The Buddha first presented the teachings that can free us from samsara after attaining enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree at Bodh Gaya.

In the Deer Park at Sarnath, he taught the fundamental insights that have guided Buddhists everywhere for twenty-five centuries.

Later he presented the depth of his realization in the profound teachings of the Prajnaparamita, the foundation for the Mahayana tradition.

These works, many of which are still available, offer a precise road map that shows, step by step, how to travel the path to liberation and enlightenment.

The sastras (commentary tradition) of India, developed and refined over the course of a thousand years, added to this treasury of knowledge, as great masters explained how to apply the teachings and helped clarify their meaning for others.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
Mind over Matter

 

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