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The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Volume 3) by Tsong-Kha-Pa

The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Volume 3)

  • Paperback $27.95

    Dec 09, 2014 | 448 Pages

  • Hardcover $39.95

    Nov 19, 2004 | 448 Pages

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“Of the many works of the Tibetan master Tsong-kha-pa, none compare in terms of popularity and breadth of influence with his Great Treatise, which has been treasured by practitioners and scholars alike for centuries. What distinguishes it as one of the principal texts of Mahayana Buddhism is its scope and clarity. It expounds the entire path from the way one should rely on a spiritual teacher, which is the very root, right up to the attainment of Buddhahood, which is the final fruit. The various stages of the path are presented so clearly and systematically that they can be easily understood and are inspiring to put into practice.”—H.H. the Dalai Lama

“One of the greatest religious or secular works in the library of our human heritage.”
—Robert A. F. Thurman, Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Columbia University

“The present translation in three volumes is a remarkable accomplishment and a great gift to all students and practitioners of Vajrayana. The teachings, given open-handedly in this key text, are essential for anyone hoping to enter into or attain success in the higher (Tantric) stages of the path. The wisdom found in the nearly 1,200 pages of this work is truly astonishing and liberating. As Robert Thurman mentions in his foreword, Je Tsong-kha-pa’s treatise can cause a ‘paradigm shift’ in the reader from a self-centered individual concerned with his own happiness to a bodhisattva for whom the happiness of others has become an ultimate concern. May it be so!”—Georg Feuerstein, author of The Encyclopedia of Yoga and Tantra

“As timely and radiant as ever. An indispensable work for Buddhists of all stripes.”—Tricycle

“This is a classic of religious thought and is essential for libraries with a demonstrated interest in Buddhism or comparative religion. It should also be considered for all larger research collections and public libraries.”Library Journal

Table Of Contents

Editor’s Preface
1. Serenity and Insight
2. Preparing for Meditative Serenity
3. Focusing Your Mind
4. Dealing with Laxity and Excitement
5. Attaining Serenity
6. Serenity as a Part of the Path
7. Why Insight Is Needed
8. Relying on Definitive Sources
9. The Stages of Entry into Reality
10. Misidentifying the Object to Be Negated
11. Dependent-Arising and Emptiness
12. Rational Analysis
13. Valid Establishment
14. Conventional Existence
15. Production Is Not Refined
16. Not Negating Enough
17. The Actual Object to Be Negated
18. Misinterpretations of the Svātantrika / Prāsangika Distinction
19. Refuting misinterpretations of the Svātantrika / Prāsangika Distinction
20. Our Interpretation of the Svātantrika / Prāsangika Distinction
21. Our Critique of Svātantrika Does Not Hurt Our Own Arguments
22. Analyzing Chariot
23. The Person Lacks Intrinsic Nature
24. Objects Lack Intrinsic Nature
25. Insight Requires Analysis
26. Uniting Insight and Serenity
27. Summary and Conclusion
Appendix 1: Outline of the Text
Appendix 2: Glossary
Appendix 3: Emendations to the Tibetan Text

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