For the Benefit of All Beings: A Commentary on the Way of the Bodhisattva

For the Benefit of All Beings: A Commentary on the Way of the Bodhisattva


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The Dalai Lama explains how to follow the spiritual path of the bodhisattva, offering his commentary on a beloved Tibetan Buddhist text
The fourteenth Dalai Lama, a living embodiment of the bodhisattva ideal, presents here detailed practical guidance based on sections of The Way of the Bodhisattva by Shantideva, the best-known text of Mahayana Buddhism. The Dalai Lama explains this classic and beloved work, showing how anyone can develop a truly "good heart" and the aspiration for the enlightenment of all beings. In this book, the Dalai Lama's profound knowledge is evident—the result of extensive training. Here he shares his extraordinary insight into the human condition and what it means to be a responsible and caring person.
This book was previously published under the title A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590306932
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 04/21/2009
Series: Shambhala Classics
Edition description: Original
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 493,355
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama is considered the foremost Buddhist leader of our time. The exiled spiritual head of the Tibetan people, he is a Nobel Peace Laureate, a Congressional Gold Medal recipient, and a remarkable teacher and scholar who has authored over one hundred books.

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“On many levels, the book is splendid as both an introduction to Buddhist spirituality and an explication of Shantideva for contemporary Westerners.”—Library Journal

“One does not have to be a Buddhist to appreciate the beauty of the teachings and the simplicity of the life presented here. Indeed, non-Buddhists may discover a refreshing new approach to the doctrines of ‘love your neighbor,’ and ‘do unto others.’”—Booklist

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