Kopan Course No. 42 (2009): eBook

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Kopan Monastery, Nepal (Archive #1793)

Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave these teachings during the 42nd Kopan lamrim course in 2009. In this Kopan course, Rinpoche discusses our potential to bring benefit and happiness, including full enlightenment, to all sentient beings.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
How the Kopan Courses Began

LECTURE 1
Dharma is one-time work
We can attain great meaning in our life
The precious human body is like a wish-granting jewel
Dr. Nick and the beginning of the Australian Dharma centers
Padmasambhava subdues the spirits
Practicing at break times
The emptiness of the A
The I and all phenomena are empty

LECTURE 2
Collective karma is still a product of the mind
How Buddhism is unique
The differing views of emptiness of the four schools
Without emptiness there is no way to cut the root of samsara
Understanding emptiness brings peace
Dedications

LECTURE 3
The three levels of teachings are condensed into the lamrim
The Buddha showed the path through the twelve deeds
We need purification practice
Difficult or easy depends on karma
Problems come from following the eight worldly dharmas
Dedications

LECTURE 4
The power of prayers
Absolute and conventional Buddha, Dharma and Sangha
Refuge in one refuge object protects us from the lower realms
Becoming the absolute Buddha and Sangha

LECTURE 5
The qualities of Lama Tsongkhapa

LECTURE 6
Enlightenment is not just a vacation
Death can happen at any moment
The continuity of the consciousness
Why the guru appears in an ordinary aspect
Our own faults appear as the guru’s actions
Lama Yeshe
Dedications

LECTURE 7
Vajrayana is not a separate vehicle from Mahayana
Dedications

LECTURE 8
See all causative phenomena like an illusion
Vajrasattva initiation introduction

LECTURE 9
Vajrasattva preparation: Give up stretching the legs
Vajrasattva initiation preparation
The guru is inseparable from the Buddha
Milarepa’s guru devotion
The benefits of Vajrasattva practice

LECTURE 10
White Tara initiation preparation

LECTURE 11
Taking refuge every second
Developing pure compassion
For peace, practice a good heart
Refuge and the karma of living in vows
Dedications

LECTURE 12
Rinpoche’s previous incarnation and early life
Rinpoche’s mother’s incarnation
When Rinpoche was recognized as the Lawudo Lama

LECTURE 13
Oral transmission of Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga
With a lot of merit realizing emptiness is not difficult
The importance of rejoicing
Oral transmission of Shakyamuni Buddha’s mantra
Dedications

LECTURE 14
Chenrezig initiation preparation
The story of Gelongma Palmo
Chenrezig initiation motivation
The meaning of OM MANI PADME HUM
The emptiness of the I
The problems of believing in the real I
The emptiness of phenomena

LECTURE 15
Book signing: The beginning of the FPMT
The Panchen Lama

LECTURE 16
Long-life puja

LECTURE 17 
The meaning of jetsun (during a tea offering)
The benefits of reciting the Offering Cloud Mantra
Sur commentary
The twenty-five substances to be mixed with the tsampa
Mantras and prayers for sur practice
Oral transmission of Ksitigarbha practice
Dedications

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