Lamrim: the Gradual Path to Enlightenment

About this section:
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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Tapes of teachings given at DFF in Seattle can be ordered from DFF. Pls refer to:


Mind, Rebirth, Cyclic Existence & Enlightenment

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

Since the lamrim presupposes an understanding of mind, rebirth, cyclic existence and enlightenment, concepts which students in the West may not be familiar or have difficulty with, Ven. Chodron clarified these topics before starting the teachings on Part 4 of the Lam Rim: How to guide students to enlightenment.

*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).

*Mind, Rebirth, Cyclic Existence & Enlightenment. Dharma Friendship Foundation, Seattle. May 1991. [Transcript in PDF format]

Purpose of this teaching [2 min]: Download

What is mind? How is the mind different from the body?
[17 min]: Download

Rebirth - what happens to the body & mind at death?
The mindstream that has no beginning. Is there a creator?

[12 min]: Download

Buddha nature. Ignorance, karma & cyclic existence.
[17 min]: Download

The different realms of existence. Are they real or are they just mental states? [11 min]: Download

Liberation & Enlightenment.
Arhats, Bodhisattvas & Buddhas

[7 min]: Download

Review [4 min]: Download

Question-and-Answer I [16 min]: Download

Question-and-Answer II [9 min]: Download


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