Lama Thubten Yeshe

Recorded at Vajra Yogini Institute
Lavaur, France
October, 1982



The Three Principal Paths (Lam-Tzo Mam-Sum) is a very concise presentation of the entire Lam Rim path composed by Je Tsongkapa Lobsang Drakpa (1357-1419). Je Tsongkhapa is often considered the greatest philosopher and most eloquent writer Tibet has ever produced. His poem in fourteen verses, the Three Principal Paths, was originally composed as a letter to a close disciple. This text is universally recognized as a concise yet eloquent presentation of Renunciation, Bodhicitta, and Correct View -- the three essential Buddhist knowledges that a practitioner must develop to follow the Mahayana path.


 Essence of Tibetan Buddhism - The Three Principal Paths
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The Three Principal Aspects of the Path by Lama Tsongkhapa

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Lama Thubten Yeshe was born in Tibet in 1935. At the age of six, he entered the great Sera Monastic University, Lhasa, where he studied until 1959, when the Chinese invasion of Tibet forced him into exile in India. Lama Yeshe continued to study and meditate in India until 1967, when, with his chief disciple, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, he went to Nepal. Two years later he established Kopan Monastery, near Kathmandu, in order to teach Buddhism to Westerners. In 1974, the Lamas began making annual teaching tours to the West, and as a result of these travels a worldwide network of Buddhist teaching and meditation centers — the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition — began to develop.

In 1984, after an intense decade of imparting a wide variety of incredible teachings and establishing one FPMT activity after another, at the age of forty-nine, Lama Yeshe passed away. He was reborn as Ösel Hita Torres in Spain in 1985, recognized as the incarnation of Lama Yeshe by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1986, and, as the monk Lama Tenzin Osel Rinpoche, began studying for his geshe degree in 1992 at the reconstituted Sera Monastery in South India. Lama’s remarkable story is told in Vicki Mackenzie’s book, Reincarnation: The Boy Lama (Wisdom Publications, 1996).