"...an excellent and original synopsis of Gelukpa doctrine for serious students of Tibetan Buddhism."—Middle Way
"...a remarkable work, providing a compendium of Buddhist doctrine and practice that is both dense and rich, serving both as a summation of knowledge and as an invitation to further study. Nowhere in his many subsequent works does one find a more clear and concise exposition of the essentials of Buddhist thought."
"All of His Holiness' many publications are in some sense commentaries on this first book."—Donald S. Lopez, Jr., from his Introduction
"It must be noted that this is not, as in the case of many works attributed to the Dalai Lama, merely an edited transcript of a public lecture, but a complete, singularly authored work introducing the Buddhist doctrines that have been practiced for thousands of years in Tibet... this new translation revitalizes the original teaching while more fully placing it in an historical perspective. A remarkable work worthy of a new look."—NAPRA ReVIEW
"A very highly recommended work of Buddhist scholarship, wisdom, and compassion."—REVIEWER'S BOOKWATCH