1: The greatness of the authors
2. Atisha was born to a high family
3. Atisha attained good qualities in his human rebirth
4. All he did to teach the dharma after his awakening
5. What he did in India
6. what he did in Tibet
2. The greatness of the dharma
8. Teachings are without contradiction
9. Contains all the scriptures
10. Allows you to understand the thinking of Buddha
11. Saves you from the worst misdeeds
12. Complete containing all sutra and tantra teachings
13. Easy to put into practice because calms the mind
14. Contains teachings of Nagarjuna and Asanga
3. How to teach and listen to the authors and dharma
3.1 How to listen to the dharma
3.1.1 Contemplating the benefits of stuadying the dharma
3.1.2 How to show respect for the dharma and its teacher
~the right time ~ lack of anger
~ deference ~ intention to put teaching into practice
~ respect ~ absence of arguing with teacher
3.1.3 The actual way to listen to the dharma Abandoning the three types of faults
21. The fault of being like an upturned vessel
22. The fault of being like a stained vessel
23. The fault of being like a leaky vessel
24. Cultivating the six helpful attitudes
25. The attitude that you are like a patient
26. The attitude that holy dharma is medicine
27. The attitude that your spiritual guide is like a skillful doctor
28. Developing the attitude that diligent practice will cure the illness
29. Developing the attitude that tathagatas are holy beings
30. Developing the attitude that this tradition should be preserved for a long time
31. How to teach the dharma
32. Thinking about the benefits of teaching the dharma
33. Being respectful to the dharma and its teacher
34. what to think and do while teaching what to think
35. what to while teaching
36. the difference between people you should teach and those you should not
38. What teachers and students can do together
4. The sequence in which disciples are to be taught the actual instructions [40, 102]
40. Devotion to a spiritual guide
41. What to do in your meditation sessions
42. Six Preparatory Rites
` 43. Cleaning the room
44. Acquiring and arranging offerings
45. Posture, refuge, bodhicitta
46. Petition the merit field
47. Seven Limb Puja
48. Prostration
49. Offerings
50. Confession (Four Oppenent Powers)
51. Rejoicing
52. Rejoining over your own virtue
53. Rejoing over past lives virtue
54. Rejoicing over present life's virtue
55. Rejoicing over the virtue of others
56. Supplication
57. Entreaty
58. Dedication
59. Supplication
60. How to pursue the main part of the session
61. The advantages of relying on a spiritual guide
62. You will come closer to Buddhahood
…by practicing the instructions he taught you;
…through making offerigns to the guru himself;
65. It pleases the victorius ones (buddhas)
…Buddhas of ten directions will teach
…can not please the Buddha otherwise
68. You will not be disturbed by demons or bad company
69. You will put a stop to delusions and misdeeds
70 Your insights and realizations into levels of the path will increase
71. You will not be deprived of virtuous spiritual friends in future rebirths
72. You will not fall into the lower realms
73. You will effortlessly achieve all short and long term aims
74. The disadvantages of not relying on a spiritual guide
75. If you disparage your guru, you insult all the buddhas
76. We are reborn in lower realms for length of time we disparage guru
77. Will not attain enlightenment even with tantra
78. You will achieve only hell even with tantra
79. You will not develop good qualities and good qualities will degenerate
80. In this life you will suffer undesirable illnesses
81. You will wander endlessly in the lower realms
82. You will be deprives of spiritual guides in future lives
83. Devoting yourself through thought
84. Root: training to have faith in the guru
85. The reason you must regard the guru as buddha
86. The reason you are able to see him this way
87. How to regard him properly
88. Vajradhara stated that the guru is buddha
89. Guru is agent of all Buddha's good works
90. Buddhas and bodhisattvas are still working for the sake of sentient beings
91. You cannnot be sure of appearances
92. Remembering his kindness and developing respect for him
93. The guru is much kinder that all buddhas
94. The guru is much kinder that all buddhas in general
95. He is kinder specifically than even shakyamuni buddha
96. His kindness in teaching the dharma
97. His kindness in blessing your mindstream
98. His kindness in attracting you into his circle through material gifts
