Here, for spiritually inclined beings who wish to take advantage of the opportunities afforded by
human life, is a treatise on the Lamrim Tradition of meditation, a tradition known as Stages on
the Spiritual Path Leading to Enlightenment.
What is the Lamrim Tradition? It is the essence of all teachings of Buddha, the one path
traveled by the high beings of the past, present and future, the legacy of the masters Nagarjuna
and Asanga, the religion of supreme people traveling to the earth of omniscience, the unabridged
synthesis of all practices included within the three levels of spiritual application. This is the
Lamrim is an especially profound aspect of Dharma, for it is a tradition of practice sound
in origin. It has neither fault nor shortcoming, for it is a complete practice perfectly uniting both
method and wisdom aspects of the path. It provides all levels and grades of the techniques passed
through Nagarjuna and Asanga, from the practices meant for beginners up to and including the
final practice before full Buddhahood, the stage of non-practice.
From The Essence of Refined Gold by Third Dalai Lama; Mullin trans.