The most extensive teaching given by the Dalai Lama in the West on a seminal Tibetan Buddhist text. When the Dalai Lama was forced to go into exile in 1959, his copy of Tsong-kha-pa's classic text The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment was one of the few items that he could take with him. This text distills all of the essential points of Tibetan Buddhism, clearly unfolding the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment. In 2008, celebrating the long-awaited completion of the English-language translation of this text, the Dalai Lama gave a historic six-day teaching at Lehigh University to explain its meaning. From Here to Enlightenment makes this momentous event available for a wider general readership.
HIS HOLINESS THE DALAI LAMA is considered the foremost Buddhist leader of our time. The exiled spiritual head of the Tibetan people, a Nobel Peace Laureate, and a Congressional Gold Medal recipient, he is a remarkable teacher and scholar who has authored numerous books. He is a tireless worker for peace who travels extensively throughout the world. GUY NEWLAND is Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religion at Central Michigan University, where he has taught since 1988. Newland has authored, edited, and translated several books on Tibetan Buddhism, including the three-volume translation of The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment.