Buddhist Practices

Buddhist Practices

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Deer Park USA, 2008. Photo: Kalleen Mortensen.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche receives thousands of  letters every year from people seeking guidance on a variety of issues. His advice is made available here, so it may be of benefit to others. 

In this section of the Online Advice Book, Rinpoche looks at the effects and benefits of various spiritual practices and gives extensive general practice advice, as well as detailed advice on a range of topics, including the preliminary practices and how to establish a daily practice. There is also advice from Rinpoche regarding specific practices, for example, deity practice and how to transform problems. Also included is extensive advice for those practicing in prison.

The advices included in this section—as in the case with all the other sections in the Online Advice Book—are sometimes assigned arbitrarily, as the section headings are only intended to help make it easier for the reader to find what he or she is looking for. This is especially true for topics in this section, as Rinpoche often reminds us that everything we do can be considered Dharma practice if it is undertaken with the proper motivation.

Find links to all the main topics on the Online Advice Book home page. You can also click on the links listed on the right, or go to our Teachings menu to refine your search. 

See also Meditation and Retreat Advice and Practices for Success