Discovering Buddhism module 3 is a general overview of the Lam Rim – stages of the path to enlightenment. This system of clarifying the teachings of the Buddha and how to practice was taught to the Tibetan people by the famous Indian Buddhist master, Guru Atisha Dipamkara Shri Jnana around 1000 years ago. Based on Master Atisha’s seminal work, A Lamp for the Path, many later books and poems were composed in Tibet, by masters such as Gampopa and Tsongkhapa, all the way up to modern times.
The Lam Rim gives us a road map for our study and practice – a way to make sense of all the volumes of Buddhist scriptures and commentary. When we understand the Lam Rim, we understand how all the Buddha’s teachings fit together as a practice for an individual person, i.e., ourselves.
- The goal: enlightenment, i.e., buddhahood
- structure of the lam-rim, stages of the path
- lam-rim literature and outlines
- Three Principal Paths:
1. deciding to get out of suffering
2. developing the compassionate courage of a bodhisattva
3. understanding the nature of reality
- How to meditate on the lam-rim
Each module includes an experiential element in the form of a Saturday practice day or a weekend retreat. This is required in order to get your completion certificate for the course.
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|Date(s):||Tuesdays, Oct 30 to Dec 11, 2018|
|Times:||7:00 pm - 8:45 pm|
|Type of event:||Discovering Buddhism|
|Number of sessions:||5, some dates are skipped|
|Participation:||Best to start at with the first class of this course.|
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