Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche
The Way of the Bodhisattva
Vols. III & IV:
An Oral Commentary on Chapters
8 to 10 of the Bodhicharyavatara by Shantideva
(Portuguese MP3 Edition)
Foes are as unlimited as space,
They cannot possibly all be overcome;
Yet if you just overcome the thought of hatred
That will be equal to overcoming all foes.
The Way of the Bodhisattva (in Sanskrit, Bodhicaryavatara) is universally regarded as a quintessential instruction on the practice of the Mahayana path. Its poetic beauty and provocative thought makes for a most expansive presentation of the very heart of Buddhism: the possibility of removing fundamental confusion and uncovering the basic brilliance common to all life.
The extraordinary dimension of this work is reflected in its origin: in the early 8th century the author, Shantideva, was studying at the prestigious Buddhist university of Nalanda. Giving everyone the impression he was a thoroughly unmotivated and lazy student, he was challenged to give a public lecture, to justify his expulsion after presumably proving his lack of learning. To the surprise of all he confidently delivered this original and supremely profound teaching, ‘The Way of the Bodhisattva’, which immediately all recognized as sublime. As Shantideva proceeded to the final sections of the teaching, he is said to gradually have risen into the air, until finally only his voice was heard.
As Buddhism was brought to Tibet, the lineage of practice and realization of ‘The Way of the Bodhisattva’ was continued, and is with us until the present day. H.H. the Dalai Lama frequently quotes this text in his teachings.
Vol. III (Chapter 8, “Meditation”) focuses on the destruction of the ego—the unique tenet of the Bodhisattva path. Vol. IV (Chapters 9 and 10, “Wisdom” and “Dedication”) explains one of the most important expositions in Tibetan Buddhist literature on the doctrine of emptiness.
- The Benefits of Exchanging Self for Other
- Meditation according to Shantideva
- The Root of Ignorance: the Ego
- The Way to Study Wisdom: the Two Truths
- The Debate Between Opposing Philosophical School About Wisdom
- The Indian Philosophical Schools: Vaibashika,
Sautrantika, Chittamatra, Shravaka and Samkhya
- Stories, Examples, Definitions
Vol. III, (Chapter 8, “Meditation”)
Vol. IV, (Chapters 9 and 10, “Wisdom” and “Dedication”)
Stories from Vols. III and IV (Listen here…)
About Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche:
Born in Bhutan in 1961, the son of Thinley Norbu Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche was recognized as the main incarnation of the Khyentse lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He has studied with some of the greatest contemporary masters, including Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, the 16th Karmapa, as well as Dudjom Rinpoche. Rinpoche combines many talents: masterful and dynamic teacher, writer and scholar, award-winning filmmaker (The Cup and Travellers and Magicians).
Audio: English and Portuguese
Track titles: Portuguese
Liner notes: Portuguese
CD tracks are cued to the verses. Recorded live in English and Portuguese. Each volume contains two mp3 cds in a double envelope.
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