The purpose of reflecting on a precious human life and learning to recognize the eight freedoms it provides.
Recognizing the kindness of our teacher and learning to repay that kindness through our actions.
Review of the advantages of relying and disadvantages of not relying on a teacher as well as instruction on how to rely on the teacher with our thoughts.
The first two disadvantages of not properly relying on or abandoning the spiritual teacher.
The eight advantages of relying on a spiritual teacher.
How to go about our lives in a Dharma way.
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.