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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Shambhala Publications Inc; Revised edition edition (9 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590303881
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590303887
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.6 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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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."

" Shantideva's work is required reading for an understanding of Tibetan Buddhism, and the clarity and crispness of this new translation make it an accessible way into the world." -- Publishers Weekly

“Shantideva’s work is required reading for an understanding of Tibetan Buddhism, and the clarity and crispness of this new translation make it an accessible way into the world.”—"Publishers Weekly"
"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

"Shantideva's work is required reading for an understanding of Tibetan Buddhism, and the clarity and crispness of this new translation make it an accessible way into the world."--"Publishers Weekly"
"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

Shantideva s work is required reading for an understanding of Tibetan Buddhism, and the clarity and crispness of this new translation make it an accessible way into the world. "Publishers Weekly"
"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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One of the great classics of Mahayana Buddhism," 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. Presented in the form of a personal meditation in verse, it outlines the path of the bodhisattvas-those beings who renounce the peace of an individual salvation and vow to work for the deliverance of all beings, and to attain enlightenment for their sake. The text is beloved by Buddhists of all traditions.
Originally written in India in Sanskrit, the text first appeared in Tibetan translation in the eighth century. The fact that it has been expounded, studied, and practiced in Tibet in an unbroken tradition lends the Tibetan version of the "Bodhicharyavatara a particular authority. The present version has therefore been translated from the Tibetan, following a commentary by the Nyingma master Kunzang Pelden, renowned for its thoroughness, clarity, and accessibility.

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The Dalai Lama: "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." The 8.129 stanza summarizes the Bodhisattva practice: "All the joy the world contains / Has come through wishing happiness for others. / All the misery the world contains / Has come through wanting pleasure for oneself."

"The first three chapters (The Excellence of Bodhichitta, Confession, and Taking Hold of Bodhichitta) are designed to stimulate the dawning of bodhichitta in the mind. The following three chapters (Carefulness, Vigilant Introspection, and Patience) give instructions on how to prevent the precious attitude from being dissipated, while the seventh, eight and ninth chapters (Diligence, Meditative Concentration, and Wisdom) prescribe ways in which bodhichitta may be progressively intensified. The tenth chapter is a concluding prayer of dedication."

My favourite stanzas are: 2.40: "There I'll be, prostrate on my bed / And all around, my family and friends. / But I alone shall be the one to feel / The cutting of the thread of life." 5.13: "To cover all the earth with sheets of leather - / Where could such amounts of skin be found? / But with leather soles of just my shoes / It is as though I cover all the earth!" 6.52: "Because the mind is bodiless / It cannot be destroyed by anyone. / Because of mind's attachment to the body, / This body is oppressed by pain." 8.90: "Strive at first to meditate / Upon the sameness of yourself and others. / In joy and sorrow all are equal; / Thus be guardian of all, as of yourself.
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H. H. the Dalai Lama has said of this work, a classic of Indo-Tidetan buddhism, "If I have any understanding of compassion and the practice of the bodhisattva path, it is entirely on the basis of this text [The Way of the Bodhisattva] that I possess it."

There are a number of excellent translations of this work available but to my mind this one, translated from the Tibetan, just has the edge. Not only do I find it a most readable translation but the work also contains a fine introduction and several helpful appendices.

Other fine versions of this work are The Bodhicaryavatara (Oxford World's Classics) translated by Andrew Skilton and Kate Crosby and A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life translated by V A Wallace and B Allan Wallace. Both of these works are translated from the Sanskrit with the second of the two including a comparison with the Tibetan. The Skilton/Crosby version also has a fine general introduction by Paul Williams and helpful chapter introductions. I recommend both these versions too.

This version (the Padmakara Translation Group version), is also available in audio book form (The Way of the Bodhisattva). There is also a translation of a commentary on this work by Kunzang Pelden
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There is a joy in a really well presented book. This one, with it's superb and tasteful dust-jacket and gold coloured fabric bookmark, is a lovely book. Shantideva's words resonate through the centuries. Some of it is actually quite hard to take because he is so direct, but the recipe for a happy and selfless life is writ large here. If you really intend to follow the way of the bodhisattva, you are going to need to get your head round some mental gymnastics like loving your enemies and those who test your patience as much as the Buddha. Quite possibly the most thought-provoking book I have ever read, and I would recommend Pema Chodron's No Time To Lose as a companion. She recommends reading the Way of the Bodhisattva aloud if you can, and actually that makes the words resonate inside you with an incredible clarity.
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I love this translation of the Bodhicharyavatara, and have treasured my paper copy for some years. I have been waiting and hoping that it would eventually be released on Kindle, so have now bought that as well. I have two other translations, but neither of them has the poetical quality of this one, and I find the beauty of the language helps to convey the message so much better than the more prosaic translations. The introduction, appendices and notes are also most helpful. I love it!
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Beautiful translation, very easy to understand and read. This version is recommended by Ringu Tulku for the first part of the online course in which he teaches Shantideva's verses. Absolutely marvellous, as relevant today - if not moreso, than in the 8th century when it was first laid to text.
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An excellent translation of a classic. This work helped to transform my understanding and motivated me to practise.
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