Teachings

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the Light of the Path Retreat, North Carolina, USA, May 2014. Photo: Roy Harvey.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in London, England

A public talk on how to bring peace and happiness to oneself and others.

Tenzin Ösel Hita teaching at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 2012.
By Tenzin Ösel Hita in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Tenzin Ösel Hita gave these Dharma talks during the 45th Kopan Course,  November 27, and December 07, 2012.

Chapters:
First Discourse: Dharma, Samsara, and Q&A •
Second Discourse: The Five Senses and Love •
Second Discourse: Q&A •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Teachings on patience, bodhicitta, and reincarnation from the 29th Kopan Course, 1996.

Chapters:
Benefits of the enemy •
Benefits of bodhicitta •
Reincarnation: first belief; Q&A •
Proofs of reincarnation; Q&A •
Reincarnation: proof of experience •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at the Ninth Meditation Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Jamyang Meditation Centre, London 1992

Teachings prior to a refuge ceremony on topics including the suffering nature of samsara, refuge practice and precepts 

Chapters:
The Suffering Nature of Samsara •
Refuge Practice & Precepts •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Chenrezig Institute, Australia, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Maitreya Instituut, Emst, Netherlands

Teachings on karma, excerpted from a lam-rim course led by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Maitreya Instituut, Emst, in August 1990.

Chapters:
The Negative Karma of Killing •
The Results of Karma •
Karma in Everyday Life •
Karmic Appearance •
The Four Suffering Results of Negative Karma •
Heresy and Other Religions •
The Benefits of Understanding Karma •
Purification of Negative Karma •
Renouncing the Self-cherishing Thought •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche doing mandala offering during the 9th Meditation Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Penang, Malaysia 2009

These teachings include oral transmission of Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga and the Three Principal Aspects of the Path

Chapters:
Motivation, Oral Transmission and Prayers •
Offerings to the Guru •
Benefits of Lama Tsongkhapa's Teachings •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Cumbria, England, 1979

Excerpts from teachings on Geshe Langri Tangpa's Eight Verses of Thought Transformation 

Chapters:
The Benefits of Thought Transformation •
The Precious Human Rebirth; Bodhicitta Motivation •
Bodhicitta Motivation, continued •
Making the Precious Human Rebirth Meaningful •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kathmandu, Nepal

Excerpts from Lama Zopa Rinpoche's teachings at the annual Kopan Course in 1981.

Chapters:
Lecture 1: Qualities of Dharma and Teachers •
Lecture 1: White Tara •
Lecture 2: Manjushri; Why There Are Different Aspects of Buddha •
Lecture 2: How to Remove Suffering; Emptiness of the I •
Lectures 2-3: Emptiness of the I, continued; Nature of Mind •
Lecture 3: Nature of Mind, continued; Labeling I •
Lectures 3-4: Labeling I, continued •
Lecture 4: Three Types of Valid Knowledge; How the I Exists •
Lectures 5-6: Samsaric Suffering; Shortcomings of Self-Cherishing Thought •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Manjushri Institute, England, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in ACI, New York, 1999

A teaching on the purpose of life, compassion and guru devotion

Chapters:
The Importance of Compassion in Daily Life •
The Importance of Compassion in Daily Life, continued •
Guru Devotion •
Guru Devotion, continued •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Italian Club, Brisbane, Australia

Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave these teachings in Brisbane, Australia in June 2006.

Chapters:
Prayers and Introduction •
Asanga and Maitreya Buddha •
Signs of Successful Practice; Rinpoche's Childhood •
Absolute Guru; Dharma vs. Samsaric Happiness •
Importance of Lam-rim Meditation; Problems are Temporary; Extensive Offering Practice •
Four Seals; Valid Base •
True Existence in Svatantrika, Prasangika; How Things Exist •
Identifying the Gak-Cha •
Looking for the 'I'; Emptiness of Problems Based on False 'I' •
Questions and Answers; Doing Activities with Bodhicitta •
Realizing Emptiness of the 'I'; How True Existence is Projected; Dedications. •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Long Life Puja, Kopan Monastery, Nepal.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal.

