A treatise on the Lamrim Tradition of meditation, a tradition known as “Stages on the Spiritual Path Leading to Enlightenment.”
Series: Essence of Refined Gold (Teachings 2007-08)
Part of a series of teachings on Essence of Refined Gold by the Third Dalai Lama, Gyalwa Sonam Gyatso. The text is a commentary on Songs of Experience by Lama Tsongkhapa.
The history of the lamrim and how can Buddhists in the West can approach the lamrim.
The lineage of the teachings, relying on the lamrim teachings, how the lamrim is helpful at different stages of the path.
The benefits of lamrim practice; spiritual levels of practitioners, intent of the Buddha’s teachings, respecting all traditions.
The importance of being open minded as a student and having respect for the teachings and the teacher.
The qualities to develop to be a receptive student of the Dharma.
What it means to rely on a spiritual mentor, considering the benefit a teacher brings us by teaching us the Dharma.
The benefit we receive by contemplating the kindness of our teachers, training our minds to focus on their good qualities.
How pleasing our spiritual mentors benefits us, creating stores of merit. The importance of avoiding the habitual tendency to judge others.
The continuing commentary on Essence of Refined Gold.