99. Devoting yourself through deeds
100. What to do in the last part of the session
101. What to do between your meditation sessions
102. The proper graduated training after you rely on spiritual guide
103. Stimulus to take advantage of your precious human rebirth
104. Short discusssion to convince you
105. Identifying the optimum human rebirth
106. The eight freedoms from hindrances to practice
~Non Human States
~ Hell realm being with too much suffering
~ Hungry ghsots too much hunger
~ Animal
~ Long life God in nirvana
~Human States
~ Dharma has not appeared
~ Buddha has not appeared
~Born w/physical defects
~Born w/ wrong views
107. The ten richnesses allowing for practice
108. Five personal endowments
~ Being a human being
~ Born in a central land w/ dharma
~ Having all one's faculties
~ Not perverted by heinous crimes
~ Enduring faith in dharma
109. Five endowments in relation to others
~ Living where Buddha is in the world
~ Living where Buddha is teaching
~ Living where teaching still exists
~ Living in/near sangha
~ People have love in their hearts for each other
110. Thinking about great benefits of human rebirth
111. …in the short term
112. ...from ultimate point of view
113. …every moment can be beneficial
114. Thinking about how difficult the optimum human rebirth is to acquire
115. Thinking about the causes for its being so hard to acquire
116. Some analogies on for the difficulty of acquiring it
117. it is difficult by nature to acquire
118. How to extract essence from your precious human rebirth
119. Small Scope Training
120. How to increase yearning for a good rebirth
121. Consider life is short and then you die
122. The drawbacks of not remembering death
123. The drawback that you will not remember dharma
124. The drawback that you remember dharma but you will not practice it
125. The drawack that you will not practice properly
126. The drawback of not practicing seroiusly
127. The drawback of acting vulgarly
128. The drawback of having to die with regrets
129. The advantages of remembering death
130. The advantage of being most beneficial
131. The advantage of being most powerful
132. It is important at the beginning
133. It is important in the meantime
134. It is important in the end
135. The advantage that you will die most happily
136. The actual way to remember death
137. The nine part meditation on death
138. The first root: Thinking of the inevitability of death
139. The first reason: Lord of death will inevitably come
140. The second reason: Nothing is being added to your lifespan, only subtracted
141. The third reason: You will definitely die before getting around to dharma
142. The second root: thinking about the uncertainty of when you will die
143. Lifespan of people from southern continent is not fixed
144. When you die is uncertain because so many factors
145. The third reason: When you die is uncertain because body is fragile
146. The third root: Nothing can help you when die except dharma
147. The first reason: wealth cannot help you
148. The second reason: friends and relatives cannot help you
149. The third reason: even your body cannot help you
150. Meditation on the aspects of death
151. Consider what kind of rebirth you will get
152. Consider the hell realms
153. Thinking about suffering of sentient beings in the great or hot hells
154. The Hell of Continual Resurrection
155. The Black Line Hell
156. The Assemble and be Crushed Hell
157. The Hell of Lamentation
158. The Hell of Great Lamentation
159. The Hot Hell
160. The Extremely Hot Hell
161. The Hell Without Respite
162. Thinking about the suffering of the surrounding hells
163. Thinking about the suffering of the cold hells
164. Thinking about the suffering of the occasional hells
165. Thinking about the suffering of the hungry ghosts realm
166. Thinking about the general suffering of huungry ghosts
167. Thinking about the suffering of particular types of hungry ghosts
Ghosts with external obscurations
Ghosts with internal obscurations
Ghosts with obstructions from knots
171. Thinking about the suffering of the animal realm
176. How to achieve happiness in next rebirth
177. Taking refuge as gateway to dharma teachings
178. The reasons for taking refuge
~ Fear of lower realms
~ Three jewels can protect us from these realms
179. What to take refuge in
180 Identification of what to take refuge in
~ Ultimate: The two dharmakayas or "truth" bodies
~ Relative: The physical kayas - samboghakaya and nirmanakaya
~ Dharma
~ Ultimate: Truth of the path and truth of cessation (3rd 4th Noble Truth)
