Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, Chapter Five
Oh you who wish to guard your mind,
I beseech you with folded hands:
Always exert yourselves to guard
Mindfulness and alertness!
The Bodhisattvacharyavatara is among the most beloved and inspiring works in the Mahayana tradition. Kyabje Gehlek Rinpoche’s oral explanations of each verse provide us with the key to unlock the hidden treasures of this practical manual of training and inspiration that reveals how Bodhisattvas deal with their lives, and how we can learn to do the same.
In Chapter Five, Shantideva shows us the importance of mindfulness and alertness in restraining the wild elephant of our untamed mind and maintaining our commitment to Bodhimind and the activities of Bodhisattvas.