Nyung-nä Teachings at Lawudo

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Lawudo Retreat Centre, Nepal (Archive #133)

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave these teachings during a nyung-nä retreat at Lawudo Gompa, Nepal, in April 1978. Edited by Ven. Ailsa Cameron.

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

For more advice on nyung-nä practice, see Nyung-nä Practice: Prostrations and Offerings and Rinpoche's Online Advice Book. You can also listen online to Rinpoche's teachings from a nyung-nä retreat in Taiwan, 2007.

 Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Lawudo Retreat Centre, Nepal, 1970.
Nyung-nä Teachings at Lawudo: Index Page

1. Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha of Compassion

  • Tong-len
  • Kindness of the mother/parents
  • How Avalokiteshvara generated bodhicitta, got his name and does the work of all the buddhas

2. The Benefits of Reciting OM MANI PADME HUM

  • The benefits of making Avalokiteshvara statues
  • Avalokiteshvara meditation
  • Avalokiteshvara mantra
  • Stories of Tsenshap Serkong Rinpoche and Serkong Dorje Chang
  • Origin and benefits of the Avalokiteshvara mantra

3. The Path of Secret Mantra

  • Tantra: secrecy and effort
  • Bearing difficulties to study and practice Dharma
  • Secret mantra
  • The meaning of mantra

4. The Vehicle of the Result

  • Vehicle of result: four purities
  • Vehicle of method
  • Bodhicitta motivation for Avalokiteshvara initiation

5. Blessing the Speech

  • Blessing the speech
  • Spirit harm
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Cleanliness in Kriya Tantra

6. The Transcendental Wisdom of Great Bliss

  • The meaning of Vajrayana
  • The Vajrayana path

7. Abiding in the Retreat

  • The meaning of vajra
  • Achieving the guru
  • The meaning of vajra, unified
  • Guru devotion
  • The benefits of nyung-näs

8. Prostrations and Offerings

  • Visualizing the merit field
  • Outline of nyung-nä practice
  • Prostrations and request to Avalokiteshvara
  • Inner ablution

9. Meditation on Emptiness

  • Requests to the lineage lamas
  • Self-generation
  • Emptiness shunyata)
  • Yoga of sleep

10. The Merely Labeled I

  • Emptiness (shunyata)
  • Four schools of Buddhist philosophy
  • Middle Way school
  • Identifying the truly existent I