~ Relative: 84,000 dharma teachings, sutras
~ Ultimate: Arya beings with 8 marks of the liberated mind
~ Relative: Four ordinary beings who are ordained
181. The reasons they are fitting objects for refuge
182. First reason: Buddhas has freed himself from all dangers
183. 2nd reason: He is skilled in how to free others from danger
184: 3rd Reason: He reacts compassionately to all
185. 4th Reason: He works for the benefit of all, regardless
186. The measure of having taken refuge
187. Knowing the good qualities of one's refuge
188. The good qualities of the Buddha
189. Good quality of body
190. Good qulaity fo speech
191. Good quality of mind
192. The good qualities of his good works
193. The good qualities of the dharma
194. The good qualities of the sangha
195. Taking refuge by knowing the differences between the three jewels
196. Taking refuge owing to one's beliefs
197. Taking refuge and not asserting another religion
198. The benefits of taking refuge.
~ You become a Buddhist ~ not be bothered by harmful actions of others
~ become able to take vows ~ will not fall to lower realms
~ overcome obscurations ~ will achieve your aims
~ accumulate merit ~ will soon be enlightened
199. Advice after having taken refuge
200. Advice on each of the three jewels in turn
201. Advice on what not to do
202 Advice on what to do
203. Respecting all buddha images even those poorly crafted
204. Respecting written dharma texts
205. Respecting sangha members clothes as if they are the people who wore them
206. Advice concerning all three jewels in common
207. Have faith in law of cause and effect
208. Thinking about cause and effect in general
209. The actual way to think about cause and effect
210. How karma is fixed
211. Karma shows great increase
212. Meet thigns we created karma for
213. Karma will not disapear of its own accord
214. Thinking about specifics
215. Thinking about black side of cause and effect
235. Thinking about white side of cause and effect
241. Teaching about intentional doors to powerful karma
242. Owing to the field
243. Owing to having taken vows
244. Owing to the things done
245. Owing to the intention
246. Thinking about specifics
247. The ripened qualities
248. Function of ripened qualities
249. Causes to achieve ripened qualities
250. How to modify your behavior
251. General teaching
252. Four opponent powers
~ Strong regret
~ Basis and refuge (and bodhicitta)
~ Power of remedy (visualization and mantra)
~ Restraint
253. Medium Scope Training
254. Developing Yearning for Liberation (first noble truth)
255. Universal Sufferings of Samsara
256. ...change and uncertainty 259. ...being conceived
257. ...being dissatisfied 260. …Moving from low to high to low
258. ...repeatedly leaving bodies 261. …Having no companion
262. Thinking about the specific suffering of samsara
263. Thinking about suffering of lower realms (see small scope)
264. Thinnking about suffering of upper realms
265. Thinking about human realm
266. Suffering of Birth 270. ..Separate from Beautiful
267. Suffering of Aging 271. …Meeting with the ugly
268. Suffering of Illness 272. …Not finding what we want
269. Suffering of Death
273. Thinking about suffering of demi-god realm
274. Thinking about suffering of god realm
275 Ascertaining the Path to Liberation
276 Thinking about the source of suffering (second noble truth)
277. How delusions are developed
278. The identification of the delusions (D.L: afflictions)
279. The root delusions
280. Attachment
``` 281. Anger
282. Pride
283. Ignorance
284. Doubt
285. Deluded view (Five of these)
286. Equate self with perishable
287. Extreme views
288. Holding aggregates as supreme
289. Wrong path
290. Wrong views
xxx. The secondary delusions (not included)
291. The stages of their development (D.L. How they arise)
292. The causes of delusion
293. Their foundation
294. Their focus or object
295. Society
296. Discussions
297. Familiarity
298. Unrealistic thinking
299. The drawbacks of delusions
300. How karma is accumulated through them
301. Mental karma
~ Unmeritorious karma
~ Meritorius karma
~ Immutable karma
302. Intended karma
303. How one leaves one rebrith at death and conceived in another
304. What happens at death
305. The way one achieves the bardo
306. The way one is conceived and reborn (12 links, dependent arising)
307. Ignorance
308. Compositional factors
309. Consciousness
310. Name and Form
311. Six Senses
312. Contact
313. Feeling
314. Craving
315. Grqsping
316. Becoming
317. Rebirth
318. Aging and Dying
319. Being convinced of the path to liberation (third noble truth)
320. The sort of rebirth with which to break out of samsara
321. The sort of path to follow to break out of samsara (fourth noble truth)
~ Advantages of observing the high training in ethics
~Maintaining the Buddha's teachings as a living tradition
~ Being a vessel for holding bodhisattva and tantric vows
~ Being a living example to inspire others
~ Upholding the dharma of insight or realization
~ Benefit of keeping ethics in degenerate times
~Disadvantages of not observing ethics
322. Great Scope Training
323. Advantages of Bodhicitta
324. Bodhicitta is the sole gateway to the Mahayana
325. You can gain the name child of the buddha
326. You outshine the shravakas and pratyekabuddhas
327. You become a supreme object of offering
328. Accumulate great deal of merit
329. You rapidly purify sins and obscurations
330. You accomplish whatever you wish
331. You are not bothered by harm of hindrances
332. You will quickly complete all the stages of the path
333. You become a fertile source of every happiness for others
334. The Way to Develop Bodhicitta (altruistic intention)
335. The actual stages in training for bodhicitta
335A. Seven fold cause and effect instruction
336. Immeasurable equanimity -
336A. Seven point training
337. Understanding all sentient beings to be your mother
338. Remembering their kindness
339. Repaying their kindness
340. Love through the force of attraction
341. Compassion
342. Altruism
343. Bodhicitta
335B. Training the mind through the interchange of self and other
344. Teaching the preliminaries on which dharma depends
345. Training yourself for the two types of bodhicitta
346. Ultimate bodhicitta
347. Relative bodhicitta
348. meditating on how self and other are equal
349. Contemplating the many fualts resulting from self-cherishing
350. Contemplating the many good qualities resulting from cherishing others
351. The actual contemplation on the interchange of self and others
352. The way to meditate on giving and taking
353. Converting unfortunate circumstances into a path to enlightenment
354. Converting them through thought
355. Converting them through analysis
356. Converting them through the view
[These 11 represent a synthesis of 7-fold cause and effect instruction and the interchange of self and other.]
