This beautifully produced 2-volume boxed set is a fitting format for the text, in one volume, and the commentary in the second. Each book is deep maroon, stamped and edged in gold, sliding perfectly into a substantial cloth-bound case. Shantideva's classic--considered essential for any serious dharma student--has been the handbook used by generations of masters for 1200 years to tame their minds. This clear, accurate translation offers the root verses in both English and Tibetan. The 13th-century commentary, the first full-length commentary translated into English, gives detailed explanations, outlines and a glossary.
"Engaging in the Conduct of the Bodhisattvas" by the Indian Buddhist saint Shantideva is one of the most important classics of Mahayana Buddhism. When asked to name a single book that encapsulates the Buddhist path, His Holiness the Dalai Lama recommends this great work because it is intellectually profound, poetically beautiful, and designed for study and practice. This text is part of the core curriculum of Tibetan Buddhist monastic colleges.
The first volume of this beautifully produced set contains the core text by Shantideva. Also known as the root verses, it is an inspiring and lyrical poem of one thousand stanzas which is provided here in both the English and Tibetan languages. The companion volume contains an English translation of a famous commentary by the great Sakya scholar Sazang Mati Panchen, which provides both a concise overview of Buddhist philosophy, and a clear verse-by-verse commentary. A foreword by His Holiness Sakya Trizin guides the reader to the heart of the work, which is the development of the resolve to cultivate wisdom and compassion in order to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all beings. Both texts are translated from the Tibetan by Venerable Lama Kalsang Gyaltsen and Ani Kunga Chodron.