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Within the entire of the Tibetan Buddhist culture, there isn't any unmarried treatise extra deeply respected or greatly practiced than A advisor to the Bodhisattva means of Life. Composed within the 8th century by means of the Indian Bodhisattva Santideva, it turned an quick vintage within the curricula of the Buddhist monastic universities of India, and its renown has grown ever on account that. Santideva provides easy methods to harmonize one's lifestyles with the Bodhisattva excellent and evokes the reader to domesticate the perfections of the Bodhisattva: generosity, ethics, persistence, zeal, meditative focus, and knowledge.

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With folded hands I supplicate the Jinas who wish to leave for nirvana that they may stay for countless eons, and that this world may not remain in darkness. 6. May the virtue that I have acquired by doing all this50 relieve every suffering of sentient beings. 7. May I be the medicine and the physician for the sick. 51 8. With showers of food and drink may I overcome the afflictions of hunger and thirst. May I become food and drink during times of famine. 9. May I be an inexhaustible treasury for the destitute.

One who has become self-controlled in that way should always have a smiling face. 108 72. One should not inconsiderately and noisily throw around chairs and the like. One should not pound on the door, and one should always delight in silence. 73. The crane, the cat, or the thief, moving silently and covertly, achieves its desired goal. A sage should always move in such a way. 74. One must respectfully accept the advice of those skilled in di­ recting others and providing unsolicited aid. One should always be the pupil of everyone.

16. The Omniscient One stated that all recitations and austerities, even though performed for a long time, are actually useless if the mind is on something else or is dull. 17. 92 18. 93Once I have forsaken the vow of guarding the mind, of what use are many vows to me? 19. Just as those standing in the midst of boisterous people care­ fully guard their wounds, so those standing in the midst of evil people should always guard the wounds of their minds. 90. Tibetan: "Malicious people, as [unending] as space, cannot possibly be over­ come.

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