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Shantideva's "Path of the Bodhisattva"

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Professor Steven Goodman will present on Shantideva's "Path of the Bodhisattva" at The Public School, Thursday, August 1st at 7:00 pm.

The Bodhisattvacharyāvatāra or Bodhicaryāvatāra, sometimes translated into English as A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, is a famous Mahāyāna Buddhist text written c. 700 AD in Sanskrit verse by Shantideva (Śāntideva), a Buddhist monk at Nālandā Monastic University in India.

It has ten chapters dedicated to the development of bodhicitta (the mind of enlightenment) through the practice of the six perfections (Skt. Pāramitās). The text begins with a chapter describing the benefits of the wish to reach enlightenment. The sixth chapter on the Pāramitā of patience (Skt. Kṣānti, kshanti) is considered by many Buddhists to be the pinnacle of writing on this subject and is the source of numerous quotations attributed to Śāntideva. Tibetan scholars consider the ninth "Wisdom" chapter to be one of the most succinct expositions of the Madhyamaka view. The tenth chapter is used as one of the most popular Mahāyāna prayers.

Chapter summary
  • 1. The benefits of bodhicitta (the wish to reach full enlightenment for others)
  • 2. Purifying bad deeds
  • 3. Adopting the spirit of enlightenment
  • 4. Using conscientiousness
  • 5. Guarding awareness
  • 6. The practice of patience
  • 7. The practice of joyous effort
  • 8. The practice of meditative concentration
  • 9. The perfection of wisdom
  • 10. Dedication
Steven Goodman
Thursday, August 1, 2013 - 19:00
2141 Broadway, 94612 more
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