Kopan Course No. 32 (1999)

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Kopan Monastery, Nepal (Archive #1156)

Lamrim teachings given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the 32nd Kopan Meditation Course, held at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, in November-December 1999. 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.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching in Hong Kong, 2010. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang (Henri Lopez).
Kopan Course No. 32 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: As the tapes were not dated, the lecture dates are approximate.

Lecture 1: The Essence of Buddhism is Compassion
  • The perfect human rebirth makes the most of this time
  • Visualization of the merit field
  • Believing the hallucination of I, action and object is the root of suffering
  • The essence of Buddhism is compassion
  • Universal responsibility
  • The least we can do is stop killing
  • The need for compassion
  • Dedication
Lecture 2: Buddha Nature
  • The lineage lama prayer is tantra
  • Our delusions are not one with our buddha nature
  • We can develop the infinite qualities of a buddha
  • Attachment to this life brings dissatisfaction
  • With attachment to this life everything is nonvirtue
  • Attaining realizations takes a long time
  • Karma: The four suffering results of sexual misconduct
  • How often each day do we commit the ten nonvirtues?
  • Living in the vows we collect merit continuously
  • The merit of keeping one vow is greater than making offerings to all the buddhas
  • Oral transmission of the Thirty-Five Buddhas and the Seven Medicine Buddhas
  • Dedication
Lecture 3: The Thirty-five Buddhas
  • Lineage lamas prayer commentary: The Kadampas
  • Attachment is expensive
  • Helping others materially is not enough
  • The best help is to educate in virtue
  • Without positive karma there can be no happiness
  • Four things needed for success
  • The five types of defeats in breaking vows
  • The benefits of prostrating to the Thirty-Five Buddhas
  • The meaning of the names of the Thirty-Five Buddhas
  • What’s more terrifying, hell or creating negative imprints?
  • The meaning of the names of the Thirty-Five Buddhas (Back to)
  • Rejoicing in nonvirtue and in virtue
  • The meaning of the names of the Thirty-Five Buddhas (Back to)
Lecture 4: Actualizing the Complete Path
  • The Requesting Prayer to the Lineage Lamas
  • Serkong Dorje Chang
  • Seeing the guru as a buddha
  • For enlightenment we need the whole path
  • Atisha brings Dharma to Tibet
  • The lamrim shows the entire path
  • The importance of motivation: Four people recite Tara prayers with different motivations
  • The importance of motivation: The tantric practitioner who becomes a hungry ghost
  • We need to renounce all three realms
  • As humans we can understand the cause of happiness
  • Meditation on mind as creator
  • Meditation on emptiness: We label and believe the label
  • Dedication
Lecture 5: THe Door to All Happiness
  • We are one, others are countless
  • The heat of the hells
  • Using problems to generate bodhicitta
  • We are one, others are countless (Back to)
  • Rinpoche and Montana fish
  • The dictator of self-cherishing tells us we are the most important
  • Working for others is the door to all happiness
  • The disadvantages of self-cherishing
  • The minute we cherish others there is peace
  • Dedication
Lecture 6: Refuge and Bodhicitta
  • The five paths
  • After nirvana an arhat is awakened to bodhicitta
  • The kindness of others
  • Resultant refuge depends on causal refuge
  • Remember the wheel of life when we recite refuge
  • The suffering of change
  • Pervasive compounding suffering
  • We get enlightened for all sentient beings
  • Mahayana refuge has three causes
  • Dedication
Lecture 7: Taming the Mind
  • Refuge is an inner change
  • The significance of the robes: Subtle impermanence
  • We hallucinate a permanent, inherent I
  • With emptiness we see everything as like a dream
  • The significance of robes: We are in the jaws of the Lord of Death
  • The unification of emptiness and dependent arising
  • The four noble truths and the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha as doctor, medicine and nurse
  • The twelve links and the Rice Seedling Sutra
  • The twelve links: The three delusions, two actions and seven results
  • Everything comes from the mind
  • Dedication
Lecture 8: Everything Exists in Mere Name
  • Seeing the pillar depends on labeling the pillar
  • Even atoms only exist in mere name
  • The oral transmission of Shakyamuni practice: The importance of vows
  • The oral transmission of Shakyamuni practice: The preciousness of the perfect human rebirth
  • The oral transmission of the lamrim prayer: The lamrim is the essence of the Dharma
  • Dedication
Lecture 9: The Path to Cessation
  • How can we be free from delusions?
  • Geshe Jampa Wangdu
  • The eight benefits of prostrations
  • Prostrating to holy objects
  • The benefits of having holy objects at home
  • We need all three objects of refuge to be free from samsara
  • The importance of vows
  • The refuge ceremony
Lecture 10. The Power of the Holy Object
  • The power of the object
  • The power of the object: The pig who was reborn in a pure realm
  • The power of the object: The fly on the dung
  • The power of the object (Back to)
  • To practice renunciation in the West, reflect on the entire lamrim
  • Dedication
Lecture 11: Prostrations to the Thirty-five Buddhas
  • An extensive bodhicitta motivation from the refuge prayer
  • The Thirty-five Buddhas and the four powers
  • Khunu Lama Rinpoche
  • The meaning of the prostration mudra
  • Prostrating
  • Ways of doing the Thirty-five Buddhas practice
  • Dedication