Teachings at the Mitukpa Retreat

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Vermont, USA (Archive #1391)

These teachings by Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche are excerpts from a one-month Mitukpa Retreat held at Milarepa Center, Vermont, USA, in Aug/Sept 2002. The transcripts are lightly edited by Ven. Sarah Thresher. On the Index Page you will find an outline of the topics discussed in each teaching.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Taos, New Mexico, 1999. Photo: Lenny Foster.
Mitukpa Retreat: Index Page

Mitukpa Initiation

  • General confession
  • Meaning of mantra
  • Why we need to practice tantra
  • Dispelling obstacles to retreat
  • Dedications
  • The meaning of retreat

The Meaning of Retreat

  • Sufferings of samsara
  • Parting from the four clingings
  • Bodhicitta
  • Emptiness
  • The meaning of tantric retreat
  • Yoga of three transformations
  • Lung in retreat
  • Setting up the seat
  • Taking refuge

How Samsara is Created

  • Twelve links
  • The wheel of life
  • Refuge and bodhicitta
  • Four immeasurables 


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