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TEACHINGS FOR THE 
GREAT SCOPE PRACTITIONER

(ONE WISHING TO ACHIEVE ENLIGHTENMENT FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL SENTIENT BEINGS)

   "The supreme practice of the Dharma is the practice of the Great Vehicle. Fundamental to the Great Vehicle is the development of the awakening mind, which has a greater concern for others than for oneself."
Quotation from page 145 of Awakening the Mind, Lightening the Heart
by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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Introduction to Mahayana Buddhism
and the Altruistic Intention

TEACHING

Part a
(20 minutes)
mahayana1_a.ram mahayana1_a.rm
Part b
(20 minutes)
mahayana1_b.ram mahayana1_b.rm
Meditation
(4.5 minutes)
mahayana1_med.ram mahayana1_med.rm
Post Meditation Discussion
(26 minutes)
mahayana1post_med.ram mahayana1post_med.rm

 

Transforming Problems and Difficulties Into the Path

TEACHING

Lesson 1, Part a
(30 minutes)

transforming1_a.ram

transforming1_a.rm

Lesson 1, Part b
(29 minutes)

transforming1_b.ram

transforming1_b.rm

Lesson 2, Part a
(36 minutes)

transforming2_a.ram

transforming2_a.rm

Lesson 2, Part b
(31 minutes)

transforming2_b.ram transforming2_b.rm

Lesson 3, Part a
(27 minutes)

transforming3_a.ram transforming3_a.rm

Lesson 3, Part b
(27 minutes)

transforming3_b.ram transforming3_b.rm

Lesson 4, Part a
(38 minutes)

transforming4_a.ram transforming4_a.rm

Lesson 4, Part b
(39 minutes)

transforming4_b.ram transforming4_b.rm

 

Seven Point Cause and Effect Training

TEACHING

Lesson 1, Part a
(26 minutes)
7pt1_a.ram

7pt1_a.rm

Lesson 1, Part b
(28 minutes)
7pt1_b.ram 7pt1_b.rm
Lesson 2, Part a
(24 minutes)
7pt2_a.ram 7pt2_a.rm
Lesson 2, Part b
(25 minutes)
7pt2_b.ram 7pt2_b.rm
Lesson 2, Meditation
(10.5 minutes)
7pt2_med.ram 7pt2_med.rm
Lesson 3
(20 minutes)
7pt3.ram 7pt3.rm
Lesson 3, Meditation
(9 minutes)
7pt3_med.ram 7pt3_med.rm
Lesson 3, Discussion
(33 minutes)
7pt3_post_med.ram 7pt3_post_med.rm
Lesson 4, Part a
(26 minutes)
7pt4_a.ram 7pt4_a.rm
Lesson 4, Part b
(28.5 minutes)
7pt4_b.ram 7pt4_b.rm
Lesson 4, Meditation
(15.5 minutes)
7pt4_med.ram 7pt4_med.rm
Lesson 4, Discussion
(16 minutes)
7pt4_post_med.ram 7pt4_post_med.rm
Lesson 5
(27 minutes)
7pt5.ram 7pt5.rm
Lesson 5, Meditation
(12.5 minutes)
7pt5_med.ram 7pt5_med.rm
Lesson 5, Discussion
(13.5 minutes
7pt5_post_med.ram 7pt5_post_med.rm
Lesson 6-partial session
(13.5 minutes)
7pt6.ram 7pt6.rm
Lesson 7, Part a
(29.5 minutes)
7pt7_a.ram 7pt7_a.rm
Lesson 7, Part b
(30 minutes)
7pt7_b.ram 7pt7_b.rm
Lesson 7, Meditation
(6 minutes)
7pt7_med.ram 7pt7_med.rm

 

Teachings on the Six Far Reaching Attitudes

TEACHING

  Generosity, Part a  (24.5 minutes)

6att_1a.ram 6att_1a.rm

  Generosity, Part b  (22.5 minutes)

 6att_1b.ram  6att_1b.rm

       Morality, Part a  (27.5 minutes)

6att_2a.ram 6att_2a.rm

       Morality, Part 1b  (27 minutes)

 6att_2b.ram   6att_2b.rm

  Patience, Part 1a  (19.5 minutes)

6att_3a.ram 6att_3a.rm

  Patience, Part 1b  (22.5 minutes)

6att_3b.ram 6att_3b.rm

       Patience, Part 2a  (26 minutes)

6att_4a.ram 6att_4a.rm

       Patience, Part 2b  (28 minutes)

6att_4b.ram 6att_4b.rm

       Prayers and Meditation
       on Patience  (16 minutes)

