The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment — by Tsongkhapa
This 3-volumes treatise (Tibetan: Lamrim Chenmo ) is one of the brightest jewels in the world's treasury of sacred literature.
The author - Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) - 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. Founder of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism he was one of Tibet's greatest philosophers and a prolific writer.
Tsongkhapa 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.
The various stages of the path are presented so clearly and systematically that they can be easily understood and are inspiring to put into practice. The teachings, given open-handedly in this key text, are essential for anyone hoping to enter into or attain success in the higher (Tantric) stages of the path.
The wisdom found in the nearly 1200 pages of this work is truly astonishing and liberating.
A must-read for anyone seeking to better understand the principles of Buddhism as well as an effective manual for spiritual self-improvement.