(c. 685 - c. 763)

The eighth-century Buddhist master Shantideva wrote The Way of Bodhisattva, a poetic guide to enlightenment—one of the few Indian Buddhist texts to survive in its Sanskrit original—during his time at a monastery in Nalanda. Little else is known about him, at least when it comes to provable and specific biographical details.

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All those who suffer in the world do so because of their desire for their own happiness.

—Shantideva, c. 750

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