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Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on tantric practices, including the generation and completion stages of Highest Yoga Tantra.

  • Completion Stage Practices •
  • Request for Initiation •
  • Visualizing the Guru as Deity During Initiation •
  • Deity Practice •
  • Generating as a Deity •
  • Self-Initiation and Mahamudra Meditation •
  • Highest Yoga Tantra Practice •
  • Personal Deity for Tantric Practice •
  • Five Buddha Types •
  • Request to Practice Six Yogas of Naropa •
  • Highest Yoga Tantra Practice •
  • How to Achieve Enlightenment Quickly •
  • Six-Session Guru Yoga •
  • Method and Wisdom in Highest Yoga Tantra Practice •
  • Generation and Completion Stage Practices •
  • How to Quickly Achieve Full Enlightenment •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice and methods for purifying past nonvirtuous actions.

  • How Vajrasattva Practice Purifies Negative Karma •
  • Purifying Negative Karma •
  • Mantras for Purifying Negativities •
  • Practices for Purification •
  • Tsa-tsas for Purification and Merit •
  • Benefits of Vajrasattva Practice •
  • Diamond Cutter Sutra and Prostrations •
  • Purification Practices, Water Bowls and Tong-len •
  • Purifying Sexual Misconduct •
  • Stupa Tsa-tsas for Purification •
  • Mitukpa and Prostrations •
  • How to Purify Sexual Misconduct •
  • More Talks on this Topic: Practices to Purify Negative Karma •
  • Purifying the Karma of Killing Many Fish •
  • Motivation for Vajrasattva Recitations •
  • Why Vajrasattva Practice Is So Important •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

In this collection of advice for those practicing in prison, Rinpoche explains how to use the situation in prison to develop the mind.

  • Meditation in Prisons •
  • Prison is an Opportunity to Practice •
  • Son Passed Away •
  • Using Time in Prison to Practice Dharma •
  • Chenrezig Practice in Prison •
  • How to Achieve Real Happiness •
  • The Self-cherishing Thought Is the Real Enemy •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice for students who are experiencing difficulties with their Dharma practice.

  • No Progress in Practice •
  • Doubts •
  • Obstacles •
  • Difficulty with Prostrations •
  • Not Enough Merit to Practice Tantra •
  • Cutting Distractions to Practice •
  • Difficult Retreat •
  • Faults in Practice •
  • Needing Money for Retreat •
  • Purifying Obstacles to Dharma Practice •
  • Outer and Inner Obstacles to Dharma Practice •
  • Purifying Obstacles to Dharma Practice •
  • There’s Not Much Time Left •
  • Crushed by Depression and Loss of Faith in Dharma •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche doing puja, Bodhgaya, India, 1982. Photo: Dieter Kratzer
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India and Kathmandu, Nepal

A list of Rinjung Gyatsa initiations given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya in 1982 and at Kopan Monastery in 1985. Rinjung Gyatsa is a collection of tantric deities, compiled in the sixteenth century by the Tibetan master Lama Taranatha.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at the 11th Kopan Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1978. Photo: Robin Bath.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Lama Zopa Rinpoche discusses the three principal aspects of the path—renunciation, bodhicitta and emptiness—as the foundation for tantric practice, in the excerpt from the 13th Kopan Course.

Lama Yeshe teaching at Chenrezig Institute, Australia, 1979.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Chenrezig Institute, Australia, September 1979

Three discourses excerpted from a series of talks about the Highest Yoga Tantra practice of Vajrayogini.

Chapters:
Introduction to a Vajrayogini Commentary •
First Introductory Discourse •
Second Introductory Discourse •
Third Introductory Discourse •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to follow the Buddhist path and how to bring benefit and happiness to others through Dharma practice.

