Kopan Course No. 20 (1987)

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, By Khen Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup
Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1987 (Archive #399)

These teachings were given by Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche at the 20th Kopan Meditation Course, held at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, in 1987. Edited by Miranda Adams. 

The teachings also include a discourse on the Bodhisattva Vows by Khen Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup, late abbot of Kopan Monastery.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Lake Arrowhead, California, 1975. Photo: Carol Royce-Wilder.
Kopan Course No. 20 Index Page

The Index Page provides an outline of the topics discussed in each of the lectures. Note that as this is a transcript from audio tape, there are some comments related to the tapes within the transcript.


Lecture One: Refuge and Bodhicitta

  • Integrating practice
  • Refuge
  • Bodhicitta motivation
  • Highest happiness
  • Benefits of reciting Guru Shakyamuni Buddha's name and mantra

 Lecture Two: Cherishing Others   

  • Seven techniques of Mahayana cause and effect
  • Shortcomings of the self-cherishing mind 
  • Benefits of cherishing others
  • Exchanging self for others
  • Immeasurable equanimity
  • Stop disliking problems
  • Motivation for precepts
  • The kindness of others 

Lecture Three: The Good Heart

  • Practicing and not practicing the good heart
  • Benefits of taking vows
  • Universal responsibility
  • How to regard the enemy
  • Karmic appearance  

Lecture Four: Labeling the "I"

  • How to regard the enemy
  • Everything comes from the mind
  • Compassion for the enemy
  • Labeling the "I"
  • Labeling "David", "I", "Lama Zopa"
  • Ignorance of true existence
  • Suffering nature of human, animal bodies
  • Meaning of OM MANI PADME HUM

Lecture Five: The Merely Labeled "I"

  • Labeling
  • Meditating on the Heart Sutra
  • Labeling president, fire
  • Labeling on the base
  • Merely labeled "I"
  • Real I
  • Awareness of emptiness and Dharma in daily life  

Lecture Six: Labeling Appearances                                                     

  • Equalizing the eight worldly dharmas
  • Labeling friend and enemy
  • A Tibetan monk
  • Things in the supermarket, toilet paper
  • Mind is creator
  • Awareness that everything is merely labeled 

Lecture Seven: The Eight Mahayana Precepts                                                                  

  • Benefits of the Eight Mahayaya Precepts
  • Subduing the mind  

Lecture Eight: The Benefits of Precepts                                                                     

  • Benefits of precepts
  • Four suffering results
  • Perfect human rebirth
  • Abandoning desire   

Lecture Nine: Emptiness of the "I"                                                                 

  • How the “I” exists
  • “I” is emptiness (shunyata)
  • Delusions are dependent arising
  • How to control delusions
  • Emptiness is “I”

Lecture Ten: Equilibrium Meditation  

  • Great equanimity – three reasons from side of others; three reasons from side of self
  • Kindness of the enemy
  • Equanimity
  • Vajrapani-Hayagriva-Garuda  

Lecture Eleven: Equanimity  

  • Equanimity
  • Nothing is definite in samsara
  • Dependent arising of here and there, I and others, friend and enemy
  • Trouble in Tibet
  • Importance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Lecture Twelve: The Cause of Happiness

  • Free will and karma
  • Desire and happiness
  • Nature of the mind, of phenomena
  • Emptiness of tea
  • Lung of Manjushri praise and mantra
  • Meditation: how the “I” exists
  • The “I” is empty; emptiness is the “I”
  • Walking meditation

Lecture Thirteen: The Bodhisattva Vows (Lama Lhundrup)   

  • The 18 root Bodhisattva Vows   

Lecture Fourteen: Samsara and the Twelve Links    

  • The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation
  • The four noble truths
  • Enlightenment
  • Making the decision
  • Twelve links: ignorance, farmer, field etc
  • Importance of realizing emptiness

Lecture Fifteen: Reincarnation

  • Refuge
  • Reincarnation
  • Preparing to meditate on the lam-rim
  • Importance of the lam-rim
  • Kadampa geshes
  • Lam-rim prayer

Lecture Sixteen: The Suffering of Samsara 

  • How we enter samsara
  • True suffering
  • Karma and disturbing thoughts
  • Attachment

Lecture Seventeen: The Five Views 

  • Nature of attachment, anger, ignorance, doubt, pride
  • Five views
  • Everything comes from the mind
  • Lungs: Medicine Buddha, Tara, Samayavajra

Lecture Eighteen: How to Practice Dharma

  • The Heart Sutra
  • Q&A: emptiness, death process, location of emotions, death process
  • Causes of delusion: imprint, object, distraction, explanation, habit, inappropriate attention
  • Death and dying
  • Intermediate state
  • Wheel of Life
  • Eight Verses of Thought Transformation
  • Impermanence-death
  • Daily practice
  • Dedications