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The Great Treatise On The Stages Of The Path To Enlightenment Vol 3: Volume Three [Kindle Edition]

Tsong-Kha-Pa , Joshua W. C. Cutler , Lamrim Chenmo Translation Committee
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The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam rim chen mo) is one of the brightest jewels in the world's treasury of sacred literature. The author Tsong-kha-pa (1357–1419) completed this masterpiece in 1402 and it soon became one of the most renowned works of spiritual practice and philosophy in the world of Tibetan Buddhism. Tsong-kha-pa took great pains to base his incisive insights on the classical Indian Buddhist literature, illustrating his points with classical citations as well as with sayings of the masters of the earlier Kadampa tradition. In this way, the text demonstrates clearly how Tibetan Buddhism carefully preserved and developed the Indian Buddhist traditions. Volume One covers all practices that are prerequisite for developing the spirit of enlightenment (bodhicitta). Volume Two explains how to train in the six perfections in order to develop the heart of compassion indispensable for any student who wants to put the Dharma into practice. Volume Three contains a presentation of the two most important topics to be found in the Great Treatise: meditative serenity (shamatha) and supramundane insight into the nature of reality (vipasyana).

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From Library Journal

Volume 3 of this central work of Mahayana Buddhism by Tibetan Master Tsong-kha-pa covers, in great detail, the topics of meditative serenity and insight into the nature of reality. It is appearing in translation before Volume 2 because the translation committee believed that currently there is a strong interest in these topics. The release of Volume 2 next fall will conclude the translation (Volume 1 was reviewed in LJ 10/15/00) and mark the first complete appearance in English of this important text. The appearance of Volume 3 is indeed timely, but only the most serious students of Buddhism will have the patience for its complexities. Still, the style of logical argument will be familiar to readers of Western philosophy, and readers with some experience of meditation will welcome the great attention given to the explication of pitfalls, nuance, and misunderstanding that attend serious Buddhist practice. 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.
Mark Woodhouse, Elmira Coll., NY
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"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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  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Snow Lion (December 25, 2002)
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  • Language: English
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential source and superb companion March 28, 2003
Probably one of the greatest works for spiritual progress, the Lam Rim Chenmo has been translated into three volumes.
This, the third volume consists of a lucid and well presented translation of the concentration and wisdom chapters.
The concentration chapter is a masterwork on developing the higher levels of meditative concentration, and being explicitly ecumenical, is relavant to anyone involved in meditation or mind training.
The wisdom chapter alone should be read and re-read by anyone who wishes have an unmistaken view.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been quoted as saying that this particular chapter is one of two expositions of emptiness that reveal the view.
In short, I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
(Because this is volume three, please refer to my review on volume one, ISBN 1559391529, for a general introduction to this important series).

Volume three in this series - which are about the "three precious trainings", that comprise the entire Tibetan buddhist path - covers the meditation practice of the superior training of the mahayana path. Meditation training consists of meditative serenity (shamatha) and insight (vipashyana), which are the last two perfections of the six perfections (paramitas) of the mahayana path.

The explanation of meditative serenity in this book is superb, and contains very clear sentences, such as: "Mindfulness is an accurate awareness whether you are distracted [where distraction is the opposite of meditation]." "Vigilance is an accurate awareness whether you are becoming distracted." "Exertion refers to tightly focusing your mind on virtue with clear enthusiasm."

The topics of shamatha and vipashyana are explained from all angles: Why together they are both necessary and complete, what is their nature, what are the advantages of developing their qualities as well as the disadvantages of not developing them, what are the obstructions to both, as well as the antidotes to these obstructions, and so on.

In short, this volume provides an excellent explanation of the practice of meditation, not easily found elsewhere.

Having said that, the second part of this book, which covers the topic of insight (vipashyana), is much less attractive, in my opinion, because it is a very advanced and detailed exposition of Tsongh-kha-pa's view on mahamudra, and less suitable for a beginning Western student, such as myself.

Altogether I really appreciate this volume for its explanation in the first part, on meditative serenity (shamatha), and how it relates to insight (vipashyana).
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last! Opening The Door of Correct Understanding! November 7, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Purchase the three volume set and don't break them up. This three volume set translating The Lam Rim (Short-cut Path To Enlightenment) of Tsong-Kha-Pa, is a must-have in any student's library of seminal Tibetan works. I highly recommend that with this set, you purchase the three volume commentary by Venerable Geshe Lhundrub Sopa. This commentary is Geshe Sopa's life work, and is full of complete traditional expositions of Tsong-Kha-Pa's text. With both sets, and a blessing from your lama, you should have the full traditional transmission and exposition of Venerable Tsong-Kha-Pa's intent, a firm foundation for both practice and scholarship. Expensive, yes, but month by month you can get each one, and by the end of the year have a nice collection. In addition, I would like to highly recommend you purchase one small paperback: Herbert Guenther's translation of Gampo-pa's "Jewel Ornament of Liberation." This is also a lam-rim (short-cut path) style text of shorter length, and famous for its different style of organization and stories.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The great Great Treatise June 19, 2008
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Briefly, this is a great contribution to the corpus of literature from the Tibetan Buddhist tradition in English.

The Great Treatise on the Stages to the Path to Enlightenment is synonymous for many with the Gelugpa tradition as whole, and given the historical centrality of that tradition, one could well argue that it is essential for students of Tibetan Buddhism to be able to read this work in its entirety. Given the complexity and length of the work, the translators have done us all an invaluable service. I feel we who are confined to English as the language in which we study the Dharma should consider ourselves lucky to have access to this comprehensive overview of the Buddhist path, seen from the point of view of Je Tsongkapa, one the pivotal figures in the long story of Buddhism in Tibet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure November 15, 2013
All three volumes are totally amazing, like chests filled with gold and diamonds of wisdom. Full of practical advice for practicing the path! This final volume provides a unique and extremely valuable guide to generating calm abiding and special insight into the nature of emptiness. The treatment of emptiness here is like a wise parent's guidance, helping us from going astray into wrong views.
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