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Khen Rinpoche Lobzang Tsetan- "Developing Bodhicitta according to Śāntideva"

This method for developing bodhicitta ("the aspiration to awakening") comes from Śāntideva, an 8th-century Buddhist master from the monastic university of Nālandā, India. Śāntideva gave a great teaching that became the text, Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life or, in Sanskrit, Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra. Thought to be too difficult, it was reserved for only the most advanced practitioners. Rinpoche will give a synopsis of Śāntideva's life story and a step by step talk on Śāntideva's method for developing bodhicitta, with emphasis on eliminating ego and equalizing and exchanging self and others (tonglen practice).

About the Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra text translation: In autumn, 1974, His Holiness the Dalai Lama encouraged and gave his blessing to the undertaking at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives of a project to translate Śāntidevaʹs Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra.



Friday, April 5, 2013. 02:30 AM


Stanford Humanities Center Levinthal Hall