“Since it fulfils all the wishes of beings without exception,
It is the king of kings among all quintessential instructions;
Since it gathers into it thousands of excellent rivers of treatises,
It’s as well the ocean of most glorious well-uttered insights.
It helps to recognize all teachings to be free of contradictions;
It helps the dawning of all scriptures as pith instructions;
It helps to find easily the enlightened intention of the conquerors;
It helps also to guard against the abyss of grave negative deeds.
Therefore this most excellent instruction that is sought after
By numerous fortunate ones like the learned ones of India and Tibet,
This [instruction of the] stages of the path of persons of three capacities,
What intelligent person is there whose mind is not captured by it?”
From The Concise Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment also known as Song of the Stages of the Path by Je Tsong Khapa.
As translated in: Songs of Experience on the Stages of the Path by Je Tsong Khapa. Translated by Thubten Jinpa, PhD. PDF available from the Institute of Tibetan Classics.
Photo: H.E. the 7th Yongzin Ling Rinpoche offers the Mandala to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the first day of the 2013 Jangchup Lamrim Teachings, Sera Monastery, Bylakuppe, India, 25 December 2013, © Rio Helmi/JLTOC