Kalachakra 2017 Preliminary Teachings
Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (chodjug)
The Chodjug (Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life) was composed by the saint and scholar Shantideva, of Nalanda University, and is used to develop compassion and the experience of ‘void nature’.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama considers this preliminary teaching to be more important than the actual Kalachakra initiation. The ancient text gives a concise and comprehensive introduction to the entire practice of Buddhism, guiding both laypersons and the ordained on the path to liberation and enlightenment. It has been used to teach everyone from beggars to kings, in a spirit of friendship and fellow humanity.
The Chodjug conveys the meaning of the dharma in easily accessible language and is of special interest to those who wish to take up spiritual practice as a way of life. It covers Mahayana Buddhism’s core practical philosophy of compassion and has been widely quoted by Tibet’s great masters and scholars.
Shantideva’s “A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life”
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