Teachings

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, 2000. Photo: Brian Halterman.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India

Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave this practice advice while he was circumambulating and reciting texts at the Mahabodhi Stupa, Bodhgaya. 

The lamas with Western Sangha and Mount Everest Center students in Bodhgaya, 1974.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains the benefits of practicing in Bodhgaya and advises specific practices to be done while on pilgrimage.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Kadampa stupa, USA, August 2016. Photo: Ven. Lobsang Sherab.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India

Verses from a sutra found in the Kangyur on the benefits of circumambulating stupas, translated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The teaching includes a commentary on the verses.

Topics: Holy Objects
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on the amazing benefits of building a stupa and circumambulating a stupa, as well as instructions on how to fill a stupa and how to make the stupa beautiful and inspiring.

  • Building Stupas to Benefit Sick Dogs •
  • How to Make the Stupa Beautiful and Inspiring •
  • Circumambulation of Boudhanath Stupa •
  • Liberating Animals and Circumambulating Stupas With Them •
  • Filling a New Stupa  •
  • Building a Stupa to Liberate Sentient Beings •
  • Benefits of Stupas •
  • You Are Fortunate to Build Stupas •
  • The Stupa Will Benefit Numberless Beings •
  • The Power of the Holy Object •
  • A Powerful Place of Healing •
  • A Billion, Zillion Thanks for Circumambulations •
  • How to Use a Stupa to Bring You to Enlightenment •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on pilgrimage to holy places including Bodhgaya, Rajgir and Nalanda, and practices to do at the holy sites.

  • Pilgrimage to Bodhgaya, Rajgir and Nalanda •
  • Advice and Practices for Pilgrimage  •
  • More Talks on this Topic: Pilgrimage •
  • Why Bodhgaya Is So Important •
  • A Piece of the Pure Land •
  • Swayambunath Mountain •
  • Tso Pema, the Holy Lake of Padmasambhava •
  • Amitayus Meditation at Maratika •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to care for and respect statues of the Buddha. Rinpoche advises that holy objects such as statues contribute to world peace and help us create believable merit just by seeing them.

  • Climbing on a Statue •
  • Hosting the Jade Buddha •
  • Painting the Buddha’s Eyes •
  • Benefactor Building a Statue •
  • Benefits of Building a Statue of Padmasambhava •
  • Tara Statue With Head Looking Down •
  • Auspicious Welcome for Amitabha Buddha Statue •
  • Care of Chenrezig Statue in Garsha, India •
  • Your Gift to Sentient Beings •
  • Buddha Statue on the Ground •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on making offerings to the Three Rare Sublime Ones.

  • Verses to Inspire Offerings •
  • Offering to the Sangha •
  • Water Bowls Practice •
  • How to Generate Merit by Offering Music, such as Bell, Gong or Conch Shell •
  • Making Offerings to the Pretas •
  • Offerings to the Guru-Buddha •
  • Offering Incense •
  • Benefits of Offering Gold to Buddha Statues •
  • Take Care of the Flowers •
  • Water Bowl Offerings •
  • Flower Offering Card •
  • How to Dedicate a Money Offering •
  • Water Bowl Offerings as a Group Practice •
  • The Benefits of Supporting the Center and Sangha •
 Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Chenrezig Institute, Australia, 1991.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Katoomba, Australia

Lama Zopa Rinpoche discusses the direct and indirect benefits for all sentient beings that will result of the construction of a large Maitreya statue.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Sera Je Monastery, India, December 2013.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India

A translation and short commentary on the meaning of the eight auspicious signs and how they can be used for success.

Topics: Holy Objects
Tags: holy objects
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Light of the Path retreat, North Carolina, USA, May 2014. Photo: Roy Harvey.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Advice on a simple method for practicing circumambulation with body, speech and mind

Topics: Holy Objects
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the Light of the Path Retreat, USA, 2014. Photo: Roy Harvey
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Singapore March 2013

A teaching on the benefits of making offerings to holy objects

Topics: Holy Objects
Chapters:
The Benefits of Making Offerings •
The Offering Cloud Mantra •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India

A teaching on the power of holy objects and the benefits of building a very large Maitreya Buddha statue

Topics: Holy Objects
Lama Yeshe teaching at Tushita Retreat Centre, Dharamsala, India, 1983. Photo: Ueli Minder.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Institut Vajra Yogini, Marzens, France

Whatever place in the external world we think is holy is, in reality, within this precious human body.

Topics: Holy Objects
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Royal Holloway College, England, 1975. Photo: Dennis Heslop.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Tibet

Advice on how to make pilgrimage to the holy places as meaningful and beneficial as possible

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at the 7th Kopan Lamrim Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1974.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kathmandu, Nepal

Making offerings to holy objects is a remedy for attachment, whether physically offered or mentally transformed

Topics: Holy Objects

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