Brilliant 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
Compromised of the collected work of Tsong Khapa 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, all based on the thousands of works contained in the Kangyur and Tengyur Collections.
The "Brilliant Illumination of the Lamp of the Five Stages" (Rim Inga rab tu gsal ba'i sgron me) 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.
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. It is an important work for both scholars and practitioners.
An annotated translation is supplemented with extensive glossaries and other support material.
Robert A. F. Thurman is Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies, Columbia University.
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