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 •
  • Confession of Anger and Worry About Cognitive Decline •
  • Criticizing the Guru and Causing Problems at the Dharma Center •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on karma, including how to create good karma and avoid nonvirtue.

  • Accepting Karma •
  • Many Obstacles Due to Karma •
  • Karma of a Group is More Powerful •
  • Everything is Produced by Karma •
  • Result of Past Karma •
  • Karma and Its Results •
  • Good Karma of Caring For Animals •
  • Think of the Kindness of Sentient Beings •
  • The Karma of Harming Others •
  • Treat Others Peacefully, Be a Good Example to the World •
  • It Is Best to Live in Morality •
  • The Power of Dharma Practice •
  • Happiness Comes from Cherishing Others •
  • The Merit Will Run Out •
  • The Truth Will Win •
  • Dharma Practice Is So Important •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Lawudo Retreat Centre, Nepal, 1990. Photo: Merry Colony
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India

Lama Zopa Rinpoche advises the importance of having a pure motivation free from worldly concerns, so that our actions become Dharma. This excerpt is from a series of ten discourses that form the basis of Rinpoche's book The Door to Satisfaction.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche blessing food as an offering to lepers, Bodhgaya, 1990. Photo by Andy Melnic.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India

In this teaching excerpt, Lama Zopa Rinpoche discusses the great Kadampa master, Dromtönpa, who completely abandoned all worldly activities and devoted himself correctly to his guru, Lama Atisha.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Rinchen Jangsem Ling, Triang, Malaysia, April 2016. Photo: Bill Kane.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India

In this meditation on the refuge and bodhicitta prayer, Lama Zopa Rinpoche advises how to make the prayer most meaningful and heartfelt.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Lawudo Retreat Centre, Nepal, 1990. Photo: Merry Colony
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Lamrim teachings by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the 26th Kopan Meditation Course.

Chapters:
Kopan Course No. 26 Index Page •
1. Universal Responsibility •
2. Transforming Problems •
3. Suffering and Its Cause •
4. Tonglen Practice •
5. All Happiness Comes from Others •
6. Tonglen Practice (Continued) •
7. How Things Exist •
8. Emptiness Meditation •
9. Mindfulness of Reality •
10. Only Work for Others •
11. Understanding Karma •
12. The Essence of Dharma •
13. Eight Benefits of Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga •
14. Karma and the Four Results of Nonvirtuous Actions •
15. The Four Opponent Powers •
Mandala offering by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe, Bodhgaya, India, 1982.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India

Rinpoche discusses the kindness of his own guru, Lama Yeshe, and the many Dharma centers that have been established as a result of Lama Yeshe’s energy and inspiration.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Dharamsala, India

Rinpoche discusses the guru-disciple relationship, why we need a guru and the qualities and kindness of the guru.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore, 2016. Photo: Bill Kane.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Advice and many quotations on how to correctly devote to the virtuous friend with thought and action, given to students of FPMT's Masters Program.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at the 12th Meditation Course at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1979. Photo: Ina Van Delden.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explained that the Buddha guides us by revealing the teachings and leading us to practice Dharma, in this excerpt from the 13th Kopan Course.

Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche in a group photo from the 8th Meditation Course at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1975.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Browse the LYWA audiobook catalog, which includes some of our most popular books by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, now available as free audiobooks from Google Play and titles for purchase from Audible.

Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1980. Photo by Robin Bath.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Lamrim teachings by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the 13th Kopan Course in Nepal.

Chapters:
Kopan Course No. 13 Index Page •
Lectures 2 to 4 •
Lectures 5 to 7 •
Lectures 8 to 10 •
Lectures 11 to 13 •
Lectures 14 to 16 •
Lectures 17 to 19 •
Lectures 20 to 22 •
Lectures 23 to 25 •
Lectures 26 to 28 •
Lectures 29 to 31 •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Maitripa College, 2010. Photo: Marc Sakamoto.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Institut Vajra Yogini, France

Lamrim teachings during a retreat on the four Kadampa deities. We have now posted Lectures 13, 14 and 15 from this series.

Chapters:
1. How to Achieve Real Happiness •
2. Motivation for the Retreat •
3. The Emptiness of Sound •
4. The Compassion Buddha •
5. The Good Heart •
6. Meditation on Emptiness •
7. Everything Comes from the Mind •
8. The Purpose of Our Life •
9. The Eight Mahayana Precepts •
10. Refuge and Bodhicitta •
11. Shakyamuni Buddha Name and Mantra •
12. The Power of Mantras and Holy Objects •
13–14. Guru Puja: The Heart Practice •
15. Calling the Guru from Afar •
Long Life Puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Kopan Monastery, 2010. Photo: Mikk Tamme.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Lamrim teachings by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the 30th Kopan Course in Nepal.

Chapters:
Kopan Course No. 30 Index Page •
Lecture 1 •
Lecture 2 •
Lecture 3 •
Lecture 4 •
Lecture 5 •
Lecture 6 •
Lecture 7 •
Lecture 8 •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Chenrezig Institute, Eudlo, Australia, May 1975.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Eudlo, Australia

Lamrim teachings and guided meditations from a one-month course in 1975.

Chapters:
Lamrim Course Index Page •
Lectures 1 and 2 •
Lectures 3 and 4 •
Lectures 5 and 6 •
Lectures 7 and 8 •
Lectures 9 and 10 •
Lectures 11 and 12 •
Lectures 13 and 14 •
Lectures 15 and 16 •
Lectures 17 and 18 •
Lectures 19 and 20 •
Lectures 21 and 22 •
Lecture 23 •

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