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“An indispensable companion to Tsongkhapa’s elegant and elaborate Great Exposition on the Stages of the Path.”—Buddhadharma

STEPS ON THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT, VOL. 1

A Commentary on Tsongkhapa's Lamrim Chenmo, Vol. 1: The Foundation Practices

Geshe Lhundub Sopa David Patt Beth Newman

Steps on the Path to Englightenment: The Foundation Practices marks the first volume of a much-anticipated, comprehensive commentary on the Lamrim Chenmo by the renowned Buddhist scholar, Geshe Sopa.

This landmark commentary on what is perhaps the most elegant Tibetan presentation of the Buddhist path offers a detailed overview of Buddhist philosophy, especially invaluable to those wanting to enact the wisdom of the Buddha in their lives.

In the Lamrim Chenmo, Tsongkhapa explains the path in terms of the three levels of practitioners: those of small capacity who seek happiness in future lives, those of medium capacity who seek liberation from the cycle of suffering, and those of great capacity who seek full enlightenment in order to benefit all beings. This volume covers the topics common to the first level: Tsongkhapa’s explanations of the role of the teacher, his exhortation to take the essence of human existence, the contemplation of death and future lives, and going for the refuge.

Given his vast knowledge and his experience in both Tibetan and Western contexts, Geshe Sopa is the ideal commentator of this work for the modern student of Tibetan Buddhism.


Read Tsongkhapa’s biography at the Treasury of Lives.

book information
  • Hardcover
  • 608 pages, 6.50 x 9.25 inches
  • $29.95
  • ISBN 9780861713035
  • ebook
  • 608 pages
  • $19.99
  • ISBN 9780861717736
about the author
Steps on the Path to Enlightenment, Vol. 1

Born in the Tsang region of Tibet in 1923, Geshe Lhundub Sopa was both a spiritual master and a respected academic. He rose from a humble background to complete his geshe studies at Sera Je Monastic University in Lhasa with highest honors and was privileged to serve as a debate opponent for the Dalai Lama’s own geshe examination in 1959. He moved to New Jersey in the United States in 1963 and in 1967 began teaching in the Buddhist Studies Program at University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he  professor emeritus. In 1975, he founded the Deer Park Buddhist Center in Oregon, Wisconsin, site of the Dalai Lama’s first Kalachakra initiation granted in the West. He is the author of several books in English, including the five-volume comprehensive teaching, Steps on the Path to Enlightenment.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama has composed a prayer of request for the swift return of Geshe Sopa. Scroll down to read the prayer.

Other books by Geshe Lhundub Sopa:
The Crystal Mirror of Philosophical Systems
Steps on the Path to Enlightenment, Vol. 5
Peacock in the Poison Grove
Like a Waking Dream
Steps on the Path to Enlightenment, Vol. 3
Steps on the Path to Enlightenment, Vol. 2
Steps on the Path to Enlightenment, Vol. 4

Steps on the Path to Enlightenment, Vol. 1

David Patt received his PhD in Buddhist Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the author of A Strange Liberation: Tibetan Lives in Chinese Hands. He recently served as executive director of the Dzogchen Foundation.

Other books by David Patt:
Steps on the Path to Enlightenment, Vol. 2

Steps on the Path to Enlightenment, Vol. 1

Beth Newman received her PhD in South Asian Languages and Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She teaches at Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida, and is the translator of The Tale of the Incomparable Prince.

Other books by Beth Newman:
The Tibetan Book of Everyday Wisdom
Steps on the Path to Enlightenment, Vol. 3

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