about the practice of the 35 Confession Buddhas (a karmic purification practice) and the Bodhisattva's root and secondary vows (or 'training pledges'), associated with the Mahayana vehicle.

However, Kelsang Gyatso*, the author of this text, made a remarkable mistake, I wish to point out in this review, because it has to be seen in the context of the author's organisation, the New Kadampa Tradition - IKBU (aka as "Kadampa Buddhism"), in which he encourages and emphasizes the totally reliance on himself as the sole authentic (contemporary) Buddhist authority and actively discourages his followers to read other books, because this would 'confuse' them.

Kelsang Gyatso claims on page 23 the 34th Bodhisattva vow would be:
"34 'Preferring to rely upon books rather than our Spiritual Guide'
The root of Dharma realizations is sincere reliance upon our Spiritual Guide. If we neglect this practice and prefer to acquire our understanding from books, we incur a secondary downfall."

This is incorrect and misleading.

The vow is: "Deprecating him and referring to the letter". This has two meanings: not to be disrespectful to the teacher, and secondly: not to rely on his words literally; one has to look for the meaning of the teachers' words.

Je Tsongkhapa, based on Asanga's Commentary, explains the 34th Bodhisattva training pledge as follows:

>>"Deprecating him and referring to the letter.
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