Module 8 -Establishing a Daily Practice
Session 1: Introduction
- Lama Zopa’s Rinpoche’s advice for Discovering BUDDHISM students
- Concluding remarks – and what do you want out of this course?
- Closing meditation
Session 2: Setting up a meditation session
- Meditation manuals
- The six preparatory practices
Session 3: What meditations to do in what order
- 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
Session 4 x 2: What to do in between sessions
- Protecting our minds
- Training in the Eight Verses
- Lam-rim colored glasses
- Walking meditation
- Other helpful activities
- Everyday Dharma
- Living in vows
- Prayer wheels
- When difficulties arise
- Weekly meditation practice
- Concluding remarks
- Yoga of eating
- Yoga of sleeping
Session 5: Dealing with obstacles to success
- 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
Session 6: Summary for Establishing a Daily Practice
- 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
- 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
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.
- A Daily Meditation on Shakyamuni Buddha – main practice text for this module.
- Basic Altar Set-up and Water Bowl Offerings – practice booklet describing these practices in detail
- Extensive Offering Practice – for making extensive offerings when doing the offering limb of the seven-limbs.
- Essential Buddhist Prayers: An FPMT Prayer Book, Volume 1.
- The Preliminary Practice of Vajrasattva – practice booklet with different practice sadhanas, guidelines for doing the practice, and guidelines for completing 100,000 mantras.
- The Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls, Extensive – Practice and extensive commentary on the meaning of prostrations to the thirty-five Confession Buddhas, how to do the practice, and guidelines for completing 100,000 prostrations.
- The Bodhisattva’s Confession of Moral Downfalls – practice booklet guiding students through the practice.
- How to Offer the Mandala – commentary on the practice of making mandala offerings
The Direct and Unmistaken Method – commentary on the Eight Mahayana Precepts.