Making life meaningful

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Part of a series of teachings on Essence of Refined Gold by the Third Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso. The text is a commentary on Songs of Experience by Lama Tsongkhapa. These teachings were given during the 2007 Chenrezig Winter Retreat at Sravasti Abbey.

Putting the teachings into practice

  • Taking the responsibility to practice the teachings we receive
  • The importance of developing conviction in the law of cause and effect
  • The difficulty of attaining a precious human life and making it meaningful
  • Seeing our life as more precious than a wish fulfilling gem
  • Guarding against the eight worldly concerns
  • How thinking about death and impermanence helps us to practice the path

Essence of Refined Gold 09 (download)

Questions and answers

  • The disadvantages of translating “dukkha” as suffering
  • The hindrance of bringing wrong views into Buddhist practice
  • Avoiding extremes in our understanding of the Dharma
  • Getting clear about our worldview in order to make good decisions
  • The importance of choosing a conducive environment and supportive companions in facilitating spiritual practice

Essence of Refined Gold 10 (download)

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