Taking the Essence

Event Date: 
Repeats every week until Wed May 31 2017 .
April 19, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
April 26, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
May 3, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
May 10, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
May 17, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
May 24, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
May 31, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Transforming A Suffering Life Into Happiness

This program is ideal for anyone who wishes to deepen their personal practice and develop the realizations of the path to enlightenment by relying on Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s heart advice and teachings.  

"My wish is that all of you do this most important practice for generating a Dharma motivation, and especially a bodhichitta motivation, when you open your eyes in the morning. As soon as you wake up, whether your sleep has been positive or negative, you should begin this practice."   (Lama Zopa Rinpoche)

This course is for anyone who has a wish to make every day of your life meaningful for yourself and others by beginning the day with generating the motivation of bodhichitta, blessing your speech, and reciting special mantras so that all who encounter you receive benefit.

In this module of Living in the Path, you will find explanations of the three practices Lama Zopa Rinpoche would like his students to do at the beginning of every day:

  • The Method to Transform a Suffering Life into Happiness (Including Enlightenment): specifically compiled by Lama Zopa Rinpoche as a way for his students to develop a bodhichitta motivation at the beginning of the day
  • Blessing the Speech: to increase the power of speech and prevent its power from being taken away by idle talk and black foods
  • Daily Mantras: the recitation of various mantras for specific purposes.
The Practice Text
Download the practice text either as a free PDF file or eBook from the Foundation Store.
The commentary to The Method to Transform a Suffering Life into Happiness is compiled from various teachings given between 2009 and 2015.
The commentaries to Blessing the Speech and Daily Mantras are mainly extracted from teachings given during Light of the Path Retreat 2009 held in North Carolina, USA. They were originally included in Living in the Path, Module 2: Taking the Essence, "Mantras for the Morning."  



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