Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Singapore, 2013. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.


“What makes your life most meaningful is meditation on the lamrim, then to live your
life with bodhichitta motivation. This is the best.” – Lama Zopa Rinpoche

FPMT Education Services would like to remind you of several resources available to help you integrate the lamrim into daily life. “The most unbelievably important thing in our life is lamrim,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches in the module “Advice for Realizing Lamrim,” which is part of Living in the Path, FPMT Education Services’ essential lamrim program. “The practice of the three principal aspects of the path is the most important thing. This is the most important, more important than a job, money, or anything else in our life. It is the most important thing.”

Statue of Lama Atisha (982-1054) at Kopan Monastery. Lama Atisha was author of Lamp on the Path to Enlightenment, the first text which established the lamrim genre.

Education Services has created a webpage devoted to lamrim with links to free resources and texts to assist you in your study and practice.

You can find “Lamrim Is the Most Important Thing,” which includes a short video clip of Rinpoche teaching, on FPMT’s Online Learning Center.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave advice suggesting that students follow a lamrim outline and meditate on each subject for two weeks or one month until all subjects have been completed. “The amount of time for meditation is up to the individual, but the general advice is to finish the lamrim in one year,” Rinpoche said. “To meditate like this each year—wow, wow, wow! That would be great.”

To help students follow this advice, we have created a schedule to help you plan daily lamrim meditation sessions over the course of a calendar year. It was created on the basis of the book The Essential Nectar by Geshe Rabten, which is available through the Foundation Store. The schedule is available as an Excel spreadsheet and PDF.

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