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Practicing Wisdom: The Perfection of Shantideva's Bodhisattva Way

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A commentary by the Dalai Lama on Shantideva's final chapter on wisdom from the Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, drawing on contrasting Nyingma and Gelug school viewpoints.
Shantideva says at the beginning of his ninth and final chapter of the Bodhicaryavatara, "All branches of the Buddha's teachings are taught for the sake of wisdom. If you wish to bring an end to suffering, you must develop wisdom."
Shantideva's ninth chapter is revered in Tibetan Buddhism as one of the most authoritative expositions of the Buddha's core insight, and all other Buddhist practices are means to support the generation of this wisdom within the practitioner. The Dalai Lama intersperses his detailed commentary with deep personal reflections on the practice of the Buddhist path. He also provides guided contemplative meditations to help readers deepen their understanding of the key elements.
These teachings, originally delivered in southern France, complete the commentary begun in the book Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night, and are a companion volume to the Padmakara translation work Wisdom: Two Buddhist Commentaries.


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