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Jewel Ornament of Liberation

The Jewel Ornament of Liberation - The Wish-Fulfilling Gem of the Noble Teachings
— by Gampopa

A masterwork of Tibetan Buddhism – providing the complete foundation for study and practice – from beginning to Buddhahood.

For more than eight centuries, this text has provided the backbone of study particularly in the Kagyu tradition – covering the initial entry into the path and continuing through finding a spiritual master, teachings on impermanence, karma, bodhicitta, Buddha nature, six perfections, ten bodhisattva bhumis, Buddhahood and the activities of Buddha.

Translation by Konchog Gyaltsen

Jewel Ornament of Liberation - cover

The Jewel Ornament of Liberation
- The Wish-Fulfilling Gem of the Noble Teachings
— by Gampopa
- translated by Konchog Gyaltsen

"This text is an excellent work that reflects the blending of two systems of teaching – the Kadampa tradition and the mahamudra tradition.

Gampopa received complete transmissions of Atisha's Lam Rim tradition and Naropa's mahamudra tradition.

This text is therefore a Lam Rim text and reflects the Madhyamika philosophical view, but it also implicitly reflects the teachings of highest yoga tantra and mahamudra."
— Dalai Lama

"Anyone who knows the Jewel Ornament well can say that they really understand Buddhism."
— Khenpo Konchog Gyaltsen

Contains a wealth of useful material for anyone committed to the study and practice of the path and stages, or the Great Vehicle. The introduction is a fine overview of the text, given in a form accessible to the Western non-scholar practitioner. In fact, the introduction constitutes the contents of a single course on the Great Vehicle. Provides a fine biography of Gampopa.

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