The Training Anthology of Santideva: A Translation of the Siksa-Samuccaya

ISBN : 9780199391356

Asaantideva; Charles Goodman
520 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jul 2016
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The Training Anthology-or Siksa-samuccaya-is a collection of quotations from Buddhist sutras with illuminating and insightful commentary by the eighth-century North Indian master Santideva. Best known for his philosophical poem, the Bodhicaryavatara, Santideva has been a vital source of spiritual guidance and literary inspiration to Tibetan teachers and students throughout the history of Tibetan Buddhism. Charles Goodman offers a translation of this major work of religious literature, in which Santideva has extracted, from the vast ocean of the Buddha's teachings, a large number of passages of exceptional value, either for their practical relevance, philosophical illumination, or aesthetic beauty. The Training Anthology provides a comprehensive overview of the Mahayana path to Awakening and gives scholars an invaluable window into the religious doctrines, ethical commitments, and everyday life of Buddhist monks in India during the first millennium CE. This translation includes a detailed analysis of the philosophy of the Training Anthology, an introduction to Santideva's cultural and religious contexts, and informative footnotes. The translation conveys the teachings of this timeless classic in clear and accessible English, highlighting for the modern reader the intellectual sophistication, beauty, and spiritual grandeur of the original text.


List of Abbreviations
The Training Anthology in its Cultural and Religious Contexts
The Philosophy of the Training Anthology
Notes on the Translation
Root Verses of the Training Anthology
1. The Perfection of Generosity
2. Upholding the Holy Dharma
3. Protecting the Dharma Teacher and so on
4. Giving Up What is Harmful
5. Giving Up What is Harmful through the Perfection of Moral Discipline
6. Protecting the Body
7. Protecting Possessions and Goodness
8. Clearing Away Vile Actions
9. The Perfection of Patient Endurance
10. The Perfection of Perseverance
11. Praise of the Wilderness
12. Preparing the Mind
13. The Applications of Mindfulness
14. Purifying the Body
15. Purifying Possessions and Goodness
16. The Ritual of Good Conduct
17. Benefits of Reverential Actions
18. Recollection of the Three Jewels
19. Enhancing Goodness
Appendix A: Training Anthology Ch. 18, B. 344-347, Tibetan Version
Appendix B: Partial List of Translation Choices
Appendix C: Texts Quoted in the Training Anthology
Works Cited

About the author: 

Charles Goodman is a Buddhist scholar, philosopher, translator, and meditation teacher. He is an Associate Professor at Binghamton University. His academic interests include ethical theory, Buddhist philosophy, metaphysics, and applied ethics. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is the author of Consequences of Compassion: An Interpretation and Defense of Buddhist Ethics.

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