Kopan Course No. 11 (1978)

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Kathmandu, Nepal November 1978 (Archive #394)

The following is a transcript of teachings given by Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche at the Eleventh Kopan Meditation Course in November 1978. 

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

Lama Zopa Rinpoche after the first US course in California, 1975. Photo: Carol Royce-Wilder.
Kopan Course No. 11 Index Page

The Index Page provides an outline of the topics discussed in each of the lectures. This transcript does not represent the entire course, just primarily Rinpoche's teachings. During the first week of the course, discourses were given by geshes and Western students.

Note that as this is a transcript from audio tapes, there are some comments related to the tapes within the transcript.

Section One

  • The Unsubdued Mind
  • Motivation
  • Happiness is Created by the Mind
  • Happiness is Not Outside You
  • The Importance of Attaining Enlightenment
  • Consciousness
  • Karma
  • Question and Answer
  • Consciousness and Death
  • Reincarnation
  • The Importance of a Peaceful Mind
  • Chenrezig Meditation
  • Reincarnation
  • Becoming Free of Ignorance and Delusions
  • The Study of the Mind
  • Stages of Enlightenment
  • Guru Yoga
  • Inspiration from Great Practitioners
  • How to Listen to the Teachings

Section  Two

  • The Faults of Self-Cherishing
  • Qualities of Guru Shakyamuni Buddha
  • Qualities of the Dharma
  • Practicing Dharma in Degenerate Times
  • The Seven Points of Thought Transformation
  • Shamatha Meditation
  • What to Do in the Break Time
  • Four-Arm Chenrezig Meditation
  • Explanation of the Mantra OM MANI PADME HUM
  • Review of the Lamrim
  • Karma
  • Sufferings of the Narak Realms
  • Biography of Shantideva
  • Basic Meditations on the Lamrim
  • Sufferings of the Preta Realm

Section Three

  • Precious Human Rebirth
  • Khunu Rinpoche
  • Bodhicitta
  • Guru Shakyamuni and the West
  • Practicing the Lamrim
  • How to Practice Dharma
  • Milarepa
  • More Precious Human Rebirth
  • Buddha’s Omniscient Mind
  • Practicing Dharma in Daily Life
  • More Bodhicitta
  • How to Think in Daily Life

Section Four

  • Motivation
  • What Happens if You Disturb a Mouse, and Other Stories of the Animal Realm
  • Lamrim Meditation
  • Generating Realizations of the Path
  • Precious Human Rebirth
  • How Difficult it is to Live in Moral Conduct
  • Anger is Destructive
  • More Precious Human Rebirth
  • Clinging to the Comfort of this Life
  • The Difficulty of Practicing Dharma
  • The Rarity of Virtue
  • The Eight Worldly Dharmas
  • Bodhicitta
  • The Four Mindfulnesses
  • Question and Answer
  • Sexual and Romantic Attachment

Section Five

  • How to Generate True Love
  • Bodhicitta
  • Meditation Subdues the Mind
  • Meditation Antidotes to the Delusions
  • The Eight Worldly Dharmas
  • The Ten Innermost Jewels and the Kadampa Geshes

Section Six

  • Impermanence and Death
  • Attaining Enlightenment
  • More Impermanence and Death
  • Jim Jones

Section Seven

  • Impermanence and Death
  • Perserverence in Practicing Dharma
  • Impermanence and Death
  • Meditation on Impermanence and Death
  • The Shortcomings of Samsara
  • The Best Methods to Use at the Time of Death
  • Death and Impermanence
  • The Signs of Death
  • Developing the Mind
  • The Cycle of Samsara
  • Liberation
  • The Way to Practice Perfectly
  • Refuge

Section Eight

  • Refuge
  • Bodhicitta
  • How to Meditate on Lamrim
  • The Objects of Refuge
  • Training the Mind in Bodhicitta and Equanimity
  • The Kindness of the Mother
  • Training the Mind in Equanimity
  • Drugs and Dharma
  • More Refuge and Objects of Refuge
  • Asanga
  • More Bodhicitta
  • Refuge
  • Self-Cherishing
  • Shortcomings of the Self-Cherishing Thought
  • How to Meditate on Thought Transformation

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