The Brilliantly Illuminating Lamp of the Five Stages

Practical Instructions in the King of Tantras, The Glorious Esoteric Community

Coming in August!

This important and influential text is Tsong Khapa’s most important commentary on the perfection stage practices of the unexcelled yoga tantras.

 

"Thurman’s excellent translation of Tsongkhapa’s brilliantly nuanced and sophisticated explication of the Guhyasamājatantra through contextualization and conversation with other philosophical and tantric sources makes a significant contribution to the growing field of Buddhist tantric studies…. This clear introduction and lucid translation will be of great value and interest to students and scholars committed to the study of Buddhist tantras."—Vesna Wallace, University of California, Santa Barbara

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 16:06 -- brianna

The Brilliantly Illuminating Lamp of the Five Stages (rim lnga rab tu gsal ba’i sgron me) is Tsong Khapa’s most important commentary on the perfection stage practices of the Esoteric Community (Guhyasamāja), the tantra he considered fundamental for the practice of the “father tantra” class of unexcelled yoga tantras. It draws heavily on Nāgārjuna’s Five Stages (Pañcakrama) and Āryadeva’s Lamp That Integrates the Practices (Caryā­melāpaka­pradīpa), as well as a vast range of perfection-stage works included in the Tibetan canonical (Kangyur and Tengyur) collections. It is an important work for both scholars and practitioners. A reader of this work will find in it convincing evidence for Tsong Khapa’s own yogic experience and attainment, in coordination with his better-known philosophical and scholarly achievements.

The present revised edition of the work is a cornerstone of the Complete Works of Jey Tsong Khapa and Sons collection, a subset of the Treasury of the Buddhist Sciences series. Comprised of the collected works of Tsong Khapa (1357–1419) and his spiritual sons, Gyaltsap Darma Rinchen (1364–1432) and Khedrup Gelek Pelsang (1385–1438), the numerous works in this set of Tibetan treatises and supercommentaries are based on the thousands of works in the Kangyur and Tengyur, the Tibetan Buddhist canon.