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Essential Teachings of Gampopa, by Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa
Essential Teachings of Gampopa, by Chamgon Kenting Tai Situpa

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Gampopa's teachings can be summarized into four ways or particulars of how a practitioner gradually progresses, as well as what it really takes for a dharma practitioner who has the aspiration to really become a successful dharma practitioner and get closer to realization. This is known as Dhakpo cho jye, which means something like four dharmas of Gampopa or four teachings of Gampopa. The first teaching is our mind turns towards the dharma, the second, our dharma practice is without obstacle, then the third, the path, the practice of dharma is to clear delusion or illusion. Then the last or conclusion of the four teachings is delusion dawns as wisdom. Also included in the book are the four obstacles to enlightenment: first, attachment to the things that are related with this life (which we all have); second is attachment to the pleasure of samsara at large; third is attachment to the pleasure of nirvana at large; then the fourth is not knowing and being ignorant of the ways and means of true liberation, enlightenment. The last part of this book is the four remedies to help us overcome each one of the four obstacles. The four remedies are understanding and contemplation of impermanence, karma and the suffering of samsara, and development of loving kindness and compassion and bodhichitta.

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