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Śāntideva

Śāntideva (8th cent. CE). Buddhist poet and adherent of the Prāsaṅgika branch of the Mādhyamaka school. He composed two important works, the ‘Compendium of Discipline’ (Śikṣā-samuccaya), and ‘Entering the Path of Enlightenment’ (Bodhicāryāvatāra). In ‘Entering the Path’, Śāntideva describes the various steps to be taken by one pursuing the bodhisattva path to enlightenment from the production of the thought of enlightenment (bodhicitta) through the practice of the Perfections (pāramitās) to full enlightenment.

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