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Within the entire of the Tibetan Buddhist culture, there's no unmarried treatise extra deeply respected or broadly practiced than A advisor to the Bodhisattva manner of Life. Composed within the 8th century via the Indian Bodhisattva Santideva, it grew to become an quick vintage within the curricula of the Buddhist monastic universities of India, and its renown has grown ever due to the fact that. Santideva offers tips on how to harmonize one's existence with the Bodhisattva excellent and conjures up the reader to domesticate the perfections of the Bodhisattva: generosity, ethics, endurance, zeal, meditative focus, and knowledge.
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How can I be happy if the guardians of the prison of the cycle of existence, these murderers and slaughterers in hells and the like, remain in the cage of greed within the dwelling of my heart? 36. Therefore, as long as these enemies are not destroyed before my eyes, I shall not forsake my task. Those lofty with pride, who are enraged at someone who gives them even a minor insult, will not sleep until they kill him. 37. 76 38. What then when I am eager to destroy my natural enemies, which are the perpetual cause of all miseries?
Tibetan: "... " 52 A GU ID E TO THE BODHISATTVA WAY OF LIFE 39. Thinking, "The body should remain like this," and resorting to action again, one should periodically look afresh to see how the body is positioned. 40. In this way the mad elephant of the mind should be watched diligently so that it is not loosed while tied to the great pillar of the thought of Dharma. 41. 100 42. If one is unable to do so in the case of danger or a festive occa sion, then one should be at ease. It is said that at the time of giving, ethical discipline may be held in abeyance.
53 13. Let them play with my body. Let them laugh at it and ridicule it. What does it matter to me? 54 50. The Panjika, p. " 51. " 52. Tibetan: "As a result of surrendering everything, there is n irvan a, [and] my mind seeks nirvan a. " 53. Tibetan: "I have already given this body to all beings for them to do with it what they like. " 54. " A D O P TIN G THE SPIRIT OF A W A K E N IN G 14. 55Whoever resorts to me, may it never be in vain. 15. 56 16. May those who falsely accuse me, who harm me, and who ridi cule me all partake of Awakening.