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Santideva the Way of the Bodhisattva

Becoming a Bodhisattva

It was the craziest, the scariest… It was the smartest step I’ve ever taken, buying myself that ticket to Kathmandu. Let me first say, I do not think a life in Nepal is for everyone. But when reflecting on the more than a year I’ve spent here I’m overwhelmed by a sense of gratitude for […]

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Chanting Bodhicaryāvatāra motivation Sanskrit course Santideva verses

My Experience Learning Sanskrit at RYI

During my second year of B.A studies at RYI, I had the opportunity to take Beginner’s Sanskrit language courses. This subject excited me because I fondly remembered taking Sanskrit classes during my fourth grade in elementary school. I still recall those lessons as being noteworthy experiences at the time. However, since I had only taken […]

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Bodhicharyavatara Santideva

What I want and what I need

In Bodhicharyavatara, Śāntideva mentions: Since I and other beings both, In wanting happiness, are equal and alike, ….. In fleeing suffering, are equal and alike, However, not knowing the causes of happiness and of suffering, all the sentient beings are wandering in Samsara since the beginningless time. I am not different either. I am one […]

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Bodhicaryāvatāra Mustang Santideva Study

The Way of the Bodhisattva

Hello to everyone on the Rangjung Yeshe Institute Student Blog. I am Raju Gurung and I am from Mustang which is the North Central Part of Nepal. Currently I am doing my BA at RYI. In the year 2011 I got to know about RYI and its Buddhist Studies Programme through one of my local […]