Gomchen Lamrim review: The actual meditation session

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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.

  • Frequency and length of meditation sessions
  • Between sessions practice the four conditions that promote serenity and insight
  • Why it’s important to meditate using both analytical and stabilizing meditation
  • Misconceptions about the two meditation methods
  • How to meditate on taking advantage of a precious human rebirth
    • The eight freedoms
    • The ten fortunes
  • How all the Buddha’s teachings are included in the graduated path of the three kinds of practitioners

Gomchen Lamrim 20 Review: The actual meditation session and precious human life (download)

20 Gomchen Lamrim Review Part 3 with Venerable Samten 12-18-15

Contemplation points

  1. Take time to think through an extensive dedication like the ones Venerable Samten described. How does this benefit your mind? What is the long-term benefit of dedicating in this way?
  2. Consider Tenzin Palmo’s advice to have a daily practice, even if its only 10 minutes a day. Why is daily habituation such an important part of the spiritual path?
  3. Consider the four factors that facilitate serenity and insight. What changes can you make to cultivate these factors in your life?
  4. Why are both analytic and stabilization meditation critical on the path?
  5. Carefully go though each of the 18 factors for a precious human life. What would your life be like if you didn’t have even just one of these?
  6. What are the motivations of the three levels of practitioners? What does it mean to practice “in common with” other levels?

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