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Within the entire of the Tibetan Buddhist culture, there's no unmarried treatise extra deeply respected or largely practiced than A advisor to the Bodhisattva means of Life. Composed within the 8th century through the Indian Bodhisattva Santideva, it turned an speedy vintage within the curricula of the Buddhist monastic universities of India, and its renown has grown ever on account that. Santideva offers the right way to harmonize one's lifestyles with the Bodhisattva perfect and conjures up the reader to domesticate the perfections of the Bodhisattva: generosity, ethics, endurance, zeal, meditative focus, and knowledge.

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Due to delu­ sion, attachment, and hatred, I have sinned in many ways. 39. Day and night, a life span unceasingly diminishes, and there is no adding onto it. 35 40. Although lying here on a bed and relying on relatives, I alone have to bear the feeling of being cut off from my vitality. 41. For a person seized by the messengers of Death, what good is a relative and what good is a friend? At that time, merit alone is a protection, and I have not applied myself to it. 42. 36 43. One completely languishes while being led today to have the limbs of one's body amputated.

100 42. If one is unable to do so in the case of danger or a festive occa­ sion, then one should be at ease. It is said that at the time of giving, ethical discipline may be held in abeyance. 43. Upon recognizing what needs to be undertaken, with a mind focused on that, one should attend to nothing else until one ac­ complishes it. 44. For in this way everything is well done. 101 45. One should eliminate yearning that arises for various idle con­ versations, which often take place, and for all kinds of enter­ tainment.

THE PERFECTION OF PATIENCE 63 14. 137 Thus, through habituation with slight pain, even great pain becomes bearable. 15. 138 16. Cold, heat, rain, wind, traveling, illness, captivity, and beatings should not induce a sense of fragility. 139 17. Some, seeing their own blood, show extraordinary valor, while some faint even at the sight of others' blood. 18. That cbmes from mental fortitude or from timidity. 140 19. 141 20. Those who conquer the enemy while receiving the enemies' blows on the chest are the victorious heroes.

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