Reflecting on the possibility of lower rebirth to invigorate practice and deepen refuge. The qualities of the Buddha that make him a reliable and valid guide.
Series: Easy Path to Travel to Omniscience (Teachings 2014-15)
A series of teachings on The Easy Path to Travel to Omniscience, a lamrim text by Panchen Losang Chokyi Gyaltsen, the first Panchen Lama. Each teaching begins with a short guided meditation on the lamrim topic of the week, followed by a commentary to the text. A great resource for beginners and more experienced Dharma students.
The six practices to prepare the mind and body for the meditation session and create conducive conditions for practice.
Why the Buddha is a reliable source of refuge. The ultimate and conventional Buddha refuge. Explanation of the Buddha kayas or bodies and their qualities.
The ultimate and conventional Dharma and Sangha Jewels. The Pali and Sanskrit traditions’ view of the Buddha and how each is useful.
Guidelines for practicing refuge in daily life. The four general characteristics of karma and purification of non-virtue through the four opponent powers.
The three physical and four verbal non-virtues, focusing on the four factors required for them to be a complete action that results in a lower rebirth.
The three mental non-virtues: coveting, malice and wrong views. The results of each of the ten non-virtues and what determines the strength of a karmic action.
Reflecting on the six unsatisfactory conditions of cyclic existence to generate a genuine determination to be free of suffering and its causes.
How to properly rely on a spiritual mentor, a guided analytical meditation followed by a review and discussion of selected points.
A meditation on the unique qualities of a precious human life to see our fortunate circumstances and take advantage of the opportunity for spiritual progress.