Lama Tsongkapa (fourteenth century) is widely considered the greatest Buddhist master and author of ancient Middle Asia. Among his prolific writings is a fourteen verse poem, The Three Principal Paths, that conveys the essence of the steps on the path to enlightenment. This scripture, together with the nineteenth century commentary by Pabongka Rinpoche, provide an excellent introduction to Buddhist thought. Class time will include discourse on the key ideas of Buddhist worldview, question and answer time, and engaged critical discussion. Recommended text: The Principal Teachings of Buddhism, Tsongkapa, ISBN: 0-918753-09-0. Cost: around $10.00.
John Muecke (firstname.lastname@example.org) holds an MA in religious studies from Stanford University, BA from the University of Tennessee and is a graduate of the Geshe studies (Master of Buddhist Studies) program of the Asian Classics Institute.