Teachings

Lama Zopa Rinpoche painting Tara at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1976. Photo: Peter Iseli.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India

This puja for the success of all FPMT centers and activities was compiled by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in July 1982, and includes an explanation of the meaning of the prayer and advice on the visualization.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Sangha at IMI House, Sera Je Monastery, India, in December 2013. Photo: Ven. Thubten Kunsang (Henri Lopez).
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Sera Je Monastery, Bylakuppe, India

Advice on sur, an offering practice to pacify obstacles and create merit.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Taos, New Mexico, 1999. Photo: Lenny Foster.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Missoula, MT, USA

A teaching on universal responsibility, given prior to a White Tara initiation.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Taos, New Mexico, 1999. Photo: Lenny Foster.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Singapore

An explanation of the lineage, the levels of practitioners, the power of the mantra and the benefits of Vajrayogini practice.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche painting Tara, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1976. Photo: Peter Iseli.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

A short Tara practice composed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Lama Zopa Rinpoche after the first US course in California, 1975. Photo: Carol Royce-Wilder.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal

In this excerpt from Kopan Course No. 27, Rinpoche explains how to achieve full enlightenment

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Institut Vajra Yogini, France

Teachings from a Mani retreat held at Institut Vajra Yogini, France, in 2009.

Chapters:
The Benefits of reciting OM MANI PADME HUM •
How to Purify Negative Karma •
Motivation for the Retreat •
Preparation for Chenrezig Initiation and Retreat •
Preparation for Chenrezig Initiation (cont) •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Lake Arrowhead, California, 1975. Photo: Carol Royce-Wilder.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Taichung, Taiwan

Lightly edited teachings from the Amitabha and White Tara initiations and retreat held at Shakyamuni Center, Taiwan, in February 2007.

Chapters:
Amitabha and White Tara Index Page •
Lam-rim Teaching; Amitabha Practice •
Bodhisattva Vows; Amitabha Practice •
White Tara Initiation; Bodhisattva Vows •
White Tara Sadhana: Refuge •
White Tara Sadhana: Purification •
White Tara Sadhana: Offerings •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Taos, New Mexico, 1999. Photo: Lenny Foster.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Vermont, USA

Lightly edited excerpts from a one-month Mitukpa retreat held in Vermont, USA, 2002.

Chapters:
Mitukpa Retreat: Index Page •
Mitukpa Initiation •
The Meaning of Retreat •
How Samsara is Created •
Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, 2006. Photo: John Berthold.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

A commentary on the practice of offering aroma to spirits.

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Singapore, January 1993.

An explanation of the meaning and benefits of reciting OM MANI PADME HUM. Karma and purification are also discussed.

Chapters:
The Nature of Mind; Meeting the Guru •
Karma: Motivation and Results •
Results of Negative Karma •
Negative Karma (con't); Dharma Motivation; Benefits of OM MANI PADME HUM •
Benefits of OM MANI PADME HUM (con't); The Meaning of the Mantra •
Oral Transmission of Long Chenrezig Mantra •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 2002.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains why tantra is a quick path to achieving full enlightenment.

Animal blessing by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Kurukulla Center, Massachusetts. Photo: Lorraine Greenfield.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Chin-liang, Taichung County, Taiwan

Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave these teachings during a Thousand-Arm Chenrezig Retreat held in Taichung, Taiwan, February-March 2001.

Chapters:
Retreat Preparations, Impermanence and Death •
Cherishing Others, Bodhicitta Motivation, Oral Transmission of Chenrezig Mantra and Heartspoon •
Importance of Faith, Offerings •
Offering to the Guru, How to Dedicate Merit •
Meaning of Guru and Lama •
Rejoicing, Dedications, Food Offering •
Retreat Advice, What is Dharma •
Offering Tormas, Dedications •
Use of Damaru, Bell, and Vajra, Bodhicitta Motivation, Offering and Dedication •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Soquel, CA 2001

The teachings offered here form the basis for Ch. 8-10 of the book Teachings From the Medicine Buddha Retreat

Chapters:
Chapter 8 Part A: Thirty-five Buddhas practice; Making Offerings •
Chapter 8 Part B: Meditating on Emptiness; Tea Offering to the Protectors •
Chapter 8 Part C: Dedications; Chapter 9 Part A: Meditation on Emptiness •
Chapter 9 Part B: Meditating on Emptiness •
Chapter 9 Part C: Meditating on Emptiness; King of Prayers •
Chapter 9 Part D: Dedications •
Chapter 9: Bendigo Stupa Project Presentation •
Chapter 10 Part A: Aspects of the Medicine Buddhas; Benefits of Holy Objects •
Chapter 10 Part B: Meditating on Emptiness •
Chapter 10 Part C: Motivation for Mantra Recitation; Protector Prayers •
Chapter 10 Part D: Dedications •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Malaysia.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Shakyamuni Center, Taichung, Taiwan

Teachings during Amitabha and White Tara long-life initiations and a White Tara retreat. Included is the lung (oral transmission) of the Amitayus mantra and the long-life sutra.

Chapters:
Precious Human Rebirth •
Dharma and Non-Dharma, Studying Lam-rim, Amitabha Practice and Pure Land •
Bodhisattva Vows, Amitabha Practice and Pure Land •
Samsara, Emptiness, Trehor Kyorpen Rinpoche, Gen Jampa Wangdu, Prison Practice •
Bodhicitta Motivation, Kindness of Others, Methods to Prolong Life •
Bodhisattva Vows, Lung of Amitayus Mantra and Long-life Sutra •
White Tara Sadhana, His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Obstacle Year •
Refuge Practice •
Dedication Prayers •
Results of Karma, Living in Vows, White Tara Practice •
Purifying in Emptiness, Suffering of Samsara, Bodhicitta Motivation, White Tara Practice (con't) •
Sprinkling Water, Offering Mudras, Emptiness of White Tara Body and Mind •
Visualization, Reciting Mantras, Dedications •
Final Dedications •

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