During His fourty-five years of ministry, Sakyamuni Buddha did not teach from any predetermined syllabus but according to the spiritual needs of His listeners. Hence, it is difficult for a student of Buddha Dharma to discern a clear path to follow from these countless profound teachings.
Then in the 11th century, the great Indian Buddhist scholar and saint, Jowo Atisha wrote his seminal work, The Lamp For the Path to Enlightenment, in Tibet to dispel the confusion regarding the Buddha's teaching and to restore pure Dharma at the request of the Tibetan Dharma King, Lhalama Yeshe Oe and his nephew, Jangchub Oe. In this teaching, Atisha set forth the entire Buddha's teachings into logical order with step-by-step arrangement that can be understood and practice by all irrespective of the level of development.
This teaching by Jowo Atisha became the basis of all other Lam Rim teachings that were adopted by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. This teaching was also the source of inspiration and reference for Je Tsongkhapa's famous The Great Stages of the Path (Lam Rim Chenmo). Here we hope to present the few key teachings of Lam Rim by Je Tsongkhapa.