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Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice for people who are contemplating suicide. Rinpoche explains how to use depression on the path to enlightenment, by changing our focus from self to others.

  • Suicidal Thoughts, Depression, PTSD and Self-harm •
  • Tired and Thinking About Death •
  • Thoughts of Suicide •
  • Wanting to Commit Suicide •
  • Contemplating Suicide •
  • Think About the Continuation of Life •
  • Thoughts of Death •
  • Numberless Buddhas and Bodhisattvas Cherish Us •
  • You Are a Beautiful Human Being •
  • Helping People With Suicidal Thoughts •
  • Depression and Suicidal Thoughts •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to transform depression and use it on the path to enlightenment.

  • Advice on Transforming Depression •
  • So Much to Rejoice In •
  • Depressed and Unsure Where to Live •
  • Daughter with Depression •
  • Practices for Depression •
  • Depressed Student •
  • Practice Tong-len for Depression •
  • Practices for Daughter's Depression •
  • Balloon Mantras for Daughter's Depression •
  • Stopping Depression •
  • Dealing with Depression •
  • Long-Term Depression •
  • Depression in the Family •
  • Battling with Depression •
  • Severe Depression •
  • More Talks on this Topic: Depression •
  • How to Overcome Depression •
  • Remedy for Depression •
  • Severe Depression and Anxiety •
  • The Best Way to Eliminate Depression •
  • Numberless Buddhas Cherish You Most •
  • Transforming Depression •
  • Advice and Practices for Depression and Long Life •
  • Transforming Anxiety and Depression •
  • Depression After Bereavement •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to eliminate anger by practicing patience and thus contributing to world peace. 

  • Angry With Organization •
  • Harsh Words •
  • Eliminating Anger •
  • Contribution to World Peace •
  • Practicing Patience •
  • Dealing with Anger •
  • Fed Up With Anger •
  • More Talks on This Topic: Anger •
  • The Importance of Practicing Patience •
  • Everything Comes From Your Mind •
  • Patience Brings Success and Happiness •
  • The Perfection of Patience •
  • Patience is the Most Important Practice •
  • Practices for Domestic Violence and Abuse •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching in Singapore, 2010. Photo: Tan Seow Kheng.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

The real enemy is ignorance, the self-cherishing thought, so there’s no reason to get angry with external conditions

Lama Yeshe teaching in Yucca Valley, California, 1977. Photo: Carol Royce-Wilder.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

How to deal with attachment, so we remain calm and clear when experiencing pleasure.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Taos, New Mexico, 1999. Photo: Lenny Foster.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Singapore

We have the potential to be totally free from the suffering of samsara and its cause, delusion and karma.

Chapters:
We Will Keep Meeting Again and Again Until We Are Free From Samsara •
Subduing the Mind •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Manjushri London (currently Jamyang Buddhist Centre), 1983. Photo: Robin Bath.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal

When the mind is under the control of disturbing thoughts there is no peace or happiness

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

In order to control anger, we must reflect well on its shortcomings

Tags: anger
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Manjushri Institute, England, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Recognizing and renouncing harmful thoughts and actions brings peace and a meaningful life.

Tags: delusions
Lama Zopa Rinpoche in meditation on Saka Dawa at Chenrezig Institute, Australia, May 25, 1975. Photo: Wendy Finster.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1975

Anger, attachment and ignorance are the cause of all our suffering

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Following desire always results in dissatisfaction.

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1981

The real hero is the person who fights anger and defeats the inner enemy, the delusions.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Chenrezig Institute, Eudlo, Australia, 1994.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1995

Lama Zopa Rinpoche discusses techniques for cutting through depression in this excerpt from a teaching at the 28th Kopan Course in 1995.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching in Hong Kong, 2010. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang (Henri Lopez).
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains how delusion and karma bind us to samsara in this excerpt from a teaching at the 11th Kopan Course.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with kangaroo in Adelaide, Australia, 1983. Photo: Wendy Finster.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in various locations

How to use depression to develop compassion and bodhicitta, and ultimately to achieve enlightenment.

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