The text turns to how to progressively train the mind beginning with the exhortation to take full advantage of a rebirth that makes practicing the Dharma possible. 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.
- A human life is not a precious human life unless it has all 18 factors
- The eight freedoms from circumstances that would make practicing the Dharma impossible
- The four human states that prevent practicing the Dharma
- The four non-human states that make practicing the Dharma impossible
- The 10 fortunate circumstances needed to practice the Dharma
- The five personal fortunes
- The five fortunes from the side of society
- How to meditate on the freedoms and fortunes
- Meditating on the circumstances of a precious human rebirth makes you feel joyful and motivated to take advantage of this valuable opportunity
Gomchen Lamrim 08: The freedoms and fortunes of a precious human rebirth (download)
- Look at each of the 8 Freedoms and 10 Fortunes. Consider: Do you have each of these? What might it be like to not have these freedoms and fortunes (consider them, one at a time)? What would your life be like if even ONE of these were missing? What would it mean for your spiritual practice?
- What can you do to create the causes for any of these you might be missing?
- How can you ensure that you create the causes to have these freedoms and fortunes in the future (this life and in the next)?