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From Here to Enlightenment: An Introduction to Tsong-kha-pa's Classic Text The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment Hardcover – January 8, 2013


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Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Buddhist spiritual teacher the Dalai Lama offers spiritual advice using as his guide what is considered one of the greatest, though controversial, works in the Buddhist tradition, Tsong-kha-pa’s Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment. This book is based on the course the Dalai Lama taught in 2008 at Lehigh University, in Pennsylvania. From Here to Enlightenment wraps itself around a single theme, dependent arising, a concept that insists that all things arise and exist only through deep connections and interdependence upon other things. Tsong-kha-pa’s work taught that emptiness is the ultimate reality. Here the Dalai Lama asserts not only that on both personal and public levels our choices do matter, and our actions do have moral consequences but also that Tsong-kha-pa’s teachings are an integral part of the Tibetan wisdom tradition. The Dalai Lama discusses global responsibility, religious harmony, the meaning of human life, and meditation and serenity, among other topics. Each chapter is followed by a series of questions and answers. Admirers of the Dalai Lama should enjoy this thoughtful volume. --June Sawyers

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From Here to Enlightenment presents the first-ever complete exposition by the Dalai Lama in the West of the great Tibetan classic Tsong-kha-pa's Great Treatise on the Path to Enlightenment. In producing this volume, Guy Newland has undertaken a fresh translation of the Dalai Lama’s teachings with care, diligence, and insight, resulting in a rare work in English on Tibetan Buddhism that is lucid, engaging, and a real joy to read. I recommend anyone interested in engaging with Tsong-kha-pa’s great classic to first read From Here to Enlightenment.”—Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D., principal English translator to the Dalai Lama and author of The Essential Mind Training

“Among the Dalai Lama’s many pedagogical skills, one of the most impressive is his ability to provide compelling commentary on the classical treatises of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism. Among Tibetan treatises, there is none more famous than Tsong-kha-pa’s Lam Rim Chen Mo. Here, in ways that are at once accessible, insightful, and illuminating, His Holiness sets forth a text that he has studied since he was a child in the Potala, a text that he knows like no other.”—Donald Lopez, Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, University of Michigan

“Tsongkhapa’s Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path is one of the great classics of world spirituality. An encyclopedic work, it guides the reader from the contemplations of the novice to the most sublime meditations of the expert. The greatest living heir to the intellectual and spiritual legacy of Tsongkhapa, no one is better equipped to introduce readers to the Great Treatise than His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Deeply profound, and yet interspersed with the Dalai Lama’s characteristic wit and humor, this book brings Tsongkhapa’s book to life. Six hundred years may have elapsed since the writing of the Great Treatise, but the Dalai Lama shows how very relevant Tsongkhapa’s thought is even in the 21st century.”—José Cabezón, XIV Dalai Lama Endowed Chair in Tibetan Buddhism and Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara

“In this concise commentary to Tsong-kha-pa’s masterwork, Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, His Holiness the Dalai Lama draws on his vast erudition, while at the same time speaking as a true spiritual friend, sharing his personal insights and many experiences from his own past. Reading this work is like sitting in the presence of His Holiness, warmed by his unique fusion of wisdom and compassion, as he reaches out to his readers as spiritual brothers and sisters. This is a book to treasure, to be read and pondered again and again as he guides us unerringly on the path to enlightenment.”—B. Alan Wallace, Ph.D., President, Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies

“In his Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, the Tibetan master Tsong-kha-pa organized the accumulated wisdom of Indian Buddhism into a lucid and detailed manual for practice. In From Here to Enlightenment, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has in turn—and with typical clarity, humanity, and humor—distilled the essence of the Great Treatise into a brief and accessible yet profound teaching which links Tsong-kha-pa’s text not just to its Indian forerunners and the issues of his own time but to the concerns of contemporary Buddhists as well.”—Roger R. Jackson, Professor of Asian Studies and Religion, Carleton College

“With his usual grace and wit, the Dalai Lama makes these classic Tibetan teachings relevant to the Western practitioner, emphasizing the essential points and elaborating on those that are less obvious.”—Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Snow Lion (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559393823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559393829
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,175,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born in 1935 to a peasant family in northeastern Tibet and was recognized at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama. The world's foremost Buddhist leader, he travels extensively, speaking eloquently in favor of ecumenical understanding, kindness and compassion, respect for the environment, and, above all, world peace.

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"From Here to Enlightenment" is clear and inspiring.
Greg
The footnotes are very good and the references to the excellent English translation of the Lamrim Chenmo should entice readers to explore its marvelous pages.
Marie L. Broch
For readers emboldened to read the three-volume work for themselves, the Dalai Lama counsels slow, deliberate reading studying perhaps one page per day.
Robin Friedman

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Marie L. Broch on May 11, 2013
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His Holiness the Dalai Lama's presentation of this gem of classical Tibetan Buddhist writing is a wonderful introduction to every aspect of Buddhist practice - and full of inspiration for sincere spiritual practitioners of any religion or school of thought. With language that is simple and direct, he sets out the most profound concepts and methods and puts them within our grasp.
The author has skilfully condensed the essence of the Lehigh lectures. The footnotes are very good and the references to the excellent English translation of the Lamrim Chenmo should entice readers to explore its marvelous pages.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Greg on February 16, 2013
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I am a Buddhist of poor ability. After being inspired by Guy Newland's "Introduction To Emptiness: As Taught In Tsong-Kha-Pa", I bought "The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path" but could not readily focus on the source text. Tsong-Kha-Pa's text is wonderful and the translation superb, but I could not bridge the vast divide between my world and the world of Tsong-Kha-Pa. I'm pleased to say Guy Newland has inspired me again, and I will venture into Tsong-Kha-Pa once more: this time with the Dalai Lama as my guide. "From Here to Enlightenment" is clear and inspiring. The Dalai Lama elucidates Tsong-Kha-Pa like no other human can.

There are too many books to count that carry the Dalai Lama's name these days; However, if you had to buy one, buy this one. If you want to by another book that clearly lays out emptiness, buy Newland's "Introduction To Emptiness". I don't think you will be disappointed by either selection - both are worthy of Tsong-Kha-Pa.
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The Dalai Lama has become a revered spiritual teacher to many people, Buddhist and non-Buddhist. Some of his many books are written on an almost secular, general level with little explicitly sectarian content, for example Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World. Other books deeply explore Buddhism, specifically Tibetan Buddhism. The book under review here, the Dalai Lama's "From Here to Enlightenment: An Introduction to Tsong-Kha-Pa's Classic Text 'The Great Treatise on the stages of the Path to Enlightenment" is in the latter category. The book is based on the Dali Lama's 2008 lectures at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania.

Some background is necessary to understand the scope of the Dalai Lama's teaching in this volume. Tsong-Kha-Pa was a Tibetan monk who wrote prolifically about Buddhism, with his "Great Treatise" appearing in 1402. It is a massive work of 1200 pages. A committee of scholars translated the work into English for the first time in three volumes published in 2000, 2002, and 2004. The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Volume 1); The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Volume 2); The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Volume 3). The Dalai Lama agreed to give a series of teachings on the book to celebrate the completion of the translation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ROBERT on November 17, 2013
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well written profound a text to be read and re-read a teaching that keeps on teaching as one's understanding evolves
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