Thubten Chodron. Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path. Foreword by H.H. the Dalai Lama. Includes mp3 CD. Ithaca, N.Y.: Snow Lion, 2007. Hardcover, 220 pp.
Ven. Chodron is well known for her many clear writings. As the CD shows, she also has a clear, gentle, and calm voice, which makes the selected meditations on the Stages of the Path a delight and also very positive to listen to.
“The Stages of the Path” is a didactic model that was introduced by the incomparable Indian master Atisha and then further developed by Je Tsongkhapa and other great masters. This model consists in a systematic presentation of the essential points of the Dharma—from cultivating pure motivation, developing compassion for all beings, and realizing emptiness to entering the most elevated states of consciousness.
If the graduated path, as the lam rim approach is also called, has proven helpful to countless generations of monastics, it is even more important to modern Western lay practitioners, who are dealing with a good many more challenges and distractions.
I can recommend without reservation both Ven. Chodron’s book and the audiorecording, which generously extends over 14 hours.
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