1. Asanga was a fourth-century Indian adept and philosopher, and author of the foundational works of the Yogācāra school of Buddhist philosophy.
2. Artemus B. Engle studied Buddhism with the late Sera Mey Khensur Lobsang Tharchin Rinpoche for more than thirty years. Over much of the past decade he has continued his studies as a student of Gyumé Khensur Lobsang Jampa Rinpoche. In 1983 he earned a doctorate in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin and is currently a fellow with the Tsadra Foundation.
A complete translation of Asanga’s classic work on the distinguishing qualities of bodhisattvas that describes how to awaken, develop, and perfect the mind of enlightenment in the Great Vehicle, or Mahayana, Buddhist tradition.
Arya Asanga, famous for having been the conduit through which the teachings contained in the Five Texts of Maitreya were received and recorded, is also considered to be the author in his own right of several other foundational works of Yogācāra philosophy. One of these, considered the definitive text of the Yogācāra school of Buddhism, is the encyclopedic synthesis of Mahayana Buddhist doctrines and practices known as the Yogācārabhūmi, or “Stages of Spiritual Practice.” The Bodhisattvabhūmi, or “Stages of the Bodhisattva Path,” is one portion of that massive work, though it is considered a stand-alone text in the Tibetan traditions–for example, it is counted among the six core texts of the Kadampas. However, despite the text’s centrality to the Yogācāra school and its seminal importance in the Tibetan traditions, it has remained unavailable in English except in piecemeal translations; Engle’s translation will therefore be especially welcomed by scholars and students alike.
Foreword by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama vii Abbreviations ix Translators Introduction xv The Support xxxvi
The Spiritual Lineage 3 Generating Enlightenment Mind 2 I 21 Ones Own and Others Aims 35 The Nature of Reality 63 Power IoS 6 Ripening 141 Enlightenment 159 The Lineages of the Powers 171 Generosity 2 05 202 Morality 237 Patience 3 13 249 Effort 331 Meditative Absorption 343 Wisdom 355 The Principles for Attractinga Following 365 Worship Service and the Immeasurables 387 The Spiritual Qualities That Are Conducive to Enlightenment 415 The Qualities of a Bodhisattva 465 The Marks of a Bodhisattva 495 Births 583 The Stages 595 The Successive Order of the Topics 665 Outline and Summary Verses 671 Bibliography 693 Index 703