Shantideva was a great Indian Buddhist master who lived during the 8th century CE. Two of his texts survive - "Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior" (Bodhisattvacharyavatara) and the "Compendium of Trainings" (Shikshasamuccaya). Both texts are still used to the present day by and especially "Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior" is one of the most cherished and most frequently taught texts in the Tibetan tradition.
This App displays one verse a day from Shantideva's text "Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior" (Bodhisattvacharyavatara) and allows to read through the entire text. "Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior" is an outstandingly practical and inspiring text that covers all the aspects of the Buddhist path.
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Translations & Commentaries
Commentaries on Shantideva
- Kenpo Kunpal: Drops of Nectar (Traditional Commentary by from the Nyingma tradition; Chapters 1-5 translated by Andreas Kretschmar)
Historical Context of Shantideva's life
Buddhism starts in India
King Ashoka in India
Supporter Buddhism. Sends Buddhist delegations to other kingdoms.
Buddhism begins to spread to Sri Lanka and Burma (Myanmar)
Pioneer of the Middle-Way philosopy.
Buddhism begins to spread to Central Asia and China
Buddhism begins to spread to Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Sumatra and Java
Asanga and Vasubandhu
Mind-Only philosopy and influential works on Abhidharma.
Influential Indian commentator of Theravada Buddhism.
Buddhist System of logic and epistemology.
Combination of Middle Way philosophy with Dignaga's methods of logic.
Buddhism begins to spread to Tibet
First Tibetan "Dharma-King" Songtsen Gampo
Influential commentator on Dignaga's system of logic and epistemology.
Commentator on Middle-Way philosophy.
Author of Engaging in Bodhisattva Behavior.
Monk at Nalanda monastery in Northern India.
Shantarakshita, Kamalashila and Haribhadra
Strong influence on transmission of Buddhism to Tibet.
Proponents of a combination of Middle Way and Mind-Only philosopy.
Beginning of second transmission of Buddhism to Tibet
Activity of Translators like Rinchen Sangpo, Marpa, and Ngog Lotsawa Loden Sherab.
Kadam school. Strong influence on transmission of Buddhism to Tibet.
Destruction of monasteries Nalanda and Vikramashila in India
Beginning of gradual decline of Buddhism in India.