Lamrim and six preparatory practices

26 The Foundation of Buddhist Practice

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Part of a series of teachings given during a retreat based on the book The Foundation of Buddhist Practice given at Sravasti Abbey.

The Foundation of Buddhist Practice 26: Lamrim and six preparatory practices (download)

26 The Foundation of Buddhist Practice: Preparatory Practices 11-07-19

Contemplation points

  1. Why is a consistent and continuous meditation practice so important vs. doing longer sessions less frequently?
  2. Why is preparing for the actual meditation session an important step? What are the six preparatory practices?
  3. How does cleaning the room and arranging the alter prepare the mind for meditation? What are the ideal conditions for your meditation space?
  4. How does making offerings prepare the mind for meditation? Consider the parameters given for offerings: what are good and poor motivations when we make offerings? What kinds of offerings are the best to give?
  5. What is the most beneficial meditation posture (include all 8 points)? How does sitting in this position prepare the mind for meditation practice?
  6. What are the benefits of visualization in meditation?

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