A guide to the Bodhisattva’s way of life
author: Stephen Batchelor
edition: 2017, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives
Summary: This book is the English translation of the Bodhisattvacharyavatara which literally translates to “a guide to the Bodhisattva’s way of life”. The original books was composed in Sanskrit by Shantideva, an eighth century Buddhist from the university of Nalanda,
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Introduction:Shantideva’s Bodhisattvacharyavatara (A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s way of life) holds a unique place in Mahayana Buddhism akin to that of the Dhammapada in Hinayana Buddhism and the Bhagavadgita in Hinduism. In combining those rare qualities of scholastic precision, spiritual depth and poetical beauty, its appeal extents to a wide audience of Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. Composed in India during the 8th century of the Christian era, it has since been an inspiration millions of people throughout the world.
The present translation by Stephen Batchelor is based upon a 12th century Tibetan commentary as orally explained by Ven. Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey. The ninth chapter on wisdom has been expanded for this edition with relevant commentarial passages.
Contents of this online book (index):
The full text of the A guide to the Bodhisattva’s way of life in English can be quickly summarized in the following table of contents. Becaue these pages are not available to read online, I would recommend you buy the book.
Foreword (p. iii)
Translator’s Introduction (p. vii)
Chapter 1: The Benefits of the Awakening mind (p. 1)
Chapter 2: Disclosure of Wrongdoing (p. 8)
Chapter 3: Full Acceptance of the Awakening Mind (p. 19)
Chapter 4: Conscientiousness (p. 25)
Chapter 5: Guarding Alertness (p. 34)
Chapter 6: Patience (p. 53)
Chapter 7: Enthusiasm (p. 76)
Chapter 8: Mediation (p. 89)
Chapter 9: Wisdom (p. 121)
Chapter 10: Dedication (p. 158)
Notes (p. 169)
Glossary of Terms (p. 180)
Bibliography (p. 185)