The Eighteen Jangchup Lamrim Commentaries

In 2002 H.E. Ling Rinpoche requested His Holiness the Dalai Lama to give teachings on the Eight Great Lamrim Treatises at the three great seats of learning in south India: Sera, Drepung, and Ganden Monasteries. In 2011, Gaden Shartse Monastery has also requested His Holiness to bestow Lamrim teachings. His Holiness very kindly accepted these requests and in November 2012 His Holiness began his teachings on these Eight Great Lamrims, as well as ten additional Jangchup Lamrim treatises.

The following in the list of the individual texts and their authors that His Holiness has so kindly agreed to teach:

1) Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment (byang chub lam gyi sgron me)
by Jowo Je Atisha (jo bo rje dpal ldan atisha)

2) The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (lam rim chen mo)
by Je Tsong Khapa (rje tsong kha pa)

3) The Medium Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (lam rim ‘bring po)
by Je Tsong Khapa (rje tsong kha pa)

4) The Concise Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (lam rim bsdus don)
also known as Song of the Stages of the Path (lam rim nyams mgur)
by Je Tsong Khapa (rje tsong kha pa)

5) The Essence of Refined Gold – Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (lam rim gser zhun ma)
by His Holiness the Third Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyatso (rgyal mchog sku phreng gsum pa bsod nams rgya mtsho)

6) The Easy Path – Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (lam rim bde lam)
by Panchen Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen (pan chen blo bzang chos rgyan)

7) The Sacred Words of Manjushri – Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (lam rim ‘jam dpal zhal lung)
by His Holiness the Fifth Dalai Lama, Lobsang Gyatso (rgyal mchog sku phreng lnga pa chen po ngag dbang blo bzang rgya mtsho)

8) The Swift Path – Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (lam rim myur lam)
by Panchen Lobsang Yeshe (pan chen blo bzang ye she)

9) Essence of Fine Speech – Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (lam rim legs gsung nying khu)
by Ngawang Drakpa of Dagpo (dwags po sgom chen ngag dbang grags pa)

The texts above are Atisha’s Lamp for the Path together with the Eight Great Commentaries on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Jangchup Lamrim)

10) The Three Principle Aspects of the Path (lam gtso rnam gsum)
by Je Tsong Khapa (rje tsong kha pa)

11) Foundation of All Good Qualities (yon tan gzhir gyur ma)
by Je Tsong Khapa (rje tsong kha pa)

12) Destiny Fulfilled: The Spiritual Biography of Lama Tsong Khapa (rtogs brjod mdun legs ma)
by Je Tsong Khapa (rje tsong kha pa)

13) The Essence of Nectar – Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (lam rim bdud rtsi snying po)
by Kongpo Lama Yeshe Tsondru (kong po bla ma ye shes brtson ‘grus)

14) The Southern Lineage – Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (lho rgyud lam rim)
by Je Gendun Jamyang (rje dge ‘dun ‘jam dbyangs)

15) Zhamar Pandita’s Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (zhwa dmar lam rim)
by The Fourth Amdo Zhamar, Gendun Tenzin Gyatso (a mdo bla ma dge ‘dun bstan ‘dzin rgya mtsho)

16) Zhamar Pandita’s Treatise on Special Insight (zhwa dmar lhag mthong)
by The Fourth Amdo Zhamar, Gendun Tenzin Gyatso (a mdo bla ma dge ‘dun bstan ‘dzin rgya mtsho)

17) Liberation in the Palm of One’s Hand (lam rim rnam grol lag bcangs)
Spoken by Pabongka Rinpoche (skyabs rje pha bong kha bde chen snying pos gsung)
Compiled by Trijang Rinpoche (skyabs rje yongs ‘dzin khri byang rin po ches phyogs bsgrigs mdzad

18) Textual Outline for the Medium Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (lam rim ‘bring po’i sa bcad)
by Trijang Rinpoche (skyabs rje yongs ‘dzin khri byang rin po che)

2014 Texts

During the 2012 and 2013 Jangchup Lamrim Teachings His Holiness taught 13 of the 18 texts. During the 2014 Jangchup Lamrim Teachings, His Holiness is expected to teach upon all or some of the five remaining Jangchup Lamrim texts:

  • The Three Principle Aspects of the Path by Je Tsong Khapa
  • Foundation of All Good Qualities by Je Tsong Khapa
  • Zhamar Pandita’s Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment by The Fourth Amdo Zhamar, Gendun Tenzin Gyatso
  • Zhamar Pandita’s Treatise on Special Insight by The Fourth Amdo Zhamar, Gendun Tenzin Gyatso
  • Liberation in the Palm of One’s Hand spoken by Pabongka Rinpoche and compiled by Trijang Rinpoche

His Holiness is expected to teach on these texts together subject by subject, as He did during the 2012 and 2013 Teachings. For example, His Holiness is expected to teach the sections on precious human rebirth from each of the Lamrim texts all together, followed by the sections on death and impermanence from all of the texts, and so forth.

The Commentaries in Various Languages

Download all eighteen of the Tibetan-language texts here.

See the Text Translations page for a bibliography and PDF downloads of available translations into English and other languages.