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Lam Rim Resources and Discussion

Post by Lobsang Chojor » Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:47 pm

I was hoping we could create a Lam-Rim study group, would anyone be interested?

I was thinking we could look at Atisha's root text and some of the commentaries, possibly starting with shorter texts such as A Hymn of Experience by Je Tsongkhapa or Three Principal Aspects of the Path by Je Tsongkhapa before working up to Lam Rim Chenmo by Je Tsongkhapa; and along the way we could go throught the meditations and support each other.

For now there are some lam rim resources on the FPMT website.

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Re: Lam Rim Resources and Discussion

Post by Fortyeightvows » Fri Oct 28, 2016 7:53 pm

I'm big into lam rim. I'd be happy to contribute to a discussion of the topics.

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Re: Lam Rim Resources and Discussion

Post by Jeff H » Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:07 pm

Sounds good to me. I can't promise my level of commitment to the study at this time, but I'm interested in a group focused on lam rim. All the Dzogchen discussion around here is tantalizing, but I see myself squarely in the lam rim stages.
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Re: Lam Rim Resources and Discussion

Post by Lobsang Chojor » Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:12 pm

Excellent I'll create a new topic soon and attach a PDF of the text. I'll also ask a mod to sticky the thread.

Would you prefer to start with a short lam rim text?
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Re: Lam Rim Resources and Discussion

Post by Miroku » Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:15 pm

Oh sounds amazing! Lately I've been thinking about learning more about lam-rim. :-)

Is some kind of transmission needed for study of lam-rim?
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Re: Lam Rim Resources and Discussion

Post by Lobsang Chojor » Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:20 pm

I don't think so.

I'm quite sad that I couldn't attend the first day of the teachings on The Three Principle Aspects of the Path by Dagri Rinpoche, because then I would have got the lung
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Re: Lam Rim Resources and Discussion

Post by Lobsang Chojor » Sat Oct 29, 2016 4:42 pm

I've created part 1 of the discussion and have provided a pdf of the text (Hopefully for every part I will find a free copy of the text)

You can access the topic here: http://dharmawheel.net/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=23992
ༀ་ཨ་ར་པ་ཙ་ན་དྷཱི༔ Oṃ A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhīḥ

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Re: Lam Rim Resources and Discussion

Post by Lobsang Chojor » Tue Nov 01, 2016 12:39 pm

Here's the Lam Rim outline as mentioned
Dagpo Rinpoche wrote: The following is an extremely brief outline of the major topics of the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment.

1. Preeminent qualities of the compilers
2. Preeminent qualities of the teachings
3. How the teachings should be studied and taught
4. How to guide students to enlightenment

4. A. How to rely on spiritual teachers as the root of the path
  • 1. What to do during the actual session
    • a. 6 preparatory practices
      b. How to cultivate reliance on our teachers
      c. How to conclude the session
  • 2. What to do between sessions to develop reliance on our teachers
4. B. Stages for training the mind
  • 1. Being persuaded to take advantage of our precious human life
    2. How to take advantage of our precious human life
A. Training our minds in the stages in common with a person of initial motivation striving for the happiness of future lives
  • 1. Taking an interest in benefiting future lives
    • a. Remembering death
      b. Advantages and disadvantages of 2 kinds of rebirth
  • 2. Methods for benefiting future lives
    • a. Taking refuge
      b. Conviction in actions and their effects
B. Training our minds in the stages in common with a person of intermediate motivation striving for liberation from cyclic existence (Contemplating the Four Noble Truths)
  • 1. Developing an interest in liberation
    • a. Purpose for proclaiming truth of suffering first
      b. Meditation on suffering
  • 2. Becoming convinced of the nature of the path
    • a. Causes of suffering
  • 1. Afflictions
    2. Karma
    3. Leaving the body and taking rebirth
    • b. Actually becoming convinced of path to liberation
  • 1. The kind of body with which we can break out of samsara
    2. The kind of path with which we can break out of samsara
C. Training our minds in the stages of a person of higher motivation – striving for enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings
  • 1. Advantages of bodhicitta
    2. How to develop bodhicitta
    • a. Actual stages
      b. How to take bodhisattva vows
  • 3. Engaging in bodhisattvas’ conduct
    • a. General conduct
  • 1. Six perfections
    2. Four ways of gathering students
    • b. Practicing the last two perfections
  • 1. Calm abiding
    2. Special insight
c. Special path of tantra
ༀ་ཨ་ར་པ་ཙ་ན་དྷཱི༔ Oṃ A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhīḥ

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Re: Lam Rim Resources and Discussion

Post by Lobsang Chojor » Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:45 pm

As mentioned by Jeff I will list all the commentaries for Lam Rim texts and we shall be aiming to discuss texts that perhaps don't have a commentary.

Here are some of the commentaries:
Are there any Lam Rim texts people want to discuss?

:namaste:
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  • Aryasura, Paramitasamasa 6.5

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Re: Lam Rim Resources and Discussion

Post by Lobsang Chojor » Sun Dec 11, 2016 8:38 pm

I've compiled a list of the 18 Jangchup Lamrim Texts which His Holiness the Dalai Lama says we should study:
  • Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment by Atisha (Commentary by HHDL, Root text - English, Hindi, Tibetan)
    The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment by Tsongkhapa
    The Medium Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment by Tsongkhapa
    The Concise Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment by Tsongkhapa
    The Essence of Refined Gold – Stages of the Path to Enlightenment by His Holiness the 3rd Dalai Lama, Sonam Gyatso (Root text)
    The Easy Path – Stages of the Path to Enlightenment by Panchen Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen (Root text)
    The Sacred Words of Manjushri – Stages of the Path to Enlightenment by His Holiness the 5th Dalai Lama, Lobsang Gyatso (Partial root text)
    The Swift Path – Stages of the Path to Enlightenment by Panchen Lobsang Yeshe (Partial root text)
    Essence of Fine Speech – Stages to the Path of Enlightenment by Ngawang Drakpa of Dagpo
    The Three Principle Aspects of the Path by Tsongkhapa (Root text)
    Foundation of All Good Qualities by Tsongkhapa (Root text, Commentary by Khunu Lama Rinpoche)
    Destiny Fulfilled: The Spiritual Biography of Lama Tsongkhapa by Tsongkhapa (Root text)
    The Essence of Nectar – Stages of the Path to Enlightenment by Kongpo Lama Yeshe Tsondru
    The Southern Lineage – Stages of the Path to Enlightenment by Gendun Jamyang
    Zhamar Pandita’s Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment by the 4th Amdo Zhamar, Gendun Tenzin Gyatso (Partial root text)
    Zhamar Pandita’s Treatise on Special Insight by the 4th Amdo Zhamar, Gendun Tenzin Gyatso
    Liberation in the Palm of One’s Hand spoken by Pabongka Rinpoche and compiled by Trijang Rinpoche
    Text Outline for the Medium Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment by Trijang Rinpoche
I'll add links for root texts and commentaries as I find them
:namaste:
ༀ་ཨ་ར་པ་ཙ་ན་དྷཱི༔ Oṃ A Ra Pa Ca Na Dhīḥ

"Morality does not become pure unless darkness is dispelled by the light of wisdom"
  • Aryasura, Paramitasamasa 6.5

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