In this series of classes Geshe Jinpa Sonam teaches 'A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life', by Shantideva.
In Tibetan Buddhist tradition, there may not be any text more studied and practiced than A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. The author, Shantideva, describes in verse ways to generate and cultivate the mind of enlightenment (Bodhicitta), and inspires us to cultivate the perfections of the Bodhisattva: generosity, ethics, patience, enthusiasm, meditative concentration, and wisdom.
Geshe la said this about the book (as translated by Dianne McKinnon): Master Shantideva writes in his opening verses of the Bodicharyaavatara that he himself is neither personally knowledgeable on the subject, nor capable of composing anything poetically pleasing, and being devoid of the mind of benefiting others, he is simply composing the text to sustain his own practice and understanding. However, Shantideva then goes on to beautifully compose one of the most clear and profound texts on the subject of not only bodhicitta (the mind of compassion and enlightenment), but one that encompasses all 6 perfections. Furthermore, among many texts, A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life remains until today a text that is one of the most beneficial for practitioners to study.