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The Essence of Superfine Gold (A Guide on Stages of the Paths to Enlightenment)

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Item Code: IHL298
Author: The Third Dalai Lama&Dr. Chok Tenzin Monlam
Publisher: Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala
Edition: 2012
ISBN: 9789380359212
Pages: 140
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 8.5 Inch X 5.5 Inch
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The essence of superfine gold is the most famous literary composition of the third Dalai Lama (1543-1588). It is a condensed but comprehensive commentary on Je Tsongkhapa’s (1357-1419) a song of experience which is the seminal guide on the stages of the path to Enlightenment of the Beings of three capacities although brief this text summarizes the three principal paths of the teachings of the Shakyamuni Buddha.

Also included in this volume is Je Tsongkhapa’s a song of experience puls a brief biography of the third Dalai Lama and the relevant Tibetan texts for both teachings.

Before receiving his doctorate in Buddhist studies at the University of Delhi, India Dr. Chok Tenzin Monalm was awarded the Uma Rabjampa (a master in Buddhist Philosophy) from the institute of Buddhist Dialectics Dharamsala India. At present he is heading the research and Translation Department at the library of Tibetan works and archives Dharmasala.

About the Author

Chok Tenzin Monlam’s new translation of one of the best loved guides to the practice of the Graduated path is a significant contribution to Buddhist studies. Many important teachers continue to use this text by the Third Dalai Lama now we have a lucid English rendering by a Tibetan academic.

Translator’s Note

In January 2005 at the request of Geshe Pema Dorjee Director of Bodogn Research and publication center Dharamsala, I translated Je Tsonkhapa’s Lam rim nyams mgur (A song of experience) for him. In April that year while I was in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia as a translator for Lobsang Drakpa Buddhist Centre I was invited to Singapore to be translator at the teachings of the Venerable Lungrik Namgyal Rinpoche the hundred and first Gaden Throne Holder. While back in Dharamsala I made a rough translation into English of the Third Dalai Lama’s famous text lam rim gser zhun ma before going on to Singapore and acting as Rincpocshe’s oral translator for two months. Out of these translations the text grew further.

In December 2006 I joined the library of Tibetan works and archives as head of the research and translation department. In this new capacity it occurred to me that since. His holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama was to give teachings from the Third Dalai Lama’s seminal text after the Monlam Prayer festival in March 2007 it might be helpful for the English speaking section of his audience to be able to refer to a close translation.

Our director Geshe Lhakdor approved my translation and advised me to improve the work which led to me referring to five different versions of this Tibetan text available in out library. It is upon my critical edition which I then produced this English text that titled the essence of superfine gold. While his holiness the Third Dalai Lama composed the text in very accessible colloquial Tibetan it was a great challenge for me to translate it in so everyday a style.

I am very happy to include here a brief biography of the Third Dalai Lama. A song of experience by Je Tsongkhapa along with my critical edition of the Tibetan text.

I dedicate all the merit accumulated from this to the long life of his holiness the fourteenth Dalai Lama and to the people who are working today in every corner of the globe to bring peace harmony and wellbeing to our mother earth. I apologize to the readers for any mistakes found in my translation. And invite your valuable suggestions for further improving and refining the contents for any future edition.


Translator’s Note v
Acknowledgements vii
A Brief Biography of the Third Dalai Lama ix
A Song of Experience 1
Prologue to the Essence of Superfine Gold 8
The Authenticity and Excellence of the Lamrin 9
The Greatness of the Instructions of the Lamrin 11
How to Listen to and explain the teachings 14
How to Rely on the Spiritual teacher 17
Training the mind after Reliance
upon the spiritual Teacher
How to Extract the Essence of this life of Leisure
and Endowment
Training in the path shared with beings of lesser capacity 29
Training in the path shared with beings
of Medium capacity
Training in the path of a being of Greater capacity 40
Training in the practices of Engaging Bodhicitta 46
How to Specifically Train in the last two Perfections 51
How to specifically Train in the Vajrayana 54
Dedication 56
Notes 57
Relevant Tibetan Texts 59
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