steps on the path to enlightenment, vol. 3

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“Geshe Sopa is one of the great living lamas we have today.”—Lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within

STEPS ON THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT, VOL. 3

A Commentary on Tsongkhapa's Lamrim Chenmo, Vol. 3: The Way of the Bodhisattva

Geshe Lhundub Sopa Beth Newman

Geshe Lhundub Sopa’s Steps on the Path to Enlightenment is a landmark commentary on what is perhaps the most elaborate and elegant Tibetan presentation of the Buddhist path, Tsongkhapa’s monumental Lamrim Chenmo. In this third volume of five, readers are acquainted with the bodhisattva’s path and the altruistic desire to make service to others the driving force of spiritual development.

It begins with an explanation of what distinguishes the Mahayana practitioner from other Buddhists and goes on to describe the nature of bodhichitta. Geshe Sopa then provides a detailed commentary on the two methods to develop this awakening attitude: the techniques of sevenfold cause-and-effect and exchanging self and other.

While bodhichitta’s significance in Mahayana Buddhism is universally known, Geshe Sopa illustrates how bodhichitta can motivate a devoted practitioner toward complete enlightenment and how this is accomplished through the performance of the bodhisattva perfections. Whether engaged in a scholarly study or personal practice of the Lamrim Chenmo, Geshe Sopa’s guiding voice leads readers to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the bodhisattva way.

book information
  • Hardcover
  • 624 pages, 6.00 x 9.00 inches
  • $29.95
  • ISBN 9780861714827
  • ebook
  • 624 pages
  • $19.99
  • ISBN 9781614290308
about the author
Steps on the Path to Enlightenment, Vol. 3

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. 2
Steps on the Path to Enlightenment, Vol. 1
Steps on the Path to Enlightenment, Vol. 4

Steps on the Path to Enlightenment, Vol. 3

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. 1

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