This small, insignificant book is in reality the product of the collection of a lot of blabbering. But somehow, due to the karmic debt that a sizeable number of sentient beings have with me, they happen to have interpreted this blabbering as a teaching. Whatever the case, the gathering place for the discussions contained within these ensuing pages was mainly Silz, Germany, during August of 2001.
At the beginning of the Bodhicharyavatara, the great Shantideva aspired that through the writing of that text, benefit might be brought to beings like himself. Likewise, if there happen to be, and no doubt there are, many confused beings like myself, who by encountering this text receive benefit, then I will take this as a source of merit for myself. Eventually may this also be a cause of merit for others.
The physical existence of this text is mainly due to the relentless hard work of Chanel Grubner. Of course, readers must take notice that this is not meant to be a complete and finished work and thus, there may be many mistakes both in meaning and wording. While one should not hoist the banner of intellectual pride and jump to critical conclusions, with good motivation and intention to help the buddhadharma, any comments are very much welcome.
— From the Foreword by Dzongsar J. Khyentse Rinpoche