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The Bodhicaryāvatāra By Śāntideva Paul Williams Kate Crosby Andrew Skilton The Bodhicary vat ra Written in India in the early th century AD ntideva s Bodhicary vat ra addresses the profound desire to become a Buddha and rescue all beings from suffering The person who acts upon such a desire is
  • Title: The Bodhicaryāvatāra
  • Author: Śāntideva Paul Williams Kate Crosby Andrew Skilton
  • ISBN: 9780199540433
  • Page: 428
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Bodhicaryāvatāra By Śāntideva Paul Williams Kate Crosby Andrew Skilton Written in India in the early 8th century AD, ntideva s Bodhicary vat ra addresses the profound desire to become a Buddha and rescue all beings from suffering The person who acts upon such a desire is a Bodhisattva ntideva not only makes plain what the Bodhisattva must do and become, he also invokes the powerful feelings of aspiration that underlie such a commitment,Written in India in the early 8th century AD, ntideva s Bodhicary vat ra addresses the profound desire to become a Buddha and rescue all beings from suffering The person who acts upon such a desire is a Bodhisattva ntideva not only makes plain what the Bodhisattva must do and become, he also invokes the powerful feelings of aspiration that underlie such a commitment, employing language which has inspired Buddists ever since it first appeared Indeed, his book has long been regarded as one of the most popular accounts of the Buddhist s spiritual path Important as a manual of training among Mahayana Buddhists, especially in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, this text continues to be used as the basis for teaching by modern Buddhist teachers This new translation from the original language provides detailed annotations explaining allusions and technical references Also, the Introduction both serve to locate ntideva s work in its proper context, and for the first time explain its structure About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .
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      ntideva was an North Indian Mah y na Buddhist monk associate with N land monastery, who flourished somewhere between 685 and 763 CE His two extant works are widely considered to be classics of explication of the philosophy and practice of the Buddhist Great Vehicle path.

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    1. This is one that never goes on the already read it shelf When I finish, I just start over again One of these days it ll sink in


    2. A great collection of aphorism, but also a sophisticated philosophical consideration of two major problems for salvific religions if I m concerned with my own salvation, should I care about other people, and why The obvious answer, of course, is that your treatment of other people is intimately related to your own salvation, but that s much harder to justify than you might think Santideva was a monk, writing to other monks, and prone to answering questions like how will all this meditation reall [...]


    3. I just finished this, and all I can say is Wow This work by Shantideva is a spiritual tour de force.The introduction is indispensable, by the way You really must read it if you want to understand the larger points of the text.Aside from a good deal of inspiration and warning of sufferings to come, there are some brilliant arguments in this book In one passage, for example, Shantideva demonstrates why loving our enemies is the only logical thing to do If something does not come to be when somethi [...]


    4. This book made me a Buddhist and a Christian at the same time What I love about Buddhism is that it doesn t try to pin God down or even call him God, but they teach ways to experience him her Most memorable phrase the wandering elephant of the mind


    5. I have now been studying Buddhist philosophy as a practicing Buddhist in the Mahayana tradition for many years The Bodhisattva Way of Life is without any doubt in my mind the most meaningful and useful teaching I have read This epic poem by the well loved Buddhist Saint Santideva was of such assistance to my understanding of relevant aspects of other Mahayana commentaries to Buddha s teaching that it takes pride of place in my heart, mind and on my shrine.Probably the most fascinating, and compl [...]


    6. Clear, beautifully translated directions on self control Quotes For those who have no introspection though they hear the teachings, ponder them, or meditate like water seeping from a leaking jar their learning will not settle in their memories It is taught that rules of discipline may be relaxed in times of generosity Work calmly for the happiness of others Do not inconsiderately move chairs and furniture so noisily around Likewise do not open doors with violence Take pleasure in the practice of [...]


    7. Most of the books on Buddhism that I have read so far have come from the Theravada branch This one is I think my first encounter with the Mahayana branch of Buddhism, which is the popular one today, but a bit complex and demanding for my taste It views our positions in the life death cycle samsara as humans as a unique opportunity, but one which is all too often squandered with trivialities and material distractions, focusing on bodily pleasures, confusing form with ideal Plato, anyone and giv [...]



    8. A wonderful poem about cultivating bodhicitta Shantideva is revered in certain parts of the Mahayana and Vajrayana tradition, and it s no small wonder To a casual reader, this will probably seem like a nice book of beatitudes intermixed with warnings about the torments of hell ending in a confusing chapter called Wisdom, but it s much than that There s a reason that the Dalai Lama and masters like Patrul teach and taught this as often as possible More than any other single work I ve read, this [...]


    9. I won t ever become a bodhisattva, but I can still hold myself to a higher standard While there are good ideas present in the poetry of this rather personal buddhist action plan, Shantideva consistently speaks from a position of superiority rather than authority Many of the qualities he admires cannot be achieved by the common run of people but only by those with yogic insight I disagree and am disappointed with the exclusive tone Ironically, the best points he makes are about equality and empat [...]


    10. Bodhi enlightenment awakeningSattva Buddhist being person Hindu goodness, positivity, truth, wholesomeness, serenity, wholeness, creativity, constructiveness, balance, confidence, peacefulness, and virtuousness Chitta attitude mind consciousnessHaving encountered the idea of the Bodhisattva in college, I finally got around to reading one of the greatest works on the concept The current Dalai Lama has said of the Shantideva, If I have any understanding of compassion and the practice of the bodhis [...]



