A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life

written by Master Shantideva (c. 750 AD)
Deathless Nectar for Helping Others

Deathless Nectar for Helping Others

Notes to a Teaching On the “Crown of Knives”

a teaching by Trichen Tenpa Rabgye (1759-1815), upon the root text written by Dharma Rakshita (c. 950ad) notes by Gyalwang Lobsang Trinley Namgyel (fl. 1800)

The story of the Crown of Knives is a very famous tale in the traditions of some of the early Buddhists of the Himalayas.  It tells the story of someone experiencing the consequences of their positive and negative actions and then outlines many specific causes and effects that we observe and can apply in our own lives.

This book is an account of an oral teaching given on the Crown of Knives and contains many teachings on the subject of how to develop a good heart, that is how to develop great compassion through how we interact with other people.  The practice of developing a good heart is a powerful one that instructs us to take life’s hardships and turn them into opportunities for learning and growth.  In this fascinating book we learn of many methods to apply this practice to our lives and are led with advices that have been passed down over many centuries.

Seiji Arao is one of the Diamond Cutter Classics primary translators. He was born in Guadalajara Mexico, from Japanese descent. He holds a bachelor in entrepreneurship and business management, and a master’s degree in environmental economics. He founded and directed two corporate social responsibility companies has worked as a project manager/business consultant since 2010. He has lived in several countries like Mexico, Sweden, Australia, and currently in the USA. He speaks three languages fluently and is currently learning Tibetan. He has had a fascination with cultural heritage since he was a kid, which translated into his professional career.

After meeting Geshe Michael Roach in 2011 he started studying the Asian Classics Institute courses, later on he started working as the Executive Vice-President for DCI/SCIM, and as a primary tibetan translator for DCC, starting with a commentary to The Crown of Knives that teaches us how to develop a good heart, he is also one of the co-founders and keynote speakers of the Peacock Parenting Program alongside Geshe Michael Roach and Nour Ibrahim.

Seiji is married to Nour Ibrahim, and they have a son named Maitri. The family currently resides in Sedona, enriching Seiji’s life with a blend of professional achievements and a fulfilling family life.

Sessions by
Seiji Arao

Seiji Arao

Fall 2023

Guide to the Bodhisattvas Waу of Life

Spring 2023

Guide to the Bodhisattvas Waу of Life

Winter 2023

Guide to the Bodhisattvas Waу of Life

Fall 2022

Developing the Good Heart