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Texts related to Bodhicaryāvatāra, Śāntideva's classic guide to a bodhisattva's way of life:
Bodhicaryāvatāra Root text
The first chapter of Śāntideva's classic text Bodhicaryāvatāra, which is included in the Middle Way section of the Tengyur (Toh 3871), introduces bodhicitta (byang chub sems)—the mind that is intent upon awakening—and explains its extraordinary qualities.
Translated from an audio recording. Zenkar Rinpoche explains the various methods and traditions of teaching the Bodhicaryāvatāra, especially that of Dza Patrul Rinpoche (1808–1887) and his followers, who often guided students through the text experientially.
Taken from The Excellent Vase that Grants the Qualities of the Bodhisattvas (rgyal sras yon tan bum bzang), the author's extensive commentary preserving his teacher Patrul Rinpoche's instructions, this overview discusses the structure of Śāntideva's classic text and how its major sections and chapters have been analyzed and explained by various commentators.
- The Brightly Shining Sun: A Step-by-Step Guide to Meditating on the Bodhicaryāvatāra by Patrul Rinpoche
Patrul Rinpoche was renowned for his mastery of, and fondness for, Śāntideva's classic guide to the way of the bodhisattvas, and this is his practical manual for applying its wisdom and meditating on its key themes.
- The Garland of Jewel Ornaments: The Stages of Meditating on the Bodhicaryāvatāra by Rongtön Sheja Künrig
This supplication to the gurus of the lineage of transmission for Śāntideva's classic text down to Kunga Zangpo himself includes a request for the inspiration and blessings required to perfect the bodhisattva path.
This prayer to the masters of the lineage of explanation for Bodhicaryāvatāra, from Patrul Rinpoche back through the generations as far as Śāntideva, and before him to Buddha Śākyamuni and Mañjuśrī, is also an aspiration to take the central message of the text to heart.
- Vines of Amṛta: A Prayer to the Lineage of the Bodhicaryāvatāra by Rago Choktrul Tupten Shedrup Gyatso