Get an overview of the entire Buddhist path to awakening. Hear about the life story of the Buddha and study the basic teachings of Buddhism. Discover the unique system for putting Buddhist philosophy into practice contained in the Lam Rim, or “graduated path to enlightenment”.
Gain a clear idea of the path to enlightenment, especially its three main components: renunciation (the determination to emerge from cyclic existence), bodhicitta (the wish to help all others in the best possible way) and the correct view (understanding dependent arising and emptiness as two sides of the one coin). We outline the progressive, step-like structure of the lam-rim, with its origin in the teachings of Guru Shakyamuni Buddha. We cover the three scopes, and where they fit in our present stage of spiritual development. Discover what to do next, and how to get from here to enlightenment!
This may seem like a long unit (14 weeks) but it includes the birthday prayers for HH the Dalai, and special guest speakers Geshe Tashi Tsering and Ven. Robina on different evenings. This particular unit is broken up into three sections, reflecting the sections of the lam rim – small, middling and great scopes.
Life story of the Buddha
Short history of Buddhism and the difference between Hinayana and Mahayana
The correct way to listen to the teachings and get the most benefit from them
The three scopes on the path to enlightenment
The four noble truths
Wish-fulfilling Golden Sun, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (pp. 76-83) photocopied book
DB Required Reading, Presenting the Path, photocopied booklet
Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, Pabongkha Rinpoche (pp.430-470)
Healing Anger, by HH the Dalai Lama
Short Vajrasattva Practice, sadhana by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
3-day meditation retreat, either individually or as a group at Chenrezig Institute
A short meditation retreat at LTC (with support from Miffi and Eddie)
Meditations on the Four Noble Truths
Review meditations on the stages of the path
Spiritual Friends, ed. Thubten Dhondrup, book
Essence of Refined Gold, by HH the Dalai Lama
The Awakened One: A Life of the Buddha by Sherab Chodzin Kohn
Virtue and Reality, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (LYWA book)
The Principal Teachings of Buddhism, Je Tsong Khapa
Way to Freedom by HH the Dalai Lama
Awakening the Mind of Enlightenment, by Geshe Wangchen