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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 Chenmo"). Venerable Chodron comments on this text and relates these practical teachings to our daily lives.

 

 

Preliminaries

*Introduction to the Lamrim series; Preeminent qualities of the compilers and of the teachings (transcript). 29 Apr 91, Dharma Friendship Foundation, Seattle. [Audio version]

*How the teachings should be studied and taught (transcript). May 91, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Intro to basic Buddhist topics: mind, rebirth, cyclic existence & enlightenment (transcript). May 91, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

The Six Preparatory Practices

*Preparatory practices 1 and 2 (transcript). 1991, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Preparatory practices 2 and 3 (transcript). May 91, DFF, Seattle [Audio version]

*Preparatory practices 3 to 5. (transcript). May 91, DFF, Seattle [Audio version]

Preparatory practice 5. (transcript). 22Jun 94, DFF, Seattle [Audio version]

*What is to be done in between sessions. (transcript). 1991/92, DFF, Seattle [Audio version]

 

Foundations of the Path

How to cultivate reliance on our teachers

*Part 1 of 4: introduction, advantages of relying on a teacher (transcript). 1991/92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 2 of 4: disadvantages of improper reliance or abandoning the teacher (transcript). 1991/92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 3 of 4: disadvantages-cont'd; how to rely on our teachers with our thoughts (transcript). 1991/92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 4 of 4: relying with our thoughts-cont'd; how to rely on our teachers through our actions (transcript). 1991/92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

Being persuaded to take advantage of our precious human life

*Part 1 of 4: The 8 freedoms (transcript) 1991/92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 2 of 4: The 10 richnesses (transcript) 1991/92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 3 of 4: Its importance and rarity (transcript) 1991/92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 4 of 4: Conclusion (transcript) 1991/92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

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Remembering death

*Disadvantages of not thinking about death (including the 8 worldly concerns) (transcript). 1991/92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Elaboration of the 3rd disadv of not thinking about death: detaching ourselves from the 8 worldly concerns & relying on the 10 innermost jewels of the Kadam tradition (transcript). 1991/92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*9-point death meditation (transcript). 1991/92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Meditations on death & impermanence (including imagining our own death) (transcript). 1991/92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

Disappointment and Delight - the Eight Worldly Concerns (article). 2007.

 

Advantages and disadvantages of 2 kinds of rebirth

*The lower realms (transcript). 1991/92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

Taking refuge

Guidelines for the Practice of Refuge (article)

*Part 1 of 10: what is refuge; why take refuge; objects of refuge, (transcript). 1991/92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 2 of 10: conventional and ultimate refuge; causal and resultant refuge; why the Buddha is a reliable guide; 3 kinds of faith, (transcript). 1991/92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 3 of 10: different views of the Buddha in different schools; qualities and skills of a Buddha's body and speech, (transcript). 1991/92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 4 of 10: qualities and skills of a Buddha's mind (transcript). 1991/92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 5 of 10: qualities and skills of a Buddha's enlightening influence; qualities of the Dharma; qualities of the Sangha (transcript). 1991/92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 6 of 10: taking refuge by knowing the differences (transcript). 10 Feb 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

[Note: Part 7 of 10 was not recorded.]

*Part 8 of 10: benefits of having taken refuge (transcript). 1992, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 9 of 10: benefits-cont'd; specific guidelines for the practice of refuge (transcript). 1992, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 10 of 10: common guidelines for the practice of refuge (transcript). 1992, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

Conviction in actions and their effects

Interview: Working with Karma (article)

Questions and Answers on Karma (article)

*General characteristics of karma (transcript). 25 May 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*10 destructive actions - Part 1 of 6 (transcript). 1992, DFF, Seattle.[Audio version]

*10 destructive actions - Part 2 of 6 (transcript), 1 Jun 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*10 destructive actions - Part 3 of 6 (transcript), 3 Jun 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*10 destructive actions - Part 4 of 6 and Distinguishing factors making actions heavy or light (transcript), 8 Jun 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*10 destructive actions - Part 5 of 6 (transcript). 10 Jun 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*10 destructive actions - Part 6 of 6 (transcript). 1992, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Thinking about positive actions and their results (transcript), 8 Jul 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Classifications of karma (transcript), 13 Jul 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Environmental results of positive actions and factors affecting the intensity of karma (transcript). 15 Jul 92, DFF, Seattle. [ Audio version]

*Other ways of differentiating actions - part 1 of 2 (transcript), 22 Jul 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Other ways of differentiating actions - Part 2 of 2 (transcript). 27 Jul 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Thinking about specific aspects of action and its results (transcript), 3 Aug 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*General advice on how to engage in positive actions and avoid destructive ones (transcript), 5 Aug 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*The four opponent powers (transcript). 10 Aug 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

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The Four Noble Truths

The four noble truths part 1 (article)

