Three levels of Dharma practitioners

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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.

Motivation

  • Continuation of the commentary on the three levels of Dharma practitioners
  • Why those of higher capacity also do the practices in common with the initial level and intermediate level practitioners

Essence of Refined Gold 12 (download)

Questions and answers

  • Was Atisha the first to conceptualize the three levels of practitioner?
  • Can you explain the idea of “practice in common with”?
  • Does the intermediate level practitioner practice insight meditation?
  • Is it important to contemplate the hell realms?
  • How can we be more aware of the suffering of others?

Essence of Refined Gold 12: Q&A (download)

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