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Seven amazing feats of Shantideva

Seven amazing feats of Shantideva

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.

  • Introducing the author of the text by presenting his seven great amazing activities:
    • He was in direct communication with Manjushri from a very young age
    • He synthesized the teachings and presented them as A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
    • He subdued 500 great individuals possessing psychic powers
    • By miraculous means, he freed from famine 1,000 people
    • He carried a wooden sword in honor of Manjushri, which led to an amazing encounter with a king
    • Using psychic powers, he brought down a mandala of Shiva that had been set up by others
    • He radiated out light rays from his brow and placed all those nearby in great bliss
  • An overview of the 10 chapters of A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
  • Questions and answers

Khensur Wangdak on Shantideva 01 (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.