Asian studies in Lithuania
Original language: Tibetan
Translated from: Tibetan
Authors: Tsongkhapa, Je
Translated by: Kugevičius, Algirdas
ISBN: 978-609-444-117-2
Published in: Vilnius
Published on: 2013
Publisher: Sofoklis

Je Tsongkhapa (1357 – 1419) – famous buddhism teacher, in today’s Tibetan dominating virtous traditions founder (gelug), whose authority was acknowledged by another three Tibetan’s buddhism stream: Njingma, Sakja and Kagju. Tibetologists also call him buddhism reformer. During his lifetime he collected a lot of knowledge and experience, he even did miracles. Honorable Tsongkhapa had over forty teachers and left around two hundreds fifty students. The book „The …Stages of the Path to Enlightenment” is an opportunity to learn more about a thousands years old buddhism’s traditions, lifestyle and teachings. This book „The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment” or also how is called „average volume Lamrim” is read, studied and practiced by all Tibetan fallowers. It’s a set of instructions in which the most important buddha’s teachings are presented. In this work not only easily understandable examples or comparisons are given but meditation’s prayers as well.

In this book Je Tsongkhapa pays especially a lot of attention to ethics and morality. The basis of this book is created from three attitudes – concern of other life, samsara’s renouncing and aim of enlightenment (boddhicitta) training. Writer dedicates book’s beginning to this work source author’s praising. Because all this technique is based on honorable guardian of Maitreya „ The clear experience jewelry” teachings. Talking about the great teacher Dipamkaragian, known as the great Atiśa. For his greatness to describe there are dedicated three chapters. It’s like introduction to real path guide. Later on, reader is introduced with spiritual training stages, begins practice of the metods, detailed instruction is given in order to reach the path of enlightenment. Je Tsongkhapa’s book „The Stages of the Path to Enlightenment” is focused to human who seeks inner peace and harmony of the surrounding world. By precisely step by step fallowing  this guide Buddha’s state can be reached. It’s a perfect opportunity to expand knowledge about Buddhism concepts, their perception of world, religious practices and path of faith.

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU