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Nectar of Manjushri's Speech

edited May 2010 in Arts & Writings
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!


  • federicafederica Seeker of the clear blue sky... Its better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak out and remove all doubt Moderator
    edited November 2007
    Hi Will! Long time no see! Thanks for this!
  • edited May 2010
    Just bumping this up - such a fine teaching.
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