Meaningful to Behold

Becoming a Friend of the World

Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche


Our present situation can be understood in terms of the following analogy. If a person comes across a nugget of gold but does not recognize its rarity and worth, he may easily throw it away. At this moment we have attained a precious human life far more valuable than gold, but if we do not recognize its worth we are apt to squander it in meaningless and purposeless pursuits.
Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche

Meaningful to Behold is a highly acclaimed commentary to the great Indian Buddhist Master Shantideva’s famous spiritual poem Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, one of the best loved and most important Mahayana Buddhist texts.

It reveals with poetic beauty and deep spiritual insight how to enter, make progress on, and complete the Buddhist path to enlightenment..

Shortly after he arrived at Manjushri Kadampa Meditation Centre in 1977, at the request of his root Spiritual Guide, Vajradhara Trijang Rinpoche, Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche gave a detailed verse-by-verse commentary to Shantideva’s Guide.

Teaching twice a day for over three months, Venerable Geshe-la revealed the full effectiveness and profundity of the Guide, and showed in a practical and inspiring way how in the midst of modern busy daily life we can follow the path of a Bodhisattva – someone who out of compassion dedicates his or her life to attaining enlightenment.

It is these early teachings that became Meaningful to Behold, the first of Venerable Geshe-la’s many books to be published.

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