Teachings

Khadro-la (Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drönme)

Khadro-la wrote this message to explain the purpose of a series of ritual practices she initiated in order to pacify and extinguish the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lama Yeshe teaching in Olinda, Australia, July 1976.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe, Nicholas Ribush

Welcome to our July 2020 eletter: The Reality of What You Are

Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to resolve conflict with fellow students at the Dharma center by remembering their kindness and developing a tolerant and compassionate attitude.

  • Having the Attitude to Help •
  • Complaints about Director •
  • Advice for Dealing with Difficult People •
  • Conflicts with Fellow Students •
  • Living with a Difficult Student •
  • Every Sentient Being Is Most Kind, Most Dear, Most Precious •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice for those who have offered service as center director and are retiring from that role.

  • Thanks to Outgoing Director •
  • Departing Center Director •
  • Thanks For Service as Director •
  • On Retiring •
  • When the Center Director Is Changed •
  • Work at the Center Is So Beneficial •
  • Resuming Study After Directorship •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to care for others who are very ill and approaching death, with essential advice and practices for the moment of death.

  • Working With the Dying •
  • Close to Death •
  • Imminent Death •
  • When Someone Is Dying •
  • How to Support Someone Who is Dying •
  • Helping a Dying Grandmother •
  • Helping a Friend Die •
  • Dying Father •
  • Sickness and Death •
  • Dying of Cancer •
  • Mantra Recitation for a Dying Person •
  • What to do for Dying Mother •
  • Whether to Tell Someone She Is Dying •
  • More Talks on this Topic: Caring for the Dying •
  • How to Help People Who Are Sick and Dying •
  • Make Strong Prayers to Medicine Buddha •
  • Rinpoche's Online Advice Book: We All Have to Die Sooner or Later •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on the Diamond Cutter Sutra, a Mahayana sutra which helps us to actualize wisdom and bodhicitta quickly, along with other realizations.

  • Benefits of Reciting the Diamond Cutter Sutra •
  • The Diamond Sutra •
  • Sutra Recitation for Sick Nuns •
  • Diamond Cutter Sutra in Retreat •
  • Sutra Recitation to Remove Obstacles and Bring Happiness to All Beings •
Big Love, at FPMT International Office, Portland, Oregon, June 2020.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Nicholas Ribush

Lama Zopa Rinpoche: Making Your Mind Vajrayana

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at the 12th Meditation Course at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1979. Photo: Ina Van Delden.
in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Teachings by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the 36th Kopan Meditation Course, Nepal.

Chapters:
Kopan Course No. 36 Index Page •
Lecture 1: Universal Responsibility •
Lecture 2: Golden Light and Arya Sanghata Sutras •
Lecture 3: The Kindness of the Enemy •
Lecture 4: The Shortcomings of Desire •
Lecture 5: Pervasive Compounding Suffering •
Lecture 6: Refuge and Bodhicitta •
Lecture 7: The Yoga of Offering Food •
Lecture 8: A Direct Meditation on the Graduated Path •
Lecture 9: Golden Light Sutra and Refuge Ceremony •
Lecture 10: The Seven-Limb Practice •
Lecture 11: The Emptiness of the Ice Cream •
Lecture 12: Practicing Dharma After Kopan •
Painting of Lama Tsongkhapa from Big Love: The Life and Teachings of Lama Yeshe. Photo courtesy of National Museum, Copenhagen.
By Lama Tsongkhapa

A praise to the Buddha, composed by Lama Tsongkhapa after he realized emptiness. Translated by Geshe Thupten Jinpa.

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Nicholas Ribush

Lama Zopa Rinpoche: You Are the Most Lucky Person

Khadro-la teaching at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India, January 4, 2020. Photo: Bill Kane.

A praise to Tara, composed by Khadro-la (Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drönme) at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Tags: tara, prayers
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Maitripa College, 2010. Photo: Marc Sakamoto.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Institut Vajra Yogini, France

Rinpoche teaches on a broad range of lamrim topics in this series. We have now posted Lecture Eight, which includes teachings on the purpose of our life, the twelve links of dependent origination and more.

Chapters:
1. How to Achieve Real Happiness •
2. Motivation for the Retreat •
3. The Emptiness of Sound •
4. The Compassion Buddha •
5. The Good Heart •
6. Meditation on Emptiness •
7. Everything Comes from the Mind •
8. The Purpose of Our Life •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on the Mahayana practice of transforming our attitude from cherishing oneself to cherishing others who are most precious and kind.

  • Experiencing Problems for Others •
  • The Kindness of All Sentient Beings •
  • My Feet Belong to Sentient Beings •
  • How to Respond to Dishonesty •
  • Offering Service to Others, Who Are Most Precious and Kind •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice for prisoners on how to use the situation to develop their mind on the path to enlightenment.

  • Being in Prison •
  • Preliminaries and Other Practices in Prison •
  • A Nun in Jail •
  • The Prison is Your Retreat House •
  • Letter to Martha Stewart •
  • Making Life in Prison Meaningful •
  • Request for Practices from Prison •
  • Request for Guru •
  • Prison Is the Best Opportunity •
  • How Fortunate You Are! •
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Advice for people who are contemplating suicide. Rinpoche explains how to use depression on the path to enlightenment, by changing our focus from self to others.

  • Suicidal Thoughts, Depression, PTSD and Self-harm •
  • Tired and Thinking About Death •
  • Thoughts of Suicide •
  • Wanting to Commit Suicide •
  • Contemplating Suicide •
  • Think About the Continuation of Life •
  • Thoughts of Death •
  • Numberless Buddhas and Bodhisattvas Cherish Us •
  • You Are a Beautiful Human Being •
  • Helping People With Suicidal Thoughts •
  • Depression and Suicidal Thoughts •

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