Teachings

Lama Yeshe leading practice at Manjushri Institute, England, 1976.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe, Nicholas Ribush

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Lawudo Retreat Center, Nepal, 1990. Photo: Merry Colony
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India

Lama Zopa Rinpoche advises the importance of having a pure motivation free from worldly concerns, so that our actions become Dharma. This excerpt is from a series of ten discourses that form the basis of Rinpoche's book The Door to Satisfaction.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche blessing food as an offering to lepers, Bodhgaya, 1990. Photo by Andy Melnic.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India

In this short excerpt, Rinpoche discusses the great Kadampa master, Dromtönpa.

Lama Yeshe with Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching ritual dance at Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal, 1978.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe, Nicholas Ribush

Lama Thubten Yeshe: Anxiety in the Nuclear Age

Guru Shakyamuni Buddha. Painted by Jane Seidlitz.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe, Nicholas Ribush

Lama Thubten Yeshe: Refuge in Sangha

Tags: refuge, sangha
Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Lama Ösel, 1991.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Rinpoche describes the qualities of Lama Yeshe's holy body, speech and mind, the search for Lama's incarnation and the confirmation of Lama Ösel as the incarnation.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Rinpoche discusses the karma of relationships and offers advice and practices for family reconciliation when there has been disharmony and conflict.

  • Practices for Family Conciliation and Purification •
  • Difficulties With Son •
  • Angry Teenager •
  • Disturbed Family Member •
  • Disharmony Between Parents and Siblings •
  • Daughter Opposes Mother’s New Partner •
  • Pacifying a Relative’s Anger and Finding a Retreat Place •
  • Parents Don’t Support Buddhism •
  • Make Strong Prayers to Medicine Buddha •
  • Abusive Partner •
  • Advice for a Mother and Son •
  • Padmasambhava Technique for Harmony in the Family •
  • Father and Son Estranged •
  • Family Harmony •
  • Advice for Family Harmony •
  • Put the Blame on the Self-cherishing Thought •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

In this collection of advice for those practicing in prison, Rinpoche explains how to use the situation in prison to develop the mind.

  • Meditation in Prisons •
  • Prison is an Opportunity to Practice •
  • Son Passed Away •
  • Using Time in Prison to Practice Dharma •
  • Chenrezig Practice in Prison •
  • How to Achieve Real Happiness •
  • The Self-cherishing Thought Is the Real Enemy •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice for students who are experiencing difficulties with their Dharma practice.

  • No Progress in Practice •
  • Doubts •
  • Obstacles •
  • Difficulty with Prostrations •
  • Not Enough Merit to Practice Tantra •
  • Cutting Distractions to Practice •
  • Difficult Retreat •
  • Faults in Practice •
  • Needing Money for Retreat •
  • Purifying Obstacles to Dharma Practice •
  • Outer and Inner Obstacles to Dharma Practice •
  • Purifying Obstacles to Dharma Practice •
  • There’s Not Much Time Left •
  • Crushed by Depression and Loss of Faith in Dharma •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Lamrim Year, 2021. Photo: Roger Kunsang.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Nicholas Ribush

Lama Zopa Rinpoche: How to Meditate on the Refuge and Bodhicitta Prayer

Lama Zopa Rinpoche doing puja, Bodhgaya, India, 1982. Photo: Dieter Kratzer
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India and Kathmandu, Nepal

A list of Rinjung Gyatsa initiations given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya in 1982 and at Kopan Monastery in 1985. Rinjung Gyatsa is a collection of tantric deities, compiled in the sixteenth century by the Tibetan master Lama Taranatha.

Lama Yeshe, Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Piero Cerri, Jägerndorf, Germany, 1981.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Tushita-Delhi and Tushita-Dharamsala, India

Lama Zopa Rinpoche describes how he first met Lama Yeshe and speaks of his last illness and of his pure compassion and great spiritual attainments in this interview with Piero Cerri shortly after Lama passed away.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Rinchen Jangsem Ling, Triang, Malaysia, April 2016. Photo: Bill Kane.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India

In this meditation on the refuge and bodhicitta prayer, Lama Zopa Rinpoche advises how to make the prayer most meaningful and heartfelt.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Chenrezig Institute, Eudlo, Australia, 1994.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explained the visualization when doing tonglen (taking and giving) meditation in this excerpt from the 26th Kopan Course.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Chenrezig Institute, Eudlo, Australia, 1994.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Lama Zopa Rinpoche taught how to transform problems by changing our way of thinking in this excerpt from the 26th Kopan Course.

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