This Course is based upon the Treasure House of Higher Knowledge (Abhidharma Kosha) by Master Vasubandhu (350 AD), along with its commentary by the First Dalai Lama, as well as sections of the Great Book of the Steps to Buddhahood (Lamrim Chenmo) by Je Tsongkapa (1357-1419).
Topics include: The three main realms of existence; the 17 levels of the form realm; the six types of beings of the desire realm; the four levels of the formless realm; ways of taking birth; all of the different realms of existence and the beings inhabiting them an explanation of: the intermediate state (bardo), the hells, craving spirits, animals, humans, pleasure beings, and formless beings; the causes to be reborn in each realm; how you move from realm to realm; ways of taking rebirth; how and why rebirth occurs; the conditions needed for human birth; the nature of intermediate state (bardo) beings; how world systems form, evolve and are destroyed; a description of the different types of eons; the four principles of karma; the six sufferings always present; the five degenerations of our age; the problems which result from not being aware of death; the advantages of cultivating an awareness of death; how to meditate on death correctly; and how to see the purity.
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Class One: Introduction to the Desire and Form Realms
Class Two: The Formless Realm and Different Types of Birth
Class Three: The Lives of Craving Spirits and Animals
Class Four: The Lives of Humans and Pleasure Beings
Class Five: The Lives of Intermediate Beings
Class Six: Types of Sustenance and the Physical World
Class Seven: The Lives of Hellbeings
Class Eight: Description of Time, Space and Eons
Class Nine: The Meditation on Death, Part One
Class Ten: The Meditation on Death, Part Two