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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Snow Lion (November 14, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559391529
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559391528
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.5 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #323,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lamrim Chenmo), 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

"Ultimately, 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

"One of the greatest religious or secular works in the library of our human heritage."—Robert A. F. Thurman

"A must-read for anyone seeking to better understand the principles of Buddhism as well as an effective manual for spiritual self-improvement."—Bookwatch Review

"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 1200 pages of this work is truly astonishing and liberating. As Robert Thurman mentions in his Foreword, Je Tsongkhapa'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: The Buddhist Review

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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 on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lamrim Chenmo), 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."--Prof. Robert A.F. Thurman

"The Great Treatise is one of the world's great monuments of philosophy and spirituality as well as one of the most renowned works of Buddhist thought and practice to have been composed in Tibet."--Professor D.S. Ruegg

Tsong-kha-pa (1357-1419), founder of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, was one of Tibet's greatest philosophers and a prolific writer. This translation is the first into a Western language of The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path, his most famous work and a classic of Tibetan Buddhism.

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This book is great for the practice of a Vajrayana Buddhist who is seeking the path to enlightenment.
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Je Tsong Kha Pa's Stages of the Path of Enlightenment, is arguably the single most important work ever produced about Tibetan Buddhism.
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It took 6 months of daily effort just to read through them once because the reading is heavy and thought-provoking.
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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Peacock Eye on March 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Many people are looking for the entire picture of Tibetan buddhism, and this English edition of the "Lam Rim Chen Mo" is one of the most suitable works to get this entire picture. All the stages of the path of liberation are covered in their natural, logical sequence.

It is wonderful that such a thing exists: that it is possible to have a general and complete understanding of the path.

Reading and hearing, studying the teachings allows us to then contemplate their true meaning, that is, come to a personal understanding and conviction that the topic at hand is indeed true, relevant and workable. That is what contemplation is all about: coming to such a workable conviction.

Contemplative understanding is then the basis for meditation, or applying the workable conviction in daily life, until it becomes second nature, thereby transforming our life.

In this way we progress, step by step, from understanding to natural conviction to application to effortless realization.

It is therefore very, very beneficial to acquire a taste for this type of literature - which is itself often a gradual process. It may seem very dry in the beginning, but once you acquire a taste for a certain aspect of the teachings, you will want to read the entire chapter, and then marvel at the profound logic. Once you have a few of such experiences you will understand that other chapters just "might" contain equally valuable treasures, and slowly acquire a taste for them as well, by reading the text and pondering its profound meaning. Drawing our attention to the parts that we tend to ignore then proves to be the quickest way to true understanding!
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The Lam Rim Chen Mo is unquestionably one of the most cherished books in the Tibetan tradition. In it is lucidly and extensively detailed the precise stages of training the mind in the path to enlightenment. It is adorned with quotations from the Sutras, Indian Commentaries and Early Kadampa masters such as Lama Atisha. This particular translation is very clear and well done, with well written annotations and a glossary of terms.
I would recommend this book to any serious student of Buddhism. I found the lam rim in general difficult to understand at first so if you are a newer student I would recommend a shorter lamrim like The Path to Freedom by His Holiness.
Also :) I just wanted to answer some of the criticisms of the previous review:
Lama Tsong Khapa is not telling people that they should hire a prostitute, he is merely saying that it is not a path of non-virtue to do so. This is not Lama Tsong Khapa's assertion but one that comes from the Sutras themselves.
Also about the assertion in the last review that we should not tolerate other religious traditions, I don't know where in the Lam Rim the previous review got this idea from. In the section on taking refuge it mentions that we should refuse to acknowledge other refuges, but this is not saying we should not tolerate them. What Lama Tsong Khapa appears to be saying is that for our own individal practice of refuge we should understand the Triple Gem as the unique and worthy object of our refuge. Lama Tsong Khapa himself studied under teachers from many traditions including Nying-ma, Sakya and Kargyu so it would be difficult to accuse him of being biased to one tradition.
I do not mean to criticize the previous reviewer, just correct some misinterpretations that might discourage people from buying this wonderful book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. J. Griffin on February 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The work that this is a translation of has been the foundation and guide for my life for more than twenty years.
I consider the source work itself to be a useful component to any person studying or practicing ANY spiritual path.
Tsonkhapa was a great academic, and his writing is particularly rigourous. He lays his thoughts out with clarity and deliberation, and this work is no exception.
As a guide for life, it is my opinion that it is better if one can find someone to guide one through the book, -there are many references to stories and events that are not all explained by footnotes, however, this edition is definately a superb reader and essential companion.
The translation committee have had to work very hard in order to achieve an exemplar, and definitive English translation, and in my humble opinion, have done very well indeed.
There is the occasional Americanism, (so it is translated into American English, rather than International English), and sometimes the choice of term is not so intuitive for the well-read student of Buddhism (e.g. 'trailblazer' for 'Mahayana')
Regardless, other than posting the translation into a CVS repository for the global Buddhist community, I cannot imagine a better approach to this essential work.
We wait with respect for the second and third volumes.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Steve Kanney on February 11, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Tsong Kha Pa tends to be very analytical in his discussions. This book is no exception. It is the first of a series of 3 to translate his Lam Rim text, bringing the reader through teachings for the small and middle capacity to Bodhichitta. The second text, when published will describe the Bodhisattva path, followed by the third which will focus on concentration and wisdom.
For those who wish to thoroughly investigate or understand the entire Buddhist path, this compendium is absolutely wonderful. It is a great complement to Yin Shun's "The Way to Buddhahood."
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