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Biography of Shantideva


This is an excerpt from the Ven. Nyandak’s teaching on Bodhicaryavatara at Taglungdrak, near Lhasa, Tibet. The Ven. Nyandak is a former monk of Gaden Monastery, and in this program, he narrates the biography of Shantideva, author of ‘ Bodhocaryavatara’ which means A Guide to the Bodhisattava’s Way of Life. In Tibetan it is called Chunjug. The Ven. Nyandak says that Shantideva was a renowned scholar and yogi of ancient Nalanda University of India in the 8th century. This text is studied and practiced by almost all four major Tibetan Buddhist schools.

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