The Jewel Ornament of Liberation
— The Wish-Fulfilling Gem of the Noble Teachings
by Gampopa , translated by Konchog Gyaltsen
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 impermanance, karma, bodhicitta, Buddha nature, six perfections, ten bodhisattva bhumis, Buddhahood and the activities of a Buddha.
“Anyone who knows the Jewel Ornament well can say that they really understand Buddhism.” – Khenpo 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.