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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.1. Being persuaded to take advantage of our precious human life


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).


*Part 1 of 4: Recognizing the 8 freedoms of a precious human life. Dharma Friendship Foundation, Seattle. 1991/92.
[Transcript in PDF format]

Purpose of reflecting on precious human life;
Difficulties that Westerners may encounter in studying this topic

[14 min]: Download

Recognizing the 8 freedoms Pt 1 [11 min]: Download

Recognizing the 8 freedoms Pt 2 [16 min]: Download

Question-and-Answer Pt 1 [18 min]: Download

Question-and-Answer Pt 2 [12 min]: Download

*Part 2 of 4: Recognizing the 10 richnesses of a precious human life. DFF, Seattle. 1991/92. [Transcript in PDF format]

Review; How to meditate on the 8 freedoms
[11 min]: Download

Recognizing the 10 richnesses Pt 1 [15 min]: Download

Recognizing the 10 richnesses Pt 2 [15 min]: Download

Question-and-Answer Pt 1 [15 min]: Download

Question-and-Answer Pt 2 [14 min]: Download

*Part 3 of 4: Considering the importance and difficulty of obtaining a precious human life. DFF, Seattle. 1991/92.
[Transcript in PDF format]

Purpose of doing the Gradual Path teachings;
Meditating on the teachings

[5 min]: Download

Review of topics taught so far [3 min]: Download

Purpose of reflecting on precious human life
[10 min]: Download

Considering the importance of a precious human life Pt 1
[14 min]: Download

Considering the importance of a precious human life Pt 2
[13 min]: Download

Question-and-Answer [8 min]: Download

Considering the difficulty of obtaining a precious human life [11 min]: Download

Review [5 min]: Download

*Part 4 of 4: Conclusion. DFF, Seattle. 1991/92.
[Transcript in PDF format]

The 3 levels of motivation and how they fit together Pt 1
[14 min]: Download

The 3 levels of motivation and how they fit together Pt 2
[15 min]: Download

Question-and-Answer Pt 1 [19 min]: Download

Question-and-Answer Pt 2 [12 min]: Download

Our Precious Human Life (windows media player). Than Hsiang Temple, Penang, Malaysia. Sun, 4 Jan 2004.

 

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