*The four noble truths corresponding to the three levels of practice and The six unsatisfactory experiences of cyclic existence in general (transcript). 9 Sep 92, DFF, Seattle.
[Audio version]

The four noble truths (transcript). 24 Nov 2001, India. [Audio version]

 

First Noble Truth: The unsatisfactory experiences

*Unsatisfactory experiences of humans - Part 1 of 2 (transcript). 14 Sep 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Unsatisfactory experiences of humans - Part 2 of 2; The three unsatisfactory experiences of cyclic existence in general (transcript). 16 Sep 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Unsatisfactory experiences of the demi-gods and gods (transcript). 21 Sep 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

Second Noble Truth: The causes of unsatisfactory experiences; how they keep us in cyclic existence

*The root afflictions - part 1 of 5 (transcript). 21 Sep 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*The root afflictions - part 2 of 5 (transcript). 9 Nov 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

* The root afflictions - part 3 of 5 (transcript). 11 Nov 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*The root afflictions - part 4 of 5 (transcript). 16 Nov 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

* The root afflictions - part 5 of 5; The secondary afflictions - part 1 of 2 (transcript). 18 Nov 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*The secondary afflictions - part 2 of 2 (transcript). 23 Nov 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Order of development of the afflictions and Causes of the afflictions - part 1 of 3 (transcript). 7 Dec 92, DFF, Seattle.[Audio version]

*Causes of the afflictions - part 2 of 3 (transcript). 9 Dec 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Causes of the afflictions - part 3 of 3 (transcript). 14 Dec 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

Causes of the afflictions with reference to romantic love (i.e. attachment to the physical, emotional, and social "benefits" of being in a couple relationship) (article).

*Disadvantages of the afflictions and How karma is accumulated by the afflictions (transcript). 23 Dec 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*The way of leaving the body in death and taking rebirth - part 1 of 2 (transcript). 28 Dec 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*The way of leaving the body in death and taking rebirth - part 2 of 2 (transcript). 20 Jan 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Overview of the death and rebirth process (transcript). 27 Jan 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

The twelve links of dependent arising

[ Click here for a picture of the Wheel of Life depicting the Twelve Links. ]

*Part 1 of 5: the wheel of life (transcript). 20 Jan 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 2 of 5: purpose of studying the twelve links; two sets of cause and effect; what is cyclic existence or samsara (transcript). 25 Jan 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 3 of 5: explanation of the first 3 links (transcript). 27 Jan 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 4 of 5: Explanation of the twelve links (transcript). 1 Feb 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 5 of 5: relating the twelve links to the four noble truths; how a set of twelve links occurs over 2 and over 3 lifetimes; the twelve links in forward order and reverse order (transcript). 8 Feb 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

Fourth Noble Truth: Becoming convinced of nature of the path to liberation

*Part 1 of 2: the kind of body with which/the kind of path to follow to break out of cyclic existence; advantages of observing the higher training in ethics. 10 Feb 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 2 of 2: advantages-cont'd; disadvantages of not observing ethics;advice for observing ethics; 4 factors that lead us away from pure ethics. 15 Feb 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

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Advantages of bodhicitta or the altruistic intention

*Advantages of bodhicitta or the altruistic intention - part 1 (transcript), 14 Apr 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

Note: Part 2 was not recorded.

*Advantages of bodhicitta - part 3; Developing equanimity - preliminary to cultivating bodhicitta (transcript), 21 Apr 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

Cultivating bodhicitta through the seven points of cause and effect

*Part 1 of 4: Equanimity; recognising that each sentient being has been one's mother; remembering their kindness as your mother (transcript), 26 Apr 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 2 of 4: wishing to reciprocate that kindness; heart-warming love (transcript), 28 Apr 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 3 of 4: love-cont'd; great compassion (transcript), 3 May 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 4 of 4: great compassion; great determination; the altruistic intention; pitfalls in Dharma practice (transcript). 5 May 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

Cultivating Bodhicitta through Equalizing and Exchanging Self and Others

*An Overview of this method. 26 Jul 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 1: Equalizing self and others: looking from the conventional level and from the ultimate level (transcript), 10 May 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 2: Equalizing self and others-cont'd; disadvantages of self-centeredness (transcript), 19 May 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 3: Disadvantages-cont'd; advantages of cherishing others (transcript), 24 May 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

Note: the rest of the teachings were not recorded.

