A brief Introduction to the text, and author. The four points showing the greatness of the lamrim teachings. The life of Atisha, originator of the lamrim.
Series: Gomchen Lamrim (Teachings 2015-18)
Venerable Thubten Chodron’s ongoing commentary to the Gomchen Lamrim by Gomchen Ngawang Drakpa. The text for the teachings can be found here. Streamed live from Sravasti Abbey on Fridays at 6:15 p.m. PST.
The states of mind to cultivate when listening to Dharma teachings. The attitudes we should have if we have the privilege to teach the Dharma to others.
The qualities to look for in a spiritual mentor and the qualities to develop from our side to be able to benefit from their teachings.
How to work with our mind so that we maintain a good relationship with our spiritual mentor, which enables us to develop our qualities and progress on the path.
The six activities that prepare the body and mind for the meditation session.
Continuation of the six practices to prepare the body and mind for meditation. The traditional version and a contemporary version of the mandala offering.
The importance of both stabilizing and analytical meditation, how to conclude the session and what to do in between sessions. Misconceptions about meditation.
How to meditate on the freedoms and fortunes of a precious human life to recognize our valuable circumstances and take full advantage of them.
Contemplating the rare opportunity and what can be achieved with a precious human life will generate the motivation to practice the Dharma and not waste it.
When we don’t reflect on death we don’t practice the Dharma and if we do, our practice is mixed with the eight worldly concerns.