by Andreas Kretschmar | 246,740 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 ...

Prosody [deb sbyor] is one of the five lesser sciences. [1] These are: poetics [snyan ngag], synonymics [mgnon brjod], prosody [sdeb sbyor], drama [zlos gar] and astrology [skar rtsis]. The most famous treatise on prosody, the Chando-ratnākara,[2] was written by the Indian master Śāntipa.

The Indian master of poetry Kṣemendra[3] composed the famous Kalpalatā,[4] containing one hundred and eight stories on Buddha’s previous lives written in a lovely poetical style.

The Indian master Śūra,[5] a disciple of Āryadeva, composed a text on Buddha’s previous life stories called Jātakamālā in 34 Sections.[6]

Footnotes and references:


For further information on the five lesser sciences [rig gnas chung ba lnga] see Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, pages 103-107.


Chando-ratnākara [deb sbyor rin chen ’byung gnas].


Kṣemendra [dge ba’i dbang po].


Kalpalatā [dpag bsam ’khri shing].


Master Śūra [slob dpon dpa’ bo].


See Jātakamālā in 34 Sections [skyes rabs so bzhi pa] and Garland of Birth-Stories.

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