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

Shantideva (8th Cent. - 8th Cent.)
Translated by Lionel David Barnett (1871 - 1960)

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)

Genre(s): Other religions, Asian Antiquity

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Title Page and Editorial note Eric Metzler
Play 01 Introduction, Part 1 Eric Metzler
Play 02 Introduction, Part 2 Eric Metzler
Play 03 Chapter 1, The Praise of the Thought of Enlightenment Eric Metzler
Play 04 Chapter 2, The Confession of Sin Eric Metzler
Play 05 Chapter 3, Taking the Thought of Enlightenment Eric Metzler
Play 06 Chapter 4, Heedfulness in the Thought of Enlightenment Eric Metzler
Play 07 Chapter 5, Watchfulness Eric Metzler
Play 08 Chapter 6, The Perfect Long-Suffering Eric Metzler
Play 09 Chapter 7, The Perfect Strength Eric Metzler
Play 10 Chapter 8, The Perfect Contemplation Eric Metzler
Play 11 Chapter 9, The Perfect Knowledge Eric Metzler
Play 12 Appendix (a translation of the Karikas) Eric Metzler