August 20 -27, 2011

9th Wisdom Chapter of The Way of the Bodhisattva

Geshe Dorji Damdul

The Bodhisattvacharyāvatāra or Bodhicaryavatāra, sometimes translated into English as A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life, is a famous Mahāyāna Buddhist text written c. 700 AD in Sanskrit verse by Shantideva (Śāntideva), a Buddhist monk at Nālandā Monastic University in India. It has ten chapters dedicated to the development of bodhicitta (the mind of enlightenment) through the practice of the six perfections (Skt. Pāramitās). The text begins with a chapter describing the benefits of the wish to reach enlightenment. The sixth chapter on the Pāramitā of patience (Skt. Kṣānti, kshanti) is considered by many Buddhists to be the pinnacle of writing on this subject and is the source of numerous quotations attributed to Śāntideva. Tibetan scholars consider the ninth "Wisdom" chapter to be one of the most succinct expositions of the Madhyamaka view. The tenth chapter is used as one of the most popular Mahāyāna prayers.

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Teacher: Since 2005, Geshe Dorji Damdul was appointed as the official translator to H.H. the Dalai Lama. In 2008, he was appointed as a visiting fellow in Delhi University to give lectures in three of the University's departments - Philosophy, Psychology, and Buddhist Studies. Presently, while assigned with the same task of translating for H.H. the Dalai Lama inside and abroad India, he is serving as the Deputy Director of Tibet House, Cultural Center of H.H. the Dalai Lama, New Delhi. He gives lectures and leads philosophy classes and meditation retreats in Tibet House, Delhi University, Tibetan Youth Hostel and so forth. He also travels widely in India and abroad, like Mumbai, Bangalore, USA and so forth to teach Buddhist philosophy and practice.