Like the bestselling A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of the Night, Practicing Wisdom focuses on Shantideva's Way of the Bodhisattva. While the former includes only a brief introduction to Shantideva's complex and crucial ninth chapter on insight, Practicing Wisdom is a full and detailed follow-up commentary, making it an invaluable statement on the fundamental concept behind Buddhist thought and practice.
Shantideva says at the beginning of the final chapter of his Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life: "All branches of the Buddha's teachings are taught for the sake of wisdom. If you wish to bring an end to suffering, you must develop wisdom." Shantideva's ninth chapter is revered in Tibetan Buddhist circles as one of the most authoritative expositions of the Buddha's core insight, and all other Buddhist practices are means to support the generation of this wisdom within the practitioner. In Practicing Wisdom, the Dalai Lama reaffirms his reputation as a great scholar, communicator, and embodiment of the Buddha's Way by illuminating Shantideva's verses, drawing on contrasting commentaries from the Nyingma and Gelug lineages, and leading the reader through the stages of insight up to the highest view of emptiness. These teachings, delivered in southern France in 1993, have been masterfully translated, edited, and annotated by Geshe Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama's primary translator and founder of the Institute of Tibetan Classics.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Brand: Wisdom Publications
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This is a precious book to advanced students and practitioners of Buddhism. This is THE BOOK. Although the book is about the ninth chapter of Shantideva's “The Way of Bohisattva”, His Holiness presents distinct aspects of the essence of Buddhism: emptiness and dependent origination. The reader needs to understand all paragraphs. So, a complete understanding of the book will take time. In my case, after a third reading, the book started to be clear. When you understand clearly the Two Truths, you will see the power of Buddhism; you will deeply comprehend that you need to change. Other Dalai Lama’s books will be useful for the comprehension of “Practicing Wisdom”. I suggest the reading of "For The Benefit of All Beings", "Healing Anger", “The middle Way”, “Stages of Meditation”, “How to Practice”, "Advice on Dying" and "Essence of the Heart Sutra". The most important...
I've been working through "The Way of the Bodhisattva" (Padmakara Translation) for many months using Pema Chodron's "No Time To Lose" as a study guide. She said the 9th chapter on Wisdom deserves a full book so she didn't address it in her book. I bought "Practicing Wisdom" to continue this process. I'm barely getting going with His Holiness's book but it is exceptional. It has more depth than some I've read by him. Those are meant to be more easily accessible I presume. ("Transforming the Mind" is one exception which I know of.) In the first chapter of P.W. His Holiness addresses some Buddhist basics. This is material with which I have a fair amount of familiarity. Still I have highlighted and gone through this chapter at least 3 times getting deeper insight each time. As I progress I am continually challenged to receive the material both mentally and through skillful means. I will be working with this book for many months and I'm certain it will be...
The books by the Dalai Lama seem to be of two kinds; those meant for the initiate or the curious to pick up some understanding of basic Buddhist teachings and those meant for the serious practitioner of Buddhism and spirituality. This book is certainly in the latter catagory. It is a book that can be used as a study guide for the renouned Chapter Nine of Shantideva's "The Way of the Bodhisattva." Certainly own this book as a companion book. Many Buddhist organizations have used Shantideva's book as a study text, as we did at the Sarasota Mindfulness Meditation Center, the first eight chapters serving as preface for the profundity of Chapter Nine. The Dalai Lama's book provides a reliable foundational study guide to the original text. It's surprising there aren't dozens if not hundreds of reviews of this book. A previous reviewer is certainly correct that it "is MUST for any serious Buddhist student." It should be digested in small bites following the advice to hear, reflect and...
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