Heritage of Lam Rim Centres

Lord Atisha

The Lam Rim Teachings or Stages of the Path is a living tradition of oral instruction given by Shakyamuni Buddha to his disciples in India. These vast and profound teachings of Mahayana Buddhism were taught and practised at Nalanda Monastery in India and became the Nalanda Monastery Teachers Tradition.

The Lam Rim Teachings were introduced into Tibet in the early part of the 11th century by the great Indian scholar Atisha (982 - 1054) at the invitation of the King of Western Tibet.

The entire Buddhist path is set within the framework of three levels of motivation on the part of the practitioner. Atisha’s text became the source of the Lam Rim tradition, or the Graduated Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, an approach to spiritual practice incorporated within all schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

Today the Lam Rim Teachings are most widely taught and practised in the Gelukpa school tradition which was established by the great teacher and scholar Je Tsong Khapa (1357 – 1419) and it is this lineage that the Lam Rim Buddhist Centre follows.