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Enlightening the path in our hearts

A multi-part course based on Open Heart, Clear Mind given at Sravasti Abbey’s monthly Sharing the Dharma Day from April 2007 to December 2008. You can also study the book in depth through the Sravasti Abbey Friends Education (SAFE) online learning program.

Setting a proper motivation

  • What is meditation and its purpose?
  • What is a proper motivation for meditating?
  • Importance of learning about meditation from somebody who knows how to meditate

Meditation on Enlightening the Path in Our Hearts 01 (download)

Developing a meditation practice

  • Developing the three wisdoms of hearing, thinking and meditating
  • Establishing a daily meditation practice
  • Types of meditation

Meditation on Enlightening the Path in Our Hearts 02 (download)

Questions and answers

  • What is the meaning of taking refuge and the five precepts?
  • From a spiritual perspective, what are the karmic causes for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and how do we solve this issue?
  • I have just broken up with my partner. When meditating, I’m distracted by thoughts of my partner, sadness, etc. What should I do?
  • How do you deal with difficult colleagues and bosses at the workplace?
  • Could you explain why life sometimes does not turn out the way we want it to? Is it related to our karma?

Meditation on Enlightening the Path in Our Hearts 03 (download)

Venerable Thubten Chodron

Albert Gerome Ramos was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He has been incarcerated since 2005 and is currently enrolled in the North Carolina Field Minister Program. Upon graduation he plans to start programs that help incarcerated people with mental health issues, drug dependency, and those who struggle from childhood trauma. He is the author of the children's book Gavin Discovers the Secret to Happiness.