Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life is one of the most important texts in the Mahayana tradition of Buddhist practice. Its ninth chapter, the section on transcendent wisdom, is known among Buddhist scholars as a challenging exposition of Madhyamika philosophy and difficult to understand without a commentary. This invaluable volume with its precise elucidation of core issues of Tibetan Buddhism stands as a key work in Buddhist literature.
This extraordinarily clear exposition on the wisdom section of the Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life is based on an oral teaching given in Switzerland by HH the Dalai Lama before an audience of thousands of Tibetans and Westerners in 1979. Shantideva's
"The ninth chapter of The Way of the Bodhisattva requires a book in itself. . . . I refer you to the excellent explanation in the introduction to the Padmakara translation of The Way of the Bodhisattva and to His Holiness the Dalai Lama's book Transcendent Wisdom."—Pema Ch