Written in India in the early eighteenth century AD, Santideva'sBodhicaryavatara became one of the most popular accounts of the Buddhist spiritual path. Important as a manual of training among Mahayana Buddhists, especially in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, this text continues to be used as the basis for teaching by modern Buddhist teachers. This new translation from the original language provides detailed annotations explaining allusions and technical references. The Introductions set Santideva's work in context, and for the first time explain its structure.
THE BODHICARYAVATARA 1. Praise of the Awakening Mind 3 2. Confession of Faults 9 3. Adopting the Awakening Mind 20 4. Vigilance regarding the Awakening Mind 23 5. The Guarding of Awareness 30 6. The Perfection of Forbearance 45 7. The Perfection of Vigour 63 8. The Perfection of Meditative Absorption 75 9. The Perfection of Understanding 105 10. Dedication 133