Teachings

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Kopan Monastery, Nepal 1974. Photo: Wendy Finster.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

The real enemy is ignorance, the self-cherishing thought, so there’s no reason to get angry with external conditions

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Manjushri London (currently Jamyang Buddhist Centre), 1983. Photo: Robin Bath.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal

When the mind is under the control of disturbing thoughts there is no peace or happiness

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Manjushri Institute, England, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Recognizing and renouncing harmful thoughts and actions brings peace and a meaningful life.

Tags: delusions
Lama Zopa Rinpoche in meditation on Saka Dawa at Chenrezig Institute, Australia, May 25, 1975. Photo: Wendy Finster.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1975

Anger, attachment and ignorance are the cause of all our suffering

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1981

The real hero is the person who fights anger and defeats the inner enemy, the delusions.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching in Hong Kong, 2010. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang (Henri Lopez).
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains how delusion and karma bind us to samsara in this excerpt from a teaching at the 11th Kopan Course.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, possibly in Switzerland, 1990. Photo by Ueli Minder.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Creating harmony and good communication with others through compassion and thought transformation rather than blaming and criticizing.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Chenrezig Institute, Eudlo, Australia, 1994.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Boulder Creek, California, 1997

How to deal with anger—one's own anger and the anger of others directed at oneself.