We can now offer a selection of our most popular and much-loved books by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche as audiobooks. The LYWA audiobook catalog includes free audiobooks available on Google Play, as well as audiobooks available for purchase from Audible, an audiobook service from Amazon. Click on the links below to listen to these audiobook titles.
You may wish to listen to the audiobook and read the text simultaneously. Visit our online store to find links to read the books online or to order a print or ebook copy.
MP3 Audiobooks for LYWA Members: A selection of audiobooks is now available for LYWA Members in MP3 format, so members can either download the file or listen via "streaming" without having to download the file. Visit our Membership page to find out more about becoming a member and to find links to the Members Area library of ebooks and audiobooks.
Big Love Audiobook: This is a homemade audiobook version of chapters from Big Love, read by people who were there as the story unfolded. It is comprised of narrations recorded by a group of friends of the late Åge Delbanco (Babaji), who was one of Lama Yeshe’s earliest students. Visit our Big Love Resources page to find links to audio recordings on our YouTube channel.
Free Audiobooks from Google Play
You can listen to these free audiobooks on your smartphone and tablet by installing the Google Play Books app for Android and iPad/iPhone or you can listen to them on your computer's web browser. The Google Play audiobooks are auto-narrated by a digital voice. If you are unable to access Google Play, you can listen to three of our audiobooks, The Nectar of Bodhicitta, Sun of Devotion, Stream of Blessings and Teachings from Tibet, on the LYWA Youtube channel.
Ego, Attachment and Liberation: This book contains the teachings and meditations Lama gave at a five-day retreat he led near Melbourne, Australia in March 1975. Lama’s focus was on the shortcomings of ego and attachment—the main causes of all our suffering and problems—and how to overcome them. In line with Lama's intentions, this book is dedicated to the awakening of inner freedom within the minds of its readers and all other sentient beings.
Essence of Tibetan Buddhism: The first teaching in this book, The Three Principal Aspects of the Path, is an introduction to the path to enlightenment. The second teaching, Introduction to Tantra, comprises the first two lectures of a commentary on the Chenrezig yoga method and is a wonderful explanation of the fundamentals of tantric practice.
Freedom Through Understanding: On Lama Yeshe’s and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s first trip to Europe in 1975 they offered a weekend seminar based on their famous month-long Kopan meditation courses. Preceded by Lama Yeshe’s lecture on meditation at Kensington Town Hall, these teachings at Royal Holloway College, Surrey, encompass the entire Buddhist path to enlightenment.
The Joy of Compassion: In this book, Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches on one of his favorite topics—compassion. He tells us that compassion for others is the best way to overcome any obstacles we encounter, in our Dharma practice, or occupation and life itself, and the best medicine for treating any illness we experience. Rinpoche also explains emptiness, karma and many other essential Buddhist subjects.
Joyful Parents, Successful Children: Parenting is one of the most challenging undertakings in life for which nothing quite prepares us. At the same time, nurturing, guiding and raising children can be deeply joyful and fulfilling. This book not only provides the Dharma context for how our children should be brought up but also contains many helpful suggestions of how we can introduce simple Dharma practices to our children.
Life, Death and After Death: Drawn from Lama Yeshe's teachings in London, October 1982 and Geneva, September 1983, the essence of this book is a weekend seminar on death, intermediate state and rebirth. The book also includes an introductory talk by Lama Zopa Rinpoche on cultivating a peaceful mind.
The Nectar of Bodhicitta: This book presents Lama Zopa Rinpoche's teachings on bodhicitta, the mind of enlightenment, based on verses from two inspiring bodhicitta texts, The Jewel Lamp: A Praise of Bodhicitta, by Khunu Lama Rinpoche, and A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, by Shantideva. Lama Zopa Rinpoche advises, "Understanding and constantly reminding ourselves of the skies of benefits that bodhicitta brings is unbelievably worthwhile."
The Peaceful Stillness of the Silent Mind: The six teachings contained herein come from Lama Yeshe’s 1975 visit to Australia. The first three are a series of consecutive evening lectures Lama gave at Melbourne University, and the last three teachings are public lectures given in Sydney. They are all filled with love, insight, wisdom and compassion, and the question-and-answer sessions Lama loved so much are as dynamic and informative as ever.
Sadhana of Maitreya Buddha: This practice is found in Appendix 2 of Universal Love: The Yoga Method of Buddha Maitreya by Lama Yeshe. The audiobook provides narration of the sadhana text and can be a great way to support your practice. Please read Universal Love for Lama's extensive commentary on the visualizations and meaning of this sadhana practice.
Sun of Devotion, Stream of Blessings: A remarkable series of powerful and clear Dharma teachings given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to students in the United Kingdom in 2014. Rinpoche explains how to take care of our mind, gives profound teachings on the Buddhist philosophy of emptiness and discusses the need for ethics and a solid refuge.
Teachings from Tibet: A compilation of teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other great Tibetan lamas on the path to enlightenment (lamrim), edited by Nicholas Ribush. In the 1970s and ‘80s most of the great lamas to leave Tibet were still alive and teaching, mainly in India and Nepal. This book includes two teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as well as teachings and commentaries by other teachers in exile.
Virtue and Reality: This book contains methods for transforming everyday actions into the cause of enlightenment, anger into patience, and the ordinary view of phenomena as inherently existent into the wisdom realizing emptiness. It also includes several meditations led by Rinpoche, although everything in the book is a topic for meditation.
Audiobooks for Purchase from Audible
The audiobooks listed below are available for purchase from Audible, an audiobook service from Amazon. Download the free Audible app and listen to the audiobooks on your Apple, Android or Windows device. Access to Audible is by subscription, but you can start a free trial membership or listen to a five-minute audio sample. Browse our audiobook collection by going to audible.com and searching for "Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive". The Audible audiobooks have a human narrator.
Becoming Your Own Therapist & Make Your Mind an Ocean: This expanded edition contains both of the very popular Lama Yeshe booklets, Becoming Your Own Therapist and Make Your Mind an Ocean. The book contains public talks on Buddhism and the mind, and includes question and answer sessions, as well as a lecture on the Buddhist approach to mental illness.
How to Practice Dharma: Teachings on the Eight Worldly Dharmas: Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches on the eight worldly dharmas, essentially, how craving desire and attachment cause us to create problems and suffering and how to abandon these negative minds in order to find perfect peace and happiness.
How Things Exist: In this small book Lama Zopa Rinpoche emphasizes the importance of compassion and universal responsibility and how to make life meaningful, then gives a brief explanation of the nature of the enlightened mind and how we can attain it, and finally offers an extensive explanation of emptiness, the ultimate nature of reality.
Illuminating the Path to Enlightenment: In this book, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gives a commentary on Atisha's seminal text, A Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, and Lines of Experience, a short text written by Lama Tsongkhapa, who was perhaps the greatest of all Tibetan lamrim authors.