This booklet is on the life and teachings of the eleventh century Indian Buddhist master Atisha.
The master Atisha, who came to Tibet in 1042 CE and remained there until his death, provided Buddhism in Central Asia with a new thrust of spiritual vigour, inspiring millions of Buddhists over the generations that followed.
Atisha was important to Tibetan Buddhism in many ways, one of the most fundamental being his presentation of all aspects of Buddha's teachings - Hinayana, general Mahayana and Vajrayana - as complimentary, non-contradictory factors in training. He taught not only the various forms of Buddhism existent in North India at the time; in addition he widely disseminated several Indonesian lineages, which he had gained through twelve years of study in Indonesia at the feet of Suvarnadivipi Dharmakirti. In fact, he often referred to this master as his most kind teacher. These Indonesian lineages were particularly cherished by the Tibetans and still exist today.
This volume contains four translations. The first of these is the brief account of Atisha's life as given by Lama Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) in his Lam-rim-chenmo. The final three are from the Tenjur collection known as A Hundred Minor Texts (Tib. Jo-woi Chos-chung-brgya-rtsa).