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Illuminating the Path to Enlightenment

By: His Holiness the Dalai Lama,Geshe Thubten Jinpa - translator,Rebecca McClen Novick - editor
Narrated by: Brian Nishii
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About 1,000 years ago, the great Indian pandit and yogi, Dipamkara Shrijnana (Atisha), was invited to Tibet to reestablish the Buddhadharma which had been suppressed and corrupted for almost two centuries. One of Atisha's main accomplishments in Tibet was his writing of the seminal text A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, in which he extracted the essence of all 84,000 teachings of the Buddha and organized them into a clear, steplike arrangement that makes it easy for any individual practitioner to understand and practice the Dharma. This genre of teachings is known as lam-rim, or steps of the path, and forms an essential part of every school of Tibetan Buddhism.

In this book His Holiness the Dalai Lama gives a commentary to not only Atisha's revolutionary work but also to Lines of Experience, a short lam-rim text written by Lama Tsong Khapa who was perhaps the greatest of all Tibetan lam-rim authors. In bringing together the teachings of Atisha, Lama Tsong Khapa and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this book offers listeners one of the clearest and most authoritative expositions of the Tibetan Buddhist path ever published. It is highly recommended listening whether you are at beginning, the middle, and the end of the path. These teachings were given by His Holiness in Los Angeles in 2000 and were sponsored and published by Thubten Dhargye Ling in partnership with the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

The Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive (LYWA) is the collected works of Lama Thubten Yeshe and Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. The Archive was founded in 1996 by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the Archive’s spiritual director, to spread the Dharma for the happiness and benefit of all beings in as many ways as possible. Visit us online at www.LamaYeshe.com.

©2002 Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Om mane padme hum

Lest we forget. The Dalai Lama is a very insightful spiritual teacher. This book provides further proof of his eloquence. Highly recommended!

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An essential book for those interested in Lam-Rim

This is another great book taken from the talks of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The book is based on an essential ancient text and very clearly explains the fundamentals of Buddhism. What I enjoyed most is the practical nature of the book and it's immediate applicability in our daily life. A must read

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A true lesson.

I have both read and listened to several other books on this subject and this was the best so far. I learned something from each book and consider them all valuable but this came across as a true lesson.
The narrator I feel did an exceptional job of portraying this In a way so as I felt I was listening to the teachings of the Dalai Lama himself rather than just a translation. That combined with great content on how to comprehend and understand emptiness led me to give this a 5 star rating.
Anyone looking for answers with how to deal with stress, anxiety or depression will benefit greatly from the philosophy contained here.
EXCELLENT!

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Perfect

Perfect teachings, perfect intentions, perfect everything. 10/10 fantastic. A review of this work will always fail to get across the true meaning and value of such a teaching. If this is free, get it and listen. If not, it is worth whatever is the asking price. Get it and listen. 10000 blessings upon who ever reads this and may good fortune and compassion follow you all the days of your life

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It was alright.

I found the narration perfect. The text was as good as one can get when attempting to explain the universe using a single paradigm.

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EXCELLENT

This is a book with a lot of information, too much to absorb for a “one time listen “.
As with his other books, the Dalai Lama, is an excellent teacher.
Brian Nishii is the right choice. It is a joy to listen to his voice.
My thanks to all involved for making this book available to us, JK

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Great For Beginning Yoga Students

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Use it for a 200 hour curriculum or teacher manual.

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wonderfully written

loved it. Beautiful book and well written. the narrator did an excellent job. will read this again and again.

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Very. very good.

I the yogi, have practiced just that. You, who also seek liberation, please cultivate yourself in the same way.

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  • Ann Lowe
  • 06-01-22

Who chose this reader?

For such a wonderful important book surely someone who had feeling for the subject could have been chosen. The American accent is an irritation, but the narrator’s complete lack of appropriate intonation just makes the piece hard to listen to. This is not a novel. Someone with theatrical background should not have been chosen for this work.