Teachings

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Italy.  Photo by Piero Sirianni.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Pomaia, Italy

In this teaching, Lama Zopa Rinpoche advises that the realization of emptiness is the most important goal in our life, so that we can cease suffering and its cause, delusion and karma.

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in North Carolina, USA

In this video, Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains that the wisdom realizing emptiness eradicates ignorance, just as a vacuum cleaner or broom removes dust.

Nick Ribush during the month-long course at Chenrezig Institute, Australia, 1975.
By Nicholas Ribush

A brief overview of the path to enlightenment, as taught and followed by most of the Tibetan schools of Buddhism. This outline was written by Nicholas Ribush as the Preface for the book Teachings from Tibet.

Topics: Introductory
Lama Zopa Rinpoche reciting Nagarjuna prayers in front of the Nagarjuna statue at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India, 2014. Photo: Ven. Sarah Thresher

This text by the great Indian pandit Nagarjuna is famous for its descriptions of the bodhisattva's path of compassion and for its clear, concise analysis of the Buddha's teachings on emptiness.

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.

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 Zopa Rinpoche traveling out to the open Atlantic Ocean to bless it and the animals in it, USA, August 2016.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India

Lama Zopa Rinpoche advises how to meditate on emptiness in daily life in this excerpted teaching.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Delhi, India, January 2009. Photo: Ven. Roger Kunsang.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India

Lama Zopa Rinpoche discusses the merely labeled I in this excerpt from a teaching given at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, in 2012.

Lama Yeshe teaching at Manjushri Institute, England, 1976.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Cumbria, England

Lama Yeshe discusses meditation experience in tantric practice.

Topics: Emptiness > Mahamudra
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kathmandu, Nepal

In this video extract, Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains that basic Buddhism is about discovering the way the self appears as a total hallucination; that it is not just about chanting rituals but it is for learning about life.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at the Light of the Path retreat, North Carolina, USA, 2014. Photo: Roy Harvey.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Gyalwa Gyatso Center, San Jose, California

In this unedited excerpt, Rinpoche encourages us to take advantage of this precious and rare opportunity to study the profound meaning of emptiness. 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Jamyang Buddhist Centre, London, 2014. Photo: Robin Bath.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kadampa Center, Raleigh, USA

In this teaching, Rinpoche offers advice on the practice of the good heart and the role of parents in guiding their children. Rinpoche also discusses emptiness and gives a commentary on the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation.

Chapters:
How to Live Life With the Good Heart •
Where Is the Real I? •
Eight Verses of Thought Transformation •
Lama Yeshe with (l to r) Steve Carlier, Nick Ribush and Francesco Prevosti, at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy, 1983. Photo: Merry Colony.
By Nicholas Ribush, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Lama Zopa Rinpoche: Where is the Real I?

Lama Yeshe meditating by the ocean, Sicily, 1983. Photo: Jacie Keeley.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Dharamsala, India

Lama  responds to student questions about the practice of mahamudra.

Topics: Emptiness > Mahamudra
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Leeds and London, UK

A remarkable series of powerful and clear Dharma teachings given by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche to students in Leeds and London, United Kingdom, in 2014. 

Chapters:
Sun of Devotion, Stream of Blessings •
Editor's Preface •
Chapter 1. Taking Care of the Mind •
Chapter 2. Our Happiness Is in Our Hands •
Chapter 3. The Hallucination of the Real I •
Chapter 4. The Need for Ethics and Refuge •
Chapter 5. The Room Before It Is Named •
Chapter 6. The Guru Is the Most Powerful Object •
Chapter 7. A Talk about Dolgyal •
Chapter 8. Khadro-la •
Chapter 9. The Importance of Guru Devotion •
Chapter 10. Seeing the Guru as a Buddha •
Chapter 11. More Precious Than a Wish-granting Jewel •
Chapter 12. Cutting the Root of Samsara •
Chapter 13. Practicing Tantra •
Translations (Sun of Devotion, Stream of Blessings) •

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