The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment
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, 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.
TBLC Co-Director and Great Treatise translator Joshua Cutler has written an article describing the journey of this project, which was originally published in Mandala Magazine in 2004. If you wish, you can find the article here.
Originally published in the Snow Lion Newsletter and Catalogue, a historical account of the Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center's project to translate the Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment has been provided for you here.
For a free, downloadable online Vietnamese translation of the Great Treatise by the Prajna Upadesa Foundation, click here
The Jewelled Staircase
The author of this book, Geshe Wangyal, passed away on January 30, 1983 at the age of eighty-one. Geshe-la had profound insight into Buddha's teaching, and through his great compassion was the unexcelled teacher to many people, myself included. He manifested this knowledge in his everyday life and that life itself serves as a great inspiration to those who aspire to practice Buddha's teaching.
The book is presently out of print, but several new and used copies can be found at Shambhala publications or on Amazon.com. TBLC Co-Director Joshua Cutler has written an introduction to the Jewelled Staircase, which can be downloaded here.