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The pandit Atisha

Bodhipathapradīpa (T. byang chub lam sgron བྱང་ཆུབ་ལམ་སྒྲོན་), or Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, is an influential treatise composed by Atisha shortly after he arrived in Tibet in 1042 CE. According to tradition, Atisha composed this text in order to clarify aspects of the Buddhist path that were the cause of some confusion at that time in Tibet. In particular, the text sought to clarify aspects of Vajrayana practice, and to show that that Vajrayana or tantric practices must be understood within the framework of the Mahayana tradition.[1]

The Bodhipathapradīpa emphasized a gradual path of training in the Mahayana and Vajrayana practices, and the text became the textual basis for the lamrim genre of teachings within Tibetan Buddhism.[1]

This text is also an early source for lojong teachings.[1]


  • Khenpo David Karma Choephel (2017), The Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment,
  • Geshe Sonam Rinchen (1997), Atisha's Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, Snow Lion
  • Ronald M. Davidson (1995), Atiśa's Lamp for the Path to Awakening, in Buddhism in Practice, edited by Donald S. Lopez Jr., Princeton University Press


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