This Course is the first in a three part series based upon A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Bodhisattvacharya Avatara) by Master Shantideva (700 AD), and the commentary Entry Point for Children of the Victorious Buddhas (Gyalse Juk-ngok) by Gyaltsab Je (1364-1432). Master Shantideva’s work is considered the best book ever written to learn how to live as a bodhisattva, and this is one of the most famous commentaries ever written; it has been translated into English for the first time for this course.

This course was taught by Geshe Michael Roach in New York, NY in the spring of 1997. All audio and reading materials are located below.

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Course Materials

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Class One: The Author, Structure and History of the Text

Class Two: The Benefits of the Wish for Enlightenment

Class Three: How to Make Offerings

Class Four: How to Purify Bad Deeds

Class Five: Asking Lamas to Teach and to Stay

Class Six: Taking Joy

Class Seven: How to Fight Mental Afflictions, Part One

Class Eight: How to Fight Mental Afflictions, Part Two

Class Nine: Awareness

Class Ten: The Perfections of Giving and Ethical Living

Class Eleven: Course Review