Buddhist philosophy is taught and studied with reference to five major treatises, as well as Je Tsongkhapa’s Great Lamrim. Teaching and meditating the instructions the latter contains form its core practice that earned the monastery the name of Lamrim Dratsang. In Tibet every spring a special session was dedicated to the study and practice of the Lamrim, and once every three years the abbot taught the complete of the Great Lamrim (800 pages). Thanks to these efforts the Lamrim teaching was widespread in Dagpo. Numerous monks achieved high realizations through meditating on the Lamrim’s topics; as a result the Lamrim teaching lineage includes many spiritual teachers from Dagpo Shedrub Ling.
Stated very simply, the Lamrim is a step-by-step training in the three principal qualities of the spiritual path: renunciation from attachment and the wish for freedom, the altruistic aspiration to Buddhahood (bodhicitta) and insight into the emptiness of inherent existence through the understanding of everything’s interdependence (correct view).
In 2000 an English translation of the Great Lamrim of Je Tsongkhapa was printed by Snow Lion Publications. In the notes on the back of the book Professor Robert A.F. Thurman called this book “…one of the greatest religious or secular works in the library of our human heritage” and Professor D.S. Ruegg of the University of London commented, “The Great Treatise is one of the world’s great monuments of philosophy and spirituality as well as one of the most renowned works of Buddhist thought and practice to have been composed in Tibet”.