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Below is a listing of advices in the Online Advice Book. They are sorted and grouped by the date posted on our website, with the most recent additions showing first. You can enter a keyword to search for advices containing that term.
Advices posted during the month of April 2021
Rinpoche gave this advice about the three Dharma protectors, Mahakala, Kalarupa and Vaishravana, to students of the FPMT affiliates in Mexico. Recorded at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, in March 2021.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche sent this advice to a Dharma center which was having difficulties with the decisions and conduct of one of the people working at the center. This advice is excerpted from a long letter which you can ...
Advices posted during the month of March 2021
This letter was written to a student who was working in the garden at a Dharma center and was concerned about the worms, insects and other animals harmed by planting the flowers. The student asked what they could do for the animals.
A student wrote to Rinpoche for advice about a legal case, as well as financial and relationship difficulties.
In this letter to a student who had completed many nyung näs, Rinpoche suggested several preliminary practices and gave instructions on how to practice lamrim meditation until effortless realizations are achieved.
A student with health issues wrote to Rinpoche asking for life practices. Rinpoche advised Amitayus long-life mantra, the five powers and other practices.
This advice was given to a student who had cancer and was close to passing. The student had been a center director for many years and had helped many centers in the area.
This advice was given to a center director who had made a confession about past mistakes at the Dharma center.
Rinpoche advised that prayers to Padmasambhava could help resolve the political unrest in Hong Kong.
Rinpoche advised a student to recite one million Vajrasattva mantras and then sent this message.
A student wrote about polycystic kidney disease. She had been told by doctors that she would have a reduced life expectancy. [Note: Rinpoche's advice about nyung näs was just for her personally. Rinpoche advised the student to...
In this letter to an Indian taxi driver, Rinpoche advised that success and happiness are the result of our virtuous actions. Rinpoche also recommended a powerful mantra which has many benefits.
Advices posted during the month of February 2021
A student had developed strong attachment to a monk. Rinpoche recommended meditating on impermanence, the impurity of the body, the sufferings of samsara, and the emptiness, or lack of true existence, of the object of attachment.
Rinpoche advised these practices for a student who wrote about chronic health problems.
A student wrote to ask Rinpoche about life obstacles. Rinpoche checked and advised these practices.
A student wrote requesting practice advice. She had a new child and was also SPC at a center. Rinpoche advised several daily practices and recommended training the mind in the graduated path (lamrim) until enlightenment is achieved.
A student wrote about her twenty-year-old son, who had become depressed and addicted to drugs. After overdosing he tried to stop using drugs, but later relapsed and eventually went to a rehab clinic, where he was feeling physically and mentally...
Rinpoche wrote this letter to a translator to thank him for translating the Vajra Cutter Sutra.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche sent this message to a student who was upset and angry after having many negative experiences. Rinpoche explained that practicing Dharma means subduing one’s own mind.
A student asked Rinpoche whether he should take care of his mother, who was sick. Rinpoche advised he would collect unbelievable merit by offering service to his mother.
A monk wrote that he no longer wanted to be ordained. Rinpoche advised the monk to meditate on the lamrim and to remember that real happiness comes from renouncing the eight worldly concerns and attachment to this life.
In this letter, Rinpoche describes his experience of Bhutan while on pilgrimage there in 2016. Rinpoche praises the country’s policies, which include not harming sentient beings, protecting the environment and restricting tobacco products.
Advices posted during the month of January 2021
Rinpoche advised that teaching the good heart is the most important education for children. By practicing the good heart, they will bring peace and happiness to others throughout their lives. This advice is excerpted from a long letter which you...
This advice regarding essential daily practices was given to a young student. Rinpoche recommended daily mantras, prayers and bodhicitta motivation. Rinpoche also suggested two lamrim texts as a basis for learning and study.
After completing 300,000 prostrations, a student asked Rinpoche what to do next. Rinpoche advised eight nyung näs each year and three million OM MANI PADME HUM mantras with strong bodhicitta motivation. Rinpoche also advised how...