The Swift Path

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The Swift Path is an outstanding experiential manual presenting the stages of the path to enlightenment (lamrim). It is a perfect introduction for those who would like to explore this rich and inspiring spiritual tradition, and a practical meditation guide for those already familiar with it. This is an elegant addition to the literature on the gradual stages of the path in English.”—Geshe Tenzin Namdak, resident teacher, Jamyang London Buddhist Centre

“In easy and engaging prose, the Paṇchen Lama's Swift Path comes powerfully alive for the contemporary practitioner. Rarely have I seen a Tibetan text rendered in such masterful, effortless English. With this publication, we now have all of the ‘eight great guides’ to the lamrim available in English, a landmark in the growing resources on Tibetan Buddhism.”—Thupten Jinpa, principal English translator to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

“It is wonderful that Wisdom is publishing the first complete English translation of Paṇchen Losang Yeshé’s Swift Path. Szegee Toh’s translation is excellent, as is her clear, practical introduction and extensive notes. I’m sure this volume will be of great benefit to many practitioners!”—Sangye Khadro, (Kathleen McDonald), author of How to Meditate

The Swift Path condenses Tsongkhapa’s famous Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path into a comfortable-sized manual. The English translation by Szegee Toh—a fruit of profound engagement with the subject—is always thoughtful, precise, and readable. The translation is preceded by an illuminating introduction prepared with utmost care. To anyone interested in Buddhism I highly recommend this book.”—Yael Bentor, professor emerita, Hebrew University

THE SWIFT PATH

A Meditation Manual on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment

Szegee Toh

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This collection of guided meditations from eighteenth-century Tibet harnesses elements of tantric visualization to induce realizations while contemplating the steps on the path to buddhahood.

The Swift Path by the Second Panchen Lama has long been heralded in the Geluk school of Tibetan Buddhism as one of the “eight great lamrims,” or works presenting the stages of the path to enlightenment, but it is the last to become widely available in English translation. Composed by a preceptor of two Dalai Lamas, this practical and systematic guide to meditating on the lamrim is based on the Easy Path, a more concise work by the First Panchen Lama. In the Swift Path, Paṇchen Losang Yeshé expands on the earlier Paṇchen Lama’s meditation guide with more detailed instructions on how to generate a clear and profound experience of the key recognitions that allow us to advance on our spiritual journey. These include the recognition of the opportunity afforded by our human existence, both its preciousness and its precariousness, and the way to adopt and live out the practices of a bodhisattva. The guided meditations here make use of a visualization of one’s teacher in the guise of Śākyamuni Buddha to unlock our own innate potential for buddhahood, complete enlightenment, to best benefit humanity and all living beings.

The Wisdom Culture Series, published under the guidance of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, features translations of key works by masters of the Geluk tradition. Other titles in the series are The Middle-Length Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment and The Power of Mantra.

book information
  • Hardcover
  • 376 pages, 6 x 9 inches
  • $44.95
  • ISBN 9781614298250
about the author
The Swift Path

Szegee Toh holds an honors degree in mathematics from the National University of Singapore. She graduated from the FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition) Masters Program in Buddhist philosophy in 2004. Since then she has served variously as interpreter and teaching assistant in the Masters Programs held in Istituto Lama Tsong Khapa, Italy, as well as Nalanda Monastery, France. Several of her text translations are used in the FPMT study programs.

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