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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Now I join my hands and pray To you, the buddhas of all quarters: What friend is there who does as much?

If boundless merit comes to anyone who, With the intention to be of benefit, Has the thought simply to relieve the pain Of those afflicted merely with a headache. Chapter 1 — The Benefits of Bodhicitta With devotion I pay homage to the buddhas gone to bliss, To their Dharma body, noble heirs and all worthy of respect.

This page was last edited on 14 Octoberat A thought such as this—wanting for others What they do not wish for even for themselves— Is an extraordinary and precious state of mind, And its occurrence a marvel unlike any other! And if they treat it like a toy, Or an object of ridicule and jest, When I have given it away, Why should I then become upset? Patrul Rinpoche said that this text can be explained according to the following prayer for bodhichitta:. From the moment we genuinely take up This irreversible attitude— The mind that aspires to liberate entirely The infinite realms of beings.

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For if the simple wish to benefit others Surpasses offerings made before the buddhas, What need is there to mention striving For the welfare of all without exception? Just as one understands the difference Between wishing to go and setting out upon a journey, The wise should understand these two, Recognizing their difference and their order.


His Holiness the Dalai Lama said:. There are those who offer meals occasionally, and to just bodhhicaryavatara few; Their gifts, which are no more than food, are made in just a moment, And with bodhicaryvatara, to bring nourishment for merely half a day— And yet such people are honoured by the world as virtuous. It is the mighty sun whose light dispels The darkness of ignorance in our minds.

If even those who do good deeds as repayment For past favours are worthy of some praise, Shantidfva need is there to mention the bodhisattvas, Whose perfect actions are carried out unbidden?

There are also two guides to meditating on the Bodhicharyavatara: New York Public Library. This body of mine I have now given up, Entirely for the pleasure of all who live. It is an inexhaustible treasury of wealth, To dispel the poverty of all who live. What else is there which is as meritorious? In the language of Shanhideva His Holiness the Dalai Lama advises:.

May those who insult me to my face, Or cause me harm in any other way, Even those who disparage me in secret, Have the good fortune to awaken. The name of this commentary is:.

Bodhicaryāvatāra—Chapter 1

All other virtues are like the plantain tree: My own body and all that I possess, My past, present and future virtues— I dedicate them all, withholding nothing, To bring about the benefit of beings.

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:.

This commentary is intended for a general audience and it explains basic Buddhist concepts in simple terms that can be easily understood. Many Tibetan scholars, such as Ju Mipham, have written commentaries on this text. I bow down before all those in whom This most precious, sacred mind is born!


The text begins with a chapter describing the benefits of the wish to reach enlightenment.


The Autobiography of Arai Hakuseki c. The text of the Bodhicharyavatara has ten chapters. Khenpo Appey gives the following advice for serious dharma students who already have a teacher and who are already grounded in basic Buddhist shantidevva such as karma and interdependence:. Therefore I do not expect this to be of much use to others, And write it only to acquaint it to my mind.

Do even our fathers or our mothers Have such beneficence as this? Part of a series on Buddhism History. If you find this site useful, please consider helping us to achieve our goal of translating more classic works from the Buddhist tradition and making them freely available. Ringu Tulku Rinpoche said:. This article’s use of external links may not follow Wikipedia’s policies or guidelines.

Let them do to me as they please, Whatever does not harm them; And when anyone bodhicaryyavatara think of me, May that only serve them well. Now with buddhas as my witness, I invite all beings to lasting happiness, And, before that, to ordinary joys: Like them, I take this sacred vow: Views Read View source View history.

Yet how does this compare to those bodhicxryavatara give Over many ages and to the whole infinity of beings, Constantly offering them the fulfilment of their every wish: That it helps the boundless multitude of beings Easily to gain the highest states of bliss. With devotion I pay homage to the buddhas gone to bliss, To their Dharma body, noble heirs and all worthy of respect.