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By His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Thupten Jinpa Ph.D. Ph.D.
Just like the bestselling A Flash of Lightning in the dead of night of the evening, training knowledge makes a speciality of Shantideva's method of the Bodhisattva. whereas the previous comprises just a short advent to Shantideva's advanced and the most important 9th bankruptcy on perception, practising knowledge is a whole and specified follow-up observation, making it a useful assertion at the primary inspiration at the back of Buddhist idea and perform. Shantideva's 9th bankruptcy is respected in Tibetan Buddhist circles as essentially the most authoritative expositions of the Buddha's center perception, and all different Buddhist practices are capacity to aid the new release of this knowledge in the practitioner. In working towards knowledge, the Dalai Lama reaffirms his acceptance as an outstanding pupil, communicator, and embodiment of the Buddha's manner via illuminating Shantideva's verses, drawing on contrasting commentaries from the Nyingma and Gelug lineages, and major the reader during the phases of perception as much as the top view of vacancy. those teachings, brought in southern France in 1993, were masterfully translated, edited, and annotated through Geshe Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama's basic translator and founding father of the Institute of Tibetan Classics.
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Practicing wisdom: the perfection of Shantideva's Bodhisattva way by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Thupten Jinpa Ph.D. Ph.D.