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Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva & Pure Land Buddhism
« on: October 14, 2017, 01:21:58 am »
Shantideva’s The Way of the Bodhisattva is one of the most well-loved and influential texts in the history Buddhism:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodhisattvacaryhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhist_Paths_to_liberation#Six_paramitas

Shantideva hopes, though the cultivation of virtue, to be reborn into the Pure Land, where he can more swiftly and easily attain Buddhahood for the sake of all beings:

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Through virtue I will rest within the cool heart of a fragrant spreading lotus,
With splendor nurtured by the sweet words of the Conqueror.
Then from the lotus opened in the Sage’s light, in supreme form I will arise
To dwell, the blissful Buddha’s heir, in presence of Victorious Ones.
http://promienie.net/images/dharma/books/shantideva_way-of-bodhisattva.pdf


For the same attainment of Buddhahood, Shantideva hopes that others will be reborn into the Pure Land as well:

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Throughout the spheres and reaches of the world,
In hellish states as many as there are,
May beings who abide there taste
The bliss and peace of Sukhāvatī.
http://promienie.net/images/dharma/books/shantideva_way-of-bodhisattva.pdf


While Shantideva teaches that we must work on cultivating good deeds to be reborn into the Pure Land, the thought of wanting to do good can itself be a gift from the Buddha:

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Just as on a dark night black with clouds,
The sudden lightning glares and all is clearly shown,
Likewise rarely, through the Buddhas’ power,
Virtuous thoughts rise, brief and transient, in the world.
http://promienie.net/images/dharma/books/shantideva_way-of-bodhisattva.pdf


The book also begins by taking refuge in and offering homage to all Buddhas who’ve attained the Dharma-body:

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Homage to all Buddhas and Bodhisattvas.
To those who go in bliss, the dharmakāya they possess, and all their heirs,
To all those worthy of respect, I reverently bow.
According to the scriptures, I shall now in brief describe
The practice of the Bodhisattva discipline.
http://promienie.net/images/dharma/books/shantideva_way-of-bodhisattva.pdf


At the same time, the relationship between the Buddhas and ourselves (and between ourselves and all other beings) is non-duality, transcending self and other:

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Those desiring speedily to be
A refuge for themselves and others
Should make the interchange of “I” and “other,”
And thus embrace a sacred mystery.
http://promienie.net/images/dharma/books/shantideva_way-of-bodhisattva.pdf
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