In this teaching, Khenpo Sherab Sangpo, a professor of Tibetan Buddhism, monk and Spiritual Director of Bodhicitta Sangha | Heart of Enlightenment Institute in Minneapolis, MN, instructs his students on the Three Supreme Methods of meditation that are the foundation of the Five Paths in Buddhism. After the teaching, he also guides them in a shamatha meditation using the subtle energy body’s three channels connected with the breath and an object of meditation in the heart chakra.

In brief, the Three Supreme Methods of meditation are practicing each session first, with the proper preparation of the correct motivation of bodhicitta that develops powerful feelings of love and compassion and the wish to obtain the highest realizations of one’s Buddhanature in order to be of maximum benefit to all sentient beings; second, practicing each session with the profound view of the non-conceptual path; and third, closing each practice session by dedicating the merit generated to benefit all beings.

Khen Rinpoche then connects these Three Supreme Methods to the Five Paths that are the overview of the entire Buddhist conception of the path to enlightenment. These are the paths of Accumulation, Preparation, Seeing, Meditation and the path of No More Learning. Bodhisattvas, beings who have generated the deep wish to reach enlightenment for the sake of all beings, travel these paths using the signs of realization at each level to gauge their progress and spur themselves on to full realization.

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