6att_4_prayers.ram 6att_4_prayers.rm
  Patience, Part 3a  (23.5 minutes) 6att_5a.ram 6att_5a.rm
  Patience, Part 3b  (23 minutes) 6att_5b.ram 6att_5b.rm
  Patience, Part 3c  (13 minutes) 6att_5c.ram 6att_5c.rm
       Enthusiastic Endeavor, Part a  (24.5 minutes)
     (Sorry, a previous class was not recorded.)
6att_6a.ram 6att_6a.rm
       Enthusiastic Endeavor, Part b  (22 minutes) 6att_6b.ram 6att_6b.rm
       Enthusiastic Endeavor, Part c  (24.5 minutes) 6att_6c.ram 6att_6c.rm
  Concentration, Part 1a  (21.5 minutes) 6att_7a.ram 6att_7a.rm
  Concentration, Part 1b  (23.5 minutes) 6att_7b.ram 6att_7b.rm
  Concentration, Part 1c  (21 minutes) 6att_7c.ram 6att_7c.rm
       Concentration, Part 2a  (18.5 minutes) 6att_8a.ram 6att_8a.rm
       Concentration, Part 2b  (16 minutes) 6att_8b.ram 6att_8b.rm
       Concentration, Part 2c  (15.5 minutes) 6att_8c.ram 6att_8c.rm
       Concentration, Part 2d  (18 minutes) 6att_8d.ram 6att_8d.rm
  Concentration, Part 3a  (26 minutes) 6att_9a.ram 6att_9a.rm
  Concentration, Part 3b  (21.5 minutes) 6att_9b.ram 6att_9b.rm
  Concentration, Part 3c  (22.5 minutes) 6att_9c.ram 6att_9c.rm
 
       Wisdom, Part 1a  (  minutes) wisdom1a.ram wisdom1a.rm
       Wisdom, Part 1b  (  minutes) wisdom1b.ram wisdom1b.rm
       Wisdom, Part 1c  (  minutes) wisdom1c.ram wisdom1c.rm
  Wisdom, Part 2a  (  minutes) wisdom2a.ram wisdom2a.rm
  Wisdom, Part 2b  (  minutes) wisdom2b.ram wisdom2b.rm
  Wisdom, Part 2c  (  minutes) wisdom2c.ram wisdom2c.rm
       Wisdom, Part 3a  (  minutes) wisdom3a.ram wisdom3a.rm
       Wisdom, Part 3b  (  minutes) wisdom3b.ram wisdom3b.rm
       Wisdom, Part 3c  (  minutes) wisdom3c.ram wisdom3c.rm
  Wisdom, Part 4a  (  minutes) wisdom4a.ram wisdom4a.rm
  Wisdom, Part 4b  (  minutes) wisdom4b.ram wisdom4b.rm
  Wisdom, Part 4c  (  minutes) wisdom4c.ram wisdom4c.rm
  Wisdom, Part 4d  (  minutes) wisdom4d.ram wisdom4d.rm

 

BODHISATTVA VOWS

 

  Bodhisattva Vows, Part 1a *
  (23.5  minutes)

bodhisattva_vows1a.ram

bodhisattva_vows1a.rm

  Bodhisattva Vows, Part 1b
  (23.5  minutes)

bodhisattva_vows1b.ram

bodhisattva_vows1b.rm

  Bodhisattva Vows, Part 2a
  (21  minutes)

bodhisattva_vows2a.ram

bodhisattva_vows2a.rm

  Bodhisattva Vows, Part 2b
  (22  minutes)

bodhisattva_vows2b.ram

bodhisattva_vows2b.rm

  Bodhisattva Vows, Part 2c
  (21.5  minutes)

bodhisattva_vows2c.ram

bodhisattva_vows2c.rm

*  See the Eighteen Root Infractions and Forty-Six Secondary Infractions of the Bodhisattva Vows


MEDITATIONS

Instruction on
TONGLEN MEDITATION
THE PRACTICE OF GIVING AND RECEIVING

    "We should not think of the awakening mind merely as an object of admiration, something to pay respect to. It is something we should generate within ourselves. We have the ability and option to do so. You may have been a horribly selfish person in the earlier part of your life, but with determination you can transform your mind. You may become like the person described in a prayer, who 'never expects to work for her own purpose, but always works for the benefit of others.'
    As human beings we have  intelligence and courage. Provided we use them, we will be able to achieve what we set out to do. I personally have no experience of the awakening mind, but when I was in my thirties I used to reflect on the Four Noble Truths and compare the possibility of attaining liberation and developing the awakening mind. I used to think that attaining liberation for myself possible. But when I thought about the awakening mind, it seemed quite far off. I used to think that even though it was a marvelous quality, it would be really difficult to achieve.
    Time has passed and I have entered my forties and then my fifties, and even though I still have not developed the awakening mind I feel quite close to it. Now I think that if I work hard enough I may be able to develop it. Hearing and thinking about the awakening mind makes me feel happy and sad at the same time. Like everyone else, I too experience negative emotions like anger, jealousy, and competitiveness, but due to repeated familiarity I also feel that I am getting closer to the awakening mind. It is a unique quality of the mind that once you get familiar with a particular object, your mind gains stability in relation to it. Unlike physical progress, which is subject to natural restrictions, the qualities of the mind can be developed limitlessly. The mind is like a fire, which, if you continually feed it, will become hotter. There is nothing that does not get easier with familiarity."

