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Written in India in the early eighth century CE, Santideva's Bodhicaryavatara takes as its subject the profound desire to become a Buddha and save all beings from suffering. The person who enacts such a desire is a Bodhisattva.

Santideva not only sets out what the Bodhisattva must do and become; he also invokes the intense feelings of aspiration which underlie such a commitment, using language which has inspired Buddhists in their religious lives from his time to the present.

Important as a manual of training among Mahayana Buddhists, especially in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, The Bodhicaryavatara continues to be used as a basis for teaching by modern Buddhist teachers. His Holiness the Dalai Lama frequently cites passages as his highest inspiration.

In this recording, William Hope first of all reads the work in its entirety so that the listener can gain an overall perspective and emotional engagement with the text and then embarks on the 'study' section, where the translators introduce each chapter, making crucial helpful points.

Translated with introductions and notes by Kate Crosby and Andrew Skilton. With a general introduction by Paul Williams.

©1995 Kate Crosby and Andrew Skilton (P)2016 Ukemi Productions Ltd

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Very Insightful

A very deep and inspiring book portraying many of the Buddhist philosophies that would benefit the lay and well learned alike. Although not the best for beginners there is much to take away and meditate upon within this great Buddhist writing.

Excellent narration also.

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Nice

I'm so grateful to the translators for their wonderful work and for making this text available

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Bodhisattva training

listened to it over and over. a Great book . hope it stays on my phone

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Amazing Text, Overdramatic Reading

The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva is an all time Mayahana Buddhist classic perfect for in depth study and contemplation. This audio version is a bit overdramatic and almost aggressive in it’s expression which will be great for some as it is likely to be engaging, but if your looking to do some quiet contemplation while listening, it’s not exactly mellow.

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Grateful

I'm not a good reader so I'm grateful that this Buddhist classic is made available in audio format. However I do struggle with the content being slightly dry and outdated (at times) and feel Shantideva's work would be much better understood with commentary. The narrator's style was rather off putting also. Nevertheless, I'm very grateful for this being made accessible.

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  • SJRod
  • 07-11-17

Excellent

Will definitely listen to this many more times. So much included that you will need glisten carefully and like me probably more than once.

well read with great passion.

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  • THeuz
  • 03-11-18

Terrible narration, totally spoils this book

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, purely because of the awful narration.

Would you be willing to try another one of William Hope’s performances?

No

Any additional comments?

This is a classic of Mahayana Buddhism. The text is beautiful, and is meant to be a peaceful internal reflection. Instead, it was read as if the author was in torment, struggling with internal demons. It would have been appropriate for some self-flagellating medieval Christian monk, aggressively battling the desires of the flesh, not one of the great Buddhist saints of compassion and peace. The narrator totally misunderstands this text and spoils the whole experience. The producers of such spiritual classics should make sure that they employ narrators who actually have some understanding of, and feeling for, the text they are reading.

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