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Establishing a Daily Practice (Discovering Buddhism)

Assemble the tools you need to develop a successful daily practice. Become familiar with all the elements necessary to generate realisations in the mind, and the practice to bless our speech for daily life. Also, receive some tips for making every action of the day meaningful, no matter how menial it seems!

We have two texts this course is based on. The first is the extensive daily meditation on Guru Shakyamuni Buddha. The second is the speech blessing and Glance Lam Rim meditation. Both are prepared by Lama Zopa Rinpoche especially for western students.

This unit shows the rituals and meditations we need to practice in order to become enlightened. It also has essential advice on how avoid practicing for worldly reasons, how to ensure we have success in our practice, and how to make the entire meaningful, even if we have very little time for meditation. We also have an introduction to Rinpoche’s extensive daily visualisation sadhana practice on Shakyamuni Buddha. It incorporates all the aspects of the Lam Rim, with the experiential aspect of visualisation of the Buddha to integrate it deep into our psyche.

 

How to sleep, wake up, get dressed, eat etc
A short Lam Rim practice to direct our day
Blessing the speech (so important if we work with others or have family!)
Preliminaries of cleaning, setting up an altar, refuge, mandala offerings
How to make the four immeasurable thoughts heartfelt and powerful
How to do prostrations (even if you cannot do them physically)
All about the 8 Mahayana vows and how to live in the precepts
Daily purification incorporating the Four Opponent Powers
Importance of accumulating merit and rejoicing for success in one’s spiritual life

DB Required Reading, Establishing a Daily Practice, photocopied booklet
Wish-fulfilling Golden Sun, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (pp. 10-38, 136-140) photocopied booklet
Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, by Pabongkha Rinpoche (pp.129-247)
Making Life Meaningful, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, LYWA
A Daily Meditation Practice on Shakyamuni Buddha, A5 sadhana by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Method to Transform a Suffering Life into Happiness, A5 sadhana by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Suggested Reading & CD’s

Spiritual Friends, ed. Thubten Dhondrup, book
The Door to Satisfaction, Lama Zopa Rinpoche
The Direct and Unmistaken Method, sadhana by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Essential Buddhist Prayers, volume one, FPMT Prayer Book
A Short Vajrasattva Practice, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Lam Rim Outlines, by Karin Valham
The Essential Nectar, by Geshe Rabten
Meditations on the Path to Enlightenment, by Geshe Acharya Thubten Loden
Guided Lam Rim Meditations, by Karin Valham (CD)
Guided Lam Rim Meditations on the Stages of the Path, by Ven. Thubten Chodren (CD and book)

Daily Method to Transform a Suffering Life into Happiness (from Lama Zopa Rinpoche)
Daily Meditation Practice (using Lord Buddha, Tara, Chenrezig etc)
Taking the Eight Mahayana Precepts for one day (initially from a lama)
Attend the Dharma Kit-Bag course at LTC
Establishing a Daily Practice practice day

10-day Lam Rim intensive at Chenrezig Institute
Learn the long mandala offering
Learn how to do the 35 Buddhas confession with prostration
Identifying and avoiding the Eight Worldly Concerns
Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s self-evaluation booklet
Afflictions to Perfections game
Begin filling in your own “Steps to Enlightenment” record

Date

August 14

Time

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Location

Langri Tangpa Centre
535 Old Cleveland Road, Camp Hill, QLD, 4152

Presenter

Eddie Peet

Cost

By donation (suggested $10 per class, but no set amount) Bound notes for the unit are $30.

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