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The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Volume 1) by Tsong-Kha-Pa

The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Volume 1)

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The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Volume 1) by Tsong-Kha-Pa
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Dec 09, 2014 | ISBN 9781559394420

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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
Foreword by Robert A. F. Thurman
Introduction by D. Seyfort Ruegg
1. Atisha
2. The Greatness of the Teaching
3. How to Listen to and Explain Things
4. Relying on the Teacher
5. The Meditation Session
6. Refuting Misconceptions About Meditation
7. A Human Life of Leisure and Opportunity
8. The Three Types of Persons
9. Mindfulness of Death
10. Reflecting on Your Future Life
11. Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels
12. The Precepts of Refuge
13. The General Characteristics of Karma
14. The Varieties of Karma
15. Cultivating Ethical Behavior
16. The Attitude of a Person of Small Capacity
17. The Eight Types of Suffering
18. The Six Types of Suffering
19. Further Meditations on Suffering
20. The Origin of Suffering
21. The Twelve Factors of Dependent-Arising
22. The Attitude of a Person of Medium Capacity
23. Ascertaining the Nature of the Path
24. The Nature of the Three Trainings
Appendix 1: Outline of the Text
Appendix 2: Glossary

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