Kopan Course No. 06 (1974)

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1974 (Archive #028)

The following is a combination of notes taken at the teachings and a transcript of taped teachings given by Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche at the Sixth Kopan Meditation Course in March-April 1974. They form an auto-commentary on the course text, The Wish-fulfilling Golden Sun of the Mahayana Thought Training.

You may also download the entire contents of these teachings in a pdf file.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at the Sixth Meditation Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1974. Photo by Ursula Bernis.
Kopan Course No. 6 Index Page

The page numbers referred to in this text relate to the work copy of The Wish-fulfilling Golden Sun used at the Fifth (Nov-Dec 1973) and Sixth (Mar-Apr 1974) Meditation Courses. When Rinpoche read directly from the text book it was not recorded here. These notes are his comments and explanations given during the reading.  

The notes were taken longhand so there are a few minor omissions. Also, it is likely that there are some errors due to hearing incorrectly. Furthermore, in punctuating the text it is inevitable that some gross distortions of meaning have occurred, as a result of the complete lack of Dharma understanding in those responsible. The compilers apologize for all this and ask the forgiveness of the Holy Guru through whose infinite kindness this book appears. Yet they hope that it may be of some benefit to mother sentient beings - may all without exception be released from suffering now.

These talks generally follow the table of contents of the first half of The Wish-fulfilling Golden Sun. Therefore, we have used that outline to organize the contents of these teachings.



Our Beginningless Mind

  • Introduction
  • The Mind is Beginningless
  • But How is it Possible to Receive Enlightenment?

The Lineage of the Mahayana Teachings

  • Morning Prayers
  • Ecstatic Prostrating Meditation
  • The Visualization of Guru Shakyamuni
  • Guru Shakyamuni Prayer
  • Guru Shakyamuni Mantra
  • The Seven Branches
  • Mandala Offering
  • The Teachings of the Direct Meditations
  • Meditation

Meditation One: Part I: The Perfect Human Rebirth (Part A)

Meditation One: Part I: The Perfect Human Rebirth (Part B)

Meditation One: Part I: The Perfect Human Rebirth (Part C)

Meditation One: Part I: The Perfect Human Rebirth (Part D)

Meditation One: Part II: Impermanence and Death


  • Impermanence and Death (conclusion)
  • A Brief Explanation of Death...
  • The Intermediate State (Bardo Body)
  • Prayer to be Said After Meditation One
  • Meditation Two: Part I: Three Lower Realms
  • The Hells
  • The Realm of the Pretas
  • The Animal Realm

Refuge (Part A)

  • Meditation Two: Part II: Refuge
  • The Knowledge of Buddha
  • The Knowledge of Dharma
  • The Knowledge of Sangha
  • Instructions in the Practice of Refuge

Refuge (Part B) and Karma

  • The Benefits of Taking Refuge
  • Meditation Two: Part III: Karma
  • The Ten Immoralities of Body Speech and Mind
  • Karma is Definite
  • Karma is Expandable
  • It is Impossible to Experience the Result...
  • The Result of the Karma Created is Never Lost
  • Confession
  • Prayer to be Said After Meditation Two
  • Meditation Three
  • The General Sufferings of Samsara
  • The Three Upper Realms of Suffering
  • The First Noble Truth: True Suffering
  • How Delusion and Karma Bind Us to Samsara...
  • Bodhicitta

NOTE: Rinpoche then gave a quick summary of the remainder of the text.

Appendix One: The Mahayana Ordination Ceremony