Teachings

Big Love, at FPMT International Office, Portland, Oregon, June 2020.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Nicholas Ribush

Welcome to our June 2020 eletter: Making Your Mind Vajrayana

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 Je Tsongkhapa after he realized emptiness.

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 •
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 •
Guru Shakyamuni Buddha. Painted by Jane Seidlitz.

The Wheel of Sharp Weapons by Dharmarakshita, a ninth-century Indian scholar, combines teachings on lojong (mind training) with the lamrim, especially karma. This text is now freely available for download as a PDF file.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche enjoying his copy of Big Love, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, April 2020. Photo: Ven. Roger Kunsang.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe, Nicholas Ribush

Lama Thubten Yeshe: The Bodhisattva Vows

Chenrezig, painted by Nepali-Tibetan artists. Photo courtesy of FPMT.

This supplication was composed by Khadro-la (Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drönme) on March 30, 2020, at the request of friends around the world.

The lamas with Western Sangha and Mount Everest Centre students in Bodhgaya, 1974.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Bodhgaya, India

This excerpt is from an introductory talk given to Western students who had traveled to Bodhgaya to receive the Kalachakra initiation from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Topics: Introductory
Lama Yeshe teaching at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1974. Photo: Ursula Bernis.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal

In this teaching excerpt Lama Yeshe discusses death and rebirth in various realms of cyclic existence.

Lama Yeshe's final teaching at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1983. Photo: Wendy Finster.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

"The best Dharma practice, the most perfect, most substantial, is without doubt the practice of bodhicitta." – Lama Yeshe

Chapters:
Bodhicitta: The Perfection of Dharma •
The Bodhisattva Vows •
By Lama Thubten Yeshe, Nicholas Ribush

Lama Thubten Yeshe: Sangha is Us Helping Each Other

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Rinchen Jangsem Ling, Triang, Malaysia, April 2016. Photo: Bill Kane.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Chokyi Gyaltsen Center, Penang, Malaysia

In this teaching excerpt, Lama Zopa Rinpoche advises how to experience disease and other problems for all sentient beings.

Lama Yeshe's final teaching at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1983. Photo: Wendy Finster.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal

A teaching by Lama Yeshe on refuge, the five lay precepts, the bodhisattva vows and more. This was one of Lama's last teachings before he passed away.

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