Tibetan: Byang-chub sems-pa'i spyod-pa-la 'jug-pa.
English translation by Stephen Batchelor; ix, 185p., Gloss., Bib., 21 cm. (First published in 1979)
CONTENTS:- 1. The Benefits of the Awakening Mind. 2. Disclosure of Wrongdoing. 3. Full Acceptance of the Awakening Mind. 4. Conscientiousness. 5. Guarding Alertness. 6. Patience. 7. Enthusiasm. 8. Meditation. 9. Wisdom. 10. Dedication.
Shantideva's Bodhisattvacharyavatara (A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life) holds a unique place in Mahayana Buddhism akin to that of the Dhammapada in Hinayana Buddhism and the Bhagavadgita in Hinduism. In combining those rare qualities of scholastic precision, spiritual depth and poetical beauty, its appeal extends to a wide audience of Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. Composed in India during the 8th century of the Christian era, it has since been an inspiration to millions of people throughout the world.
The present translation by Stephen Batchelor is based upon a 12th century Tibetan commentary as orally explained by Ven. Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey. The ninth chapter on wisdom has been expanded for this edition with relevant commentarial passages.