Precious human life

Teachings on Chapter 1 of Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life based on Gyaltsab Je's commentary given by Khensur Wangdak Rinpoche at Sravasti Abbey from November 20-26, 2007.

  • Chapter 1 (start from verse 4), 3rd topic: The meaning of the main subject matter
    • The preciousness of a human life
    • Eight freedoms and ten endowments—the preciousness of a human life in terms of its causes and its rarity
    • The wisest way of seizing this opportunity is by practicing bodhicitta
    • The extensive benefits of developing bodhicitta
    • The need for purification: bodhicitta being the greatest force for purifying unwholesome karma
  • Questions and answers

Khensur Wangdak on Shantideva 03 (download)

Khensur Wangdak Rinpoche

Khensur Rinpoche was born in 1934 in Kham, eastern Tibet. He pursued the traditional studies of a monk and joined the great Drepung University near Lhasa until the 1959 exodus from Tibet. As a refugee in India, he continued to study intensively, preserving the ancient traditions of Tibetan Buddhism at re-established universities, finally earning the highest academic honors. He was then invited to Namgyal Monastic University, the seat of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, where he served as abbott. In 1995, the Dalai Lama then appointed Rinpoche as abbott and senior teacher at Namgyal monastery in Ithaca, New York. Most recently, he taught at Chenresig Tibetan Buddhist Center in Connecticut. Khensur Rinpoche has made several visits to Sravasti Abbey and the community is honored to have received an online teaching from him shortly before he passed in March 2022.