the essence of the vast and profound

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“With this lucid, readable translation, David Gonsalez makes a valuable addition to the library of Buddhist translations. Steeped in the rich heritage of stages of the path (lamrim) teachings and their oral commentary, it is both insightful and inspiring as a guide for putting the Buddha’s teachings into practice. The annotations are very helpful for both clarifying meaning and locating primary sources. It is a must for anyone who wants to deepen his or her knowledge of the Dharma.”—Joshua W. C. Cutler, editor of The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment


A Commentary on Je Tsongkhapa's Middle-Length Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment

Pabongkha Rinpoche David Gonsalez

The Essence of the Vast and Profound will soon find its place as one of the greatest lamrim commentaries ever given. 

Drawn from teachings by Pabongkha Rinpoche, which were given over the course of thirty-six days in 1934 in Tibet’s capital city of Lhasa, The Essence of the Vast and Profound masterfully weaves together Tsongkhapa’s Middle-Length Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, the Second Panchen Lama’s Swift Path, and the Third Dalai Lama’s Essence of Refined Gold. Rinpoche offers wise and compassionate guidance on such crucial subjects as how to rely on a spiritual teacher, how to develop certainty on the path, what it means to take refuge, how to understand karma, and the importance of compassion—explaining the entire spectrum of the Buddhist path, and also inspiring the reader to follow it.

The Dechen Ling Practice Series from Wisdom Publications is committed to furthering the vision of David Gonsalez (Venerable Losang Tsering) and the Dechen Ling Press of bringing the sacred literature of Tibet to the West by making available many never-before-translated texts.

book information
  • ebook
  • $47.95
  • ISBN 9781614295594
  • Hardcover
  • 6 x 9 inches
  • $69.95
  • ISBN 9781614295419
about the author
The Essence of the Vast and Profound

Pabongkha Rinpoche (1878–1941) was one of the great lamas of the twentieth century. He was the root lama of both tutors of the present Dalai Lama and the teacher of many of the other Tibetan lamas who have been bringing the Dharma to the West.

Other books by Pabongkha Rinpoche:
The Extremely Secret Dakini of Naropa
Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand

The Essence of the Vast and Profound

David Gonsalez was the translator of numerous sadhanas and texts and served for many years as the personal translator and attendant for Gen Lobsang Chophel. He was the president of Dechen Ling, a nonprofit organization that works with the Tibetan community in exile to establish their monasteries and traditions.

Other books by David Gonsalez:
The Roar of Thunder
The Chakrasamvara Root Tantra
The Extremely Secret Dakini of Naropa
Manjushri’s Innermost Secret

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