Module 8 Establishing a Daily Practice

Module 8 -Establishing a Daily Practice

Session 1: Introduction

  • Motivation
  • Introduction
  • Overview
  • Lama Zopa’s Rinpoche’s advice for Discovering BUDDHISM students
  • Concluding remarks – and what do you want out of this course?
  • Closing meditation
  • Dedication

Session 2: Setting up a meditation session

  • Motivation
  • Overview
  • Meditation manuals
  • The six preparatory practices
  • Dedication

Session 3: What meditations to do in what order

  • Motivation
  • Review
  • The Graduated Path to Enlightenment, Lamrim
  • How to take help and to do meditation on the Lamrim
  • The goal of Buddhadharma
  • Generating the experience
  • A multi-pronged approach
  • Dedication

Session 4 x 2: What to do in between sessions

  • Motivation
  • Review
  • Protecting our minds
  • Training in the Eight Verses
  • Lam-rim colored glasses
  • Walking meditation
  • Other helpful activities
  • Everyday Dharma
  • Living in vows
  • Prayer wheels
  • Rejoicing
  • When difficulties arise
  • Weekly meditation practice
  • Concluding remarks
  • Dedication
  • Yoga of eating
  • Yoga of sleeping

Session 5: Dealing with obstacles to success

  • Motivation
  • Importance of daily practice
  • Activities to bring success in our practice
  • Heartfelt requests
  • Accumulating merit
  • Purification Practices
  • Prostration to the 35 Buddhas
  • Requesting prayers and chants
  • Other forms of purification
  • Practice requirements for Discovering BUDDHISM
  • Balance in practice
  • Dedication

Session 6: Summary for Establishing a Daily Practice

  • Motivation
  • What constitutes a daily practice
  • Sleeping, dreaming and waking up
  • Morning practice session
  • Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche
  • Importance of retreat
  • Essential Buddhist prayers
  • Concluding meditation

Guided Meditations

  • Meditation One: Shakyamuni Buddha practice with single-pointed concentration and Refuge Prayer. (A transcript pages 92 to 96 PDF)
  • Meditation Two: Shakyamuni Buddha with extensive Seven-limb Prayer and mantra recitation. (A transcript pages 97 to 102 PDF)
  • Meditation Three: Shakyamuni Buddha practice with Lam-rim meditation on the Perfect Human Rebirth. (A transcript pages 103 to 109 PDF)
  • Meditation Four: A Short Vajrasattva Practice.(A transcript pages 110 to 113 PDF) 
  • Meditation Five: Concluding meditation, mantra chanting, and dissolution
    (A transcript pages 114 to 117 PDF)

Miscellaneous Prayers (Available in Meditation Five)

  • Mantra of Shakyamuni Buddha
  • Refuge Chant
  • Vajrasattva Mantra
  • Heruka Vajrasattva Mantra
  • Guru Shakyamuni Prayer and Mantra
  • Ceremony for Taking the Eight Mayahana Precepts
  • Suggested Verses to stimulate remembrance 

Recommended readings:

These readings are available with this course in PDF format:
it is one PDF-file, link to this. see the folder DB Module 8

This PDF has also transcripts for all these teaching – and meditation sessions.

-Advice for Daily Practice, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (Page 4 of PDF)
-Setting Up an Altar (Page 6 of PDF)
Making Life Meaningful, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (Page 9 of PDF)
The Great Value of Being Human, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (Page 15 of PDF)
How to Meditate on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, by Pabongkha Rinpoche (Page 55 of PDF)
The Wish-Fulfilling Golden Sun, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. (Pages 10–38 and pages 136–140 PDF). The full version of this text is also available as a PDF Download.


The following books are also part of the required readings. – We have Lamrim-books in Yeshe Norbu Library – which can be used as reference literature:

Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, Wisdom Publications.
(1997 gold edition (pp. 129–247 & 307–32) or 2006 blue edition (pp. 103-213 & 270-87).
-The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, by Lama Tsongkhapa,
Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3. Snow Lion Publications.
Lam-rim Outlines, by Ven. Karin Valham, Kopan Monastery, Nepal.
– Commentary on Lama Tsongkhapa´s Lamrim by Geshe Lhundup Sopa.
Making Life Meaningful, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche (LYWA)
– Practice Text: A Daily Meditation on Shakyamuni Buddha, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Booklet published by FPMT.

Recommended Resource Materials for ‘Establishing a Daily Practice’:

The following resources by the FPMT education department are suggested as additional resources for students who wish to deepen their understanding of the material in this course.

The Direct and Unmistaken Method – commentary on the Eight Mahayana Precepts.