  • Practice Advice for a New Student •
  • Study and Practice Advice for a New Student  •
  • The Ultimate Goal •
  • Advice to a New Student •
  • Beneficial Practices for a New Student •
  • New Student Practice Advice •
  • The Mahayana Path •
  • Tong-len and Tsa-tsa Practice •
  • Practicing with Effort •
  • Lam-rim and Deity Practice Advice  •
  • Following the Buddhist Path •
  • Think of the Happiness of Others •
  • A Simple Daily Practice for a New Student •
  • Use Your Life to Benefit Others •
  • Lamrim Study and Meditation is Most Important •
  • Reciting Mantras •
  • The Main Purpose of Your Life •
  • First Time at a Kopan Course •
  • Beneficial Practices •
  • The Best Time to Practice Dharma •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on meditations and mantras for healing and purifying sickness, spirit harm, negative karma and obstacles to a long life.

  • Vision of Tara •
  • Medicine Buddha Puja •
  • White Tara and Chenrezig Simhanada Practices •
  • Benefits of Medicine Buddha Practice •
  • White Tara’s Long-life Nectar •
  • White Tara Meditation •
  • White Tara Practice •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice given to students on the practice of Shugden (Tib: Dolgyal). This practice is strongly discouraged by His Holiness the Dalai Lama  and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. 

  • Ceasing Shugden •
  • Advice About Dorje Shugden •
  • Student Stopped Dolgyal Practice •
  • Dorje Shugden Practice •
  • Action Against Lamas •
  • Forsaking a Guru •
  • More Talks on This Topic: Dorje Shugden •
  • Dolgyal Practice •
  • Dolgyal Confession •
  • Dolgyal and the Guru-Disciple Relationship •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Bendigo, Australia, Sep-Oct 2014.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bendigo, Australia

Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave these instructions on how to think during the section on rejoicing in Lama Chöpa at a retreat held in Bendigo, Australia.

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

This book presents Lama Zopa Rinpoche's advice to prison inmates drawn from more than 100 letters he has written to prisoners over the years. Read excerpts and order a copy.

 

Chapters:
Enjoy Life Liberated from the Inner Prison •
Editor's Preface •
1: Prison Is Not the Real Prison •
2: Prison Can Be Your Hermitage •
3: Being In Prison Is an Incredible Opportunity •
4: The Kindness of Those Who Put You in Prison •
5: We All Have Many Lifetimes •
6: We Must Not Waste This Rare and Precious Life •
7: Even If You Have Only One Day Left to Live •
8: Identify Suffering and Its Causes, Then Know How to End Them •
9: There Is Nothing to Be Attached To! •
10: Without Compassion Life is Meaningless •
11: Everything Is Merely Labeled by the Mind •
12: Buddhadharma Is Proven •
13: The Basis of All Practice: Study and Meditate on the Lamrim •
14: Living in Vows Is Incredible •
15: There’s No Karma that Can’t Be Purified •
16: Recite the Names of the Thirty-Five Buddhas of Confession •
17: Recite the Mantra of the Compassion Buddha •
18: Practice Giving and Taking •
19: Recite the Mantra of Buddha Namgyälma •
20: Recite the Mantra from the "Sutra of Great Liberation" •
21: Recite the Sutras •
22: Read and Study the Right Books •
23: Finally, Think Long Term, Think Big, and Relax! •
Translations: Enjoy Life Liberated from the Inner Prison •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching in Hong Kong, 2010. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang (Henri Lopez).
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

In this teaching Lama Zopa Rinpoche advises that rejoicing is a simple way to achieve enlightenment. Rinpoche says rejoicing is a genuine feeling of happiness and joy, appreciating one’s own qualities and those of others. 

Medicine Buddha mandala. Photo courtesy of FPMT.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Rinpoche discusses the benefits of Medicine Buddha practice in this teaching excerpt from the 36th Kopan Meditation Course.

Khadro-la teaching at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India, January 4, 2020. Photo: Bill Kane.

A praise to Tara, composed by Khadro-la (Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drönme) at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Tags: tara, prayers

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