Teachings

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 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 •
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 at Maitripa College, Portland, USA, 2010. Photo: Marc Sakamoto.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Portland, Oregon, USA

In this teaching, Lama Zopa Rinpoche begins by praising Lama Yeshe's qualities as a hidden meditator with the ability to inspire people from all walks of life. Rinpoche continues with an extensive explanation of how to transform problems into happiness.

Chapters:
Transforming Problems •
How to Be a Real Professional •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche visiting Chenrezig Institute with Osel, 1991. Photo by Thubten Yeshe.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Adelaide, Australia

A talk on how to transform problems into happiness by defeating the self-cherishing thought and cherishing others. Rinpoche also advises how Dharma practice in everyday life can help us at the time of death. 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Chenrezig Institute, Australia, 1991. Photo: Thubten Yeshe
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Geneva, Switzerland

A public talk on the essential practice of mind training (lo-jong)

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Deer Park, Madison, Wisconsin, 1999

How to use depression and other problems to develop the good heart

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, 1987. Photo: Robin Bath.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal, December 1987

A teaching on mind training using the seven Mahayana techniques, and equalizing and exchanging oneself for others.

By Geshe Jampa Tegchok

In this commentary on the seven-point mind training, Geshe Jampa Tegchok explains how we can abandon self-cherishing and develop compassion.

Chapters:
The Kindness of Others •
The Kindness of Others: Editor's Introduction •
Chapter One: Motivation •
Chapter Two: The Seven-Point Mind Training •
Chapter Three: The First Point - The Preliminaries as a Basis for the Practice, Training in Bodhicitta •
Chapter Four: The Second Point - The Actual Practice, Training in Bodhicitta •
Chapter Five: The Third Point - Transforming Adverse Circumstances into the Path •
Chapter Six: The Fourth Point - The Integrated Practice of a Single Lifetime •
Chapter Seven: The Fifth Point - The Measure of Having Trained the Mind •
Chapter Eight: The Sixth Point - The Commitments of Mind Training •
Chapter Nine: The Seventh Point - The Precepts of Mind Training •
Chapter Ten: Conclusion •
Appendix: The Seven-Point Mind Training •
Bibliography and Recommended Reading •
(35352_ud.jpg) 2013-2014 LZR at SJ - photos by Bill Kane
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in New York, 1990

An audio recording and unedited transcript of Chapter One of "How Things Exist."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Photo: Clive Arrowsmith.
By His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, 1981

Commentary by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the mind training text written by Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India, 1982. Photographer: Ina Van Delden.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Taipei, Taiwan, March 1994

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains the benefits of cherishing all sentient beings without exception