Homage to Śāntideva
Throughout all your lives, you took the protector Mañjughoṣa,
As the lord of your buddha family, and for the sake of all,
Illuminated the excellent path of the bodhisattva’s way of life,
To Śāntideva, son of the buddhas, I pay homage!
Teachings with Khenpo Sherab Sangpo
Khenpo Sherab Sangpo offered a series of eight teachings on A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Shantideva during 2023. You can watch all of the videos on our YouTube channel’s Shantideva playlist.
The Bodhicaryāvatāra Offering
métok dampa trengwa dampa dang
To every buddha, I make offerings:
silnyen nam dang chukpa dukchok dang
Of the loveliest flowers, of beautiful garlands.
Study Resources on Shantideva and A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
There are a number of translations into English of A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Shantideva. See some chapters of the root text on Lotsawa House or the entire Duhuang edition with side-by-side Tibetan and English here. We also recommend the English translation called The Way of the Bodhisattva by Padmakara Translation Group.
- A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Shantideva – YouTube video playlist with Khenpo Sherab Sangpo
- Shantideva – Way of the Bodhisattva – YouTube video teaching with Khenpo Sherab Sangpo
- Text name in Sanskrit: Bodhicaryāvatāra or Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra
- Text name in Tibetan: བྱང་ཆུབ་སེམས་དཔའི་སྤྱོད་པ་ལ་འཇུག་པ་, changchub sempé chöpa la jukpa, (Wylie: byang chub sems dpa’i spyod pa la ‘jug pa)
- Shantideva – Rigpa Wiki
- Bodhicaryāvatāra – Rigpa Wiki
- Śāntideva Series – Lotsawa House
- Bodhicaryāvatāra Series – Lotsawa House
- Shantideva – Himalayan Art Resources
- Shantideva Thangka – Sahil Bhopal
- rgyal sras zhi ba lha – BUDA by BDRC
- bodhisattvacaryāvatāra – BUDA by BDRC
- A Reader’s Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva – Shambhala Publications
- The Way of the Bodhisattva translated by Padmakara Translation Group – Shambhala Publications
- Bodhisattvacaryāvatāra: Entering the Way of the Bodhisattvas – Duhuang Edition. This book is the first translation of the oldest known copy of this text recovered in three manuscripts. These texts are over 1000 years old.
- Bodhicaryāvatāra – Chanted in Sanskrit by Kashinath Nyaupane, a professor and head of the Department of Buddhist Studies (Bauddha darshana) at the Nepal Sanskrit University, Balmiki Campus, in Kathmandu, Nepal.
- Khunu Lama Tenzin Gyaltsen (1895-1977) was a teacher of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for the Bodhicaryāvatāra and a holder of Patrül Rinpoché’s lineage. Vast as the Heavens, Deep as the Sea: Verses in Praise of Bodhicitta are his inspirational verses of poetry in praise of Shantideva and bodhicitta.
- For the Benefit of All Beings: A Commentary on The Way of the Bodhisattva by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama
Study Resources on Khenpo Kunzang Palden and Drops of Nectar
Drops of Nectar: A Commentary on the Bodhisattva-caryāvatāra According to the Words of My Mañjushri-like Teacher by Khenpo Kunzang Palden (Khenpo Kunpal) is based on the teachings of Patrül Rinpoché. Andreas Kretschmar has translated the first five chapters of the commentary of Drops of Nectar.
- Introduction by Andreas Kretschmar
- Chapter One and Commentary
- Chapter Two and Commentary
- Chapter Three and Commentary
- Chapter Four and Commentary
- Chapter Five and Commentary
- Copyright and Fair Usage Notice by Andreas Kretschmar
Please note that Khenpo Sherab Sangpo has received the personal permission of Andreas Kretschmar to post the PDFs of his translation-in-progress on our website to support our students in studying this material.
- Drops of Nectar – Rigpa Wiki
- Teachings on Drops of Nectar by Khenpo Sönam – Rigpa Wiki
- Khenpo Kunzang Palden – Rigpa Wiki
- Kunzang Pelden – The Treasury of Lives
- mkhan po kun dpal – BUDA by BDRC
- Khenpo Kunzang Palden Series – Lotsawa House
- The Nectar of Manjushri’s Speech: A Detailed Commentary on Shantideva’s Way of the Bodhisattva, Padmakara Translation Group
Study Resources on Patrül Rinpoché and The Brightly Shining Sun
The Brightly Shining Sun is a text by Patrül Rinpoché that offers a step-by-step guide to meditating on A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Shantideva.
In a biographical hymn to Patrul, Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo (1820-1892) also alludes to Patrul being an incarnation of Śāntideva (7th century), the Indian siddha Shabari, and Aro Yeshe Jungne (13th century), and to his being an emanation of Dukngel Rangdrol, a form of the bodhisattva Avalokiteśvara.
—Excerpt of Patrül Rinpoché’s biography by Joshua Schapiro on The Treasury of Lives
- A Daily Practice to Renew the Bodhisattva Vows based on the The Brightly Shining Sun – Arranged by Khenpo Sherab Sangpo
- Patrul Orgyen Jigme Chokyi Wangpo – The Treasury of Lives
- Patrul Rinpoche – Rigpa Wiki
- The Brightly Shining Sun – Rigpa Wiki
- English version – The Brightly Shining Sun: A Step-by-Step Guide to Meditating on the Bodhicaryāvatāra by Patrul Rinpoche – Lotsawa House
- Tibetan version – The Brightly Shining Sun: A Step-by-Step Guide to Meditating on the Bodhicaryāvatāra by Patrul Rinpoche – Lotsawa House
- Patrul Rinpoche Series – Lotsawa House
- rdza dpal sprul o rgyan ‘jigs med chos kyi dbang po – BUDA by BDRC
- Patrul Rinpoche: A Reader’s Guide – Shambhala Publications