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Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on pilgrimage to holy places including Bodhgaya, Rajgir and Nalanda, and practices to do at the holy sites.

  • Pilgrimage to Bodhgaya, Rajgir and Nalanda •
  • Advice and Practices for Pilgrimage  •
  • Practicing in Bodhgaya •
  • More Talks on this Topic: Pilgrimage •
  • Why Bodhgaya Is So Important •
  • A Piece of the Pure Land •
  • Swayambunath Mountain •
  • Tso Pema, the Holy Lake of Padmasambhava •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to care for and respect statues of the Buddha. Rinpoche advises that holy objects such as statues contribute to world peace and help us create believable merit just by seeing them.

  • Climbing on a Statue •
  • Hosting the Jade Buddha •
  • Painting the Buddha’s Eyes •
  • Benefactor Building a Statue •
  • Benefits of Building a Statue of Padmasambhava •
  • Tara Statue With Head Looking Down •
  • Auspicious Welcome for Amitabha Buddha Statue •
  • Care of Chenrezig Statue in Garsha, India •
  • Your Gift to Sentient Beings •
  • Buddha Statue on the Ground •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on making offerings to the Three Rare Sublime Ones.

  • Verses to Inspire Offerings •
  • Offering to the Sangha •
  • Water Bowls Practice •
  • How to Generate Merit by Offering Music, such as Bell, Gong or Conch Shell •
  • Making Offerings to the Pretas •
  • Offerings to the Guru-Buddha •
  • Offering Incense •
  • Benefits of Offering Gold to Buddha Statues •
  • Take Care of the Flowers •
  • Water Bowl Offerings •
  • Flower Offering Card •
  • How to Dedicate a Money Offering •
  • Water Bowl Offerings as a Group Practice •
  • The Benefits of Supporting the Center and Sangha •
 Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Chenrezig Institute, Australia, 1991.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Katoomba, Australia

Lama Zopa Rinpoche discusses the direct and indirect benefits for all sentient beings that will result of the construction of a large Maitreya statue.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Sera Je Monastery, India, December 2013.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India

A translation and short commentary on the meaning of the eight auspicious signs and how they can be used for success.

Topics: Holy Objects
Tags: holy objects
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Light of the Path retreat, North Carolina, USA, May 2014. Photo: Roy Harvey.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Advice on a simple method for practicing circumambulation with body, speech and mind

Topics: Holy Objects
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the Light of the Path Retreat, USA, 2014. Photo: Roy Harvey
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Singapore March 2013

A teaching on the benefits of making offerings to holy objects

Topics: Holy Objects
Chapters:
The Benefits of Making Offerings •
The Offering Cloud Mantra •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India

A teaching on the power of holy objects and the benefits of building a very large Maitreya Buddha statue

Topics: Holy Objects
Lama Yeshe teaching at Tushita Retreat Centre, Dharamsala, India, 1983. Photo: Ueli Minder.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Institut Vajra Yogini, Marzens, France

Whatever place in the external world we think is holy is, in reality, within this precious human body.

Topics: Holy Objects
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Royal Holloway College, England, 1975. Photo: Dennis Heslop.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Tibet

Advice on how to make pilgrimage to the holy places as meaningful and beneficial as possible

Topics: Holy Objects
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at the 7th Kopan Lamrim Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1974.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kathmandu, Nepal

Making offerings to holy objects is a remedy for attachment, whether physically offered or mentally transformed

Topics: Holy Objects
Boudhanath Stupa, photo by Dennis Heslop taken in the 1960s.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Atisha Centre, Bendigo, Australia

An extensive teaching on the benefits and blessings of stupas; includes advice about the Great Stupa being built near Bendigo, Australia

Topics: Holy Objects
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Lawudo Retreat Centre, Solu Khumbu, Nepal, 1979. Photo: Georges Luneau.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1981

By the power of the Buddha and holy objects, our actions become Dharma

Topics: Holy Objects
Holy objects at Lama Zopa Rinpoche's house in Aptos, California.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

A teaching by Lama Zopa Rinpoche on the benefits and power of holy objects. The teaching includes many quotations from Buddhist sutras.

Topics: Holy Objects
Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Taos, New Mexico, 1999. Photo: Lenny Foster.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Soquel, California, 1994

Explanation of the different types of prayer wheels as a means of purifying negativities and accumulating merit

Topics: Holy Objects

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