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In the Lam Rim, or Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, Buddha’s teachings are presented step-by-step to allow for gradual experiential awareness and understanding of our inner and outer world. Through this process, we can transform the challenges and confusion encountered in ordinary everyday life to the extraordinary compassion and wisdom of enlightenment.
Je Tsongkhapa (1357-1419) was a great fourteenth-century scholar and teacher who founded the Gelug tradition. His many treatises finalized the work begun by Atisha which brought together the vast body of Indian scriptures and schools of practice into a unified exposition of the sutrayana and tantrayana paths. He wrote several lam rims. The most well-known is The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path of Enlightenment (Lam rim chen mo). There is also a medium-length lamrim text by Tsongkhapa (200 pages) and a short one, called Lam-rim Dü-dön (Tib.), which is recited daily by many Gelugpas and is about ten pages long.