A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night: A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life

A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night A Guide to the Bodhisattva s Way of Life Compassion is the guiding principle of the bodhisattvas those who vow to attain enlightenment in order to liberate all sentient beings from the suffering and confusion of imperfect existence To this

  • Title: A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night: A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life
  • Author: Dalai Lama XIV Padmakara Translation Group
  • ISBN: 9780877739715
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
  • Compassion is the guiding principle of the bodhisattvas, those who vow to attain enlightenment in order to liberate all sentient beings from the suffering and confusion of imperfect existence To this end, they must renounce all self centered goals and consider only the well being of others The bodhisattvas enemies are the ego, passion, and hatred their weapons are geneCompassion is the guiding principle of the bodhisattvas, those who vow to attain enlightenment in order to liberate all sentient beings from the suffering and confusion of imperfect existence To this end, they must renounce all self centered goals and consider only the well being of others The bodhisattvas enemies are the ego, passion, and hatred their weapons are generosity, patience, perseverance, and wisdom In Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama is considered to be a living embodiment of this spiritual ideal His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama presents here a detailed manual of practical philosophy, based on The Way of the Bodhisattva Bodhicharyavatara , a well known text of Mahayana Buddhism written by Shantideva The Dalai Lama explains and amplifies the text, alluding throughout to the experience of daily life and showing how anyone can develop bodhichitta, the wish for perfect enlightenment for the sake of others This book will surely become a standard manual for all those who wish to make the bodhisattva ideal a living experience.

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    Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso born Lhamo D ndrub , the 14th Dalai Lama, is a practicing member of the Gelug School of Tibetan Buddhism and is influential as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, the world s most famous Buddhist monk, and the leader of the exiled Tibetan government in India.Tenzin Gyatso was the fifth of sixteen children born to a farming family He was proclaimed the tulku an Enlightened lama who has consciously decided to take rebirth of the 13th Dalai Lama at the age of two.On 17 November 1950, at the age of 15, he was enthroned as Tibet s ruler Thus he became Tibet s most important political ruler just one month after the People s Republic of China s invasion of Tibet on 7 October 1950 In 1954, he went to Beijing to attempt peace talks with Mao Zedong and other leaders of the PRC These talks ultimately failed.After a failed uprising and the collapse of the Tibetan resistance movement in 1959, the Dalai Lama left for India, where he was active in establishing the Central Tibetan Administration the Tibetan Government in Exile and in seeking to preserve Tibetan culture and education among the thousands of refugees who accompanied him.Tenzin Gyatso is a charismatic figure and noted public speaker This Dalai Lama is the first to travel to the West There, he has helped to spread Buddhism and to promote the concepts of universal responsibility, secular ethics, and religious harmony.He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, honorary Canadian citizenship in 2006, and the United States Congressional Gold Medal on 17 October 2007.

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    • I continue to return to this book whenever I want to focus on mastering negative emotions. The Dalai Lama presents a very accessible translation of 8th century Shantideva's work, one that contains some extremely powerful insights into the nature of anger and its primary antidote, patience.

    • A must read! I truly enjoyed this short and to the point book! Really got me thinking about myself and all the negative emotions we as human beings endure in our lives. It really leaves you with a good feeling and opens up your mind and soul to self awareness. The words are straight forward and because of its simplicity you don't become lost in the translation. I always come back to this book when I need to understand my emotions and actions.

    • This book is helpful road map to the Bodhisattva way. It is the Dalai Lama's commentary on Shanti Deva's Guide to the Bodhisattva's way of life. In other words, it tells you how to start out on this path. The first step is mindfulness and meditation then it talks about Bodhichitta. Then it gets a lot more complicated, but it's great to know where to begin. Also, there's a useful chapter on patience, which is a lot about dealing with anger, which is why I got the book in the first place.

    • This book was extremely helpful in understanding Shantideva's book that I just finished. In fact, I read them side by side, chapter for chapter, and this one greatly enhanced my appreciation and understanding. It is unfortunate that the difficult chapter on Wisdom was not included but the Dalai Lama's text on that may be available now.

    • I found it very basic. I think if I haven't already read books about enlightenment, it would probably move me. Intellectually, it taught me nothing new! Also, he talked a lot about karma; I didn't like that!

    • Awesome forever reading it.

    • This is a wonderful commentary on Shantideva's "Bodhisattva's Way of Life" we can aspire to become a Buddha for the benefit of all beings. On page 70, the Dalai Lama advises us that those who cause us to have to exercise patience should be considered our teachers: "It is no use excusing ourselves, saying that our enemies are preventing us from practicing and that this is why we get angry. If we truly wish to progress, there is no practice more important than patience. If we cannot bear the harm [...]

    • No amount of stars are too less for this one. A lot of questions demystified. Plenty to reflect on and practice - even for those not on the path to becoming a Bodhisattva.A complex read that was very well structured. Reading this book chapter at a time and reflecting on it was helpful. Would be even better to have a group to discuss the text.

    • An amazing Dharma book with lots of practical advice that breaks down Shantideva's Bhodicharyavatara. It helps that I read it while concurrently attending a public teaching on this text by His Holiness, but definitely is an appropriate book for beginners with amazing applicability to one's every day life.

    • I was a little disappointed at first when I started reading and it was mentioned that there would be little talk about the section on Wisdom, which I found majorly confusing when I read the Bodhicharyvatara. But even the small chapter that was included on Wisdom was a great help, and I'd love to read further on the Dalai Lama's teaching on it.

    • A- Giving Buddhists a good understanding of how one must live to be a true Bodhisattva. Really accessible and engaging.

    • Parting gift from Rinpoche that I have yet to read, yikes!

    • This is a teaching by His Holiness on Compassion. One that all Buddhists should read at least once a year.

    • Excellent work examining and expounding on the Buddhist theories.(Read as part of a Buddhist seminar with Prof. DG.)

    • Short, to-the-point, inspiring. The typical style of the Dalai Lama. Just like the root text, something to read over and over again.

    • An easy to read commentary on the essential Guide To The Bodhisattva's Way of Life. HIghly recommend it!

    • Benjamin Barnes

      (Jul 17, 2019 - 11:12 AM)

      very good a worth while read

    • humbling!

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