2021 Sunday Lamrim Classes

12 January 2021 - 2:20am Comments Off

Through practising meditation & understanding the mind; coupled with the study of the Lamrim and invoking upon the energies of the enlightened beings, you will eventually gain inner peace and become a Buddha.

H.E. TSEM RINPOCHE

The core of Buddhist practice is meditation. But what is meditation and how is it used in Buddhism? Fortunately for us, the great masters of the past knew that practising Buddhism can be confusing, so they composed the Lamrim texts to provide us with step-by-step, A-Z guides on what and how to practice.

Kechara’s Sunday Lamrim Classes guide students from the basic to the advanced stages in a manner that creates a strong foundation for spiritual practice. Taught by Kechara’s Pastors and senior students of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche, the course provides not just a textual understanding, but an experiential one with guided contemplations to make your learning even more transformational.

Classes are available in both English and Chinese, and are suitable for both beginners (Level 1) and senior practitioners (Level 2).


Course Details

Lamrim Level 1: Foundation & Small Scope

  • Time: Sundays, 2pm – 4pm
  • Venue: Online via Google Meet
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Language: English and Chinese
  • Duration:
    • English: From 17 January 2021 – Dec 2021
    • Chinese: From 17 January 2021 – early 2022
  • Fees
    • Members: Free
    • Non-members: RM50 per month
  • Topics include:
    • History, lineage & preliminaries
    • Lamrim preparatory practices, prayers & visualisations
    • Foundations of practice: Guru devotion & benefits of human rebirth
    • Small Scope: Advantages of practicing, contemplating mortality, lower realms & karma

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Lamrim Level 2: Medium and Great Scopes

  • Time: Sundays, 4pm – 6pm
  • Venue: Online via Google Meet
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Language: English and Chinese
  • Duration:
    • English: From 17 January 2021 – Dec 2021
    • Chinese: From 17 January 2021 – early 2022
  • Fees
    • Members: Free
    • Non-members: RM50 per month
  • Topics include:
    • Medium Scope: General sufferings, higher realms, delusions, aggregates & 12 Links of Dependent Origination
    • Great Scope: Bodhicitta, developing compassion, Six Perfections, meditation, wisdom & higher vows

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What is the Lamrim?

‘Lamrim’ is a Tibetan word meaning ‘Stages of the Path’. It refers not to simply one text but a set of scriptures of the same genre, which encompass the entire central body of Buddhist practice.

Buddhism as taught by the historical Buddha over 2,500 years ago is all about self-transformation. It is about becoming a better person who is in control over your own happiness. It is about taking control of your ultimate destiny. This ultimate destiny is about achieving “enlightenment” which is a word many of us may not fully understand yet; and it is also about the smaller everyday transformations on the journey to enlightenment.

The Lamrim scriptures arose from the elucidations of Buddha’s teachings by great masters of the past, compiled into a graduated path that provides clear, step-by-step advice on how to progress from our current state of mind marked by suffering to the state of true happiness. They set out the path of practice from the most basic to the most advanced stages for a practitioner to achieve the highest level in Buddhism – the exalted state of an enlightened being, also known as a Buddha. This is something that all Buddhists aspire to achieve.


Benefits of Studying the Lamrim

To practise the Buddhist path is to become more compassionate to ourselves, our loved ones and others – day by day. When we study and practise the Lamrim, we will develop the qualities of kindness, generosity, honesty, patience, wisdom and virtue. When we cultivate these qualities, we will find ourselves better equipped with the tools we need to engage in daily life, sheltered against the raging storm of our karma which seeks to knock us off-kilter at every turn. In this way, the Lamrim helps us overcome our self-created suffering and transform our lives in ways that we may have never thought possible.

Through the practice of Lamrim, we will also find our relationships with our partners, family, friends and colleagues transforming for the better too. All this arises from the development of our mind, through the use of meditation. This is why the Buddha’s teachings are so revolutionary.

The Lamrim however is extra special compared to other teachings. This is because you do not need to study the Lamrim scriptures for years and years before you are able to practise meditation and gain spiritual realisations. With the Lamrim, you can practise and gain realisation as you study.


Sunday Lamrim Classes in Kechara

Kechara’s Lamrim classes follow the Lamrim text known as Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. The text is based on the brilliant 24-day Lamrim transmission by the incomparable master His Holiness Kyabje Pabongka Rinpoche, compiled from notes taken by his erudite student, His Holiness Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche.

The text begins with the very fundamentals of the Lamrim lineage, advice on how to learn and practise the teachings, prayers and visualisations to invoke the blessings of the enlightened beings to be successful in our meditations, and progresses all the way through the Three Scopes.

The Three Scopes correspond to the three levels of motivation for practising Buddhism, each building on the previous. Starting from the basics such as the foundations of Dharma practice and moving on to topics such as karma and the Six Realms, you’ll progress to learning about the 12 Links of Dependent Origination, the way our negative qualities limit us, and through to the Six Perfections which allow us to develop truly transformative qualities and ways of looking at the world.

Our Sunday Lamrim Classes are recommended for anyone seeking a guided path to Buddhist practice and forms the very backbone of the Gelug tradition, to which Kechara belongs.


Now Open for Enrollment!

To register, please contact Kechara House at +6012 986 3908 (WhatsApp preferred) or email frontdesk@kechara.com. Registration closes Feb 11, 2021. Availability is on a first come first serve basis.

Payment can be made over the counter or via bank transfer to:

  • Beneficiary Name: Kechara House (Persatuan Penganut Buddha Rumah Kechara)
  • Bank Account Number: 8003-73-1474
  • Bank Name: CIMB Bank
  • Swift Code: CIBBMYKL
  • Bank Address: 1-1, Jalan PJU1/3F, Sunwaymas Commercial Centre, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Please WhatsApp or email us a copy of the transaction slip so that we can issue you an official receipt.


Important Notes

  • Classes will be held online via Google Meet. If the Covid-19 situation improves, we may offer the option to attend the classes in person at Kechara House.
  • Additional workshops or tutorials may be offered throughout the course. These will be charged individually and are not included in the course fee.
  • Prices are subject to revision without prior notice.
  • The management reserves the right to amend the programme from time to time without prior notice.

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