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  Bodhicaryavatara of Santideva: Entering the Path of Enlightenment
By: Santideva / Matics, M.L.

Bodhicaryavatara of Santideva


 
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Author: Santideva, Matics, M.L.

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The Bodhicaryavatara of the Buddhist Poet Shantideva
Entering the Path of Enlightenment contains the first complete English translation of the Sanskrit Bodhicaryavatara of the Buddhist poet Shantideva. In this beautiful and moving classic of Mahayana Buddhism, Santideva, a monk living in Nalanda in the early eighth century A.D., describes the Bodhisattva Vow, the promise of heroic beings to strive for Nirvana, but to postpone full entrance into the Realm of Absolute until every other sentient creature also attains the bliss of Enlightenment. This classic of mahayana Buddhism has often been compared to both the Dhammapada of Hinayana Buddhism and The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis.
For the sake of the student and laymen as well as the specialist and scholar, the book is divided into three parts: a guide, the translation, and the appendices. The guide, which comprises more than half the book, explains and interprets the bodhicaryavatara, placing it in the framework of developing Buddhist thought, and discusses the rise of Madhyamika Buddhism, of which Santideva was a disciple. The appendices contain abbreviations used in the text; notes and references for the guide and translation; a bibliography of primary and secondary sources; and an extensive glossary of selected terms from the guide and the translation.

Entering the Path of Enlightment, Santideva, Translated by Marion. L. Matics, George Allen & UNWIN Ltd, 318 pages, $14.50

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