Teachings

Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on the Mahayana practice of transforming our attitude from cherishing oneself to cherishing others who are most precious and kind.

  • Experiencing Problems for Others •
  • The Kindness of All Sentient Beings •
  • My Feet Belong to Sentient Beings •
  • How to Respond to Dishonesty •
  • Offering Service to Others, Who Are Most Precious and Kind •
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 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's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to utilize obstacles on the path to enlightenment by practicing thought transformation.

  • A Positive Way of Thinking •
  • Thought Transformation •
  • Practice Thought Transformation •
  • Hardships •
  • When Problems Interfere with Practice •
  • Taking on Obstacles •
  • Dealing With Sadness •
  • Dealing with Depression •
  • More Talks on this Topic: Transforming Problems •
  • Utilizing Obstacles on the Path to Enlightenment •
  • Experience Obstacles for All Sentient Beings •
  • Remedy for Obstacles, Fear and Worry •
  • How to Transform Obstacles •
  • Rejoice in the Problems •
  • The Experience Purifies Your Negative Karma •
  • Experience the Sickness for All Sentient Beings •
  • Experience the Difficulties with a Good Heart •
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)

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

A teaching on the purpose of our life and how to develop a positive attitude, as well as advice on searching for the I.

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Sydney, Australia

A public talk on how to transform problems into happiness

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Techniques for the practice of mind training

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, 1989. Photo by Ueli Minder.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The practice of Thousand-arm Chenrezig combined with the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Chenrezig Institute, Queensland, Australia 1975.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1975

Commentary on the practice of Avalokiteshvara and theEight Verses of Thought Transformation

Portrait of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Geneva, Switzerland, 1983. Photo by Ueli Minder.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal 1984

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains why we should cherish other sentient beings who harm us

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Mexico, January 2000. Photo by Brian Halterman.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bendigo, Australia

Edited teachings on the merely imputed I, the benefits of altruism and compassion, how to transform problems and the five powers.

Chapters:
How the I Exists (First Discourse) •
Developing Altruism (First Discourse, con't) •
The Benefits of Compassion (Second Discourse) •
The Benefits of Problems (Second Discourse, con't) •
The Five Powers (Second Discourse, con't) •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with koala in Adelaide, Australia, 1983. Photo: Wendy Finster.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bendigo, Australia 1991

Teachings on the merely imputed I, the benefits of altruism and compassion, how to transform problems and the five powers.

Chapters:
How the I Exists •
Developing Altruism •
The Benefits of Compassion •
The Benefits of Problems •
The Five Powers •

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