Homage to Śāntideva


Throughout all your lives, you took the protector Mañjuśrī,
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, heir of the sugatas, I pay homage!

Teachings with Khenpo Sherab Sangpo

Khenpo Sherab Sangpo will offer public teachings open to all students from now until May 13, 2023, on A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Shantideva. The May Retreat from May 25-29, 2023, will be on The Brightly Shining Sun. This text by Patrül Rinpoché is a step-by-step guide to meditating on A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Shantideva. See our teaching schedule page on this website to register.

You can watch all of the videos by Khenpo Sherab Sangpo in this series of teachings on our YouTube channel’s Shantideva playlist.

Study Resources on Shantideva and A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life


Khenpo Sherab Sangpo is teaching on A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Shantideva from now through May 2023. This foundational text of Mahāyāna Buddhism is a guide to cultivating bodhicitta and the six pāramitās of generosity, discipline, patience, diligence, meditative concentration, and wisdom. Our Shantideva study group will be using the same study resources that are posted on this page and that Khenpo Sherab Sangpo is citing in his online teachings. The group meets on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 6:00 PM US CST. If you are interested in joining this study group, please email the facilitator at [email protected].

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.

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.


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.

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

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