by the Mahayana poet and
scholar Santideva in the 7th century AD, the Bodhicaryavatara
is one of the great masterpieces of religious
literature. In ten chapters the work details the
moral and spiritual discipline one who wishes
to become a bodhisattva must undertake. In ancient
times there were at least a hundred commentaries
on the Bodhicaryavatara and its popularity has
continued down to the present in Sri
Lanka, India and practically
in Tibet, where it is
still widely read and studied.
Batchelor (trans). A Guide to the Bodhisattva's
Way of Life, Dharamsala, 1979.
P.Sharma (trans) Shantideva's Bodhicharyavatara,
Vol 1& 2, New Delhi,1990.