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The Bodhisattva Vow: The Essential Practices of Mahayana Buddhism

 
Geshe Kelsang Gyatso (Author)
Synopsis The subject of this book is the Bodhisattva's moral discipline. The Sanskrit term Bodhisattva is the name given to anyone who, motivated by great compassion, has generated bodhichitta, which is a spontaneous wish to attain Buddha hood for the benefit of all living being. Since everyone has within their mental continuum the seeds of great compassion and bodhichitta, and since everyone can at some time meet a Mahayana Dharma Teacher, it is possible for everyone to become a Bodhisattva by training in the Mahayana teachings. A Bodhisattva's every action is motivated by the with to attain full enlightenment for the sake of others; to fulfill this wish he or she takes the Bodhisattva vows and keeps them by practicing the six perfections-giving, moral discipline, patience, effort, concentration, and wisdom. In this welcome guide to compassionate living, Geshe Kelsang explains in detail how to take and keep the Bodhisattva vows. He gives clear and practical advice on every aspect of a Bodhisattva's moral discipline, as well as explaining a special practice for purifying our mind. With this book as our companion, we can enter into the Bodhisattva's way of life and swiftly accomplish full enlightenment. It may serve as: A practical guide to the Bodhisattva's way of life; An explanation of the Bodhisattva vows and six perfections; An essential companion for practitioners of Mahayana Buddhism.
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About the author

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso was born in Tibet and is a fully accomplished meditation Master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism.  Living in the West since 1977, he is the author of a series of highly acclaimed books that transmit perfectly the ancient wisdom of Buddhism to our modern world.  He has also founded many Buddhist centers throughout the world.

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Title The Bodhisattva Vow: The Essential Practices of Mahayana Buddhism
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st Ed.
Publisher New Age Books
Language: English
isbn 8178220679
length xii+136p., Illustrations; Append.; Bibliography; Glossary; Index