Literary Genres › Lamrim
Texts on the subject of the graduated path (lam rim), which was introduced to Tibet by Atiśa in his most important work Lamp for the Path of Awakening (Bodhipathapradīpa) and subsequently adopted by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism, especially the Kadam and Gelug.
This short text, Atiśa Dīpaṃkara Śrījñāna's most famous and important work, served to establish lamrim, the 'graduated path', as a genre of Tibetan literature and to introduce the three types of being (skyes bu gsum) as a significant typology. It is included in the Middle Way section of the Tengyur (Toh 3947).
- A Precious Garland for the Supreme Path of the Three Types of Individual: The Root of Dakpo's Four Dharmas by Gampopa Sonam Rinchen
This brief text in twelve stanzas summarizes the paths of the three levels of spiritual capacity—lesser, intermediate and great—from the Lamrim teachings and conveys the so-called Four Dharmas: 1) turning the mind to the Dharma, 2) Dharma progressing along the path, 3) the path clarifying confusion, and 4) confusion dawning as wisdom.
- Sweet Nectar of the Supreme Vehicle: A Synopsis of the Stages of the Mahāyāna Path by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö
- The Essence of Nectar: Graduated Stages of the Path — Advice for Renunciant Meditators by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
These verses of advice for renunciant meditators (spong ba bsam gtan pa) cover the entire Buddhist path, from instructions on following a spiritual friend through to the most advanced generation and perfection phase practices.
One of the great Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa's most famous teachings, this short text highlights the importance of renunciation, the motivation of bodhicitta, and the wisdom that realises the nature of things.
- A Brief Commentary on the Twelve Stanzas (Including the Divisions of the Stages of the Path for Individuals of the Three Capacities) by Gompa Tsultrim Nyingpo
- A Few Words of Commentary to Clarify The Essence of Nectar: Graduated Stages of the Path—Advice for Renunciant Meditators by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo
Khyentse Wangpo composed this commentary to The Essence of Nectar: Graduated Stages of the Path (lam rim bdud rtsi'i snying po) at the request of Chöying Palden, who had also requested the original root verses. The text covers every stage of the paths according to the vehicles of the transcendent perfections (pāramitā) and secret mantra.
- The Swift Infusion of Blessings: A Prayer and Aspiration for the Stages of the Path Combined with Guru Yoga by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö
A simple practice of guru yoga, which features Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo and Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö indivisible from Guru Padmasambhava in the form of Orgyen Dorje Chang, the Vajradhara of Oḍḍiyāna, and which includes an aspiration for the stages of the path according to the Great Perfection, or Dzogchen.