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Nectar of Manjushri's Speech
Shantideva, a bodhisattva of 8th? century India wrote a guide to the bodhisattva's life. It is perhaps the most influential Mahayana work in Central Asia.
Although it is irritating not to have the root text of Shantideva's work included, this is a sterling Padmakara Group translation. Another blot on this fine work is the innovative, confusing outline. Rather than be conventional and clear, by using combinations of changes in fonts, point size, letters etc, the editors chose an impenetrable system.
The compiler, Khenpo Kunzang Pelden, (20th cent.) based his comments mainly on Patrul Rinpoche's (19th cent.) six month teaching. Every verse is commented on. It is divided into four sections:
ch. 1-3 generation of bodhichitta where there none;
4-6 where there is bodhichitta, not letting it fade;
7-9 where it stable, making it brighter still;
10 dedication of merit
Bodhichitta is the aspiration to buddhahood for oneself and all other beings.
It is only in hardcover now, I think; published by Shambhala.
Truly a wonderful, must have book!