Words of My Perfect Teacher (March 31st, 2024): Session 4 Supplemental Readings, Questions & Answers

We 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 4 can be found here on Lama Yeshe Ling’s YouTube Channel.

Session 4 Supplemental Readings:

For those who have Words of My Perfect Teacher, Padmakara edition:
pages 12-16.

For all students, resources available without copyright:
A Lamp Illuminating the Path to Liberation, pages 13-14.
A_Lamp_Illuminating_the_Path_to_Liberation_2nd_ed.pdf (lhaseylotsawa.org)

Session 4 Questions & Answers:

1. What is the fundamental text by Atiśa that is the inspiration for works on the gradual path such Lama Tsongkhapa’s Great and Middling Treatises on the Stages of the Path, and the first part of Dza Patrul Rinpoche’s Words of My Perfect Teacher?

The Text “Lamp of the Path” (Skt. Bodhipathapradīpa)

2. Which two of the negative emotions are the most difficult to recognize?

Of all the negative emotions, pride and jealousy are the most difficult to recognize.

3. Which verse quoted by Geshe la in the teaching, and Patrul Rinpoche in Words of My Perfect Teacher demonstrated the Buddha’s confidence in our potential for realization?

“I have shown you the methods that lead to liberation,
but you should know that liberation depends upon yourself.”
Geshe Sonam explained that the Buddha would not have stated that liberation depends upon our own efforts if He did not believe we were capable of it.