by Andreas Kretschmar | 233,817 words

The English translation of the Bodhisattvacharyavatara (“entering the conduct of the bodhisattvas”), a Sanskrit text with Tibetan commentary. This book explains the bodhisattva concept and gives guidance to the Buddhist practitioner following the Mahāyāna path towards the attainment of enlightenment. The text was written in Sanskrit by Shantideva ...

Namo means 'homage' [phyag 'tshal lo] in the Sanskrit language.
Guru means 'master' or 'teacher'.
Mañjuśrī is the name of the bodhisattva who particularly embodies the quality of knowledge and wisdom.
Jñāna means 'wisdom' or 'pristine cognition' [ye shes],
and satva [sems dpa'] means 'being'.[1]

Khenpo Kunpal next declares his respect in verses to the lineage masters through whom the Buddhist teachings in general, and the explanations of the Bodhisattva-caryāvatāra in particular, came down to him.

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Note that texts A and B say samāya, meaning 'pledge', 'promise', or 'spiritual bond' [dam tshig], instead of satva.

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