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Path of Light - The Bodhi-Charyavatara of Santi-Deva

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Path of Light - The Bodhi-Charyavatara of Shantideva is a profound and enlightening book that offers valuable insights into the path of spiritual awakening. The author, Shantideva, presents his teachings in a clear and accessible manner, making it easy for readers to understand and apply them in their own lives.

One of the key strengths of the book is Shantideva's ability to translate ancient wisdom into practical guidance for modern readers. He offers practical advice on how to cultivate compassion, wisdom, and inner peace in order to live a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

The Bodhi-Charyavatara, or Path of Light, is a timeless text that has been revered by spiritual seekers for centuries. Shantideva's commentary adds depth and richness to the original text, making it more relevant and applicable to contemporary readers.

Overall, Path of Light is a valuable resource for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of Buddhist teachings and cultivate a more compassionate and enlightened way of living. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in personal growth, spiritual development, and mindfulness practice.

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Shantideva is particularly renowned as the author of the Bodhicaryavatara (sometimes also called the Bodhisattvacaryavatara). An English translation of the Sanskrit version of the Bodhicaryavatara is available online, as well as in print in a variety of translations, sometimes glossed as "A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way Of Life" or "Entering the Path of Enlightenment." It is a long poem describing the process of enlightenment from the first thought to full buddhahood and is still studied by Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhists today.

It has ten chapters dedicated to the development of bodhicitta (the mind of enlightenment) through the practice of the six perfections (Skt. Pāramitās). The text begins with a chapter describing the benefits of the wish to reach enlightenment. The sixth chapter on the Pāramitā of patience (Skt. Kṣānti, kshanti) is considered by many Buddhists to be the pinnacle of writing on this subject and is the source of numerous quotations attributed to Śāntideva. Tibetan scholars consider the ninth "Wisdom" chapter to be one of the most succinct expositions of the Madhyamaka view. The tenth chapter is used as one of the most popular Mahāyāna prayers. ( Wikipedia)

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