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  • 1. Lam Rim Chen Mo Tsong-Kha-Pa LESSON 4: INTRODUCTION TO THE GREAT TREATISE ON THE STAGES OF THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT

2. Tsong-Kha-Pa 3. Introduction to Tsong-Kha-Pa Tsongkhapa (13571419) is a well-known Tibetan religious philosopher. When he was young, Tsongkhapa was not like an ordinary child. He never misbehaved; he instinctively engaged in bodhisattva type actions; and he was extremely intelligent and always wanted to learn everything Tsongkhapa presented his mature philosophy in a series of volumes during the later period of his life, beginning with the publication of his most famous work, the Great Exposition of the Stages of the Path (Lam rim chen mo) in 1402, at the age of 46. 4. Introduction to Lam Rim Chen Mo The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment is one of the worlds great monument of philosophy and spirituality as well as one of the most renowned works of Buddhist thought and practice to have been composed in Tibet. Using Atishas Lamp of the Path as his base, Lama Tsongkhapa created this masterpiece in 1402. it would soon become one of the most renowned books of spiritual practice and philosophy in Tibetan Buddhism. Extracting the very essence of the three pitakas and twelve collections and present a teaching which is direct, organized and indispensable for all those who wish to practice Buddhahood. A treasure map which leads us to discover the treasures fast and accurately 5. What is The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightment Great Treatise: a detailed explanation of the stages for ordinary people to reach the heart of enlightenment Stages: the steps that leads to the journey (path) Path: a way to reach this goal Enlightenment: a title given in Buddhism to the specific awakening experience, it is sometimes described as complete and perfect sanity, or awareness of the true nature of the universe 6. BASIC BEFORE PATH : Mental preparation SMALL CAPACITY: striving for a rebirth in the upper realms MEDIUM CAPACITY: striving for liberation of cyclic existence GREAT CAPACITY: striving for complete Buddhahood MAIN SECTIONS 7. Introduction of Venerable Ri Chang + Watch video 8. Break time~ 9. Basic before the path 1. How to Listen to and Explain the Teachings; 2. Relying on the Teacher; 3. The Meditation Session; 4. A Human Life of Leisure and Opportunity; 5. The Three Types of Person (A general presentation of the path) 10. The Stages of the Path for Persons of Small Capacity has four parts: 1. Mindfulness of Death; 2. Reflecting on Your Future Life; 3. Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels; 4. The Varieties of Karma 11. The Stages of the Path for Persons of Medium Capacity has four aspects 1. Reflection on the Truth of Suffering; 2. Reflection on the Origin of Suffering; 3. The Twelve Factors of Dependent-Arising 4. Ascertaining the Nature of the Path Leading to Liberation 12. 1. How to develop the Spirit of Enlightenment; 2. The Six Perfections; 3. Concentration/ serenity 4. Wisdom/insight The Stages of the Path for Persons of Great Capacity, and Serenity and Insight has four aspects: 13. Six perfections training in the perfection of generosity training in the perfection of ethics training in the perfection of patience training in the perfection of joyful effort training in the perfection of concentration/ serenity training in the perfection of wisdom/insight 14. BASIC BEFORE PATH : Mental preparation SMALL CAPACITY: striving for a rebirth in the upper realms MEDIUM CAPACITY: striving for liberation of cyclic existence GREAT CAPACITY: striving for complete Buddhahood SUMMARY 15. Basic before path Small capacity Medium capacity Great capacity Buddhahood Stages of path to enlightenment Final goal Provisional goal 16. How fortunate beings are led to Buddhahood by the ways of the stages of the path to enlightenment Contain the key points of all of the Conquerors scriptures; Are the pathways forged by two great trailblazers, Nagarjuna and Asanga; Are the system for supreme beings progressing to the state of omniscience; Fully comprise all the stages practiced by the three types of persons. 17. The reason for establishing study group 18. The reason for establishing study group Have deeper understanding and impression of buddhism Protection against slacking off Make our study go smoothly in this life, and will born in an Buddhist organization in the next life. 19. Watch Video: group/teamwork 20. The teachings from The Great Treatise are so beautiful, this is the treasure that can never be used up, hope that all of us can explore it with our heart and taste the sweet dew of dharma By Venerable Ri Chang

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