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 ...

One may then wonder, “Why cast away pride?” A treatise written out of arrogance and pride will not benefit beings at all. Candrakirti [zla ba grags pa] is said to have felt proud about a treatise he wrote on grammar; because of his pride in his writing skills, this particular treatise benefited only a few people. Therefore, even if one is very learned and knowledgeable, one should always assume a humble position and thus cast away pride. Śāntideva’s humility sets an example for future scholars.

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