Kopan Course No. 31 (1998)

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Kopan Monastery, Nepal (Archive #1087)

Lamrim teachings given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the 31st Kopan Meditation Course, held at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, in Nov–Dec 1998. Lightly edited by Gordon McDougall.

Go to the Index page to view an outline of topics and click on the links to go directly to the lectures. You can also download a PDF of the entire course.

Long Life Puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Kopan Monastery, 2010. Photo: Mikk Tamme.
Kopan Course No. 31 Index Page

The Index Page provides an outline of the topics discussed in each of the lectures. Click on the links below to go directly to a particular lecture.

Please note: Because there were no dates on the recordings, the dates and the breaks in teachings are approximations.

Lecture 1: Offering Practice
  • The beggar and the billionaire
  • How to do a tea offering
  • Seeing the guru as the dharmakaya
Lecture 2: The Need for Great Compassion
  • Subduing the mind
  • Karma and the body
  • The need for great compassion
  • Bodhisattvas welcome suffering
  • Why are we scared of hell?
  • Having a good heart is the best benefit
  • From ignorance all delusions arise
  • Questions and answers
  • Dedications
Lecture 3: The Root of Samsara
  • The emptiness of the tall finger
  • The definition of ignorance
  • The fear of realizing there is no I
  • Seeing this hallucination brings compassion
Lecture 4: This Precious HUman Rebirth
  • Zina and Mummy Max
  • Rinpoche in a Hindu cemetery
  • The concept of permanence cheats us
  • The preciousness of this body
  • The qualities of a precious human rebirth
  • Renounce attachment
  • We can achieve enlightenment only with this perfect human rebirth
  • The concept of permanence cheats us (back to)
  • All phenomena are like illusions
  • Animal liberation
  • The importance of holy objects
Lecture 5: Mahayana REfuge
  • The various ways of taking refuge
  • Without the guru, there is no Buddha
  • The need for guru devotion
  • Seeing mistakes in the guru
  • Knowing the cause of happiness and suffering
  • Four people reciting the Tara prayer
  • Is breathing meditation Dharma?
  • A virtuous motivation is the door to all happiness
  • The base and the label
  • Suffering refers to all aspects of samsara
  • The importance of refuge and precepts
  • The karma of sexual misconduct
  • We can’t judge the actions of our teachers
  • The power of Chenrezig and his mantra
  • The meaning of OM MANI PADME HUM
  • How to practice the Dharma
  • Advantages of taking vows
  • Taking the lay vows
  • How we are guided by Chenrezig
  • Why the guru is kinder than the three times’ buddhas
  • The dharmakaya is the absolute guru
  • Acting with a bodhicitta motivation
  • Prostrating to the Thirty-five Buddhas
  • Advice on daily practice
LECTURE 8: The Power of Tantra
  • Is there any point to ignorance?
  • Breaktime should be breaktime from samsara
  • The twelve links
  • Monkeys don’t choose to be monkeys
  • Animal liberation
  • Chenrezig initiation motivation
  • Protecting the mind
  • The power of tantra
  • The disadvantages of the self-cherishing mind
  • The advantages of bodhicitta
  • We must create even the smallest positive karma

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