This is a great opportunity to study the Lamrim based on the text The Middle-Length Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment with Land of Medicine Buddha’s senior monk, Venerable Steve Carlier. Join us in this six-week Zoom mini-series with Ven. Steve, devoted to a gradual study of the Lamrim.
Topic covered in this six-week mini-series:
- Preparation for the actual meditation session.
- What to do during the meditation session itself.
- What to do at the end.
Because we want to start thinking about how meditation nourishes our life outside of meditation and vice versa, we will also look at Lama Tsongkhapa’s ideas on what to do in the periods between sessions.
Coming up: during meditation and outside meditation: reflecting on impermanence, going for refuge, karma, and much more.
The most important and best way to benefit others is to develop your heart and mind on the path to enlightenment. When you complete the path to enlightenment you will be fully qualified to liberate numberless sentient beings from oceans of samsaric suffering and bring them to full enlightenment. This is what sentient beings need and this is what is most beneficial for them. There is no greater success than this. This depends upon your actualizing the path to enlightenment by meditating on the lam-rim. ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche
About the Stages of the Path (Lamrim)
Stages of the Path (lamrim), written by the great Tibetan Buddhist master and yogi, Lama Tsongkhapa, represents a synthesis of the entire path to enlightenment. Presented in a clear and concise form, these teachings are easy to understand and apply in meditation. Instruction begins with the preliminary practices, and then progresses through the essential practices of the ‘beings of the three scopes’, including correctly relying on guru, renunciation, bodhicitta, the wish for enlightenment, and the view of the middle way.
About the Teacher
Ven Steve Carlier currently resides at Land of Medicine Buddha, teaching the Basic Program. He has been studying Buddhism since 1977 and was ordained as a Buddhist monk by Lama Zopa in 1979, then receiving full ordination from Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche the following year. He studied for eleven years at Nalanda Monastery in France, and from 1993 to 2004 was one of only a handful of Westerners who have followed the Nalanda (India) tradition of studies at Sera Monastery in India. He has interpreted for several of the great masters of Tibetan Buddhism.
|Date(s):||Thursdays - Sep 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20 & 27|
|Times:||6:30 pm - 8:00 pm|
|Instructor/Leader:||Ven. Steve Carlier|
|Type of event:||Dharma Classes|
|Number of sessions:||6 classes|
|Participation:||All are welcome!|
|Location:||Online Via Zoom|
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