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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The Six Preparatory Practices

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).

Making offerings at Sarnath, where Buddha taught the first teaching after his Enlightenment.

*Preparatory Practices 1 and 2. Dharma Friendship Foundation, Seattle. May 91. [Transcript in PDF format]

Review [5 min]:Download
Intro to the topic [8 min]: Download
Preparatory Practice 1: Cleaning the room and setting up the shrine [15 min]: Download
PP 2 - Part I: Obtaining offerings properly and arranging them nicely [12 min]: Download
PP 2 - Part II [15 min]: Download
Review [4 min]: Download
Question-and-Answer [10 min]: Download

*Preparatory Practices 2 and 3. DFF, Seattle. May 91.
[Transcript in PDF format]

Comment on the pace of the teaching; Review
[7 min]:Download
The Practice of doing these Preliminaries 100,000 times
[2 min]: Download
PP 2 - Part III [13 min]: Download
PP 3: Sitting in the 8-point posture, in a positive frame of mind, take refuge and generate bodhicitta
[21 min]: Download
PP 3: Refuge Visualization [11 min]: Download
PP 3: Taking Refuge & Generating Bodhicitta
[20 min]: Download
Review [7 min]:Download
Question-and-Answer [14 min]: Download

*Preparatory Practices 3 to 5. DFF, Seattle. May 91.
[Transcript in PDF format]

PP 3: More on Refuge Visualization; Review
[4 min]: Download
PP 3: Visualization and Meditation To Do after taking refuge & generating bodhicitta [13 min]: Download
PP 3: The Four Immeasurables [8 min]: Download
PP 4: Visualization of the Merit Field or Field of Positive Potential
PP 5: Offering the 7 Limbs. First Limb: Prostration
[22 min]: Download
PP 5: Remaining 6 Limbs of the 7-Limb Prayer
[16 min]: Download
Review; Question-and-Answer [10 min]: Download

Preparatory Practice 5. DFF, Seattle. 22 Jun 94.
[Transcript in PDF format]

PP 5: Making a Mandala Offering - Why do we spend so much time reciting prayers and making mandala offering before teachings? What does "mandala" mean? [31 min]: Download

The purpose of making mandala offerings. Deer Park, Wisconsin. 24 Jun 2004.

PP 5: The purpose of making the mandala offering.
[9 min]: Download


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