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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Snow Lion; 2nd Edition edition (June 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559393505
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559393508
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #960,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This quintessential teaching of three principals straight from the bodhisattva Manjushr? via Jey Tsong Khapa is beautifully translated and insightfully elucidated in this little jewel of a book. I hugely enjoyed it and recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone who wants to understand the practice the Buddha Dharma. (Robert Thurman, Author of Why the Dalai Lama Matters )

Lama Tsongkhapa's Three Principal Aspects of the Path is an extraordinary condensation of the Buddhist process of awakening. To benefit most from its cryptic content, however, it helps to have an explanation from someone who has a real depth of wisdom and experience. This oral commentary by Geshe Sonam Rinchen is perhaps the most complete, comprehensive and clear explanation I have read. He has brought to bear a huge depth of experience and an extensive knowledge of Buddhist teachings to create a rich and inspiring illumination of the root text. Skilfully translated by Ruth Sonam, this is an invaluable resource for anyone wishing to deepen their understanding of the essential foundations of Tibetan Buddhist psychology and practice. (Rob Preece, author of The Courage to Feel and The Wisdom of Imperfection )

A perfect introduction to Mahayana Buddhist practice! Geshe Sonam Rinchen gives us a concise and authoritative guide to the heart of the bodhisattva path. Replete with vivid teaching stories from traditional Tibet and the tough-love proverbs of the Kadampa masters, the volume also includes a clear edition and translation of Tsong-kha-pa's 14-verse root text. (Guy Newland, author of Introduction to Emptiness )

Sonam has captured the storytelling tone that makes good teachers so popular ('don't listen like a pot which has been turned upside down'). Geshe Rinchen's years of experience teaching Westerners makes the text very accessible without compromising its integrity. His depth of wisdom makes this a valuable book for the seasoned Buddhist as well. (Anna Jedrziewski, New Age Retailer )

Language Notes

Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Tibetan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nate DeMontigny on October 3, 2010
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This book is based on an oral teaching Geshe Rinchen gave on "The Three Principal Aspects Of The Path", originally, by Je Tsongkhapa. "The Three Principal Aspects Of The Path" has had many commentaries written about it, and I have not read many of them so I can't give a great comparison as to which one is the best, but I can say that Geshe Rinchen's commentary is extensive and concise.

Je Tsongkhapa, to some, could be considered the second Buddha as his work was extensive, not only in writing. From rebuilding monasteries to building new one's his dedication to reconstructing the Dharma at a time when things were "weakening" was immense. He is known as the founder of the Gelug branch of Tibetan Buddhism, although he mainly trained in the early Kadam lineage. His works are some of the most important commentaries on Dharma practice in the Tibetan Buddhist realm. Believed to be an emanation of Manjushri, his wisdom is monumental.

This volume is very understandable and is a great discourse for beginner and advanced practitioners alike. For me, alot of books like this are very "scholarly" and full of jargon that not only makes it hard to understand, but make the books boring. Honestly, if I'm bored with a book I cannot begin to comprehend what is going on and learn nothing from it.

That was not the case here at all, Geshe Rinchen has done a fantastic job and has given us a true gem of a book to learn from. I am grateful to have been able to read and study this sensational discourse on one of the most important teachings in Tibetan Buddhism. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paulette Buongirno on March 9, 2012
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My daughter needed this book for a course and as usual her college bookstore did not carry it and the nearest bookstore was a 30 minute ride from her campus. The seller got her the book in plenty of time for her class. She not only enjoyed the class but this book was interesting in it own right.
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This book is the source for so many others which is why I purchased it. I have really enjoyed reading this source text with all of it's wisdom.
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