Words of My Perfect Teacher (March 17th, 2024): Session 2 Supplemental Readings, Questions and Answers

We will now include the option of supplemental readings to our Sunday teachings on Words of My Perfect Teacher. You can learn more about this series of teachings on the Series page.

The recording of Session 2 can be found here on Lama Yeshe Ling’s YouTube Channel.

Session 2 Supplemental Readings:

For those who have Words of My Perfect Teacher, Padmakara edition:
pages 3-8.

For All Students:
Read the section on “The Ordinary Preliminaries” in A Torch for the Path to Omniscience: A Word-by-Word Commentary on the Text of the Longchen Nyingtik Preliminary Practices by Chökyi Drakpa.

A Torch for the Path to Omniscience | Lotsawa House

Session 2 Questions & Answers:

1. What are the six “outer preliminaries” according to the text of Words of My Perfect Teacher?

a. The Difficulty of Finding the Freedoms and Advantages
b. The Impermanence of Life
c. The defects of samsara
d. Actions: The Principle of Cause and Effect
e. The Benefits of Liberation
f. How to Follow a Spiritual Friend

2. Which is more important, the way one listens to dharma or the motivation?

The motivation is the most important.

3. What was the main reason that Lord Milarepa hid from his disciple in the horn?

His disciple had developed pride due to traveling to India to receive teachings and transmissions and began to think that his qualities might outweigh Milarepa’s. By demonstrating this seemingly miraculous ability, Milarepa was able to reduce his disciple’s pride.