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How to set up the meditation session by doing the refuge visualization, contemplating the four immeasurables, and offering the seven-limb prayer.
Further instruction on how to make offerings, and a commentary on the third preparatory practice: sitting posture, taking refuge, and generating bodhicitta.
Instructions on the first two preparatory practices for a meditation session: (1) cleaning the room and setting up a shrine, and (2) making offerings.
An overview of topics such as the mind, rebirth, cyclic existence, and enlightenment, as an introduction for those not familiar with the Buddhist worldview.
Cultivating the qualities, attitudes, and motivations that make the student’s mind receptive and the teacher’s mind prepared for sharing the Dharma.
An overview of the lamrim including qualities of the compilers and teachings.
A detailed outline of the lamrim advanced level teachings.
A detailed outline of the practices of an intermediate level practitioner: the four noble truths and the 12 links of dependent arising.
A detailed outline of the practices of an initial level practitioner: remembering death, the lower realms, taking refuge, and karma.
A detailed outline of the foundation practices of the lamrim: relying on a spiritual mentor and precious human life.