Atiśa’s Essence of Bodhisattva Vows (bodhisatvasaṃvarahṛdaya)
2023, Manuscripts for Life -Essays in Memory of Seishi KARASHIMA
This paper provides an analysis and translation of Atiśa Dīpaṃkaraśrījñāna’s (982–1054 CE) The Essence of Bodhisattva Vows (bodhisatvasaṃvarahṛdaya). The Essence of Bodhisattva Vows is introduced with a brief overview explaining its relation to Atiśa’s Stages of the Path to Awakening (byang chub lam gyi rim pa ≈ *bodhipathakrama) and the work’s textual influences including the Bodhisattvabhūmi. The eighteen downfalls and forty-six faulty actions of bodhisattvas listed within The Essence of Bodhisattva Vows are also discussed. The introduction is followed by a Tibetan diplomatic edition and English translation of this previously unknown work.
Dedication: To Seishi Karashima-sensei, who always took the time to provide guidance in my research endeavors.