Guru Puja is the Heart Practice Series

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
North Carolina, USA

Guru Puja is the Heart Practice is a new multimedia series based on teachings given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the Light of the Path retreat held in North Carolina, USA, in 2009. The series is edited by Ven. Sarah Thresher with Megan Evart. Please note that the Guru Puja is a Highest Yoga Tantra practice.

An Introduction to the Chanting Lineage of the Guru Puja is our latest title in this multimedia series.

Guru Puja is the Heart Practice: About the Series

All the previous holy beings of our tradition also did this Guru Puja as the heart practice. It has few words but encompasses so much. It has great blessing and the profound vital points.

- Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo quoted by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

In these teachings, Lama Zopa Rinpoche emphasizes that the Guru Puja is the very heart of our practice, just as it has been for generations of great masters and yogi-practitioners of the past. Rinpoche also introduces chanting and the lineage of chanting to be used for the Guru Puja within the FPMT.

The multimedia series is based on six sessions taught by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the first Light of the Path retreat in North Carolina, USA, 2009. These teachings are supplemented by other multimedia material taken from similar teachings given by Rinpoche at retreats around the world, along with links to related materials.

Click on the chapter links below to experience these teachings, or visit multimedia.lamayeshe.com to browse the entire collection of LYWA multimedia titles.


The Importance of Practicing Guru Puja. The first part of this teaching introduces the Guru Puja and explains why tantra is such a quick path to enlightenment. Rinpoche continues with a commentary to Pabongka Rinpoche’s heartfelt advice on the importance of practicing the Guru Puja and why all our meditation should be integrated into the lamrim.

An Introduction to the Chanting Lineage of the Guru Puja. In this teaching, Rinpoche discusses the importance of learning the chanting, different lineages, the motivation for chanting, and how to set about learning the chanting. Rinpoche then begins teaching three different speeds of chanting to be used for the Guru Puja. This presentation features audio from the Light of the Path retreat in USA 2009 and video from the Lama Zopa Australia retreat in Bendigo, 2014.

The following multimedia titles in this series are forthcoming:

  • Part Three: The Seven-Limb Practice
  • Part Four: Requesting the Gurus
  • Part Five: The Tsog Offering (restricted)
  • Part Six: The Lamrim Prayer to the Verses of Auspiciousness