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The translated texts are philosophical texts that deal with specific aspects of Mahāyāna Buddhist philosophy, in particular, emptiness according to the Madhyamaka school. More specifically, they are related to instruction of the view (lta khrid) from the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa.

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༄༅། ལམ་གྱི་གཙོ་བོ་རྣམ་གསུམ། 
lam gyi gtso bo rnam gsum
Three Principal Aspects of the Path
Author: Tsongkhapa Lobzang Drakpa (tsong kha pa blo bzang grags pa) 1357-1419 (Treasury of Lives)

༄༅། །དགེ་ལེགས་དཔལ་བཟང་པོ་མཛད་པའི་དབུ་མ་ཐལ་འགྱུར་བའི་ལུགས་ཀྱི་ཟབ་ལམ་དབུ་མའི་ལྟ་ཁྲིད་ཅེས་བྱང་བཞུགས་པའི་བེའུ་བུམ་མོ།
dbu ma thal bgyur ba’i lugs kyi zab lam dbu ma’i lta khrid ces byab bzhugs pa’i be’u bum mo
The Profound Path of Dialectic-Madhyamaka School – A Pithy Manual called Guide to Madhyamaka View
Author: Khedrup Je Gelek Pelzang (mkhas grub rje dge legs dpal bzang) 1385-1438 (Treasury of Lives)

༄༅། །ཆོས་རྗེ་བ་སོ་བས་མཛད་པའི་དབུ་མའི་ལྟ་ཁྲིད་ཆེན་མོ་བཞུགས་སོ།
chos rje ba so bas mdzad pa’i dbu ma’i lta khrid chen mo bzhugs so
Great Instructions on the Middle Way View
Author: Baso Chokyi Gyaltsen (ba so chos kyi rgyal mtshan) 1402-1473 (Treasury of Lives)

༄༅། །ལྟ་ཁྲིད་མཐའ་བྲལ་སྒྲུབ་པའི་གདེར་མཛོད་ཅེས་པ་ཁྱབ་བདག་དམ་པ་འཇམ་དབྱངས་བཞད་པའི་རྡོ་རྗེའི་གསུང་རྒྱུན་འཁྲུལ་མེད་བཞུགས་སོ།།
lta khrid mtha’ bral sgrub pa’i gter mdzod ces pa khyab bdag dam pa ‘jam dbyangs bzhad pa’i rdo rje’i gsung rgyun ‘khrul med bzhugs so
The Unmistaken Vajra-speech Lineage of the Divine Sovereign Jamyang Shepa called The Treasury Establishing Freedom from the Two Extremes: An Explanation of the View
Author: Jamyang Shepa (‘jam dbyangs bzhad pa) 1648-1690 (Treasury of Lives)

༄༅། །ཟབ་མོ་དབུ་མའི་ལྟ་ཁྲིད་བཞུགས་སོ།
zab mo dbu ma lta khrid bsdus bzhugs so
Instructions on the View of the Profound Middle Way
Author: Shokpo Dönyö Khedrup (zhogs po don yod) 1671-1737

༄༅། །ལྟ་བའི་གནད་སྟོན་པའི་ཡིག་ཆུང་ཤིན་ཏུ་གསང་བ་དངོས་གྲུབ་ཀུན་འབྱུང་ཞེས་བྱ་བ་བཞུགས་སོ།།
lta ba’i gnad ston pa’i yig chung shin tu gsang ba dngos grub kun ‘byung zhes bya ba bzhugs so
Very Secret Brief Notes that Teach the Essential Points of the View that is the Source of all Attainments
Author: Yongdzin Yeshe Gyaltsen (yongs ‘dzin ye shes rgyal mtshan) 1713-1793 (

༄༅། །སྔགས་རམས་པ་ངག་དབང་ཚེ་རིང་གི་མཛད་པའི་ལྟ་བ་དཔྱད་པ་རྫོགས་ཚུལ་ཐད་ཀའི་གཞུང་རྣམས་ལས་བཏུས་ཏེ་བརྗོད་བྱང་བཀོད་པ་ལགས་སོ།།
sngags rams pa ngag dbang tshe ring gi mdzad pa’i lta ba dpyad pa rdzogs tshul thad ka’i gzhung rnams las btus te brjod byang bkod pa lags so
Two translations:
How to Perfect the Analysis of the View: A Presentation of Memory Aides Extracted from Relevant Texts
The Way to Complete the Analysis of the View, Compiled from Relevant Texts: Established as an Aid to Memory (Purification of Forgetfulness)

Author: Ngawang Tsering (‘khrul zhig ngag dbang tshe ring) 1717-1794

༄༅། །བྱང་ཆུབ་ལམ་གྱི་རིམ་པར་མྱོང་ཁྲིད་གནད་དུ་བཀར་ཏེ་སྐྱོང་ཚུལ་གྱི་མན་ངག་ཕལ་ཚིག་དམར་རྗེན་ལག་ལེན་མཛུབ་བཙུགས་ཀྱི་ཚུལ་དུ་བཀོད་པ་བཞུགས་སོ།
byang chub lam gyi rim par myong khrid gnad du bkar te skyong tshul gyi man ngag phal tshig dmar rjen lag len mdzub btsugs kyi tshul du bkod pa bzhugs so
Experiential Instructions on the Graduated Path to Enlightenment: Pith Advice on How You Hold onto the Key Points of Understanding – A Composition in Clear and Simple Language Pointing Directly to Practice
Author: Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo (pha bong kha bde chen snying po) 1879-1941 (Treasury of Lives)