Now reading: The way of the Bodhisattva

Michael Giacometti

the-way-of-the-bodhisattva-1Shantideva, The way of the Bodhisattva (Shambhala 1999)

One of the great classics of Mahayana Buddhism. In February/March 2000, during a six-week stay in the hills near Dharamsala, India, the little Tibet of northern India and exiled home of the Dalai Lama XIV, I attended the two-week long public teachings given by His Holiness. I purchased many Buddhist texts, including this highly recommended one. I read a few, but did not read Shantideva. I focussed on personal enlightenment and not on the benefit of others. Fourteen years later and maybe I am ready to begin the path for the benefit of myself, and others.

The Way of the Bodhisattva was written over 1200 years ago. Its relevance to mankind has not waned. The book is a guide to cultivating the mind of enlightenment, and to generating the qualities of love, compassion, generosity, and patience, qualities ever in need.  Presented in the…

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