The Nectar of Bodhicitta

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

This book presents Lama Zopa Rinpoche's collected teachings on bodhicitta, the mind of enlightenment, with verses and commentary on two inspiring texts, The Jewel Lamp: A Praise of Bodhicitta by Khunu Lama Rinpoche and A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Shantideva.

"The story behind this book is that in the early Kopan courses, Rinpoche would start his day’s teachings by quoting a verse from Shantideva’s or Khunu Lama Rinpoche’s seminal texts, giving a short teaching on it and then suggesting that students use it to generate a bodhicitta motivation for the day’s activities (mainly teachings, meditations and discussion groups but also ordinary activities such as eating, talking, walking around and so forth). Since those days I’ve always thought that a compilation of these short teachings would make a great book, and finally, here it is, expertly compiled and edited by our very own Gordon McDougall, who, as usual, has done a great job with it," said Nicholas Ribush, director of LYWA.

Currently in production, publication will be in August 2021. The book will be available as a paperback and ebook. Click on the chapter links on this page to read the Editor's Preface and sample chapters from The Nectar of Bodhicitta.

The Nectar of Bodhicitta
Motivations for the Awakening Mind
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Compiled and edited by Gordon McDougall

Editor Gordon McDougall has assembled Rinpoche's teachings on bodhicitta into two parts, sorted by author of the verses and arranged thematically.

In Part One, Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches on selected verses from Khunu Lama Rinpoche's Jewel Lamp, now published as Vast as the Heavens, Deep as the Sea. Lama Zopa Rinpoche advises, "Understanding and constantly reminding ourselves of the skies of benefits that bodhicitta brings is unbelievably worthwhile. This is the overall purpose of Khunu Lama Rinpoche’s book, to cause us to feel inspired and joyful that such a mind is possible." You can read an excerpt from Part One here.

In Part Two, Rinpoche teaches on verses from the first chapter of Shantideva's Guide. These verses describe the amazing benefits of developing the precious mind of bodhicitta, the supreme cause of happiness for all sentient beings. Read an excerpt from Part Two here.

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