    11. Some interesting things to think about Some weird stuff Short but dense Read it because Dan Harris said Dalai Lama recommended it Hm.I was particularly interested in some accidental overlap with Christianity love thy enemy and modern particle physics As one reviewer mentioned, this is definitely not an introductory text for Buddhism but a advanced book, and despite the previous Buddhism books I ve read, a substantial amount was probably just above my head.


    12. i do not myself identify as Buddhist, though i have read many secondary books on the Way , fewer books on the historical Buddha, fewer yet actual primary works of Buddhism here i am mostly commenting on the preface, introduction, translators introduction i am so very glad there are translators, humble, self conscious, aware of limitations and philosophical and textual complexityis is beautifully rendered into English i will read this, think of this, it continues as background for religion, scien [...]


    13. This is one of the most beautiful books ever composed I have read 3 different translations and like this one best Although it may not be as accurate of a translation, it is the most poetic This piece includes bits of timeless wisdom that I use to point my mind in the right direction over and over again Hopefully someday it will all be in my heart and I won t have to read it any, but for now it is on the top of my list of favorite books.Some years ago when everyone was worried about sudden terror [...]


    14. This book was my first introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and while it is currently the only translation I have read I can definitely say it won t be the last Highly accessible to the lay person such as myself and at the same time offering a depth and breadth of thought presented so succinctly and rarely equaled in the Mahayana My only hang up has been concerning the infamous 9th chapter on wisdom which alone seems to require a commentary to understand, at least for this reader The appendixes are [...]


    15. I plan to reread this often I read it twice during His Holiness the Dalai Lama s week long teachings from it As in my review for His Holiness s Stages of Meditation, I suppose I might appreciate this text for the explanations His Holiness offered during those teachings, but this book is, so far, the other of those two most profound and instructive guides to formal meditation I ve read so far The translators claim they have lost some of the beauty of Shantideva s poetry, and I don t doubt it, bu [...]


    16. Inspiring Something to read again and again.I especially liked the translator s notes and introductions to the chapters I found their writing very clear, simple, direct, and helpful I thought they often were able to explain clearly in a short essay large amounts of complex material For example their introduction to chapter 8 contextualizes in 11 and 1 2 pages the two kinds of Buddhist mediation, calm abiding and insight, and the philosophical differences between the Mahayana and so called Hinaya [...]


    17. this is the most inspirational text i have ever read it set my hair on fire this is a clear translation of Shantideva s classic Buddhist text on how to develop bodhichitta and become a bodhisattva without the mess of comment between stanzas bodhichitta is the wish to become enlightened so that one might liberate all sentient beings from sufferingading this changed my life.


    18. A clean copy of the first French language edition in very good condition probably never read showed up at Powell s Books this morning for 2.50 I ve read the first of ten chapters so far, and will probably gobble up the rest this weekend How long will it take to really understand it 21 March 2014.


    19. The images Santideva conjures to counteract his inherent nature the corpse, and flesh of surrounding humans is very vivid Far better thoughts on consciousness than I have heard from many modern psychoanalysts I also appreciated this translations additional notes and explanations for the work Oxford always does a good job with this.


    20. Poetic and thought provoking and challenging Its an amazing achievement of preserving the oral transmissions of the Buddha that could have been lost forever if not for the efforts of this 8th century scholar.



    21. A bodhisattva is one who achieves enlightenment but sticks around to help others pursue the path Shantideva was a Buddhist monk who lived mostly in the 8th century in the part of India that is today in the state of Bihar Shantideva s lesson on how to be a good bodhisattva is delivered via 10 chapters of verse, mostly in four line stanzas This instructional poem makes up almost 240 pages of the edition of the book put out by Shambhala as translated by the Padmakara Translation Group, and the rest [...]


    22. Boddhisatva in itself would not tell you how to meditate, but it will give you the foundational thinking about Buddhism This specific edition is a very recent one and thus most of the learnings are adaptable Especially the chapter of Carefulness, Introspection and Patience are very practical How it helped me personally was that I can practice meditation using different apps, videos with much ease now In fact, I can meditate very well with music because I am very clear on why I was doing it I th [...]


    23. I wasn t a fan of the translation, really It might be faithful to the original whatever that means , but it was hard to read understand, and positively did not read like a poem, which the work is supposed to be Though to be fair, the authors admit their translation isn t poetic but that doesn t excuse them from their clunky rendering despite their claim that they took some liberty to make the English readable Also, the penultimate chapter which goes into metaphysics, though I m pretty comfortab [...]


    24. I am not going to pretend that I understand everything that Shantideva is saying in this book, but I do know beautiful literature when I see it, and this book is certainly it Just reading it fills me with a sense of awe, like Shantideva is pulling the curtain of reality back and letting us peek at the truth for a moment.


    25. Este fue el primer libro que he leido en espa ol y es una obra de poesia magica Voy a llevar las lecturas y ensenanzas conmigo para el resto de mi vida This was the first book I ve read in Spanish and is a work of magic poetry I m going to carry these lessons and teachings with my for the rest of my life.


    26. ExcellentThis book is short and sweet I like it slightly better than the dhammapadda itself I m going to re read this over and over again It s message is profound but easy to understand.



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