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The six preliminary practices, part 2

The text turns to meditation and how to structure the meditation session. Part of a series of teachings on the Gomchen Lamrim by Gomchen Ngawang Drakpa. Visit Gomchen Lamrim Study Guide for a full list of contemplation points for the series.

  • Review of the preliminary practices covered in the previous session
  • Continuation of the explanation of the seven-limb practice
    • Confession
    • Rejoicing
    • Requesting teachings
    • Supplication, asking the Buddhas to remain, manifest, and teach
    • Dedication
  • The mandala offering
  • Requesting inspiration to be free of obstacles and to attain realizations

Gomchen Lamrim 06: The six preliminary practices, part 2 (download)

Contemplation points

  1. Take the time to really look at each of the parts of the 7-limb prayer. How do each of these transform the mind in its own particular way?
  2. Explore your own personal mandala offering. What do you crave? What are you attached to? What do you aspire for? What do you find beautiful? In the mandala, we are requesting that obstacles be removed and that we realize the steps of the path. In return we offer everything. Imagine what that “everything” entails and mentally offer it to the Buddha. How does this make you feel?
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.