This modern translation of an essential Mahayana Buddhist text captures the meaning and musicality of Shantideva's original verse and provides readers with an accessible guide to its profound depths.
This is a fresh translation of, and commentary on, Entering the Way of the Bodhisattva, perhaps the most renowned and thorough articulation of the bodhisattva path. Written by the eighth-century Indian monk Shantideva, Entering the Way of the Bodhisattva is a guide to becoming a bodhisattva, someone who is dedicated to achieving enlightenment in order to benefit all beings. Accomplished translator Khenpo David Karma Choephel communicates the power of Shantideva's insights through careful attention to both the meaning and the rhythmic pulse of each stanza, all the while providing necessary context and practical advice for modern readers.
After presenting the full translation, Khenpo David Karma Choephel then introduces readers to the text, explaining the key points of each chapter with clarity and wisdom. Combining a uniquely poetic translation with detailed analysis, this book is a comprehensive guide to developing oneself in service of others. Teachings that have been at the heart of Mahayana practice for centuries are given new life, and the supporting commentary makes the text accessible and applicable to practitioners. Readers interested in the bodhisattva path will find this a comprehensive resource filled with captivating verse and incisive interpretations.
SHANTIDEVA (8th c.) was a scholar from the monastic university Nalanda, one of the most celebrated centers of learning in ancient India. He is renowned as the author of Entering the Way of the Bodhisattva, which legend says is a teaching that he delivered as he rose into the sky and vanished.
KHENPO DAVID KARMA CHOEPHEL is Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche's main English-language translator as well as the translator of many books on Tibetan Buddhism. He studied Buddhist philosophy at the Vajra Vidya Institute in Namo Buddha, Nepal, and Sarnath, India, and earned the title of Khenpo, essentially a PhD in the Tibetan system.
“Shantideva’s Way of the Bodhisattva
gives clear and inspiring teachings on developing loving-kindness, compassion, and bodhichitta. Not only is studying it important for students of the Mahayana, it can also help anyone develop a good heart and become a better person. I am sure that this new translation and short guide by Khenpo David Karma Choephel will bring great benefit to many people.”—Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche
“Shantideva’s Entering the Way of the Bodhisattva
is one of the most celebrated treatises from the golden age of Indian Buddhism. It sets forth all of the key trainings of the Mahayana path, and its beautiful verses have inspired great masters and dharma practitioners throughout centuries. I am delighted that, under the guidance of the Venerable Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche, Khenpo David Karma Choephel has offered a fresh translation of this transformative set of instructions. The wisdom and compassion of Shantideva’s work is as timely as ever for our world, and I am certain that many will find pure fuel for their journey in these pages.”—Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche, author of Mind Beyond Death
and Emotional Rescue
“This most accurate and amazingly readable translation of the Way of Bodhisattva
by Khenpo David Karma Choephel shows his complete mastery of both the target and source languages as well as his deep knowledge and genuine experience. This book will be used for generations.”—Ringu Tulku