Teachings

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bendigo, Australia

In this video extract, Lama Zopa Rinpoche advises students to make the retreat most beneficial by striving to subdue the mind.

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Practice advice and instructions for students doing various types of retreat, including preliminaries, lamrim and deity practice.

  • Retreat Place •
  • Destroying Delusion •
  • Advice for Seven-Month Retreat •
  • Six-Month Retreat •
  • Advice for Group of Retreatants •
  • Doing Retreat •
  • Thanks for Vajrasattva Group Retreat •
  • Intent on Retreat •
  • Fire Pujas •
  • Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga Retreat •
  • Vajrayogini Retreat •
  • Vajrasattva Retreat for All Sentient Beings •
  • Migtsema Retreat •
  • Mahamudra Retreat •
  • Building a Retreat House •
  • Where to Do Retreat  •
  • How to Do Lama Chöpa in Retreat •
  • Retreat and Meditation Most Beneficial •
  • Retreat for Rest of Life •
  • Retreat Practices •
  • Daily Schedule for Retreat •
  • Continue With Loose Retreat •
  • It’s Important to Practice Now •
  • Retreat or Service •
  • The Real Retreat •
  • Retreat While Walking or Travelling •
  • Retreat or Study •
  • Vajrasattva Retreat and Lamrim for Health Obstacles •
  • Guru Devotion Is the Most Important Thing •
Lama Yeshe with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and entourage arriving at O Sel Ling Retreat Center, Spain, in September, 1982.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Madrid, Spain

An interview with the directors and staff of O Sel Ling Retreat Centre about the benefits of the retreat center.

Lama Yeshe at an outdoor puja  to celebrate the end of the first year of a geshe studies course, Manjushri Institute, England, 1979.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in India

A description of chulen (taking the essence) pills and the methods for practicing a pill retreat. 

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  • Thanks for Medicine Buddha Retreat •
  • Vajrasattva Practice is So Important •
  • Vajrasattva Retreat •
  • Yamantaka Retreat •
  • Hayagriva Retreat •
  • Nuns’ Retreat •
  • Thanks For All Your Practice •
  • Vajrasattva Retreat and Pilgrimage •
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  • Basic Program and Lam-rim Retreat •
  • Ten-Day Lam-rim Retreat •
  • Progress in Retreat •
  • Lamrim Retreat Advice •
  • Numberless Buddhas and Bodhisattvas Love You •
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  • Life Retreat •
  • Completion of Three Year Retreat •
  • Continue With Lamrim in Long Retreat •
  • Gradual Completion Stage •
  • End of Three Year Retreat •
  • Essence of Retreat •
  • Three-Year Retreat •
  • Preliminary Practices Before Long Retreat •
  • Motivation for Retreat •
  • Medicine Buddha Practice to Pacify Problems in the World •
  • Plan for One-Year Retreat •
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  • Retreat and Life Obstacles •
  • Life Obstacles •
  • Need for Harmony in Retreat •
  • Obstacles in Retreat •
  • Pacifying Obstacles to Three-Year Retreat •