The Bodhisattvacharyāvatāra or Bodhicaryāvatāra sometimes translated into English as A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, is a Mahāyāna Buddhist text written c. AD in Sanskrit verse by Shantideva (Śāntideva), a Buddhist monk at. A guide to the Bodhisattva way of life: Bodhicaryavatara / by. Santideva; translated Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara – Table of contents ii. Table of Contents. (p. : The Way of the Bodhisattva: (Bodhicaryavatara), Revised Edition ( Shambhala Classics) (): Shantideva, Padmakara Translation.

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Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara | Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive

Contemplating wisely throughout the ages, The mighty buddhas have seen its great benefit: It has ten chapters dedicated to the development of bodhicitta the mind of enlightenment through the practice of the six perfections Skt.

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This is the perfect nectar of immortality, Through which the Lord of Death is overcome. Retrieved from ” http: The text of the Bodhicharyavatara has ten chapters. Many Tibetan scholars, such as Ju Mipham, have written commentaries on this bodhicaryavatsra.

May Learn how and when to remove this template message. There are ten translations of Indian commentaries that are included in the Tibetan Tengyur.

Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara

Understand that, briefly stated, Bodhicitta has two aspects: Now I join my hands and pray To you, the buddhas of all quarters: Through this, my faith will be strengthened for a while, And I will grow more accustomed to what is virtuous. May gods, asuras and others rejoice!


Pather Panchali Jagari Patrul Rinpoche said that this text can be explained according to the following prayer for bodhichitta:. And it is the very purest form of butter Churned from the milk of sacred Dharma. The name of this commentary is:.

It is the very best of medicines That heals the sickness of the world, And the tree that shelters all who wander Wearily along the pathways of existence. Four Stages Arhat Buddha Bodhisattva. Please support us on Patreon. Bodhicaryavattara by Adam Pearcey, All ordinary virtues therefore are forever feeble, Whilst negativity is strong and difficult to bear— But for the mind intent on perfect buddhahood, What other virtue could ever overcome bodhicrayavatara

Bodhicaryāvatāra—Chapter 3 | Lotsawa House

Do even our fathers or our mothers Have such beneficence as this? Although seeking to avoid pain, They run headlong into suffering. Joyfully I celebrate all the acts of virtue That ease the pains of the lower realms, And rejoice as well when those who suffer Find themselves in states of happiness.

Ringu Tulku Rinpoche said:. This source of joy for all who wander in existence, This elixir that heals the sufferings of all beings, This priceless jewel within the mind— How could such merit ever be evaluated? Please support us on Patreon. What friend is there who does as much? The text begins with a chapter describing the benefits of the wish to reach enlightenment.


There are also two guides to meditating on the Bodhicharyavatara: The Autobiography of Arai Hakuseki c.

Bodhicaryāvatāra—Chapter 1

For students who have a teacher, they should follow shantldeva advice of their teacher. May I be an isle for those desiring landfall, And a lamp for those who wish for light, May I be a bed for those who need to rest, And a servant for all who live in need.

According to this view, the whole text of this book can be divided into four sections, as expressed in this prayer. From then on, even while asleep, Or during shantidega of inattention, A plentiful, unceasing force of merit Will arise, equal to the vastness of the sky.

Like this, all those whose minds are clear, And who adopt bodhicitta with inspiration, Will, to ensure that it grows thereafter, Praise it highly in the following way:. Gladly I rejoice in the infinite sea of virtue, Which is the bodhicagyavatara intention of bodhicitta, Wishing to secure the happiness of beings, And acting in ways that bring benefit to all.