A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life

By Shantideva, Stephen Batchelor (translator),

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This famous and universally loved poem for daily living has inspired many generations of Buddhists and non-Buddhists since it was first composed in the 8th century by Shantideva. This new translation, made under the guidance of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, conveys the great lucidity and poetic beauty of the original, while…

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1 author picked A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

This is a fundamental text of Tibetan Buddhism. The Dalai Lama speaks about it widely. Although it's not well-known in the West, there have been half a dozen to a dozen translations of it in my lifetime. I like them all. Batchelor's was one of the first.

As an 8th-century guidebook to meditation, Shantideva reveals a timeless set of virtues that I mapped against the stages in my book. As a professional, I was a financial adviser, and now I train financial advisers in the listening skills that foster great life planning. Meditation and virtues are the keys to that…

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