This work is divided into seven chapters, which deal with the Bodhisattva doctrine. These are derived from the Buddhist Sanskrit Literature. Chapter 1 describes the Bodhisattva doctrine, focusing on the distinctive chatacteristics that are Bodhisattva, arhat and sravaka. Chapter II explains the various factors that led to the growth and expansion of the Boddhisattva doctrine, including the influence of Persian religio-cult and Greek art. Chapter III explains how Enlightenment was created for the welfare, and liberation all creatures. Chapters IV describe the 37 practices and principles that are conducive to Enlightenment. Chapter V outlines the ten perfections that will lead to happiness, rebirth and serenity as well as spiritual cultivation, supreme knowledge, and welfare. Chapter VI describes the stages of spiritual growth in the aspirant’s long journey towards the goal of final freedom. Chapter VII details the past lives of Gautama Buddha as Bodhisattva. There are extensive notes and references throughout the book, as well as an index at the end. The book is written in a clear style that demonstrates the writer’s knowledge and appreciation of literary art.
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