Dharma Essentials

Lama Marut’s Dharma Essentials

The Dharma Essentials Courses provide “essential” versions of the fifteen ACI Formal Study Courses for those who just want the “bottom line” or do not have the time for the full Formal Study Course. Each Dharma Essentials Course consists of four classes of oral instruction and assumes no previous background in Buddhism. Each class is based on a few pages of reading from the original texts (often translated from the Tibetan for the first time). Unlike the Formal Study Courses, Dharma Essentials Courses require no homeworks, quizzes, or final examination. Each class comes with a fifteen minute per day meditation assignment correlated to the material covered in that class and designed to help your practice and improve your life. “Dharma Essentials” – everything you need to know to begin, renew, or enhance your spiritual life!

NOTE: To view or play files just click on each link. To download files (PDF or MP3), right click on each file and select “Save file as”, or “Save link as”

Dharma Essentials 1: The Three Principal Paths

Description Written Materials Audio
Class 1 PDF 1: MP3
Class 2 2: MP3
Class 3 3: MP3
Class 4 4: MP3

Dharma Essentials 2: Buddhist Refuge

Description Written Materials Audio
Class 1 PDF 1: MP3
Class 2 2: MP3
Class 3 3: MP3
Class 4 4: MP3

Dharma Essentials 3: Applied Meditation

Description Written Materials Audio
Class 1A PDF 1A: MP3
Class 1B 1B: MP3
Class 2 2: MP3
Class 3 3: MP3
Class 4 4: MP3

Dharma Essentials 4: Proof of Future LIves

Description Written Materials Audio
Class 1 04/07/08 PDF 1: MP3
Class 2 04/08/08 2: MP3
Class 3 04/09/08 3: MP3
Class 4 04/10/08 4: MP3

Dharma Essentials 5: How Karma Works

Description Written Materials Audio
Class 1 PDF 1: MP3
Class 2 2: MP3
Class 3A 3A: MP3
Class 3B 3B: MP3
Class 4 4: MP3

Dharma Essentials 6: The Diamond Cutter Sutra

Description Written Materials Audio
Class 1 PDF 1: MP3
Class 2 2: MP3
Class 3 3: MP3
Class 4 4: MP3

Dharma Essentials 7: The Bodhisattva Vows

Description Written Materials Audio
Part 1 PDF 1: MP3
Part 2 2: MP3
Part 3 3: MP3
Part 4 4: MP3

Dharma Essentials 8: Death and the Realms of Existence

Description Written Materials Audio
Class 1 PDF 1: MP3
Class 2 2: MP3
Class 3 3: MP3
Class 4 4: MP3

Dharma Essentials 9: Level 1 of Buddhist Discipline (Vinaya)

Description Written Materials Audio
Class 1 PDF 1: MP3
Class 2 2: MP3
Class 3 3: MP3
Class 4 4: MP3

Dharma Essentials 10: Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, Part 1

Description Written Materials Audio
Part 1A PDF 1A: MP3
Part 1B 1B: MP3
Part 2A 2A: MP3
Part 2B 2B: MP3
Part 3A 3A: MP3
Part 3B 3B: MP3
Part 3A 4A: MP3
Part 3B 4B: MP3

Dharma Essentials 11: Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, Part 2

Description Written Materials Audio
Part 1 PDF 1: MP3
Part 2 2: MP3
Part 3 3: MP3
Part 4 4: MP3

Dharma Essentials 12: Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, Part 3

Description Written Materials Audio
Teaching 01 12/02/08 PDF 1: MP3
Teaching 02 12/04/08 2: MP3
Teaching 03 12/09/08 3: MP3
Teaching 04 12/11/08 4: MP3

Dharma Essentials 13: The Art of Reasoning

Description Written Materials Audio
Class 1 02/17/09 PDF 1: MP3
Class 2A 02/18/09 2: MP3 A
Class 2B 02/18/09 2: MP3 B
Class 3A 02/19/09 3: MP3 A
3: MP3 B

Dharma Essentials 14: Lojong: Developing The Good Heart

Description Written Materials Audio
Class 1 PDF 1: MP3
Class 2 2: MP3
Class 3 3: MP3
Class 4A 4A: MP3
Class 4B Appendix: Karmic Correlations, The Wheel of Knives 4B: MP3

Lojong: Developing the Good Heart, Rockport, MA

Description Written Materials Audio
Class 1 02/17/09 PDF 1: MP3
Class 2 02/18/09 2: MP3
Class 3 02/19/09 3: MP3

Dharma Essentials 15: What the Buddha Really Meant

Description Written Materials Audio
Class 1 05/29/08 PDF 1: MP3
Class 2 06/03/08 2: MP3
Class 3 06/05/08 3: MP3
Class 4 06/06/08 4: MP3