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Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand

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The Lamrim (Stages of the Path) tradition started with the great Indian teacher Atisha and passed down to Pabongka through the Tibetan master, Je Tsongkhapa.

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The most complete teaching on the Lamrim, or graduated path to enlightenment. This great work is based on a famous 24-day meditation course given in Tibet in 1921 by the renowned Pabongka Rinpoche. It is, to this day, one of the main texts used by Gelugpa lamas as the basis of their teachings on the Lamrim.

Pabongka's teachings were meant as a practical commentary for practitioners based on Tsongkhapa's scholarly Lamrim Chenmo and the earlier Lamp for the Path by Atisha. It goes into great detail on such subjects as how to prepare for meditation, guru yoga and the development of bodhichitta. Pabongka Rinpoche intersperses lively anecdotes, examples, and quotations from the scriptures with stories from his own and other lama's practice, creating an easily accessible guide to meditating on each step of the path.

Among those present at the teachings in 1921 was Trijang Rinpoche, the late junior tutor to the Dalai Lama, who later edited them into the Tibetan publication of this spiritual classic.

"The richest and most enjoyable volume from the Lamrim tradition... published to date."       ~Golden Drum

"Read Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand for detailed information and background understanding on lam-rim meditations. Then, every day, use Essential Nectar by Geshe Rabten for daily guided meditation instructions on how to practice lam-rim meditations."      ~Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book


"Whether a particular teaching is Mahayana depends on whether it has bodhichitta in it. For the moment, put aside Dharma everyone calls profound and practice bodhichitta seriously. But many are the Sakya, Gelug, Kagyu, and Nyingma practitioners who do not understand this point yet still want buddhahood. They meditate on the two stages of the secret tantras, dispense with bodhichitta, and still hope to make rapid progress on the path."


Pabongkha Rinpoche was probably the most influential Gelug lama of this century, holding all the important lineages of sutra and tantra and passing them on to most of the important Gelug lamas of the next two generations; the list of his oral discourses is vast in depth and breadth.

He was also the root guru of the Kyabje Ling Rinpoche (1903-83), Senior Tutor of the Dalai Lama, Trijang Rinpoche, and many other highly respected teachers. His collected works occupy fifteen large volumes and cover every aspect of Buddhism. If you have ever received a teaching from a Gelug lama, you have been influenced by Pabongka Rinpoche.

Editor Trijang Rinpoche
Author Pabongka Rinpoche
Translator Richards, Michael
Book Type Hardcover
Page Count 980 pp.
Publisher Wisdom Publications 1993
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