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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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 Seven: How to Fight Mental Afflictions, Part One
Class Eight: How to Fight Mental Afflictions, Part Two
Class Ten: The Perfections of Giving and Ethical Living