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Shantideva

Geburtstag: 685
Todesdatum: 763

Shantideva war nach buddhistischer Überlieferung ein Königssohn aus Südindien, der in der ersten Hälfte des achten Jahrhunderts lebte und Mönch im Großkloster Nalanda wurde.

Shantideva gilt u. a. als Verfasser der beiden Werke „Bodhicharyavatara“ und des „Shikshasamuccaya“ , die die Lebensführung und Ethik eines Bodhisattva thematisieren.

Besonders das Bodhicharyavatara zählt zu den „Klassikern“ des Mahayana-Buddhismus. Wikipedia

Zitate Shantideva

„Like a blind man fumbling in garbage
Happens to find a rare and precious gem,
Likewise I have discovered
The jewel of the precious Bodhimind.“

—  Šantidéva

Bodhicaryavatara
Kontext: Like a blind man fumbling in garbage
Happens to find a rare and precious gem,
Likewise I have discovered
The jewel of the precious Bodhimind.
Thus was found this supreme ambrosia to dispel
The Lord of death, destroyer of life;
An inexhaustible treasure able to cure
The poverty of all sentient beings.

„The Bodhimind is a great radiant sun
To disperse the darkness of unknowing,
And it is the very essence of butters
Gained from churning the milks of Dharma.“

—  Šantidéva

Bodhicaryavatara
Kontext: The Bodhimind is a great radiant sun
To disperse the darkness of unknowing,
And it is the very essence of butters
Gained from churning the milks of Dharma.
For all guests on the roads of life
Who would take the very substance of joy,
Here is the actual seat of true happiness,
A veritable feast to satiate the world.

„Where would I find enough leather
To cover the entire surface of the earth?
But with leather soles beneath my feet,
It’s as if the whole world has been covered.“

—  Šantidéva

§ 5.13
Bodhicaryavatara, A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life
Kontext: Where would there be leather enough to cover the entire world? With just the leather of my sandals, it is as if the whole world were covered. Likewise, I am unable to restrain external phenomena, but I shall restrain my own mind. What need is there to restrain anything else?

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