Gelug - Texts

Texts

Six commentaries by Tsongkhapa are the prime source for the studies of the Gelug tradition, as follows:

  • The Great Exposition of the Stages of the Path (Lam-rim chen-mo)
  • The Great Exposition of Tantras (sNgag-rim chenmo)
  • The Essence of Eloquence on the Interpretive and Definitive Teachings (Drnng-nges legs-bshad snying-po)
  • The Praise of Relativity (rTen-'brel bstodpa)
  • The Clear Exposition of the Five Stages of Guhyasamāja (gSang-'dus rim-lnga gsal-sgron) and
  • The Golden Rosary (gSer-phreng)

Each Gelug monastery uses its own set of commentarial texts by different authors, known as monastic manuals (Tib. yigcha). The teachings of Tsongkhapa are seen as a protection against developing misconceptions in understanding and practice of mahāyāna and vajrayāna Buddhism. It is said that his true followers take The Great Exposition of the Stages of the Path as their heart teaching.

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