This epic poem on grasping firmly the intention to awaken has inspired many generations of Buddhists to live a more ethical and spiritual life and it captures beautifully the aesthetic of Buddhist ethics. Well worth reading again and again and again.

There are a few English translations of this classic of world literature. Steven Bachelor has a free translation available online, but I strongly recommend the Padmakara translation published by Shambhala in 2011 for its unparalleled accuracy and force.