For the Benefit of All Beings: A Commentary on the Way of the Bodhisattva
Many people consider the Dalai Lama to be a living embodiment of the spiritual ideal of the bodhisattva - someone who dedicates their life to freeing all beings from suffering and confusion. Here this beloved teacher presents a detailed manual of practical philosophy based on the best-known text of Mahayana Buddhism, The Way of the Bodhisattva (Bodhicharyavatara). He explains and amplifies the text, illuminating its message of putting others before oneself and showing how anyone can develop a truly 'good heart'.
This book was previously published under the title A Flash of Lightning in the Dark of Night.
"On many levels, the book is splendid as both an introduction to Buddhist spirituality and an explication of Shantideva for contemporary Westerners." - Library Journal
"One does not have to be a Buddhist to appreciate the beauty of the teachings and the simplicity of the life presented here. Indeed, non-Buddhists may discover a refreshing new approach to the doctrines of 'love your neighbor, ' and 'do unto others.'" - Booklist