The Essence of Tsongkhapa's Teachings - Praise

The Dalai Lama on the Three Principal Aspects of the Path

Learn from the Dalai Lama how to put into practice your understanding of renunciation, the awakening mind, and emptiness.



112 pages, 5 x 8 inches


ISBN 9781614295693

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ISBN 9781614295945

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“When I first studied Jé Tsongkhapa’s root text on the Three Principal Aspects of the Path several decades ago, I recognized I had encountered the essence of all the Mahāyāna teachings of the Buddha, and the indispensable foundation of the Vajrayāna. I knew that I could entrust myself to these three principles in all my lifetimes until enlightenment, and my faith in them has only deepened during the ensuing years. In this precious volume, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has brought his vast erudition and profound insights to elucidating this text for the modern world, for which I offer my humble gratitude and joyful appreciation.” —B. Alan Wallace, president, Santa Barbara Institute for Consciousness Studies


“I teach my students about bodhisattva practice in terms of the three main aspects of the path: determination to be free, bodhichitta, and correct view. I am thrilled to see that we now have Tsongkhapa’s pithy and profound verses on this topic along with the Dalai Lama’s lucid commentary. This is a short, readable book—and a great introduction to Mahāyāna practice. It includes Tsongkhapa’s original text in Tibetan, so it could also be used quite effectively as a text for teaching the translation of classical Tibetan.” —Guy Newland, chair, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Central Michigan University


“A comprehensive and insightful commentary on the Three Principal Aspects of the Path—a seminal work by Jé Tsongkhapa. A must-have for any serious practitioner of the path to full enlightenment. I applaud both the very capable translators and Wisdom Publications for making this available. This is indeed a treasure.” —Joshua Cutler, executive director, Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center; editor in chief, the Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim Chen Mo)