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Entering the Path of Enlightenment
The Bodhicaryavatara of Shantideva
Translated by Marion L. Matics

Entering the Path of Enlightenment: The Bodhicaryavatara of Shantideva, Translated by Marion L. Matics


 
Entering the Path If Enlightenment contains the first complete English translation of the Sanskrit Bodhicaryavatara of the Buddhist poet Santideva. 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 the Absolute until every other sentient creature also attains the bliss of Enlightenment.

As the earth and other elements are, in various ways,for the enjoyment of innumerable beings dwelling in all of space;

So may I be, in various ways, the means of sustenance for the living beings occupying space, for as long a time as all are not satisfied.
--From Chapter III.

318 pages. Hardcover. This copy has a bit of shelfwear.

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