The Mahayana Tradition

The Mahaya traditions of Zen, Tibetan Buddhism and Pure Land Buddhism are each represented in the Learning Center with resource pages. This page offers study resources for the major themes of the Mayahana.

The bodhisattva | Bodhicitta | Compassion | Shunyata - emptiness | The Paramitas | Bodhisatta Vows | The Middle Way School

The bodhisattva

Coming soon: Ashoka online course Bodhisattvas of Compassion
Taigen Dan Leighton

The Way of the Bodhisattva
Peter Della Santina

Eight Bodhisattvas

The Bodhisattva Ideal - Buddhism and the Aesthetics of Selflessness
Nitin Kumar

Bodhisattva Vows
Gelong Tsewang Samdrub and Geshe Tashi

The Heart of the Bodhisattva
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche

The Thirty Seven Practices of the Path of the Bodhisattva
H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

37 Practices of a Bodhisatta
Ken McLeod

A Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life

The Bodhicaryavatara (Shantideva)
H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Compassion: The Key to Great Awakening: Thought Training and the Bodhisattva Practices
Geshe Gyeltsen

Uniting Wisdom & Compassion: Illuminating The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva
Chokyi Dragpa

Avalokiteshvara (Kuan-Yin) (Chenrezig)

The Enlightenment Of Bodhisattva Kuan-Yin (Avalokiteshvara)
Dr. C.T. Shen

Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) – Embodiment of Compassion in Tibetan Buddhism

The Creation of a Goddess of Mercy from Avolokiteshara

Bodhisattva of Compassion: The Mystical Tradition of Kuan Yin
John Blofeld



Manjushri: The Young Prince of Wisdom
Taigen Dan Leighton


Bodhicitta is a mind (including thought, action, feeling and speech) totally dedicated to others and to achieving full enlightenment in order to benefit all sentient beings as fully as possible. Bodhicitta is often called the "Wish Fulfilling Jewel," because like a magic jewel it brings true happiness.

Bodhicitta teachings

Generating Bodhicitta Mind-Stream

The Teaching on Aspirational Bodhicitta
H.H. the 14th the Dalai Lama

The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation
H.H. The Dalai Lama

The Seven Points of Mind Training of Atisha
Shamar Rinpoche

Loving Kindness
Mingyur Rinpoche

How to Generate Bodhicitta
Ribur Rinpoche

Bodhicitta: the Perfection of Dharma
Lama Thubten Yeshe

Tai Situ Rinpoche


Living the Compassionate Life
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

Compassion and the Individual
H.H Dalai Lama

Awakening Compassion
Ken McLeod

The Practice of Compassion
Pema Chodron

An Open Heart: Practicing Compassion in Everyday Life
H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Compassion: The Key to Great Awakening: Thought Training and the Bodhisattva Practices
Geshe Gyeltsen

Emptiness (shunyata)

Causality and Emptiness: The Wisdom of Nagarjuna
Peter Della Santina

The Experience of Shunyata: Recognizing the True Nature of the Mind
Kenpo Karthar Rinpoche

Stephen Batchelor

Being and Emptiness: Buddhist Perspectives on Compassion
Ruben L.F. Habito

The Wisdom of Emptiness

The paramitas (the perfections)

The Practice of the Perfections
Peter Della Santina

The Practice of Perfection: The Paramitas from a Zen Buddhist Perspective
Robert Aitken (out of print but highly recommended)

The Six Perfections
Geshe Sonam Rinchen

The H. H. Dalai Lama: The Six Paramitas
H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Bodhisattva vow

Bodhisattva Vows

Bodhisattva Vow

Bodhisattva Vows
Taitaku Pat Phelan

Mahayana sutras

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The Middle Way

The Development of Mahayana Philosophy
Peter Della Santina