Teachings

Lama Yeshe, Vajrapani Institute, California, 1983. Photo by Carol Royce-Wilder.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Pomaia, Italy

An experienced teacher guides us on the path to liberation or inner freedom, and enlightenment.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Bendigo, Australia, Sep-Oct 2014.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Singapore

A teaching on guru devotion given during an oral transmission of Calling the Guru from Afar, a prayer composed by Pabongka Rinpoche

Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche on the veranda at Tushita Retreat Centre, Dharamsala, India, 1973. From the collection of Adele Hulse.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India

A teaching about guru devotion to mark the occasion of Ösel Hita's fifth birthday

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching during the Ninth Meditation Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Aptos, CA

A verse-by-verse commentary on the prayer Calling the Guru from Afar

Chapters:
Commentary: Part One •
Commentary: Part Two •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Manjushri Institute, England, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in ACI, New York, 1999

A teaching on the purpose of life, compassion and guru devotion

Chapters:
The Importance of Compassion in Daily Life •
The Importance of Compassion in Daily Life, continued •
Guru Devotion •
Guru Devotion, continued •
Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the 8th Meditation Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1975.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

The spiritual teacher must have correct understanding of the graduated path to enlightenment

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with students at Chenrezig Institute, Australia, May 25, 1975. Photo: Wendy Finster.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1976

To receive enlightenment, we must rely on the guidance of a perfect teacher

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Amitabha Buddhist Center, Singapore April 1992.

Teachings on guru devotion given during an oral transmission of Pabongka Rinpoche's Calling the Guru from Afar.

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

In this book, Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains how to train the mind in guru devotion, the root of the path to enlightenment.

Chapters:
The Heart of the Path •
Foreword by His Holiness Sakya Trizin, and Reviews •
Editor's Preface by Ailsa Cameron •
Chapter 1: Why Do We Need a Guru? •
Chapter 4: The Qualities of a Guru (excerpt) •
Chapter 5: The Qualities of a Disciple •
Chapter 6: Who to Regard as Guru (excerpt) •
Chapter 7: The Benefits of Correct Devotion to a Guru (excerpt) •
Chapter 11: Why We Are Able to See the Guru as a Buddha (excerpt) •
Chapter 12: How to See the Guru as a Buddha (excerpt) •
Chapter 19: What is Guru Yoga? (excerpt) •
Translations: The Heart of the Path •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching outdoors at Manjushri London (currently Jamyang Buddhist Centre), 1983. Photo by Robin Bath.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Rinpoche answers questions from students at a Dharma center about the lam-rim.

Khunu Lama Rinpoche.
By Khunu Lama Rinpoche in Boudhanath, Nepal, 1975

The great bodhisattva Khunu Lama Rinpoche gave this teaching on Lama Tsongkhapa's text to the monks and nuns of the International Mahayana Institute at Boudhanath, Nepal, in 1975.

Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey. Photo: Deborah Alterman.
By Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey

A commentary on the text "The Fifty Verses of Guru Devotion"

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Munich, Germany, April 2001

The meaning of "guru," the qualities of a guru, and the practice of guru devotion, with a focus on His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This teaching also contains advice on the practice of Dorje Shugden.