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King of Tantras

Lamp of the 5 Stages - coverBrilliant Illumination of the Lamp of the Five Stages
- Practical Instructions in the King of Tantras
- The Glorious Esoteric Community
— by Tsongkhapa, translated & introduced by Robert Thurman

The present work is the cornerstone of Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences series.

Compromised of the collected work of Tsongkhapa Losang Drakpa (1357-1419) and His Spiritual Sons - Gyaltsap Darma Rinchen (1364-1432) and Khendrup Gelek Pelsang (1385-1438) - this Collection is a voluminous set of independent Tibetan treatises and super commentaries.

It draws heavily on Nagarjuna's Five Stages  (Pancakrama) and Aryadeva's Lamp the integrates the Practices  (Caryamelapakapradipa), as well as a vast range of perfection stage works included in the Tibetan Kangyur and Tengyur collections.

GuhyasamajaThe Brilliant Illumination of the Lamp of the Five Stages  is Tsongkhapa's most important commentary on the perfection stage practices of the Esoteric Community (Guhyasamaja) - the Tantra he considered fundamental for the practice of the "Father Tantra" class of Unexcelled Yoga Tantras.

Robert A. F. Thurman is Jey Tsongkhapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Columbia University.

It is an important work for both scholars and practitioners. An annotated translation is supplemented with extensive glossaries and other support material.

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