April 19, 2011
Featuring Lama Tsongkhapa’s “Foundation of All Good Qualities” & “Lam Rim Chenmo”
Commentaries by Geshe Tenzin Zopa
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. The great Nalanda Pandit, Lama Atisha understood this well and with a mighty heart of mercy & compassion, set out to marshal the Buddha’s 84,000 teachings found in hundreds of sutras and thousands of verses into a logical, sequential set of teachings to guide the spiritual seeker on the path, to emerge from ordinariness, to liberation and onto full Buddhahood. This manner of presenting the Buddhadharma come to be called Lam Rim, the Graduated Path to Enlightenment.
With a bodhichitta motivation and courage no less than that of Lama Atisha, our Resident Geshe, the Virtuous Friend Geshe Tenzin Zopa embarked on teaching Lama Tsongkhapa’s two well-known Lam Rim texts – the concise “Foundation of All Good Qualities” and the epic treatise “Lam Rim Chenmo – the Great Treatise on the Stage of the Path”. This book chronicles the commentaries given by Geshela who energized probed, prodded and provoked us in thought so as to initiate within each listener and each reader, a process of awakening – reflection – transformation – realization. Geshela says “Samsara is all upside-down” and the Lam Rim aims to set us the right-way up. Only then is lasting happiness and perfect wisdom within our reach.
This book is dedicated to our Gurus HH Dalai Lama, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Khenrinpoche Lundrup Rigsel and Geshe Tenzin Zopa who are our lamps for the path to enlightenment, without whom we would be living meaningless lives that merely exhaust whatever positive karma we have. To these Upholders of the Teachings, we bow down.