About this section:
The Buddha gave teachings in order to share with us the path to
enlightenment that he had actualized himself. These teachings are
practical, give us the tools to deal with difficulties, and show
us how to live a meaningful life.
The Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eight-fold
Path are one way of formulating these teachings. The Gradual Path
to Enlightenment is another. These two are compatible, and knowing
both enables us to look at the same thing from different perspectives.
In the early eleventh century, the Indian Buddhist master, Atisha
condensed essential points from the sutras and ordered them into
the text, Lamp of the Path. These were then expanded upon in the
fourteenth century by the Tibetan Buddhist master, Lama Tzong Khapa
into the text The Great Exposition on the Gradual Path to Enlightenment
(Lam Rim Chemmo). Venerable Chodron comments on this text and relates
these practical teachings to our daily lives.