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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.A.2.b. Developing Conviction in Actions and Their Effects


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From the Lamrimseries*:

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*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).


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

Karma and Your Life (mp3), 11 Oct 03, Mahabodhi Society of USA

Why Do Things Happen the Way They Do? Teachings on Karma (mp3). 13-14 Apr 2005, Emaho Center, Scottsdale, Arizona USA .

*The General Characteristics of Karma.
Dharma Friendship Foundation, Seattle. 25 May 92.
[Transcript in PDF format]

Observing the Law of Cause and Effect: Real Dharma Practice Begins. Important to know that karma has nothing to do with retribution, rewards and punishment; no heavy value judgement.
The General Characteristics of Karma
1. Karma is definite.
2. Results of an action increase.

[17 min]: Download

The General Characteristics of Karma - Cont'd
3. If an action is not done, one won't meet with its results.
4. Actions don't go to waste without yielding a result.
[14 min]: Download

Question-and-answer [35 min]: Download

*10 Destructive Actions - Part 1 of 6. DFF, Seattle. 1992.
[Transcript in PDF format]

Why we need to look at destructive actions
4 branches of a complete action
Destructive actions of body:
1. Killing [25 min]: Download

Destructive actions of body - Cont'd:
2. Stealing
3. Unwise Sexual Behavior

[19 min]: Download

*10 Destructive Actions - Part 2 of 6. DFF, Seattle. 1 Jun 92.
[Transcript in PDF format]

Karma: laying the groundwork for all further practices on the path;
4 branches of a complete action;
Destructive actions of speech:
4. Lying
5. Divisive Speech

[18 min]: Download

Destructive actions of speech:
6. Harsh words
7. Idle talk

[24 min]: Download

Question-and-answer [19 min]: Download

*10 Destructive Actions - Part 3 of 6. DFF, Seattle. 3 Jun 92.
[Transcript in PDF format]

Destructive actions of mind:
8. Coveting
9. Maliciousness
10. Wrong views

[25 min]: Download

General comments about the 10 destructive actions;
Causal motivation and timely motivation;
Question-and-answer

[23 min]: Download

*10 Destructive Actions - Part 4 of 6 & Factors Making an Action Heavy or Light. DFF, Seattle. 8 Jun 92. [Transcript in PDF format]

The broader implication of the 10 destructive actions: Not seeing ethics as just a legal system, but as a guideline for leading our lives in a wise way. [19 min]: Download

Factors making an action heavy or light.
[21 min]: Download

Question-and-answer [22 min]: Download

*10 Destructive Actions - Part 5 of 6. DFF, Seattle. 10 Jun 92.
[Transcript in PDF format]

The Results of Destructive Actions:
1) Maturation or ripening result
[5 min]: Download

2a) The result similar to the cause in terms of what one experiences

Part 1: Result of killing, stealing ~ Not equating a destructive action with an evil person.
[18 min]: Download

Part 2: Result of unwise sexual conduct, lying, divisive speech, harsh words, idle talk, covetousness. [13 min]: Download

Part 3: Result of maliciousness, wrong views ~ Importance of purification, of not projecting the concept of punishment on the law of karma, of not judging. [32 min]: Download

*10 Destructive Actions - Part 6 of 6. DFF, Seattle. 1992.
[Transcript in PDF format]

The Results of Destructive Actions - Cont'd:
2b) The result similar to the cause in terms of one's instinctive behaviour patterns
[15 min]: Download

3) Environmental result
[14 min]: Download

How to meditate on these
Question-and-answer
[35 min]: Download

*Thinking about Positive Actions and Their Results.
DFF, Seattle. 8 Jul 92.
[Transcript in PDF format]

When the goal of Buddhahood seems too far-fetched...
[8 min]: Download

What is a positive action?
The 4 factors making a positive action complete

[14 min]: Download

Four results of a positive action:

1a) Maturation result - part i
[17 min]: Download
1b) Maturation result - part ii
[16 min]: Download
Form realm, formless realm, pureland: what are these and is it better to be born in one of these or as a human? ~ How our motivation and dedication are so crucial in determining where we finally get to ~ How to get ourselves to work for some longer term goal instead of getting stuck in immediate pleasures?

2,3) Result similar to the cause in terms of experience & in terms of behaviour
[13 min]: Download

4) Environmental result

*Classifications of Karma. DFF, Seattle. 13 Jul 92.
[Transcript in PDF format]

Workings of karma
One way of classifying karma:
contaminated karma, uncontaminated karma, karma which is neither.
[23 min]: Download

Questions and answers
[20 min]: Download

Karma which is neither contaminated nor uncontaminated
Questions and answers
[26 min]: Download

*Environmental Results of Positive Actions and Factors Affecting the Intensity of Karma. DFF, Seattle. 15 Jul 92.
[Transcript in PDF format]

The environmental results of positive actions
[15 min]: Download

Factors affecting the intensity of karma:
1) Intention
2) Field of action

[28 min]: Download

3) Basis
4) Manner
[18 min]: Download

Review, Questions and answers
[14 min]: Download


*Other Ways of Differentiating Actions - Part 1 of 2.
DFF, Seattle. 22 Jul 92.
[Transcript in PDF format]

Karma and the three levels of motivation
Throwing and completing karma

[15 min]: Download

Definite and indefinite karma [11 min]: Download

Questions and answers - I [20 min]: Download

Questions and answers - II [20 min]: Download

*Other Ways of Differentiating Actions - Part 2 of 2. DFF, Seattle. 27 Jul 92. [Transcript in PDF format]

Definite and indefinite karma
Five actions where the results are indefinite

[18 min]: Download

Performed and accumulated karma:
1) Actions that were done and intended
2) Actions that were done but not intended

[23 min]: Download

3) Actions that were not done but intended
4) Actions that were neither intended nor done

Collective and individual karma
[22 min]:
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*Thinking about Specific Aspects of Action and Its Results.
DFF, Seattle. 3 Aug 92. [Transcript in PDF format]

Recognizing the eight favorable qualities for Dharma study and practice; Proper utilization of these eight qualities;
The causes of these qualities
:

1. Long life
2. Sound, attractive and healthy body
3. Birth in a good, reputable family

[18 min]: Download

4. Wealth, good reputation and many friends
5. Honesty and credibility of speech
6. Strong influence on others

[16 min]: Download

7. Birth as a male
8. Mental and physical stamina

[34 min]:
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*General Advice on How to Engage in Positive Actions and Avoid Destructive Ones. DFF, Seattle. 5 Aug 92. [Transcript in PDF format]

Continuously contemplate cause and effect
Develop confidence in the Buddha as the true source of the teachings
[21 min]: Download

Understanding emptiness helps us understand cause and effect better
Putting the teachings into practice
Develop the conviction not to act negatively

[15 min]: Download

Measuring our level of understanding of cause and effect Questions and answers [27 min]: Download

*The Four Opponent Powers. DFF, Seattle. 10 Aug 92.
[Transcript in PDF format]

Taking care of ourselves [30 min]: Download

The Four Opponent Powers:
1. Regret
[11 min]: Download

2. Restoring the relationship [22 min]: Download

3. Determination not to repeat the negative actions
4. Remedial actions
[8 min]: Download


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