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.


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! •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching outdoors at Manjushri London (currently Jamyang Buddhist Centre), 1983. Photo by Robin Bath.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

A guide to accomplishing the recommended preliminary practices

Lama Zopa Rinpoche after the first US course in California, 1975. Photo: Carol Royce-Wilder.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal

In this excerpt from Kopan Course No. 27, Rinpoche explains how to achieve full enlightenment

(06723_ng-4.psd) Lama Zopa Rinpoche portraits taken in 1975 in Tarzana, California, after the first American course with Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche held at Lake Arrowhead, CA. Photos by Carol Royce-Wilder.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Extensive advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche on which practices should be done daily.

Preliminary Practices •
Lam-rim Meditations and Deity Practice •
Essential Daily Practices •
Why I Give These Preliminary Practices •