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A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life: (Bodhicaryavatara)

by Santideva, Vesna A. Wallace, B. Alan Wallace

Buy the book: Santideva. A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life: (Bodhicaryavatara)

Release Date: March, 1997

Edition: Paperback


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Buy the book: Santideva. A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life: (Bodhicaryavatara)

The best translation of the Bodhicaryavatara

This translation of the Bodhicaryavatara certainly consitutes the highest quality English translation. The coupling of the Sanskrit and the Tibetan versions provides a definitive accuracy in the meaning of the text. The Sanskrit version alone is cryptic from time to time so that relying on the Tibetan version is very helpful, through its closeness to the western way of expressing things.

Although i feel this translation is the best English one, this version should not be used as a first version of the Bodhicaryavatara by newcomers. The translation from Crosby and Skilton is better suited for people not used to the context and the meaning of this text...thanks to its many excellent comments.

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Not for twelve year old readers...

Probably the most inspirational book I have ever read. If you have made your way through any of the Dalai Lama's books, especially "Transforming the Mind," you will notice that he quotes Shantideva constantly. It's great to be able to go back and refer to this book for further insight.

Compassion is a path that takes constant work in order to walk steadily upon it. Even then, it's a pretty rough road to travel in the beginning. It is my hope that books such as these will open some minds to that path, and also to the plight of the Tibetan people. Wiping this culture from the face of the earth would be a great detriment to all of humanity.

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