Audio recordings and transcripts of Lectures 6-10, given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the 33rd Kopan Course.

Chapters:
Day 6: How Things Appear to Exist from their Own Side •
Day 6: The Emptiness of the I: Not One-ness With Aggregates, Not Separate From the Aggregates •
Day 6: What Exists is Merely Imputed by Mind •
Day 7: Merely Labeled by Mind, Bodhicitta Meditation, The Kindness of Mothers •
Day 7: Repaying the Kindness, Generating Loving Kindness •
Day 7: Bodhicitta - Special Attitude, Dedications •
Day 8: Mahayana Motivation, Shortcomings of Self-Cherishing •
Day 8: Shortcomings of Self-Cherishing, Bodhicitta, The Ten Non-Virtues: Stealing, Lying •
Day 8: The Ten Non-Virtues: Slander, Gossip, Harsh Speech, Covetousness, Ill Will, Heresy •
Day 8: Karma, Six Ways of Purifying, How to Live With Bodhicitta, Dedications •
Day 9: Definition of Death, The Suffering Nature of Samsara •
Day 9: The Death Process, Understanding Reincarnation •
Day 9: Reincarnation and Past Lives •
Day 9: Refuge in the Triple Gem, The Importance of Taking Vows, Refuge Ceremony •
Day 9: How To Practice Refuge, Oral Transmission of Medicine Buddha Mantra, The Vajrasattva Mantra, Dedications •
Day 10: Prajnaparamita Teachings, Oral Transmission of Diamond Cutter Sutra Continued •
Day 10: The Power of Mantras, Oral Transmission Continued •
Day 10: Practice Mindfulness, Oral Transmission Continued, Advice for Daily Practice •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Long Life Puja, Kopan Monastery, Nepal.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Audio recordings and transcripts of the first five lectures by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the 33rd Kopan Course.

Chapters:
Day 1: Introduction, Purpose of Meditation •
Day 1: Emptiness of the I, Oral Transmissions of the Heart Sutra and Diamond Cutter Sutra •
Day 2: The Nature of the Aggregates, Emptiness •
Day 2: Emptiness, Oral Transmission of the Diamond Cutter Sutra •
Day 2: Emptiness of the A, Everything Comes From the Mind •
Day 3: Guru Devotion, How the Mind Labels, Q&A •
Day 3: The Kindness of the Enemy, Rinpoche's Early Life •
Day 3: Geshe Rabten, Good and Bad Labeled by Mind, Seeing Problems as Opportunities •
Day 4: Compassion is the Essence of Religion, Emptiness Meditation; Transforming Problems •
Day 4: Practicing Patience, The Enemy is the Kindest Person •
Day 4: Thought Transformation is Most Beneficial, The Four Noble Truths, The Twelve Links •
Day 5: The Four Noble Truths, Karma •
Day 5: Completed Karma, The Ten Non-Virtues: Killing and Sexual Misconduct •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Nice, France, July 1990

These teachings were given in July, 1990 in Nice, France.

Chapters:
Lam-rim Teachings: First Discourse Part A •
Lam-rim Teachings: First Discourse Part B •
Lam-rim Teachings: Second Discourse Part A •
Lam-rim Teachings: Second Discourse Part B •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Maitreya Instituut, Holland 1990

Teachings given during a refuge ceremony. Topics include the motivation for refuge and the benefits of taking vows. 

Tags: refuge, vows, merit
Chapters:
Benefits of Taking and Living in Vows •
Motivation for Taking Refuge Vows; Refuge Ceremony •
Refuge Ceremony, continued; Dedications •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Amitabha Buddhist Center, Singapore April 1992.

Teachings on guru devotion given during an oral transmission of Pabongka Rinpoche's Calling the Guru from Afar.

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