Author: Khenchen Thrangu RinpochePublisher: Library of Tibetan Works & ArchivesYear: 2016Language: EnglishPages: 263ISBN/UPC (if available): 9789383441846
The Bodhisattva Way of Life is one of the most dearly beloved Buddhist texts which has been taught and often quoted by the Dalai Lama as well as many other great Tibetan masters. Because of its relevance to modern times, his text has been translated into a dozen languages. The Bodhisattva's Way of Life was written by the eighth century Indian Bodhisattva, Shantideva, and is a comprehensive outline of everything one needs to know to be a Bodhisattva. A Bodhisattva is someone who decides to work towards achieving enlightenment and to not give up this task until all other sentient beings are liberated. The Bodhisattva's Way of life begins by explaining how and why to make offerings to the Three Jewels and how take the bodhisattva vow (which is still being done this way 1,400 years later). The book also covers how to develop compassion towards those we like and also those who want to harm us. It explains the need to develop selflessness and how to actually do this, as well as how to develop patience with those people and things that obstruct us. It also describes how we should carry ourself in a peaceful and pleasing way to others and how to develop diligence and how to practice meditation. The famous ninth chapter, finally, explains how we should understand emptiness of all phenomena. This edition of The Bodhisattva Way of Life is unique because it combines both a translation of the root text with each verse or set of verses followed by a lucid and relevant commentary by Thrangu Rinpoche. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche is very well suited for this task, being a renowned Buddhist scholar who has had three decades of experience teaching students in centers across Asia, Europe, and North America.
ContentsForeword Prologue 1. The Benefits of Bodhichitta 2. The Confession of Negative Deeds 3. The Commitment to Bodhichitta 4. Conscientiousness 5. Guarding Mindfulness and Alertness 6. The Perfection of Patience 7. The Perfection of Enthusiasm 8. The Perfection of Meditation 9. The Perfection of Wisdom 10.The Dedication Chart 1 The Eight Forms of Leisure and Ten Forms of Endowment Chart 2 The Seven Branch Practice Chart 3 The Major Schools of Buddhism and their Characteristics Chart 4 A Brief Summary of the Ten Bodhisattva Levels Glossary Glossary of Tibetan Terms Bibliography Index