Lamrim Year

By Lama Thubten Yeshe, By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Our forthcoming book, Lamrim Year, is an essential guide for meditators who want to develop their mind in the graduated path to enlightenment (lamrim). This book presents the entire path in the form of a 365-day study program, using a page-per-day format which includes a quote by either Lama Yeshe or Lama Zopa Rinpoche, followed by a teaching extract from the respective teacher and a recap. The text on each page has been selected from both published and unpublished teachings of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and offers a taste of their teaching style and scope.

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Currently in production, publication is imminent. The book will be available as a paperback and ebook. Click on the chapter links on this page to read the Editor's Preface and a sample of pages from Lamrim Year.

Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche on the veranda at Tushita Retreat Centre, Dharamsala, India, 1973. From the collection of Adele Hulse.
Introduction to Lamrim Year

The most important thing is the continuity of developing your mind in the lamrim, the stages of the path to enlightenment.
It doesn’t matter if you are in Africa, Tibet, on the moon, in Iraq or wherever, whether you are rich or poor: continue to develop your mind in the lamrim. That is the most important thing.

—Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Lamrim Year is a standalone one-year study program for anyone who wants to taste the essence of this ancient and powerful set of Buddhist teachings.

It is inspired by Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice to the students of Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore, in April 2013 to meditate on the lamrim teachings over the period of a year, commencing with two months’ study of guru devotion.

The 365-day outline and interdependent elements of Lamrim Year provide a clear and practical structure that is suitable for both individual and group study and will support students of various capabilities in establishing and maintaining a regular lamrim meditation practice.

The quote at the top of each page is both an introduction to and a summary of the day’s meditation topic. The text on each page summarizes the key points of the lamrim topic according to the outline of the renowned book, Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, by Pabongka Rinpoche. Along with the accompanying quote, it has been selected from the published or unpublished teachings of either Lama Yeshe or Lama Zopa Rinpoche and offers a taste of their teaching style and scope.

The three recaps below the text summarize the key points from each paragraph, providing a quick and practical way for students to review their understanding of the material. The references in italics at the bottom of each page closely follow the outline of Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. They provide a point of reference and navigational guide through the lamrim topics, from beginning to end.

Sources are listed on the LYWA website for students who wish to explore the material more deeply.

In addition to following the individual lamrim topics, Rinpoche recommends reciting at least one complete lamrim overview each day. One such overview—The Foundation of All Good Qualities—is included in the appendix to Lamrim Year. Others can be found in the lamrim section of the FPMT website at Rinpoche’s advice is to do effortful meditation on the lamrim again and again until stable realizations are achieved.

The ultimate aspiration of Lamrim Year is to inspire and support people at all stages on the Buddhist path to put the lamrim into practice and to gain lasting realizations, thereby creating the cause for the peace and happiness for themselves and all living beings.

The lamrim contains everything we need to take us all the way to the ultimate state of enlightenment. In fact, I can definitely say that the lamrim is the very essence of the Dharma.
—Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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