 

Commitments of the aspiring bodhisattva vows

*Commitments of the aspiring bodhisattva vows (transcript), 7 Jun 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

Commitments of the engaged bodhisattva vows

*How the bodhisattva vows are useful (transcript). 28 Jul 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

a) Root bodhisattva vows

*Vows 1 to 4 (transcript). 9 Jun 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Vows 5 to 13 (transcript). 14 Jun 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Vows 14 to 18 and the four binding factors (transcript). 16 Jun 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

b) Auxiliary bodhisattva vows

*Vows 1 to 5 (transcript). 2 Aug 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Vows 6 to 12 (transcript). 4 Aug 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Vows 13 to 16 (transcript). 9 Aug 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

Vows 18 to 21 (transcript), 3 Jan 98, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Vow 22 (transcript). 16 Aug 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Vows 23 to 30 (transcript). 18 Aug 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Vows 30 to 36 (transcript). 30 Aug 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Vows 35 to 40 (transcript). 1 Sep 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Vows 39 to 46 (transcript). 25 Oct 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

Training in the 6 far-reaching attitudes to ripen your mind

*The six far-reaching attitudes in general and how they complement one another (transcript). 27 Oct 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

1) Far-reaching attitude of generosity

*Part 1 of 2: what is it; the 3 types of generosity (transcript). 1 Nov 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 2 of 2: giving according to the four points; how to enhance the practice of the six far-reaching attitudes (transcript). 10 Nov 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

2) Far-reaching attitude of ethics

*Part 1 of 2: far-reaching attitude of ethics. (transcript). 15 Nov 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 2 of 2: Lama Tsong Khapa's quote on ethics; practicing ethics with the other far-reaching attitudes (transcript). 17 Nov 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

3) Far-reaching attitude of patience

*Part 1 of 4: patience of not retaliating to harm (transcript). 22 Nov 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 2 of 4: patience of not retaliating to harm - cont'd: disadvantages of anger and antidotes to anger (transcript). 20 Dec 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 3 of 4: patience of not retaliating to harm - cont'd: antidotes to anger (transcript). 22 Dec 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 4 of 4: patience of enduring difficulties & patience of definitely practicing the Dharma (transcript). 27 Dec 93, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

4) Far-reaching attitude of joyous effort

*Part 1 of 5: three types of joyous effort and 3 types of laziness that interrupt joyous effort (transcript). 29 Dec 93, DFF, Seattle.< [Audio version]

*Part 2 of 5: the 3 kinds of joyous effort and the 3 kinds of laziness which interrupt joyous effort (transcript). 12 Jan 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 3 of 5: the 3 types of (laziness of) discouragement that hinder joyous effort (transcript). 19 Jan 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 4 of 5: four important qualities to generate as aspects of joyous effort (transcript). 24 Jan 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 5 of 5: four aspects of joyous effort - cont'd (transcript). 26 Jan 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

5 and 6) The far-reaching attitudes of meditative stabilization & wisdom (in brief), and Practicing each far-reaching attitude in relation to the other five

*Part 1: far-reaching attitudes of meditative stabilization and wisdom in brief; practicing each with the other five (transcript). 31 Jan 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 2: three types of meditative stabilization according to their strength; far-reaching attitude of wisdom (transcript). 2 Feb 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

5) Far-reaching attitude of meditative stabilization

*Part 1 of 9: Training in calm abiding to perfect meditative stabilization (transcript). 7 Feb 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 2 of 9: Arranging proper circumstances for calm abiding meditation (transcript). 14 Feb 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 3 of 9: Actual way to practice calm abiding: objects of meditation (transcript). 16 Feb 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 4 of 9: actual way to practice calm abiding: objects of meditation and deterrents to calm abiding and the antidotes-laziness (transcript). 21 Feb 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 5 of 9: deterrents to calm abiding and the antidotes - forgetting the object of meditation (transcript). 23 Feb 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 6 of 9: review session - excerpts (transcript). 11 May 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 7 of 9: Deterrents to calm abiding and the antidotes - cont'd (transcript). 16 May 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 8 of 9: deterrents to calm abiding and the antidotes - excitement, non-application, over-application (transcript). 18 May 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 9 of 9: The nine stages, six mental powers and four engagements; developing calm abiding (transcript). 23 May 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

6) Far-reaching attitude of wisdom

Who is making this decision anyway? (article)

Emptiness and dependent arising - an Interview with Lama Zopa Rinpoche (article)

Note: Part 1 was not recorded.

*Part 2 of 3: three levels of dependent arising (transcript). 30 May 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 3 of 3: establishing the selflessness of persons and phenomena (transcript). 23 Jun 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

Training in the 4 factors ripening the minds of others

*Part 1 of 2: what "ripening the minds of others" means (transcript). 2 Feb 1994. DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Part 2 of 2: explanation of the four factors (transcript). 7 Feb 1994. DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 

Eightfold Noble Path

*Intro, right speech, right action (transcript). 20 Jun 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Right action and right livelihood (transcript). 27 Jun 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Right mindfulness (transcript). 11 Jul 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Right concentration and right effort (part one) (transcript). 18 Jul 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Right effort (part two), right view and right thought (transcript). 20 Jul 94, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

*Why the Eightfold Noble Path is necessary for benefitting others (transcript). 9 Sep 92, DFF, Seattle. [Audio version]

 


*These are from a series of Lamrim teachings that Ven. Chodron gave at Dharma Friendship Foundation, Seattle, fr 1991 to 1994.




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