Stages of the Buddha's Teachings

Three Key Texts

Stages of the Buddha’s Teaching presents three extraordinary explanations of the complete path to enlightenment.



816 pages, 6x9 inches


ISBN 9780861714490

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Runner-up for 2017 Shantarakshita Award for Excellence in Translation from the Tsadra Foundation

The “stages of the teachings” or tenrim genre of Tibetan spiritual writing expounds the Mahayana Buddhist teachings as a systematic progression, from the practices required at the start of the bodhisattva’s career to the final perfect awakening of buddhahood. The texts in the present volume each exerted seminal influence in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. The first text, The Blue Compendium, presents the instructions of the Kadam teacher Potowa (1027/31–1105) as recorded by his student Dölpa (1059–1131). This verse work is followed by Gampopa’s (1079–1153) revered Ornament of Precious Liberation, which remains the most authoritative text on the path to enlightenment within the Kagyü school with its extensive quotations from the Indian scriptures. The final selection is Clarifying the Sage’s Intent, a masterwork by the preeminent sage of the Sakya tradition, Sakya Paṇḍita (1182–1251).

This volume is part of the Library of Tibetan Classics series.