Jewel Ornament of Liberation
Geshe Jinpa Sonam
Taught in Tibetan, translated into English by Dianne McKinnon
Geshe Jinpa Sonam teaches 'The Jewel Ornament of Liberation', by Gampopa. It is expertly translated into English by Dianne McKinnon.
Note that this series of teachings did not continue through the completion of the entire text.
This text has been described as a masterwork of Tibetan Buddhism. For more than eight centuries, it has provided the backbone of study of some Tibetan traditions, covering the initial entry into the path and continuing through finding a spiritual master, teachings on impermanence, karma, bodhicitta, Buddha nature, the six perfections, the ten bodhisattva bhumis, Buddhahood and the activities of Buddha.
According to Khenpo Konchog Gyaltsen: "Anyone who knows the Jewel Ornament well can say that they really understand Buddhism." The author, Gampopa Sonam Rinchen (11th centrury) established the Kagyu school - one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, as an institution. He is renowned to this day for the clarity of his perception and knowledge.