In November 2010 Geshe Michael will begin a new series of courses on the Lam Rim or Steps of the Path to Enlightenment. This got us thinking about another extraordinary teaching that Geshe Michael gave on the Lam Rim back in 2005 at Diamond Mountain University. This is a beautiful series of classes called Living Lam Rim which followed the passing of his Lama, Seramey Khensur Geshe Lobsang Tharchin, in Dec. 2004.
After spending many years at His teacher’s side, Geshe Michael teaches us the Steps of the Path to Enlightenment using beautiful examples and stories of how His own teacher’s life reflected these Lam Rim teachings. One of the greatest ways to learn these teachings is simply to observe the behavior of a great teacher who has received and mastered these teachings themselves.
This also includes one long class (class 7) which was taught by Geshe Lobsang Thardo (Geshe Lothar), who is Khen Rinpoche’s nephew, and was visiting Diamond Mountain University at that time. In his talk, he recounted their escape from Tibet in 1959. He said we could post this to the internet only so that people could know what happened, and not so people would feel sorry for him or think he was a hero, etc.
What’s available below is the first half of this teaching. We’re currently preparing the audio for second half and will make them available here shortly. Stay tuned!
We thought it would be helpful here to include an outline of the entire Lam Rim. This one is from a classic work on the steps of the path (lam rim) written by His Holiness the First Panchen Lama, Lobsang Chukyi Gyeltsen (1570-1662), which in Tibetan is called De Lam. The full english name of this extraordinary text is called The Path to Bliss, a Dissection Text on the Steps of the Path to Enlightenment. This was extracted from the readings from ACI-DMU Tantric Series Course 3.