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Going on a meditation retreat can be an amazingly rewarding experience for a Dharma practitioner, but sometimes the conditions for an extended break from daily life aren’t there. The FPMT Online Learning Center, however, offers students a variety of educational programs to support their home study and also their stay-at-home retreats. Even if you have only one free day or afternoon, consider finding a quiet space and following one of the free modules offered on the Online Learning Center.
Students inspired by FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche might try the first module of the Living in the Path program called “Motivation for Life.” In five separate sessions, students receive guided instruction aimed at developing their appreciation of precious human birth, the truth of impermanence, karma and the power of bodhichitta. The sessions include video teachings from the 2009 Light of the Path retreat, readings, meditations, mindfulness exercises and service activities all to help make daily life and practice most meaningful.
“The Diamond Cutter Meditation” is another course freely available from Living in the Path. This course feature instructions from Lama Zopa Rinpoche on how to meditate on the well known verse on emptiness and impermanence from the Diamond Cutter Sutra (also known as the Vajra Cutter Sutra). In two sessions, students receive instruction, accompanied by readings and activities, to help them learn to apply the verse’s meaning in daily life.
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