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LAMRIM RETREAT: PATHS to HAPPINESS

SAT, Jan 8 | 9AM - 5:30PM

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with Resident Teacher, Gen Kelsang Chokyi

We all have the potential for self-transformation, a limitless capacity for the growth of good qualities, but to fulfill this potential we need to know what to do at every stage of our spiritual journey. This meditation retreat offers step-by-step guidance on the meditation practices which will lead us to lasting inner peace and happiness. 

The practical meditations presented in this guided retreat are called Kadam Lamrim which is the condensation of all Buddha’s teachings. 
 

Led by Gen Kelsang Chokyi, Buddhist nun and Resident Teacher at KMC Bloomington. Suitable for all levels of experience. Everyone is welcome.
 

$20/full retreat, $5/session, free to FP and Patron Members

Retreat Schedule
9–10:30am Initial Scope meditations
11am–12:30pm Intermediate Scope meditations
Lunch break 
2- 3:30pm Great Scope meditations
4–5:30pm Great Scope meditations

The Center will be open 30 minutes prior to each session. If you are attending in person, please arrive at least five minutes prior to the time of the session to cherish others. 

 

If you are attending live stream, please register at least 1 hour prior to the retreat and arrive on time to each session. 
 

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ABOUT KADAM LAMRIM
 

The stages of the path to enlightenment, or Lamrim in Tibetan, is the backbone of Kadampa Buddhism.
 

Lamrim is a special set of instructions that includes all the essential teachings of Buddha Shakyamuni arranged in such a way that all his Hinayana and Mahayana teachings can be put into practice in a single meditation session.
 

It was compiled by the great Indian Buddhist Master Atisha, who was invited to Tibet by King Jangchub Ö in AD 1042. Atisha spent the remainder of his life spreading pure Dharma in Tibet.
 

UNBROKEN LINEAGE

There is a completely pure and unbroken lineage of these Lamrim instructions from Buddha Shakyamuni up to our present day Spiritual Guides.
 

Many great Kadampa Teachers have said that it is far more important to gain experience of Lamrim than it is to attain clairvoyance, miracle powers, or high social status.
 

This is true because in previous lives we have often possessed clairvoyance and potent miracle powers, and many times in the past we have been in the highest positions in the human and god realms, but despite this we continue to experience uncontrolled rebirth and physical and mental suffering caused by anger, attachment, jealousy, and confusion.
 

FREEDOM FROM ALL SUFFERING

If we gain deep experience of Lamrim there will be no basis for these problems; we shall be completely free of all of them. First we must understand the value of Lamrim. Then by joyfully and patiently doing the meditations we shall gradually experience the fruits of Lamrim practice.

Eventually we shall attain freedom from all suffering and the unchanging peace and happiness of enlightenment.
 

TWENTY-ONE MEDITATIONS

There are 21 Lamrim meditations, which are usually practiced in a three-week cycle as a daily meditation practice:

  1. Our precious human life

  2. Death and impermanence

  3. The danger of lower rebirth

  4. Refuge practice

  5. Actions and their effects

  6. Developing renunciation for samsara

  7. Developing equanimity

  8. Recognizing that all living beings are our mothers

  9. Remembering the kindness of living beings

  10. Equalizing self and others

  11. The disadvantages of self-cherishing

  12. The advantages of cherishing others

  13. Exchanging self with others

  14. Great compassion

  15. Taking

  16. Wishing love

  17. Giving

  18. Bodhichitta

  19. Tranquil abiding

  20. Superior seeing

  21. Relying upon a Spiritual Guide
     

These meditations, along with instructions on how to practice them and essential background material, can be found in The New Meditation Handbook.
 

An extensive presentation of Lamrim can be found in Geshe Kelsang’s Joyful Path of Good Fortune.