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Lamrim: the Gradual Path to Enlightenment


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The Buddha gave teachings in order to share with us the path to enlightenment that he had actualized himself. These teachings are practical, give us the tools to deal with difficulties, and show us how to live a meaningful life.

The Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eight-fold Path are one way of formulating these teachings. The Gradual Path to Enlightenment is another. These two are compatible, and knowing both enables us to look at the same thing from different perspectives. In the early eleventh century, the Indian Buddhist master, Atisha condensed essential points from the sutras and ordered them into the text, Lamp of the Path. These were then expanded upon in the fourteenth century by the Tibetan Buddhist master, Lama Tzong Khapa into the text The Great Exposition on the Gradual Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim Chemmo). Venerable Chodron comments on this text and relates these practical teachings to our daily lives.

 


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4.B.2.B. Training our minds in the stages of a person of higher motivation - striving for enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings


Note: parts of the teachings were lost due to change of tape during recording.

*These are from a series of Lamrim teachings that Ven. Chodron gave at Dharma Friendship Foundation, Seattle, fr 1991 to 1994. The audio files were previously available on this website in realplayer format. These have been converted to mp3 format. The contents remain the same. The audio files and transcripts have also been renamed to run in sequence and to match the transcripts with their corresponding audio files. Another round of light editing has been done to most transcripts (revised on 5 Jan 2006).


Contents (Click on any heading)

 


The Seed of Enlightenment (Bodhicitta)
The Buddhist Library, Singapore. 16 Nov 2004

Part 1 of 4 [23 min]: Download

Part 2 of 4 [22 min]: Download

Part 3 of 4 [15 min]: Download

Part 4 of 4: Questions and Answers [17 min]: Download

 


*Advantages of Bodhicitta or the Altruistic Intention - Part 1.
Dharma Friendship Foundation, Seattle. 14 Apr 93.
[Transcript in PDF format]

Introduction to the Great Scope
Review of Initial & Middle Scopes ~ The meaning of "in common" ~ Purpose of knowing the advantages - from "should" to "I want to"
[9 min]: Download

1st 4 Advantages of Bodhicitta
What it means to be a Mahayana practitioner ~ Without bodhicitta, practising tantra will not bring realisations ~ Which is the real miracle -- having clairvoyant powers or having a kind heart? ~ Taking care not to misinterpret the teachings and become sectarian ~ What is Bodhicitta? [26 min]: Download

Question-and-Answer
What's the difference between compassion and bodhicitta?~- Arhats & Buddhas in the Theravada tradition ~ Is it possible to attain Buddhahood in this degenerate age? How so? ~ Why is it that bodhisattvas have to take rebirth in the lower realms to help the hell beings? [7 min]: Download

[Note: Part 2 was not recorded.]

*Advantages of Bodhicitta - Part 3;
Equanimity: Preliminary to Cultivating Bodhicitta

DFF, Seattle. 21 Apr 93.
[Transcript in PDF format]

Advantages - Cont'd [13 min]: Download

Why be Kind to Others? [16 min]: Download

Equanimity: Preliminary to Cultivating Bodhicitta
[17 min]: Download

Questions and Answers [10 min]: Download

Equanimity. Cleveland, Ohio April 2003

Equanimity [48 min]: Download mp3 file
Venerable Chodron explains equanimity. She explains how the designations of friend, enemy and stranger are created by our mind and how our prejudices prevent our spiritual progress. Ven. Chodron talks about how to develop equanimity to open our heart equally to all and have a genuine respect for all beings.

Equanimity: Q&A [25 min]: Download mp3 file

  • How can we face our fears?
  • What is the difference between love and attachment?
  • Can you explain joy?
  • How can I decrease my anger toward President G. W. Bush?

Advantages of bodhicitta, 3 & 10 May 2003, US.


*Cultivating Bodhicitta through the Seven Points of Cause and Effect - Part 1 of 4. DFF, Seattle. 26 Apr 93. [Transcript in PDF format]

Equanimity - Cont'd [10 min]: Download

(1) Recognizing that each sentient being has been one's mother [18 min]: Download

(2) Remembering their kindness to you as your mother
[14 min]: Download

(2) - Cont'd [14 min]: Download

Questions and Answers [13 min]: Download

*Cultivating Bodhicitta through the Seven Points of Cause and Effect - Part 2 of 4. DFF, Seattle. 28 Apr 93. [Transcript in PDF format]

(1) & (2) - Cont'd [16 min]: Download

(3) Wishing to reciprocate that kindness
[15 min]: Download

Questions and Answers
[16 min]: Download

(4) Heart-warming Love [4 min]: Download

*Cultivating Bodhicitta through the Seven Points of Cause and Effect - Part 3 of 4. DFF, Seattle. 3 May 93. [Transcript in PDF format]

Different Types of Love
Eight Benefits of Meditating on Love
Loving-Kindness Meditation taught in the Theravada tradition
[22 min]: Download

(5) Great Compassion [21 min]: Download

Questions and Answers [8 min]: Download

*Cultivating Bodhicitta through the Seven Points of Cause and Effect - Part 4 of 4. DFF, Seattle. 5 May 93. [Transcript in PDF format]

(5) - Cont'd [21 min]: Download

(6) & (7) Great Determination and the Altruistic Intention
[14 min]: Download

Pitfalls in Dharma Practice [5 min]: Download

Cultivating bodhicitta through the seven points of cause and effect, May to Aug 2003, Boise, Idaho, US.

 

*Cultivating Bodhicitta through Equalizing and Exchanging Self and Others - An Overview. DFF, Seattle. 26 Jul 93. [Transcript in PDF format]

(1) Equalizing self and others. Bringing the real meaning of democracy or equality into the Dharma; Striking at our individualism, egotism; The only reason why we cherish ourselves more than others is simply because of habit.
(2) Disadvantages of self-centeredness.
Makes us touchy and sensitive, easily offended; Gets us into the 'trilogy' of jealousy, competitiveness, and arrogance; Seeing the disadvantages helps us transform the 'plastic' compassion we have for ourselves and others to one which is deep and genuine.
(3) Advantages of cherishing others

[21 min]: Download

(4) Exchanging self and others
(5) Giving your own happiness and taking the suffering of others
. Helps us relate to every situation in a beneficial way, even in negative situations where we can't directly alleviate; Helps us when we're unhappy; Develops our love and compassion and enables us to transform adverse conditions into the path.
[15 min]: Download

*Cultivating Bodhicitta through Equalizing and Exchanging Self and Others - Part 1. DFF, Seattle. 10 May 93. [Transcript in PDF format]

(1) Equalizing self and others -
Looking from conventional level

[20 min]: Download

Yes, but... [13 min]: Download

Looking from ultimate level [15 min]: Download

Questions and Answers [21 min]: Download

*Cultivating Bodhicitta through Equalizing and Exchanging Self and Others - Part 2. DFF, Seattle. 19 May 93. [Transcript in PDF format]

(1) Equalizing self and others - cont'd
[10 min]: Download

Yes, but... [25 min]: Download

(2) Disadvantages of self-centeredness
[27 min]: Download

Questions and Answers [4 min]: Download

*Cultivating Bodhicitta through Equalizing and Exchanging Self and Others - Part 3. DFF, Seattle. 24 May 93. [Transcript in PDF format]

(2) Disadvantages of self-centeredness - cont'd
[22 min]: Download

(3) Advantages of cherishing others
[24 min]: Download

[Note: the rest of the teachings were not recorded.]

Cultivating bodhicitta through equalizing and exchanging self and others, Aug to Sep 2003, Boise, Idaho, US.

 

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