1. Equanimity
2. recognition of all sentient beings as mothers
3. Ordinary and special way of recollecting their kindness
4. The wish to repay their kindness
5. The equality that exists between self and others
6. Contempleting manifold faults of self-cherishing
7. …and good qualities from cherishing others
8. Visualization that will build up compassion
9. Visualization to build up love for others
10. Development of altruism
11. Developing the wish for enlightenment
357. Converting such conditions through action
358. Teaching a practice to be applied to your whole life
359. The criteria of having trained the mind
360. The eighteen commitments of the mind training practice
361. The 21 pieces of advice
362. Developing bodhicitta throught the ritual of taking vows
363. The activities to train in after taking vows
364. After developing bodhicitta, develop the six paramitas
365. How to train in the six perfections in order to ripen own mindstream
366. The general way to train in the deeds of the children of the buddhas
367. Generosity
368. Being generous with material things
369. Being generous with the dharma
370. Genersosity of giving others fearlessness
371. The practice of the perfection of ethics
372. Ethics of restraining from acting destructively
373. Ethics of acting positively
374. Ethics of working for the benefit of others
375. Patience
376. Patience of not retaliating
377. Patience of enduring difficulties
378. Patience of definitely practicing the dharma
379. Perseverance (Joyous effort)
The three kinds of laziness which interupt joyous effort
380. Procrastination
381. Attractive to trivial matters and negative nehavior
382. Discouragement, feelings of incapability
The three kinds of joyous effort
383. Armor like joyous effort
384. Joyous effort of acting positively
385. Joyous effort of working for the benefit of others
386. In particular the way to train in the last two perfections
387. How to train in concentration - mental quiesence
388. Cultivating the prerequisites for mental quiesence
389. Dwelling in a conducive place
390. Having few wants
391. being content
392. Having pure ethics
393. Abandoning the demands of society
394. Completely abandoning conceptual thoughts such as desire
395. The actual way to achieve mental quiesence
396. The first pitfall: laziness
397. The second pitfall: forgetting the instruction
398. The third pitfall: excitement and dullness
399. The fourth pitfall: non-adjustment
400. The fifth pitfall: [re-adjustment]
401. Taking this as the basis, how to achieve mental quiesence
402. Fixing the mind
403. Fixation with some continuity
404. patchy continuation
405. Good fixation
406. Becoming disciplined
407. Becoming peaceful
408. Becoming very pacified
409. Becoming single-pointed
410. Fixed absorption
411. The way to achieve the menatl states through the six powers
412. How there are four types of mental powers
413. The way true mental quiesence develops from this point
414. How to train the very essence of wisdom - special insight
415. Ascertaining the non-existance of a personal self;
416. How to develop the absorption resembling space
417. What is to be refuted
418. What are the full set of possibilities
419. How the self and the aggregates cannot truly be the same
420. How the self and the aggregates cannot be truly different
421. When not in absorption
422. Ascertaining the nonexistence of a self of phenomena
423. Ascertaining that conditioned phenomena do not naturally exist
424. Ascertaining that physical things do not naturally exist
425. Ascertaining that consciousness does not naturally exist
426. Ascertaining that non-associated compositional factors do not exist
427. Ascertaining that unconditioned phenomena do not exist
428. Then, the way you develop special insight
429. How to train in the uncommon part of the path, the Vajrayana
430. How to train in the four ways of gathering disciples in order to the ripen the mindstreams of others
431. How to acquire the vows you have not yet taken
432. How to keep the vows from degenerating once you have acquired them
433. Advice related to aspiration form of bodhicitta
434. Advice on keeping bodhicitta from degenerating
435. Recalling the benefits of developing bodhicitta
436. Retaking the vows three times each day and night
437. Preventing develop of bad thoughts when another wrongs you
438. Building your accumulations in order to increase bodhicitta
439. Advice on creating cuases never to be separated from bodhicita
440. Four action of black karma to be abandoned
441. Trying to dupe guri with lies
442. Feeling distress when others do something virtuous'
443. Saying unpleasent things to bodhisattvas
444. Acting deceitfully without altruism
441. Four actions producing white karmic results
442. Vigilantly abandoning deliberate lies
443. Keeping honest intentions toward sentient beings
444. Developing attitude that bodhisattvas are teachers
445. Causing sentient beings under your care to uphold bodhicitta
440. Advice releated to the involvement form of bodhicitta