Kopan Course No. 43 (2010)

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Kopan Monastery, Nepal (Archive #1854)

These teachings were given by Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche at the 43rd Kopan Meditation Course, held at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, in Dec 2010. The transcripts are lightly edited by Gordon McDougall.

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

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Royal Holloway College, England, 1975. Photo: Dennis Heslop.
Kopan Course No. 43: Index Page

The Index Page provides an outline of the topics discussed in each of the lectures. 

Lecture One: December 6, 2010

  • The imprint exists but only as a mere label
  • No matter where we look, we can’t find the I
  • We can’t even find the I that exists
  • Our illusioned mind causes us to suffer
  • Satisfaction only comes from seeing beyond this life
  • The three types of suffering come from holding the I as truly existent
  • We must meditate on the emptiness of things in our daily life
  • Coming here is the most important thing in your lives

Lecture Two: December 6, 2010

  • Conventional nature and impermanence
  • The happiness of future lives is more important than the happiness of this life
  • With the perfect human rebirth we can achieve the four Mahayana Dharma wheels
  • Understanding how precious this life is stops thoughts of suicide
  • The path of the lower scope practitioner stops the eight worldly dharmas
  • Causative phenomena are like a star, a butter lamp etc.
  • Food offering

Lecture Three: December 7, 2010

  • Meditating on the object of refutation while walking
  • “Taking care of ourselves” means practicing the Dharma
  • The real I is not findable
  • Between eternalism and nihilism
  • The fear of nearing emptiness
  • Tea offering
  • Correctly searching for the I (cont): The fear of falling into nihilism
  • Realizing the two truths saves from nihilism
  • Geshe Jampa Wangdu: Emptiness and bodhicitta
  • The story of Geshe Jampa Wangdu
  • To develop lam-rim realizations we need bodhicitta
  • The guru is dharmakaya: The first verse Praise to Shakyamuni Buddha
  • Yamantaka appears as a butcher
  • All happiness comes from the guru
  • Praise to Shakyamuni Buddha (back to)

Lecture Four: December 8, 2010 

  • Doing a hundred things, but the one important one: renouncing the self
  • Buddhas do not have a dualistic view
  • Oral transmission of “Chenrezig’s Request to the Buddha”
  • Oral transmission: The meaning of the Buddha mantra
  • Khunu Lama Rinpoche’s story
  • Oral transmission: The pronunciation of the Buddha mantra
  • Oral transmission: The Prajnaparamita Sutras

Lecture Five: December 9, 2010 

  • Liberating animals
  • The importance of a good heart
  • The four suffering results of karma
  • The need for purification
  • Liberating animals
  • The power of the Golden Light Sutra
  • The four harmonious brothers
  • The importance of a good heart
  • The Sixteen Human Dharmas

Lecture Six: December 9, 2010

  • The seven-limb practice
  • Seven-limb: Prostration
  • Seven-limb: Offering
  • Seven-limb: Confession
  • Seven-limb: Rejoicing
  • Seven-limb: Entreating
  • Seven-limb: Requesting
  • Seven-limb: Dedication

Lecture Seven: December 11, 2010 

Lecture Eight: December 11, 2010

  • The six types of suffering: Nothing is definite in samsara
  • The six types of suffering: Nothing gives satisfaction in samsara
  • The bodhisattva’s motivation
  • The six types of suffering: We have to leave this body again and again
  • The six types of suffering: We have to take rebirth again and again
  • The six types of suffering: We go forever from higher and lower in samsara
  • The six types of suffering: We have to die alone
  • Motivation for the refuge ceremony
  • Refuge vows
  • Dedication
  • Refuge in the Buddha: What to practice and avoid
  • Refuge in the Dharma: What to practice and avoid
  • St Francis
  • Refuge in the Dharma (back to)
  • Refuge in the Sangha: What to practice and avoid
  • General advice on what to do and avoid with refuge
  • Vajrasattva initiation
  • Vajra Armor transmission
  • Red Tara initiation