Entering the Path of Enlightenment: The Bodhicaryavatara of the Buddhist Poet Santideva

by M.L. Matics


  • ISBN: 9788120806726, 8120806727
  • Year of Publication: 1971
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st
  • No. of Pages: 100
  • Language: English
  • Regular price ₹ 200.00

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    Entering the Path of 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. This
    classic of Mahayana Buddhism has often been compared to both the Dhammapada
    of Hinayana Buddhism and The limitation of Christ by Thomas a Kempis.

    For the sake of the student and layman 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 the
    translation; a bibliography of primary and secondary sources; and an
    extensive glossary of selected terms from the guide and the translation.

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