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Afternoon Express Meditation: Lamrim Meditation

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Afternoon Express Meditation: Lamrim Meditation

Term: Tuesdays Oct 12, 19, 26 then continues on Tuesdays Until March 29

The Lamrim composed by Lama Tsongkhapa— the graded path that encompasses all the Buddha’s teachings—is the foundation for all of the study and practice in our tradition. We’re excited to present a series of easy and accessible meditations on all the topics of the lam rim.

As a further resource, students can use the excellent meditation outline of Ven. Thubten Chodron available here.

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The following topics will be covered.

Small scope

The nature of the mind: Source of all happiness and pain
Four Noble Truths
Precious Human Life: a) Purpose and Opportunity and b) Rarity and Difficulty of attaining a precious human life

How to properly rely on the spiritual guide
Eight worldly concerns
Remembering death
Nine-point meditation on death
Taking refuge
Karma: the four characteristics (karma is definite, …)
Ten non-virtuous actions
Results of karma

Middle scope

Truth of Suffering: Eight sufferings of human beings
Six sufferings of cyclic existence
The Cause of Suffering: The three and six afflictions
Nature of the path to liberation: The Three Higher Trainings

Great scope

How to develop bodhicitta.
Advantages of altruistic intention
Seven points of cause and effect
Equalizing oneself for others
Tong-len
Training in the Six Perfections:
Generosity
Ethics
Patience
Joyous Effort
Calm abiding
Wisdom

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