Elucidating the Sage's Intent

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Sakya Pandita Kunga Gyaltsen

Elucidating the Sage's Intent (Tib. ཐུབ་པའི་དགོངས་པ་རབ་ཏུ་གསལ་བ་, tubpé gongpa rabtu salwa, Wyl. thub pa'i dgongs pa rab tu gsal ba) is Sakya Pandita's famous overview of the Mahayana path structured around a famous passage from Maitreya's Ornament of Mahayana Sutras (19:61-61). Within the Sakya tradition this text functions as a basic introduction to Mahayana.

The only known commentary is by Lowo Khenchen.


  • Geshe Wangyal and Brian Cutillo (trans.) Illuminations: A Guide to Essential Buddhist Practices, Novato: Lotsawa, 1988 (abridged)
  • Stages of the Buddha's Teachings: Three Key Texts (Library of Tibetan Classics), translated by David P. Jackson, Wisdom Publications, 2015, ISBN 978-0861714490

Further Reading

  • Khenchen Appey Rinpoche, Teachings on Sakya Pandita's Clarifying the Sage's Intent, Kathmandu: Vajra Publications, 2008
  • Jackson, David. 'A Recent Translation of Sa-skya Pandita's Thub pa'i dgongs gsal.' Studien zur Indologie und Iranistik 16/17 (1992) pp. 93-100
  • Jackson, David. 'Commentaries on the Writings of Sa-skya Pandita', The Tibet Journal, vol. 8, no. 3 (autumn 1983), pp. 3-23.
  • Jackson, David. 'The bsTan rim ("Stages of the Doctrine") and Similar Graded Expositions of the Bodhisattva's Path' in Cabezón and Jackson, ed., Tibetan Literature: Studies in Genre, Snow Lion, 1996

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