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Stages of the Path (lamrim) 1991-1994

Stages of the Path (lamrim) 1991-1994

Thangka image of Shantarakshita.
Photo by Himalayan Art Resources

In the early eleventh century the Indian Buddhist master Atisha condensed essential points from the sutras and ordered them into the text Lamp of the Path. These were then expanded upon in the fourteenth century by the Tibetan Buddhist master Lama Tsongkhapa into the text The Great Exposition on the Gradual Path to Enlightenment (Lamrim Chenmo). Venerable Thubten Chodron taught on this text over several years at Dharma Friendship Foundation, and related these practical teachings to our daily lives.

These teachings can be found in the Lamrim Teachings 1991-1994 (LR) sub-category and in the Gradual Path to Enlightenment (Lamrim) Teachings (1991-1994) series. The list below is a searchable and easy-to-navigate index of the teachings in the series.

The transcripts of these teachings have been lightly edited, organized, and formatted into ebook formats, and can be found on the books for free distribution page.

Lamrim outlines

Introduction to the lamrim

The six preparatory practices

Relying on a spiritual mentor

Precious human life

The path in common with the initial level practitioner

Impermanence and death

Taking refuge

Developing conviction in karma and its effects

The path in common with the intermediate level practitioner

Contemplating the four noble truths

The path of the advanced level practitioner

The seed of enlightenment (bodhicitta)

The bodhisattva ethical restraints

The six far-reaching practices

The eightfold noble path

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Venerable Chodron emphasizes the practical application of Buddha’s teachings in our daily lives and is especially skilled at explaining them in ways easily understood and practiced by Westerners. She is well known for her warm, humorous, and lucid teachings. She was ordained as a Buddhist nun in 1977 by Kyabje Ling Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India, and in 1986 she received bhikshuni (full) ordination in Taiwan. Read her full bio.

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