Teachings

Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to purify negative karma in relation to the guru, given to students confessing mistakes.

  • Regretting Anger Toward Rinpoche •
  • Confession of Anger •
  • Confessing Mistakes •
  • Confessing Negative Thoughts •
  • Heavy Karma of Criticizing the Guru •
  • Mitukpa Mantra and Being Vegetarian •
  • Not Following the Guru’s Advice •
  • Degeneration of Guru Devotion •
  • Impatient and Upset at the Teachings •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to practice guru devotion, including seeing the guru as Buddha, offering service and pleasing the guru.

  • Fortunate to Receive Advice from the Guru  •
  • The Guru Brings You to Enlightenment •
  • Pleasing the Guru •
  • Offering Thanks to the Guru •
  • Initiation From Another Lama •
  • Guru Yoga Merit Field •
  • Guru Devotion in the Four Tibetan Traditions •
  • How to Find a Teacher •
  • Dharma Connection With Other Gurus •
  • Having Many Gurus •
  • Request to be Guru •
  • Request to be Guru and Life Practices •
  • Not Possible for the Teacher to Give Up •
  • Attachment to the Guru •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in North Carolina, USA

This multimedia series is based on teachings by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the Light of the Path retreat in 2009. The format includes transcripts, audio, video and images.

Chapters:
Guru Puja is the Heart Practice: About the Series •
The Importance of Practicing Guru Puja •
An Introduction to the Chanting Lineage of the Guru Puja •
The Seven-Limb Practice •
Making Requests to the Gurus •
Lama Yeshe, Vajrapani Institute, California, 1983. Photo by Carol Royce-Wilder.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Pomaia, Italy

An experienced teacher guides us on the path to liberation or inner freedom, and enlightenment.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Bendigo, Australia, Sep-Oct 2014.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Singapore

A teaching on guru devotion given during an oral transmission of Calling the Guru from Afar, a prayer composed by Pabongka Rinpoche

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

A short teaching on Lama Chöpa (Guru Puja), an essential guru yoga practice

Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche on the veranda at Tushita Retreat Centre, Dharamsala, India, 1973. From the collection of Adele Hulse.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India

A teaching about guru devotion to mark the occasion of Ösel Hita's fifth birthday

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching during the Ninth Meditation Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Aptos, CA

A verse-by-verse commentary on the prayer Calling the Guru from Afar

Chapters:
Commentary: Part One •
Commentary: Part Two •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche doing mandala offering during the 9th Meditation Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Penang, Malaysia 2009

These teachings include oral transmission of Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga and the Three Principal Aspects of the Path

Chapters:
Motivation, Oral Transmission and Prayers •
Offerings to the Guru •
Benefits of Lama Tsongkhapa's Teachings •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Manjushri Institute, England, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in ACI, New York, 1999

A teaching on the purpose of life, compassion and guru devotion

Chapters:
The Importance of Compassion in Daily Life •
The Importance of Compassion in Daily Life, continued •
Guru Devotion •
Guru Devotion, continued •
Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche at  the 8th Meditation Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1975.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

The spiritual teacher must have correct understanding of the graduated path to enlightenment

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with students at Chenrezig Institute, Australia, May 25, 1975. Photo: Wendy Finster.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1976

To receive enlightenment, we must rely on the guidance of a perfect teacher

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Amitabha Buddhist Center, Singapore April 1992.

Teachings on guru devotion given during an oral transmission of Pabongka Rinpoche's Calling the Guru from Afar.

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

In this book, Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains how to train the mind in guru devotion, the root of the path to enlightenment.

Chapters:
The Heart of the Path •
Foreword by His Holiness Sakya Trizin, and Reviews •
Editor's Preface by Ailsa Cameron •
Chapter 1: Why Do We Need a Guru? •
Chapter 4: The Qualities of a Guru (excerpt) •
Chapter 5: The Qualities of a Disciple •
Chapter 6: Who to Regard as Guru (excerpt) •
Chapter 7: The Benefits of Correct Devotion to a Guru (excerpt) •
Chapter 11: Why We Are Able to See the Guru as a Buddha (excerpt) •
Chapter 12: How to See the Guru as a Buddha (excerpt) •
Chapter 19: What is Guru Yoga? (excerpt) •
Translations: The Heart of the Path •
By Gomchen Khampala in Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1975

A teaching to students in a lam-rim retreat and the monks and nuns of the International Mahayana Institute

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