Lamrim Meditation Course at Chenrezig Institute

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Eudlo, Australia (Archive #163)

These teachings were given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at a one-month meditation course held at Chenrezig Institute, Eudlo, Australia, in May 1975. This historic event, attended by 120 students, was the first meditation course at the center. The course was based on The Wish-fulfilling Golden Sun, Rinpoche’s first lamrim book, and includes many checking meditations led by Rinpoche. First edit by Ven. Thubten Labdron (Trisha Donnelly), second edit by Sandra Smith, August 2021.

Go to the Index page to view an outline of topics and click on the links to go directly to any of the first twelve lectures. The remaining eleven lectures and a PDF of the transcript are forthcoming.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Chenrezig Institute, Eudlo, Australia, May 1975.
Lamrim Course Index Page

The Index Page provides an outline of the topics discussed in each of the lectures. Click on the links below to go directly to a particular lecture.

Lecture 1
  • The purpose of the course
  • Mind is the source of all suffering
  • Only Dharma can cure suffering
  • Why we need to check up
  • Beginningless mind
Lecture 2
  • Mind is the source of suffering
  • How the Dharma is the source of happiness
  • Introduction to the course
  • Pain and fear
  • Qualifications of a guru
  • Finding a qualified guru
  • Marpa and Naropa
Lecture 3
  • Qualities of the guru
  • Story of Atisha and his guru, Serlingpa
  • Qualities of the disciple
  • How to practice
  • The power of buddha images
Lecture 4
  • Shantideva
  • Finding a perfect human rebirth
  • Teaching and listening to the Dharma
  • The existence of other realms
  • Karma
  • How visualization works
  • Meditation on the six realms and the eight freedoms
Lecture 5
  • Watching the mind
  • Meditation techniques
  • The meaning of Guru Shakyamuni Buddha mantra
  • How karmic imprints make it easy to learn new things
Lecture 6
  • The importance of bodhicitta
  • Meditation on the perfect human rebirth
  • No difference between ordinary actions of humans and animals
  • The purpose of the outlines
  • How to practice meditation
Lecture 7
  • The evil thought of the worldly dharmas
  • We will experience the suffering results of our actions
  • Removing the causes of suffering
  • Enduring hardships of Dharma practice
  • Dharma is the method to cut the cause of suffering
  • Checking meditation
Lecture 8
  • Bodhicitta brings sublime happiness to sentient beings
  • Checking the usefulness of our lives
  • Why negative minds are not pure
  • Is there a creator God?
  • Spiritual and non-spiritual actions defined
  • The shortcomings of attachment
  • Renouncing the evil thought of the worldly dharmas
Lecture 9
  • Karma
  • The rarity of a perfect human rebirth    
Lecture 10
  • The blind turtle
  • Meditating on the rarity of the perfect human rebirth
  • Overcoming laziness to meditate
  • Making this human life meaningful
  • Offering food while eating
Lecture 11
  • Causes of Guru Shakyamuni Buddha’s holy body
  • Our perception is not reliable
  • Story of Lekpai Karma
  • Need to purify obscurations and collect merit to see the buddhas
  • Story of Aredoba
  • Story of Sachen Kunga Nyingpo 
  • We cannot trust our ordinary view
  • The mistaken view of self-existent appearance
    • Precepts 1
      • Motivation
      • Ceremony
      • Awareness of each precept
      • Karmic results of breaking precepts    
Lecture 12
  • The jewel of bodhicitta
  • The objects of refuge
  • The knowledge of Buddha’s holy speech
  • Buddha gives different answers according to our level of mind
  • The knowledge of Buddha’s holy mind
  • Omniscient mind is everywhere and sees everything all the time
  • Story of Kadampa Geshe Ben Gungyal
  • “Abandon dirt, abandon smell”

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