Teachings

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Lake Arrowhead, California, 1975. Photo: Carol Royce-Wilder.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Khen Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup in Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1987

A transcript of teachings given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the 20th Kopan Course. Includes a discourse on the bodhisattva vows by Khen Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup, late abbot of Kopan Monastery.

Chapters:
Kopan Course No. 20 Index Page •
Lecture One: Refuge and Bodhicitta •
Lecture Two: Cherishing Others •
Lecture Three: The Good Heart •
Lecture Four: Labeling the I •
Lecture Five: The Merely Labeled I •
Lecture Six: Labeling Appearances •
Lecture Seven: The Eight Mahayana Precepts •
Lecture Eight: The Benefits of Precepts •
Lecture Nine: Emptiness of the I •
Lecture Ten: Equilibrium Meditation •
Lecture Eleven: Equanimity •
Lecture Twelve: The Cause of Happiness •
Lecture Thirteen: The Bodhisattva Vows (Lama Lhundrup) •
Lecture Fourteen: Samsara and the Twelve Links •
Lecture Fifteen: Refuge •
Lecture Sixteen: The Suffering of Samsara •
Lecture Seventeen: The Five Views •
Lecture Eighteen: How to Practice Dharma •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe in Geneva, Switzerland, 1983. Photo: Ueli Minder.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe

Welcome to our January 2019 e-news!

Portrait of Lama Yeshe, Chenrezig Institute, Australia, 1975. Photo by Tony Duff.

Browse our collection of LYWA books translated into German, including a new translation by Aryatara Publications, Wie man Dharma praktiziert, (How to Practice Dharma).

Topics: Translations > German
Tags: translation
Holy objects at Lama Zopa Rinpoche's house in Aptos, California.

Browse our collection of translations into Vietnamese, now available as free PDF files. Our latest Vietnamese translations are The Foundation of All Good Qualities and several teachings by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.   

Tags: translation
Lama Yeshe, Chenrezig Institute, 1975.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Chenrezig Institute, Australia

Lama Yeshe discusses how to use intensive wisdom to gain insight into the illusory nature of reality. Also included is a short interview. 

Topics: Emptiness > Mahamudra
By Nicholas Ribush

Changing the World One Mind at a Time

Tags: dharma
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on the practice of giving and letters of thanks to benefactors of Rinpoche's centers and projects.

  • Kind Benefactor •
  • Thanking Benefactors •
  • Thanks for Donation to Kopan •
  • Donation to Amdo Eye Center •
  • Ways to Give Away Money •
  • Investing for Real Profit •
  • Helping a Business •
  • The Center is of Utmost Importance •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on matters related to travel and immigration, including how to think when traveling by plane and practices for removing visa obstacles.

  • Note for Hotel Maid  •
  • Border Crossing to Nepal •
  • Obstacles to Getting a Visa  •
  • Removing Visa Obstacles •
  • Mantra Recommended Before Traveling •
  • Improving Dependent Arising: How to Eliminate Obstacles before Travel •
  • Advice for Flying •
  • Immigration Difficulties •
  • Removing Visa Obstacles •
  • Query About Travel and Sur Practice •
  • Tara Practice and Prayers While Flying •
  • Travel Risk in Third World Country •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to resolve parenting problems by focusing on the good heart, loving kindness and compassion for others.

  • Problems With Children •
  • Growing Up Too Fast •
  • A Bad Mother? •
  • Prayers For Child’s Return •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on various practices and mantras for animals, including those which are sick and dying.

  • How to Benefit Animals •
  • Building an Animal Sanctuary •
  • Compassion Brings Us Closer to Enlightenment •
  • Advice About Caring for Dogs •
  • Take Care of Animals with Compassion •
  • Practices to Benefit a Cat •
Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche on the veranda at Tushita Retreat Centre, Dharamsala, India, 1973. From the collection of Adele Hulse.
By Nicholas Ribush, Adele Hulse

Adele Hulse: The First Kopan Meditation Course

Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on bodhicitta, the altruistic mind of enlightenment.

  • Practicing Patience •
  • Generating Bodhicitta  •
  • You Have So Much to Rejoice About in This Life •
  • Effortful Bodhicitta Motivation •
  • Motivation is Most Important •
  • Live Your Life With Bodhicitta •
  • How to Make Your Life Most Beneficial for Sentient Beings, Even With Your Speech •
  • The Ultimate Good Heart •
  • Living With Bodhicitta •
  • Pray to Benefit Others •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on nyung nä, a powerful two-day practice associated with Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion.

  • Continue With Nyung-näs and Lam-rim •
  • We Can Be Free From Samsara •
  • Unable to Complete Nyung-näs •
  • Nyung-nä Advice •
  • Practices for Purification and Collecting Merit •
  • Two Thousand Nyung Näs and Other Life Practices •
  • The Benefits of Nyung-näs •
  • Thank you for Nyung-näs •
  • A Powerful Practice •
  • Nyung-näs •
  • Nyung-nä •
  • Completion of 300 Nyung-näs •
  • The Greatest Purification •
  • 700 Nyung-näs Seems Good •
  • Dispelling Obstacles For Nyung-nä Retreat •
  • A Quick Way to Purify Obscurations •
  • Animal Liberation and Nyung Näs •
  • Drinking During a Nyung Nä •
  • Two Thousand Nyung Näs •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on making offerings to the Three Rare Sublime Ones.

  • Verses to Inspire Offerings •
  • Offering to the Sangha •
  • Water Bowls Practice •
  • How to Generate Merit by Offering Music, such as Bell, Gong or Conch Shell •
  • Making Offerings to the Pretas •
  • Offerings to the Guru-Buddha •
  • Offering Incense •
  • Benefits of Offering Gold to Buddha Statues •
  • Take Care of the Flowers •
  • Water Bowl Offerings •
  • Flower Offering Card •
  • How to Dedicate a Money Offering •
  • Water Bowl Offerings as a Group Practice •
  • The Benefits of Supporting the Center and Sangha •
Lama Yeshe, Vajrapani Institute, California, 1983. Photo by Carol Royce-Wilder.

We have a new Russian translation to share with you, Adapting Positively to Any Circumstance, by Tenzin Ösel Hita.

Topics: Translations > Russian
Tags: translation

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