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 painting Tara at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1976. Photo: Peter Iseli.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India

This puja for the success of all FPMT centers and activities was compiled by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in July 1982, and includes an explanation of the meaning of the prayer and advice on the visualization.

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

Advice on the essence of Dharma practice and the benefits of the center.

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

His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
By His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India

An interview with His Holiness the Dalai Lama about Buddhist teachings and practice

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

A teaching by abbot Achos Rinpoche, with a commentary by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Shakyamuni Center, Taiwan 2007

Teachings given before a Mitukpa initiation at Shakyamuni Center, Taichung, Taiwan in February 2007.

Mitukpa Initiation Part One: Introduction •
Mitukpa Initiation Part Two: What is Dharma •
Mitukpa Initiation Part Three: The Results of Negative Karma •
Mitukpa Initiation Part Four: Motivation and Initiation Preparation •