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The Wish-fulfilling Golden Sun of the Mahayana Thought Training

  • The Wish-fulfilling Golden Sun of the Mahayana Thought Training by Thubten Zopa – Part 1
  • The Wish-fulfilling Golden Sun of the Mahayana Thought Training by Thubten Zopa – Part 2
  • The Wish-fulfilling Golden Sun of the Mahayana Thought Training by Thubten Zopa – Part 3
  • The Wish-fulfilling Golden Sun of the Mahayana Thought Training by Thubten Zopa – Part 4

All About Karma

March 2017 - April 2017 with Stephanie Smith

Meditation Assignments:

  • Week 1 - Meditation on the Disadvantages of Nonvirtuous Action (Refer to hour 1 minute 20 of this video for instruction)
  • Week 2 - For a few days, meditate on how you ended up at the Kadampa Center for the first time. What are all the interdependent, related reasons? For a few days, do a review meditation on the ten non-virtues and the ten virtues.
  • Week 3 - Repeat the previous meditations.
  • Week 4 - Meditation on a place you know well, one that has changed over time and focus on present, past, and future. (Refer to minute 11 of this video for instruction)

Other Assignments and Resources:

  • Think about how karma is dynamic. Play around with that and see if you can experience something in your life where you have a different experience because of how you are thinking differently, especially in a situation that tends to test your peace of mind. Practice entering the situation with a different mindset.
  • When you are in a store, make a mental offering of all the food -- to family, to people who never see anything like this, and also to all the enlightening beings. (The wish you have creates karma.)
  • Think about something to bring for the altar for the practice day such as a flower, fruit, or candle.
  • Think about tools to use in different situations. In a specific instance, is it more helpful to think about equanimity, karma, purification, compassion, emptiness etc.

Reading Assignments

  • Week 1 - start Karma Readings, and complete at least the first article
  • Week 2 - Continue the readings from Week 1. Next week in class we will discuss the book for this module -- The Wheel of Life: or The Meaning of Life: Buddhist Perspectives of Cause and Effect by His Holiness the Dalai Lama (note that the title changed between editions, but the subtitle is the same)
  • Week 3 - Continue readings. Other required reading for this module: Wish-fulfilling Golden Sun (pp. 76-83) and Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, 1997 gold edition (pp. 430-70) or 2006 blue edition (pp. 386-423)

Presenting the Path

January 2017 - February 2017 with Don Brown

Meditation Assignments:

  • Week 1 - Read "The Three Principal Aspects of the Path" followed by General Meditation
  • Week 2 -  Read "The Three Principal Aspects of the Path" followed by Meditation on Renunciation
  • Week 3 -  Read "The Three Principal Aspects of the Path" followed by Meditation on Renunciation (Try reading part of the prayer, meditating on the sections on Renunciation, then completing the prayer)
  • Week 4 - Read "The Three Principal Aspects of the Path" followed by Meditation on Bodhicitta

Reading Assignments:

  • Presenting the Path – Readings
  • "The Three Principal Aspects of the Path" in Essence of Tibetan Buddhism by Lama Thubten Yeshe available as a pdf on the FPMT website

Presenting the Path Prayers - The Foundation of All Good Qualities and The Three Principles of the Path

Establishing a Daily Practice


Death and Rebirth Handouts

Transforming Problems Handouts