Introduction to Shantideva’s ‘Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life’ by Ven. Tenzin Gendun
BUDDHIST STUDY SEMINAR
We are most happy to welcome Ven. Tenzin Gendun in Zürich again. The topic of tonight is the beautiful text of Shantideva ‘Bodhisattvacharyavatara’, in English ‘A Guide to the Boshisattva’s Way of Life’.
This text holds a unique place in Mahayana Buddhism. It combines the rare qualities of scholastic precision, spiritual depth and poetical beauty. It was composed in India during the 8th century and has since been an inspiration to millions of people throughout the world. Despite of its profound message, the text also astonishes with its simplicity and relevance – one can apply the advice in everyday life immediately.
In his masterwork Santideva presents practical advice and methods to develop and cultivate the spirit of Awakening and inspires us to cultivate the perfections of the Bodhisattva: generosity, ethics, patience, zeal, meditative concentration, and wisdom.
Tonight Ven. Gendun will give an introduction to the text, tell us more about the life of Shantideva and explain what Bodhisattva is and how this text can help us in daily life. The following Saturday we will proceed to the first chapter of this text entitled “The Benefit of the Spirit of Awakening”. It is not required to visit both seminars – feel free to drop by as you see fit.
April 17, 19:00 – 21:00 – Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Introduction)
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