Lamrim teachings, or the explanation of the Buddhist path in the form of graduated steps, is a common point of study in Tibetan Buddhism. While they can be easily taken as intellectual stimulation, true benefit is gained by integrating these teachings into one’s daily life. In a teaching transcript with Khadro-la Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma (Khandro-la), she mentions:
To really learn Dharma, one has no choice but to learn lam-rim and lo-jong. Thus in daily life, the transformation of delusions can only happen by applying mind-training. If one meditates without understanding Dharma, one might gain the benefit of some relaxation but otherwise, the meditation is wasted.
The actual power of Dharma is its ability to help us subdue our minds and therefore enables us to handle samsaric life better and equip us to cope with the pressures of daily life. Since delusions are not always active in our mental continuum, it means that we have the opportunity to meditate on antidotes and we should do so. In any situation, including in family situations, there will be more harmony, less fights, less problems if we understand dependent arising, by understanding that care and respect must be mutual.
Click here to read the transcript and see her advice on how to integrate Buddhist studies into a daily, experiential way of living.