Quotation from page 104 of Awakening the Mind, Enlightening the Heart by
His Holiness the Dalai Lama

    "Prayers and practices are done repeatedly in order to gain familiarity and experience with them. We 'practice Dharma' precisely because we are not yet able to do it perfectly. By repeatedly training in the pratices included in this book under the guidance of a qualified teacher, we gradually learn to do the practices well, thereby transforming our mind and improving the quality of our daily life."

Quotation from the back cover of Pearl of Wisdom, Book II  
by Ven. Thubten Chodron.

    Tonglen is one of two principal means described in lam rim teachings for developing the awakened and compassionate mind.

MEDITATION SESSIONS

SESSION 1, PART a
(33 minutes)

tonglen1_a.ram tonglen1_a.rm

SESSION 1, PART b
(25 minutes)

tonglen1_b.ram tonglen1_b.rm
SESSION 2, PART a
(36 minutes)
tonglen2_a.ram tonglen2_a.rm
SESSION 2, PART b
(49 minutes)
tonglen2_b.ram tonglen2_b.rm
SESSION 3
(40  minutes)
tonglen3.ram tonglen3.rm
SESSION 4, PART a
(33  minutes)
tonglen4_a.ram tonglen4_a.rm
SESSION 4, PART b
(20.5 minutes)
tonglen4_b.ram tonglen4_b.rm
SESSION 5, PART a
(32 minutes)
tonglen5_a.ram tonglen5_a.rm
SESSION 5, PART b
(29 minutes)
tonglen5_b.ram tonglen5_b.rm

 

Praises and Requests to the Twenty-One Taras
Introduction to the Meditation Practice

INSTRUCTION

PART A  (23 minutes)

tara_1a.ram

tara_1a.rm

PART B  (13 minutes)

tara_1b.ram

tara_1b.rm

PART C  (11.5 minutes)

tara_1c.ram

tara_1c.rm

PART D  (8 minutes)

tara_1d.ram

tara_1d.rm

 

1999 TOUR OF THE
NUNS OF 
KHACHOE GHAKYIL (KOPAN) NUNNERY

    Ten nuns from the Kopan Nunnery in Kathmandu presented sacred music, chant, dance and art in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition during an appearance in Colorado Springs, at Shove Chapel  on May 4, 1999.     The nuns come from a nunnery of almost two hundred nuns. For them the tour is a way of fundraising for additional housing, so that more nuns may be accepted into the nunnery, to provide medical care and for the creation of a food fund for future needs. The tour is dedicated to cultivating an awareness of the unique civilization of the Tibetan people, its cultural heritage, its Buddhist religion and its political tradition.

The following recorded chants and prayers are not from the nuns regular program, but were recorded during their visit with our members at a meditation session in Shove Chapel.

SELECTION

TAKING REFUGE

nuns1.ram nuns1.rm
THE FOUR IMMEASURABLES nuns2.ram nuns2.rm
SEVEN LIMB PRAYER nuns3.ram nuns3.rm
PRAISE TO THE 21 TARAS nuns4.ram nuns4.rm
VISUALIZATION AND 
TARA MANTRA
nuns5.ram nuns5.rm
REQUESTING PRAYER nuns6.ram nuns6.rm
DEDICATION IN ENGLISH nuns7.ram nuns7.rm
DEDICATION nuns8.ram nuns8.rm
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS nuns9.ram nuns9.rm

     During 1999 the Nuns of  Khachoe Ghakil (Kopan) Nunnery visited more than a hundred cities offering their Buddhist cultural performance, undertaking speaking engagements and presenting the sacred art of making sand mandalas. Their theme for the tour was "Women’s Freedom and Spiritual Liberation."

 

THE ONE-THOUSAND ARMED CHENRESIG MEDITATION

 

Guided Meditation  (30 minutes)

1000arm.ram

1000arm.rm


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ANOTHER TECHNICAL NOTE: These recordings are offered so that those without the benefit of a Buddhist teacher may have an opportunity to listen and be a part of our center's classes which were conducted by Venerable Tenzin Kacho beginning in the fall of 1998 and went through 1999. Please forgive the unprofessional quality of these recordings. There is some discussion by our members that was only faintly picked up by the microphone placed in front of Ani-la. An effort was made to increase the amplification of many of these remarks, but most were audible or nearly audible and can best be heard by the listener increasing their volume in "Real Audio." On most occasions Ani-la's response clarifies the question. The effort to bring these edited recordings to you has been considerable and we hope very much that you find them helpful in your study and practice.


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