Saturday, October 11, 2008
Illuminating the Path to Enlightenment - Dalai Lama
The Dalai Lama gives a commentary to Atisha's seminal text, a Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, and Lama Tsong Khapa's Lines of Experience.
About one thousand years ago the great Indian pandit and yogi Atisha was invited to Tibet to re-establish the Buddha's teaching which had been suppressed and become corrupted. In his Lamp for the Path, Atisha extracted the essence of all the 84,000 teachings of the Buddha and organized them into a clear, step-by-step arrangement that makes it easy for the individual practitioner to understand and practice the Dharma. This genre of teachings is known as Lam Rim, or Stages of the Path, and it went on to be highly influential and an essential part of every school of Tibetan Buddhism, most notably in the Gelug. Lama Tsong Khapa wrote his Lam Rim Chenmo based on Atisha's text, and many other great Lamas followed with their own commentaries. Lines of Experience is a short text wriiten by Lama Tsong Khapa on the Lam Rim.
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