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Shantideva's 'Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life'
Last edited by sangyey on Tue Nov 15, 2011 4:30 am, edited 2 times in total.
sangyey wrote:Shantideva's 'Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life'
Does Shantideva discuss Madhyamika, Cittamatra, tathagatagharba, etc.?
He adheres to Nagarjuna's position of Madhyamaka as founded in the ninth chapter on wisdom.
Shantideva does deal somewhat with cittimatra as I recall, and other approaches, but it's a small book and goes into no great depth on those subjects.
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What are some of the best books for explanation of Mahayana doctrine?
Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition
Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations
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grasping the letter of the text and ignoring its intention!
Yes, I should have mentioned that Shantideva's text is more of a personal meditation ( very influential nevertheless). Tsongkhapa's Lam Rim was one of the first text I studied and basically has everything in somewhat comprehensive detail as well. I read the first two volumes and some of volume three but recently have been reading/studying Words of My Perfect Teacher as thats what tradition my teacher is from and from which I practice.
Tsongkhapa took all of the teachings and compiled them in his Lam Rim work presenting them with commentary in a systematic path to enlightenment. The Lam Rim type of structure can be attributed to Atisha (11 century) and the various Tibetan traditions have their own type's of Lam Rim texts such as Words of My Perfect Teacher found in the Nyingma. Very useful for practical reasons to have a 'type of order' way to classify the teachings so as to be able to put them into practice.
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