Master Shantideva

Master Shantideva  was an 8th century Buddhist monk and great scholar from Nalanda University in India.

Shantideva was an adherent of the Madhyamaka philosophy of Nagarjuna and his speciality was ‘Bodhicitta‘ :

” A spontaneous wish to attain enlightenment motivated by great compassion for all sentient beings, accompanied by a falling away of the attachment to the illusion of an inherently existing self”

He is the author of the great text “A Guide to The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life,” (Bodhisattvacaryavatara) a one thousand verse poem, which gives advice on how to live a meaningful and virtuous life through the practices of the six perfections and the cultivation of bodhicitta, the altruistic intention to attain enlightenment in order to benefit sentient beings.

The text is inspirational to all Mahayana Buddhists who wish to benefit all sentient beings and develop Bodhichitta qualities within themselves.