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Great Treasury of Merit: How to Rely Upon a Spiritual Guide Paperback – Jan 1 1992


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Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso is a fully accomplished meditation master and internationally renowned teacher of Buddhism. He is the author of 21 highly acclaimed books on Buddhism and the founder of over 1200 Kadampa Meditation Centers and groups throughout the world.

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Offering to the Spiritual Guide, or Lama Chopa in Tibetan, is a special Guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa that is related to Highest Yoga Tantra. Read the first page
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
an astounding presentation of the entire spiritual path Jan. 31 2006
By Wisdom Moon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a commentary to the meditation practice called "offering to the Spiritual Guide", which is one of the most important practices for any follower of Je Tsongkhapa.

It's actually an astounding presentation of the whole path to enlightenment of sutra and tantra. Every realization necessary to attain enlightenment is explained here, as a large part of Offering to the Spiritual Guide is a verse by verse meditation on the whole path!

If you want a good overview of the whole path to enlightenment, as well as a detailed practice manual for Offering to the Spiritual Guide, look no further. This book has it all. Even though the subject matter is quite profound, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso writes beautifully and with extraordinary clarity, but I would not recommend this book for beginners. They are likely to find Transform Your Life by the same author more helpful.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
With gratitude and all respect: Oct. 6 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
One of the essential components of Buddhist practice, that actually `makes it work' is given in this book. This practice of `Reliance upon the Spiritual Guide' is an aspect of Buddhist practice that is often overlooked by Westerners seeking to improve their spiritual lives with the teachings of Buddha. Most Buddhist practices are available for people to study and learn about. But the emphasis on the power of one's faith and receiving blessings is usually lacking. The teachings in this book explain what brings alive that true inner transformation that essentially we are all looking for...
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Clear Explanation of the Practice of Lama Chopa Jan. 17 2003
By "jodhisattva" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book elucidates the 84,000 teachings of the Buddha clearly and precisely with a commentary on Lama Chopa, the guru yoga of Je Tsongkhapa. Kelsang Gyatso unveils the deeper meanings of the rich imagery of this practise. Great Treasury of Merit is a must-have for those who wish to deepen their understanding of the stages of the path to enlightenment, in particular, relying on a Spiritual Guide.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Incredibly deep... Dec 26 2008
By J. W. M. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Of all of Geshe Kelsang Gyatso's books, this one remains my favorite. This, my friends, is the life blood of Buddhist practice - how to rely upon the Spiritual Guide (Guru). This is a verse-by-verse commentary of the Lama Chopa prayer composed by the first Panchen Lama centuries ago, so at times it is very technical (i.e. what to visualize at certain points during the actual practice). But reading this book you truly begin to understand the nature of the Spiritual Guide, particularly from a Tantric Buddhist perspective. When I used to perform Lama Chopa pujas and prayers, I would get confused as to the meaning of certain passages; with this book, you can open it up right to the verse in question and read an in-depth explanation.
Not a book for beginners to Buddhism (try Eight Steps to Happiness or Joyful Path of Good Fortune by same author first), but great for individuals who are interested in improving their relationship with their guru, or in practicing Highest Yoga Tantra.

Thank you, Geshe Kelsang, for this amazing book!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An amazing heartfelt commentary to a beautiful practice June 19 2006
By Leonard Foley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The book Great Treasury of Merit is aptly titled. It is a very clear, concise commentary to a very deep spiritual practice that is easy to understand thus making it accessible to both Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. Each page is filled with inspirational teachings on love, compassion, and wisdom that make Buddha's teachings heartfelt and applicable to Western lifestyle. I enjoyed reading this book and refer to it again and again as I continue my spiritual path and I recommend it to anybody serious about taking on a meditation practice.


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