These collected oral teachings by Gelek Rimpoche and guests on various dharma topics are easily downloadable for a minimal fee.
14 lessons in high quality MP3
In this series you will be listening to an original teaching by Gelek Rimpoche during the fall of 2007 at the Garrison Institute in Garrison, New York.
One of the important Lojong (Mind Training) teachings, it identifies self-cherishing and self-grasping as the main culprits responsible for all our suffering and offers effective countermeasures in terms of observing karma, developing love and compassion and cultivating wisdom.
Rimpoche offers the living tradition of the teachings of the Buddha in a style that western minds can understand, without losing the essence and impact of Buddhist thought and practice.
Fourteen sessions in total that range from 20 to 60 minutes in length.
Lesson Number 1 of 14
Rimpoche begins this lesson with helping us to understand the meaning of lojong, designed to uplifting ourselves from our present spiritual level towards total enlightenment. He highlights the primary focus of our practice of “training the mind.”
Lesson Number 2 of 14
The great Mahayana way of training the mind is introduced through the discussion of The Wheel of Sharp Weapons. In this lesson Rimpoche explains the meaning of “Striking at the Vital Points of the Enemy”, in particular a detailed discussion of who the enemy is in this case.
Lesson Number 3 of 14
Rimpoche begins this lesson with a brief description of the Fearless Yamantaka and yidams in general. In addition, Rimpoche explains in detail the symbolisms and stories within the Wheel of Sharp Weapons.
Lesson Number 4 of 14
Rimpoche begins this lesson with an oral transmission and offers more detail on why Bodhisattvas comes back to samsara to help. A thorough discussion of samsara is presented to continue to build an understanding of the workings of contaminated consciousness.
Lesson Number 5 of 14
In this lesson Rimpoche presents a brief explanation of the Lam Rim and it’s importance to our spiritual development and also takes us through the preliminaries and seven limbs as everyday requirements of spiritual practice.
Lesson Number 6 of 14
This lesson focuses on Rimpoche answering questions from the audience that range from dealing with ego to attachment, and concludes with a discussion of women’s ordination in Buddhism.
Lesson Number 7 of 14
In this lesson Gelek Rimpoche explains the concept of Guru Devotion as well as two ways to develop bodhimind: the seven stage of development shared through Maitreya and Asanga, and the exchange stage of bodhimind detailed by Nargajuna and others. He concludes with a teaching on fulfilling our lives shared by the Buddha 2,600 years ago.
Lesson Number 8 of 14
This lesson deepens the focus on the foundations of the Bodhisattva’s way of practicing. Rimpoche touches on the hero and heroine aspect of Bodhi mind and discusses past and present lives and their results in shaping our current and future lives.
Lesson Number 9 of 14
The theme of this lesson is Vajrayana, the esoteric aspect of Buddhist practice that enables us to move towards enlightenment rapidly. Rimpoche calls it “The icing on the Cake”, as he explains the steps leading to a full embrace of vajrayana practice.
Lesson Number 10 of 14
This lesson continues with the oral transmission of the Wheel of Sharp Weapons. Rimpoche then focuses on the concepts of attachment, self-grasping and reveals the subtle meaning in the story of the peacock.
Lesson Number 11 of 14
In this lesson Rimpoche spends time on the oral transmission and then continues the description of the Wheel of Sharp Weapons, carefully discussing specific karmic consequences illustrated by the stories provided in the root text.
Lesson Number 12 of 14
This lesson contains a question and answer session that ranges from a discussion on self-grasping to toxic relationships and how the Bodhisattva practitioner is able to navigate the samsaric world.
Lesson Number 13 of 14
This lesson continues with Rimpoche speaking to the audience’s questions about relationships, suffering and how one’s practice of learning, thinking and meditating acts to defeat the afflictive emotions. He concludes with emphasizing the importance of opening our hearts and reminds us that our lives are in our hands.
Lesson Number 14 of 14
Rimpoche begins this lesson discussing relative and absolute bodhimind and then revisits the seven limbs, giving us a unique perspective of this essential practice through stories and lineage references, before returning to our home base of love and compassion.