The First Panchen Lama's Easy Path (de lam), written nearly four hundred years ago, is like a chest of jewels that has, until now, been locked to English speakers. This translation, with Gyumed Khensur Lobsang Jampa's commentary, unlocks that chest and holds each jewel up to the sunlight to reveal its great beauty and value.
A number of books in the past have explained how to meditate on the stages of the path, but Geshe Lobsang Jampa's volume is unique in showing the reader how to integrate visualizations from highest yoga tantra, guru yoga, and the instructions of the oral tradition within the contemplations of every single stage. From the initial meditations on the precariousness and immense value of human existence, through the contemplations of how we perpetuate the cycle of suffering, to the highest teachings on the practice of universal compassion and the empty nature of phenomena, The Easy Path leads practitioners step by step through the journey to enlightenment.
As one of the last generation of Tibetan Buddhist scholars to begin their educational careers in Tibet prior to the Chinese invasion, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa has played an instrumental role in the reestablishment and preservation of Tibetan Buddhist traditions in exile, and in the spread of Tibetan Buddhism to the Western world. Highly regarded for his scholarship and depth of religious practice, Rinpoche teaches frequently in New York, Washington D.C., and at Do Ngak Kunphen Ling (DNKL), a Tibetan Buddhist center in Connecticut, where he hosted a visit from the Dalai Lama in 2012. He is abbot emeritus of Gyumed Tantric College, head of Mey College's Thewo regional house at Sera Monastery-one of the largest Tibetan monasteries in exile-and Spiritual Director of DNKL where he resides.
"In these richly detailed, inspiring, and completely practical instructions, Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa and Lorne Ladner have teamed up to give us the First Panchen Lama's personal instructions on how to practice merging the "stages of the path" (lamrim) teachings with guru yoga. At once comprehensive and 'easy' to follow, The Easy Path is a marvel of erudition and accessibility."
– Jan Willis, author of Enlightened Beings and Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist and Buddhist
"How wonderful that the First Panchen Lama's timeless classic, An Easy Path, which for centuries has been regarded as one of the ten greatest Tibetan books on contemplative meditation, has finally come out in an easy-to-read English translation. All the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas of the three times and ten directions no doubt are rejoicing with great delight."
– Glenn Mullin, author of The Fourteen Dalai Lamas and The Practice of Kalachakra