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Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand: a concise discourse on the stages of the path to Enlightenment
A seminal text for the Gelug lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, the tradition of the Dalai Lama, this book presents the stages of the path to enlightenment (lamrim). It is based on a teaching given by Pabongka Rinpoche in 1921 that was written down by one of the current Dalai Lama's tutors, Trijang Rinpoche. Pabongka taught in an entertaining colloquial style, with many teaching stories to illustrate his points, and this translation is known for its readability. The text is frequently used as a textbook for classes at Buddhist centers, and is also often recommended by Tibetan lamas as a comprehensive introduction.
This new edition boasts a much-enhanced translation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Pabongka Rinpoche (1878-1941) was one of the great lamas of the twentieth century. He was the root lama of both tutors of the present Dalai Lama and the teacher of many of the other Tibetan lamas who have been bringing the Dharma to the West.
Trijang Rinpoche (1901-81) was the foremost student of Pabongka Rinpoche, the Junior Tutor of the present Dalai Lama, and the root lama of many of the great Gelug masters who have taught in the West over the past thirty years.
"A comprehensive, accessible, straightforward guide on how to meditate on each step of the path."
"I feel this guide has given me a friend whom I may consult and appreciate through the years."
—The Reader's Review
"The richest and most enjoyable volume from the Lamrim tradition… published to date."