This book is based on the course the Dalai Lama taught in 2008 at Lehigh University, in Pennsylvania.
When the Dalai Lama was forced to go into exile in 1959, he could take only a few items with him. Among these cherished belongings was his copy of Tsongkhapa's classic text - The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment.
This text distills all of the essential points of Tibetan Buddhism, clearly unfolding the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment.
Tsongkhapa's Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path is one of the great classics of world spirituality. An encyclopedic work, it guides the reader from the contemplations of the novice to the most sublime meditations of the expert.
In 2008, celebrating the long-awaited completion of the English-language translation of The Great Treatise , the Dalai Lama gave a historic six-day teaching at Lehigh University to explain the meaning of this classic text and to underscore its importance. It is the longest teaching that he has ever given to Westerners on just one text, and Westerners have never before had the opportunity to receive such a complete teaching that encompasses the totality of the Buddhist path from the Dalai Lama.
Tsongkhapa's work taught that emptiness is the ultimate reality. Here the Dalai Lama asserts not only that on both personal and public levels our choices do matter, and our actions do have moral consequences but also that Tsongkhapa's teachings are an integral part of the Tibetan wisdom tradition.
The Dalai Lama discusses global responsibility, religious harmony, the meaning of human life, and meditation and serenity, among other topics. Each chapter is followed by a series of questions and answers.