Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga (Ganden Lha Gyäma)

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, India 1986 (Archive #266)
Ganden Lha Gyäma: The Hundreds of Deities of the Land of Joy
Commentary by Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

This is an edited version of a teaching given by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Tushita Meditation Centre, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, India at the end of the Second Enlightenment Experience Celebration in March 1986. The recordings of the teachings were transcribed by Ingeborg and Ven. Ailsa Cameron and checked and edited by Uldis Balodis.

Table of Contents

The subject matter of these teachings has been rearranged and collected under various topics. During the process of rearrangement and editing, material may have been lost and mistakes in interpretation been made — for this the editor apologizes. The material in the chapters titled Mandala Offering, Prostrations and Water Offerings is separate to the seven limb practices within the Ganden Lha Gyäma chapter because it contains detailed instructions for performing the ngön-dro (preliminary) practices.

This transcript was first published by Uldis Balodis and Kopan Monastery in 1990.  For Lama Zopa Rinpoche's oral commentaries of both the Lama Chöpa and Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga, see the Special Commentaries at FPMT Online Learning Center. Download a Chinese version (pdf) translated by Lobsang Dhargyey.

In this transcript, Lama Zopa frequently makes reference to His Holiness the Dalai Lama's Lama Chöpa (Guru Puja) commentary. His Holiness gave this teaching during the Second Enlightenment Experience Celebration — the same event that preceded Lama Zopa's teaching here. His Holiness' teachings are published by Shambala Publications as The Union of Bliss & Emptiness.

Read a biography of Lama Tsongkhapa on our website here.  Also, Rinpoche often refers to the text titled "The Essence of Nectar", and you can find the root text along with Geshe Rabten's commentary in The Essential Nectar, published by Wisdom Publications.



The Benefits

Preliminary Prayers

Seeing the Guru as Buddha

Guru Yoga

  • The meaning of the nine-line prayer to Lama Tsongkhapa



  • Refuge in the Guru
  • Refuge in the Buddha
  • Refuge in Dharma
  • Refuge in the Sangha

The Preliminary Practices from Jorchö

  • Refuge and bodhicitta (from Jörcho)
  • The four immeasurable thoughts
  • Special bodhicitta
  • Dharmakaya meditation
  • Summary of the preliminaries

Ganden Lha Gyäma: Part 1

  • Visualization of the field of merit
  • Absorption of transcendental wisdom
  • Invocation
  • Seven-limb practice
  • Requesting the merit field to remain
  • Prostration
  • The two truths
  • Offering
    • Outer offerings    
    • Inner offering
    • Secret offering
    • Absolute offering

Ganden Lha Gyäma: Part 2

  • Confession
    • The power of the object
    • The power of the remedy
    • The power of repentance
    • The power of turning away from the negative karma
  • Rejoicing
  • Dedication
  • Mandala offering
  • Specific requests
    • Migtsema: receiving the seven wisdoms
      • Great wisdom
      • Clear wisdom
      • Quick wisdom
      • Profound wisdom
      • The wisdom of explaining
      • The wisdom of debating
      • The wisdom of composing
  • Request to abide in the heart
  • Dedication

Mandala Offering


Water Offerings


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