Thursday, 22 September 2011

The Buddha gave teachings in order to share with us the path to enlightenment that he had actualized himself. These teachings are practical, give us the tools to deal with difficulties, and show us how to live a meaningful life.
The Four Noble Truths and the Noble Eight-fold Path are one way of formulating these teachings. The Gradual Path to Enlightenment is another. These two are compatible, and knowing both enables us to look at the same thing from different perspectives. In the early eleventh century, the Indian Buddhist master, Atisha condensed essential points from the sutras and ordered them into the text, "Lamp of the Path". These were then expanded upon in the fourteenth century by the Tibetan Buddhist master, Lama Tzong Khapa into the text "The Great Exposition on the Gradual Path to Enlightenment" ("Lam Rim Chenmo"). Venerable Chodron comments on this text and relates these practical teachings to our daily lives.
Ven. Chodron on the importance of Lamrim:
"Prayer and aspiration are not enough for deep transformation; reasoning is necessary. Transformation comes from studying the lamrim, thinking about the topics, and doing analytical meditation on them. With a firm grounding in lamrim, we'll be able to work with our mind no matter what is going on in it or around us. When we do this, our Dharma practice becomes so tasty! We don't get bored practicing. It becomes very exciting and fascinating."END=NAM MO SHAKYAMUNI BUDDHA.( 3 TIMES ).

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