Teachings

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Maitripa College, 2010. Photo: Marc Sakamoto.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Institut Vajra Yogini, France

Read two new chapters in this series, Lectures 10 and 11, in which Rinpoche discusses refuge and bodhicitta, and explains Shakyamuni Buddha's holy name and mantra.

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 •

A collection of anecdotes about the life of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and how he works day and night, without stopping, for the benefit of all sentient beings.   

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 •
  • Karma is Definite •
  • 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 •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Madrid, Spain

In this video, Lama Zopa Rinpoche reminds us to practice contentment and to bring happiness to others instead of harming them.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on the study and practice of lamrim, the path to enlightenment.

  • Dedicate Oneself to the Lam-rim •
  • A Letter to Students at Kopan •
  • Reading Lam-rim Books •
  • Lam-rim is the Main Thing •
  • Focus on Lam-rim •
  • Generating Faith •
  • Lam-rim Realizations •
  • Train in the Graduated Path •
  • Practice Advice: Read Lam-rim •
  • Practice Gone Dry •
  • Benefits of the Lam-rim •
  • Direction in Life •
  • Advice on Lam-rim Study and Practice •
  • Focus on Lamrim Practice •
  • Lam-rim the Main Practice •
  • Familiarity with the Dharma •
  • Train the Mind in Lam-rim •
  • Lam-rim Meditation •
  • Attainment of Lam-rim Realizations •
  • Which Lam-rim Text to Study •
  • Stick With the Lam-rim •
  • The Suffering of Samsara •
  • Meditations on the Graduated Path •
  • A Worthwhile Life •
  • Renouncing Attachment to a Monk •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, India 1986

A commentary on Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga practice, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Chapters:
Editor's Preface •
Table of Contents •
1. Motivation •
2. The Benefits of Ganden Lha Gyäma Practice •
3. Preliminary Prayers •
4. Seeing the Guru as Buddha •
5. Guru Yoga •
6. Karma •
7. Refuge in the Three Jewels •
8. The Preliminary Practices from Jorchö •
9. Ganden Lha Gyäma: Part 1 •
10. Ganden Lha Gyäma: Part 2 •
11. Mandala Offering •
12. Prostration •
13. Water Bowl Offerings •
14. Dedication •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice and practices to purify negative karma created by previous actions.

  • The Karma of Killing •
  • Fatal Car Accident  •
  • Killing One's Parents •
  • Purifying Negative Karma •
  • Purifying Forefather’s Karma of Killing •
  • Purifying the Karma of Harming Others •
  • The Real Responsibility •
  • Purifying the Karma of Disrespecting a Friend •
  • Purifying the Karma of Harming Mother •
Monks wishing Lama Zopa Rinpoche a happy birthday at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, December 2016. Photo: Ven. Lobsang Sherab.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Lama Zopa Rinpoche discusses the perfect human rebirth in this teaching excerpt from the 36th Kopan Course. Rinpoche advises us not to waste this precious opportunity, as we have this human body for just a short time.

Guru Shakyamuni Buddha. Painted by Jane Seidlitz.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains why there is an urgent need for refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha in this teaching excerpt from the 36th Kopan Meditation Course.

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

Lamrim teachings by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the 36th Kopan Meditation Course, Nepal, in 2003.

Chapters:
Kopan Course No. 36 Index Page •
Lecture 1: Universal Responsibility •
Lecture 2: Golden Light and Arya Sanghata Sutras •
Lecture 3: The Kindness of the Enemy •
Lecture 4: The Shortcomings of Desire •
Lecture 5: Pervasive Compounding Suffering •
Lecture 6: Refuge and Bodhicitta •
Lecture 7: The Yoga of Offering Food •
Lecture 8: A Direct Meditation on the Graduated Path •
Lecture 9: Golden Light Sutra and Refuge Ceremony •
Lecture 10: The Seven-Limb Practice •
Lecture 11: The Emptiness of the Ice Cream •
Lecture 12: Practicing Dharma After Kopan •
Lecture 13: The Purpose of Our Life •
Lecture 14: The Nature of Causative Phenomena •
Lecture 15: Golden Light Sutra Oral Transmission •
Lecture 16: Preliminary Prayers •
Lecture 17: The Need for Purification •
Lecture 18: How Vajrasattva Practice Purifies Negative Karma •
Lama Yeshe's final teaching at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1983. Photo: Wendy Finster.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal

A teaching by Lama Yeshe on refuge, the five lay precepts, the bodhisattva vows and more. This was one of Lama's last teachings before he passed away.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching during the Ninth Meditation Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Yucca Valley, California

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains how Dharma provides us with a method to achieve happiness and avoid suffering in this excerpt from a two-week lamrim course held in California in 1977.

Lama Yeshe teaching at Manjushri Institute, England, 1976.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Cumbria, England

In this teaching Lama Yeshe discusses the fundamentals of karma, the actions of body, speech and mind.

Sunrise at Kopan Monastery, 1972.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains the suffering of the lower realms of samsara (cyclic existence) in this teaching excerpted from the Fourth Kopan Meditation Course in 1973.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche doing puja during the Fourth Meditation Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1973. Photo: Christine Lopez.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains how freedom from the eight worldly concerns creates real peace, in this teaching excerpt from the Fourth Kopan Meditation Course.

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