Living in the Path
OnlineRealizing the Lamrim, Emptiness: Smashing the Delusions
Living in the Path is
an online program taught exclusively by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the spiritual
director of the FPMT. Many of the modules are extracted from Rinpoche’s
explanations of the topics of the lamrim – the teachings on the stages of the
path to enlightenment according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition of
Lama Tsongkhapa (Gelug). Other modules cover specific practices intended to
help us purify our negative karma and create the merit necessary to actualize
the lamrim topics.
Living in the Path
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. However, as Rinpoche’s teachings often
assume familiarity with the topics of the lamrim, it is advisable to have done
some prior study of the lamrim, such as by having completed some or all of the
modules of Discovering
In this module of Living in the Path, Lama Zopa
Rinpoche explains the meaning of an often-recited verse from the Vajra
A star, a defective view, a flame,An illusion, a drop of dew, a bubble,A dream, a flash of lightning, a cloud:See causative phenomena as such."
In doing so, Rinpoche urges us to be mindful in our
daily live of how we ourselves and all the objects of our attachment,
anger, and ignorance are impermanent in nature and empty of true
“Look at causative phenomena” basically means that you
recollect the specific objects that are your objects of attachment, anger, and
ignorance. Remember those main objects of the delusions. Then, meditating on
this verse is like throwing an atomic bomb on your enemy, the delusions, in
that instantly they are smashed. (Lama
The course materials consist of 43 pages of lightly edited
transcripts drawn from the Light of the Path Retreats 2009 and 2010 held in
North Carolina, USA. This module is introduced in a video featuring Ven. Lhundup Jamyang.
1. Being Mindful Brings Peace2. It’s Like Throwing an Atomic
Bomb3. Like a Star4. The Remaining Analogies
To help you deepen your personal understanding and
experience of the teachings, the chapters are supplemented with:
A “Certificate of Achievement” is granted upon the
successful completion of all the course requirements.
Important information about your order of online materials: Following your purchase of an online course, you will receive an email with a link to a webpage to download a PDF document which will contain the enrollment key for the course and instructions on how to access the course on the FPMT Online Learning Center.