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The Principal Teachings of Buddhism (Classics of Middle Asia) Paperback – Dec 1988

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  • Paperback: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Mahayana Sutra & Tantra Press (Subs. of Mahayana S; Subsequent edition (Dec. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0918753090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0918753090
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.1 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,379,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tsongkapa's masterpiece appears here with a commentary by the illustrious Pabongka Rinpoche (1878 - 1941), generally regarded as the foremost Tibetan teacher of Buddhism during the last century. The work has been translated by Geshe Lobsang Tharchin, one of the last Buddhist masters of old Tibet. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 17 July 2011
Format: Paperback
This volume contains a translation of an oral commentary by the Gelugpa Lama Pabongka Rinpoche (1878-1941) on the 'Three Principal Paths', a poem in fourteen verses composed by the great Je Tsongkapa (1357-1419), as a concise summary of the Buddhist teachings. Originally composed as a letter to a close disciple, this root text is recognized as an eloquent presentation of the three essential Buddhist knowledges (renunciation, bodhicitta, and the correct view (of emptiness)) that a practitioner must develop to follow the Mahayana path.

A valuable introduction to Tibetan Buddhism from the Gelugpa perspective.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Three Princpal Paths 1 July 2002
By "deccy" - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a highly accessible exposition of the three principal paths of Buddhism, being renunciation, the wish to achieve enlightenment for all sentient beings and the correct view (the wisdom realising emptiness).
Based on a poem written by one of the most precious masters of Tibetan Buddhism Lama Tsong-Kha-Pa, the commentary is relatively brief yet lacks nothing in detail.
The small size of the book makes it both a wonderful reference work and perfect travelling companion.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Tibetan Buddhism.
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