The subject matter of these teachings has been rearranged and collected under various topics. During the process of rearrangement and editing, material may have been lost and mistakes in interpretation been made — for this the editor apologizes. The material in the chapters titled Mandala Offering, Prostrations and Water Offerings is separate to the seven limb practices within the Ganden Lha Gyäma chapter because it contains detailed instructions for performing the ngön-dro (preliminary) practices.
This transcript was first published by Uldis Balodis and Kopan Monastery in 1990. For Lama Zopa Rinpoche's oral commentaries of both the Lama Chöpa and Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga, see the Special Commentaries at FPMT Online Learning Center. Download a Chinese version (pdf) translated by Lobsang Dhargyey.
In this transcript, Lama Zopa frequently makes reference to His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Lama Chöpa (Guru Puja) commentary. His Holiness gave this teaching during the Second Enlightenment Experience Celebration — the same event that preceded Lama Zopa's teaching here. His Holiness' teachings are published by Shambala Publications as The Union of Bliss & Emptiness.
Read a biography of Lama Tsongkhapa on our website here. Also, Rinpoche often refers to the text titled "The Essence of Nectar", and you can find the root text along with Geshe Rabten's commentary in The Essential Nectar, published by Wisdom Publications.
Seeing the Guru as Buddha
Refuge in the Guru
Refuge in the Buddha
Refuge in Dharma
Refuge in the Sangha
The Preliminary Practices from Jor-chö
Refuge and bodhicitta
The four immeasurable thoughts
Ganden Lha Gyäma (Part 1)
Visualization of the field of merit
Absorption of the field of merit
Seven limb practice
Requesting the merit field to remain
Ganden Lha Gyäma (Part 2) - Seven limb practice continued
Migtsema - receiving the seven wisdoms
Requesting the guru to enter oneself