The Beautiful Way of Life

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“Ven. René Feusi’s The Beautiful Way of Life is a beautifully written meditative guide to one of the greatest works of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition, and will be treasured by all those inspired by compassion and wisdom.”—Jonathan Landaw, author of Prince Siddhartha


A Meditation on Shantideva’s Bodhisattva Path

René Feusi

The most enduring and widely read spiritual work to emerge from Buddhism’s classical age in India is surely Shantideva’s Bodhisattva Way of Life. Among its many fans is the Dalai Lama, who quotes from it frequently. Here much-loved monk and meditator Rene Feusi distills Shantideva’s masterpiece verse by verse. Reflecting both the lyricism of the original verses and their wealth of inspiring reflections on the virtues to be cultivated by bodhisattvas, The Beautiful Way of Life is a brilliant condensation of a masterpiece and a lucid entryway into timeless insights. Feusi also provides tips for using the verses in a series of guided contemplations.

book information
  • Paperback
  • 160 pages, 6.50 x 7.50 inches
  • $15.95
  • ISBN 9781614291893
  • ebook
  • 160 pages
  • $11.99
  • ISBN 9781614292067
about the author
The Beautiful Way of Life

V enerable René Feusi trained as a florist for the purpose of taking over the family business of flower shops in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1979, while on a spiritual quest in India and Nepal, he met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who were to become his main teachers, at the month-long November course at Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu Valley. Until his ordination he would spend half the year working in the family business and the other half receiving teachings and doing retreats. At the advice of Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1985, he took ordination as a novice monk from Losang Nyingma Rinpoche, abbot of Namgyal Monastery, and then a year later full ordination from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He spent two more years in India and Nepal receiving teachings and doing retreats before joining Nalanda Monastery in the south of France. Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Tekchog was the abbot and teacher at that time. In his four years there, he studied a number of texts on the graduated path to enlightenment, mind training, as well as various philosophical texts.

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