Lam Rim Resources

The Stages of the Path (lam rim) represents a synthesis of the entire path to enlightenment. Based on Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, they present the essence of all the Buddha’s teachings in a clear and concise way, easy to understand and apply in meditation.

‘The most important and best way to benefit others is to develop your heart and mind on the path to enlightenment. When you complete the path to enlightenment you will be fully qualified to liberate numberless sentient beings from oceans of samsaric suffering and bring them to full enlightenment. This is what sentient beings need and this is what is most beneficial for them. There is no greater success than this. This depends upon your actualizing the path to enlightenment by meditating on the lam-rim’. – Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Contents

Video Teachings

We are incredibly fortunate to have access to a huge library of Lam Rim video teachings. Below are a small selection of what can be found by searching the FPMT and individual teacher and FPMT centre’s YouTube channels such as Land of Joy, Jamyang Buddhist Centre London, Nalanda Monastery and Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Thought Transformation Video Series, recorded by FPMT

Khadro-La Teaching at Nalanda Monastery

Karma, Morality & Happiness with Ven Robina Courtin

Courses at Land of Joy

With Ven Robina Courtin: 9th-13th March – this will be offered as an online course if we cannot welcome people onsite.

During this course Ven Robina will offer teachings based on the content of the book ‘How to Face Death Without Fear’ by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, which provides detailed advice on how to help your loved ones prepare for the end of their life with courage, acceptance, and a mind free of fear. This is information we all need but is especially useful for caregivers, health care professionals, chaplains and social workers.

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With Martin Kerrigan: 19th-22nd March

Why do we suffer? How can we change things for the better? Our ability to control external reality is very limited but we can definitely change the way we react to it. During this retreat, through a combination of meditation and discussion, we will be looking at the practical application of Buddhist Psychology, and how we can utilise this, both for or own benefit, and to put us in a better position to help others.

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With Ven Mary Reavey: 30th April – 9th May

Are you curious about Buddhist practice, but don’t know where to begin? Have you attended Buddhist teachings and feel they could be useful for you but don’t know how to meditate on the subjects you’ve studied or how to apply them to your life? This retreat will answer these questions and more.

The retreat will also provide the opportunity to discover and explore the fundamentals of Buddhist meditation.

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Land of Joy’s Course & Retreat Recordings

“Why retreat on the lam-rim? Because of every single teaching of Buddha, of all three vehicles, even one syllable appears as an instruction, as the practice of one person to achieve enlightenment. Not even one syllable should be left out of Buddha’s teachings. The main goal of every single word of Buddha is to tame the mind, because your heart and mind is the creator of all the suffering of samsara, including the three lower realms. So when you transform your heart, you are the creator of your happiness and peace, liberation and enlightenment,” – Lama Zopa Rinpoche

To explore more of Land of Joy’s Previous Retreat Recordings please click here

Other Audio Recordings

Other FPMT centre also share audio recordings of teachings they have provided in the past. In particular Tushita centre in India have an amazing library of single teachings, courses and retreat recordings some of which are shared below. Please click here to explore more of their teachings and here to explore more of their past courses and retreats.

Lam Rim Books

There are a huge number of Lam Rim books available to read. Here we are mainly focusing on those from the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and especially those that reflect FPMT Wisdom Culture. This is only a small selection so we recommend searching places like FPMT’s Foundation Store, Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive & Wisdom Experience as well as other sources to browse for more.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Introductory

Intermediate

In-Depth

Lam Rim Prayers & Practices

Three Principal Aspects of the Path by Je Tsongkhapa

Schedule for Three-Day Lamrim Retreat by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

A Glance Meditation on All the Important Points of the Lamrim by Losang Jinpa

The Foundation of All Good Qualities by Je Tsongkhapa

A Hymn of Experience by Je Tsongkhapa

Calling the Guru from Afar an FPMT Publication

Practicing Guru Devotion with the Nine Attitudes by Mahasiddha Tsogdrub Rangdrol translated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The Graduated Path to Liberation by Geshe Rabten Rinpoche

FPMT Lam Rim Programmes

FPMT offer a vast range of education programs, fulfilling the needs of beginners to advanced practitioners. All FPMT education programs embody FPMT Wisdom Culture.

What You Learn: Basic Buddhist philosophy and principles within a Tibetan Buddhist context for complete beginners. The four noble truths and the path to enlightenment through developing wisdom and compassion. Simple meditation instructions are also provided.

Duration: Five to ten sessions.

How to Participate: Find Buddhism in a Nutshell as part of the Online Learning Center. Alternatively, check whether the course is offered at your closest FPMT center.

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What You Learn: How to overcome the fear of thinking and talking about death. Awareness of the reality of your own and others’ death helps you live life in a more meaningful way. Methods to help yourself and others face death peacefully and even joyfully.

Duration: Five sessions.

How to Participate: Find Heart Advice for Death and Dying as part of the Online Learning Center. Alternatively, check whether the course is offered at your closest FPMT center.

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What You Learn: An experiential taste of teachings and practices in the Tibetan Mahayana Buddhist tradition based on the lamrim, the stages of the path to enlightenment. Includes guided meditations and intensive practice days to integrate the teachings and make life most meaningful.

Duration: Thirteen modules over two years and a fourteenth module of personal integration practices.

How to Participate: Find Discovering Buddhism as part of the Online Learning Center in English and French. Module 2, “How to Meditate” is available free to the public. Alternatively, check whether the course is offered at your closest FPMT center.

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What You Learn: This program is a comprehensive, practice-oriented transmission of the Buddhadharma designed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche for committed students who wish to progress beyond foundational level study and practice.

Duration: Nine main and three supplementary subjects over five years.

How to Participate: The Basic Program is offered in a variety of formats, residential and non-residential, in FPMT centers worldwide. Alternatively, it is also available as Basic Program Online as part of the Online Learning Center.

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What You Learn: This residential program is an intensive, full-time study of Buddhist sutra and tantra, based on the unique vision of Lama Thubten Yeshe and developed with the help of the late Geshe Jampa Gyatso. Inspired by the geshe studies in traditional Gelug monastic universities, it provides serious students of Lama Tsongkhapa’s tradition greater depth of study and practice and the opportunity to become qualified FPMT teachers.

Duration: Six years of study with integrated practice, training, and service components, and one year of retreat.

How to Participate: The Masters Program is currently offered at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, in Italy, and Nalanda Monastery, in France.

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