- Paperback: 175 pages
- Publisher: Snow Lion Publications (1 Mar. 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1559390611
- ISBN-13: 978-1559390613
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 590,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life Paperback – 1 Mar 1997
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."..will stand for many years as the standard English translation of this key Tibetan Buddhist text." Publishers Weekly
"The Wallaces have produced a concise, literal, and elegant translation. The extant Sanskrit edition frequently differs from the one used in Tibet a millennium ago, and the Wallaces have noted these differences in copious footnotes. These features make their translation both highly readable and an excellent source for scholars of the original languages." Tricycle: The Buddhist Review
"Wallace and Wallace succeed with admirable eloquence where some earlier translations (such as S. Batchelor's) flounder under the weight of the scholarly apparatus used to represent the voices in the text." Liz Wilson, Religious Studies Review
"Will stand for many years as the standard English translation of this key Tibetan Buddhist text." "Publishers Weekly"
"The Wallaces have produced a concise, literal, and elegant translation. The extant Sanskrit edition frequently differs from the one used in Tibet a millennium ago, and the Wallaces have noted these differences in copious footnotes. These features make their translation both highly readable and an excellent source for scholars of the original languages." "Tricycle""
About the Author
B. Alan Wallace has edited, translated, authored, or contributed to more than thirty books on Tibetan Buddhism, medicine, language, and culture, as well as the interface between religion and science. He teaches in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he is launching one program in Tibetan Buddhist studies and another in science and religion. His published works include The Bridge of Quiescence: Experiencing Buddhist Meditation), Choosing Reality: A Buddhist View of Physics and the Mind, and Tibetan Buddhism From the Ground Up.
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The book itself is a timeless classic consisting of ten chapters dedicated to the development of the enlightened mind through the practice of six perfections, which I will allow you to read for yourself. Unlike many other Buddhist texts that I have read by different buddhist authors in the past, the author, Santideva, has a unique writing style that could, to some, seem pessimistic and dreary due to his brutally honest observations to life and his fearlessness to point out the uncontrollable sufferings of the human condition as well as the truth that all human beings are born into a world that is not all rainbows and butterflies. If you are looking for buddhist text that will bring you feelings of joy and happiness, this book is probably not for you. However, in order to truly understand buddhism, one must first understand that life is suffering and there is no avoiding it.
I would recommend that if you are new to such philosophies that you attempt Thích Nh't H'nh or Dali Lama literature to develop a clearer background in more laymen's terms before attempting this - but I would not hesitate putting it in the same amazon cart.
Read it little by little and digest the words. I don't think it's a sit down and plough through book, but it could just be one of the most brilliant books you read - if you are interested in such concepts.