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How can we be happy and at the same time responsive to the suffering of others? It can be done: this is the message of the Bodhisattva ideal. The image of the Bodhisattva, one who wishes to gain Enlightenment for the sake of all beings, lies at the heart of much of Indian, Tibetan and Chinese Buddhism. For one wishing to follow this path, the development of inner calm and ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Windhorse Publications (first published August 1st 2000)
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Laura
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm still trying to absorb the content of this book. The Bodhisattva Ideal is tremendously inspiring, and this book is well written: taking difficult concepts and proving accessible context for how to work towards this ideal.
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"To consider the Bodhisttva ideal is to place one's hand on the very heart of Buddhism, and feel the beating of that hears." ~Extract from the blurb

TL;DR -A fascinating read. Don't read this unless you have at least some idea about Buddhism beforehand.


RAGDOLL RATING: 4.5/5 BUTTONS

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I've been fascinated by the concept of the Bodhisattva from the moment I first heard about it, and this seemed as good a place as any to start.

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Gemma Williams
Dec 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Absorbing and inspiring take on the bodhisattva ideal. Made lots of things that had seemed incomprehensible to me suddenly clearer! Sangharakshita puts it all in very accessible and relevant terms and relates it all to practice, so it never seems detached from daily life. I find his books really helpful and this is a new favourite.
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Sangharakshita was born Dennis Lingwood in South London, in 1925. Largely self-educated, he developed an interest in the cultures and philosophies of the East early on, and realized that he was a Buddhist at the age of sixteen.

The Second World War took him, as a conscript, to India, where he stayed on to become the Buddhist monk Sangharakshita. After studying for some years under leading teachers
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