Introducing Lion’s Roar Dharma Center’s Study Program: Steps on the Buddhist Path

First Class: The Lamrim – The Stages of the Path

What is this class about?

This class is the entry level to Lion’s Roar’s new study program – Steps on the Buddhist Path – and is based on the Stages of the Path (Lamrim). In the 14th century, Lama Tsong Khapa compiled all the subjects taught by the Buddha into a systematized, concise and practical set of teachings making these life-changing concepts relevant and useful in everyday life by ordinary lay practitioners such as ourselves. This course offers practical teachings for how to live a happy and meaningful life. Some topics discussed will be impermanence, karma, the Four Noble Truths, developing compassion and the spirit of awakening (bodhicitta).

The approach of this class will be based on Guided Meditations on the Stages of the Path, by Ven. Thubten Chodron.  Ven. Chodron states these teachings “are like ready-made clothes that are easy to wear right away so we can learn and practice them in an organized fashion.”  Also included are selected readings from various texts, and a generous period for discussion following the meditation and readings.  The course leader, Susan Farrar, will discuss each class in depth with Lama Jinpa and offer his insights and instructions as well.  Students will have ‘homework’ of a daily meditation practice.

Who is it for?

Anyone interested in Buddhism will find Lion’s Roar’s study program valuable.  This class is particularly suggested for students who have taken Refuge Vows or are contemplating taking Refuge Vows.  Learning the Stages of the Path is the foundation to understanding the Buddhadharma and formative to all our future practice.

Geshe Damchoebaazar, Lion’s Roar’s resident teacher, currently teaches an excellent traditional Lamrim course, Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, on the 2nd and 4th  Saturdays of the month and this first class of Steps on the Buddhist Path can be a complement to Geshela’s teachings and/or an alternative course.  Because of the importance of these teachings, Lamrim will be taught every Saturday morning of the month.

When and where will Steps on the Buddhist Path be held?

It will be held from 10-11:30 AM on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month beginning October 6 and 20 and continuing Nov. 3 and 17, Dec. 1 and 15 and so on.  The class is held at Do Nga Dargey temple of Lion’s Roar Dharma Center, 3240 B Street, Sacramento and will be led by Susan Farrar.

Required text:

  • Guided Meditations of the Stages of the Path. Thubten Chodron

Suggested Readings:  (Purchase of these texts is not required.)

  • How to Meditate: A Practice Guide to Making Friends with Your Mind.  Pema Chodron
  • The Four Noble Truths. Geshe Tashi Tsering
  • Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. Pabongka Rinpoche
  • Words of My Perfect Teacher. Patrul Rinpoche

For more information, contact Susan (Yeshe Zangmo) at