Teachings

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Mahayana Buddhist Association (Cham Tse Ling), Hong Kong, April 2016.  Photo: Lobsang Sherab.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

In this excerpt from the 50th Kopan Course, Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches that happiness and suffering arise from the mind, just as a shadow follows the body.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Italy.  Photo by Piero Sirianni.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Pomaia, Italy

In this teaching, Lama Zopa Rinpoche advises that the realization of emptiness is the most important goal in our life, so that we can cease suffering and its cause, delusion and karma.

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 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.

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 teaching at the Light of the Path retreat, North Carolina, USA, 2014. Photo: Roy Harvey.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Gyalwa Gyatso Center, San Jose, California

In this unedited excerpt, Rinpoche encourages us to take advantage of this precious and rare opportunity to study the profound meaning of emptiness. 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Kopan Monastery, Nepal 1974. Photo: Wendy Finster.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kathmandu, Nepal

A strong understanding of karma gives energy to the mind and increases the fear of creating negative karma

Tags: karma, fear, suffering
By His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India

His Holiness discusses a range of topics, including how to practice Dharma, the mind or consciousness, rebirth, karma and world peace

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

If there is no true cause of suffering, there is no reason why we should have to experience suffering or problems

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at the Ninth Meditation Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Jamyang Meditation Centre, London 1992

Teachings prior to a refuge ceremony on topics including the suffering nature of samsara, refuge practice and precepts 

Chapters:
The Suffering Nature of Samsara •
Refuge Practice and Precepts •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, possibly in Switzerland, 1990. Photo by Ueli Minder.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

We are under the control of karma and delusion and this keeps us circling in samsara

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Mende, Nepal, 1978. Photo: Ueli Minder.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal,1992

Lama Zopa Rinpoche discusses the nature of samsara in this excerpt from a teaching at the 25th Kopan Course.

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Guadalajara, Mexico 2008

An edited public talk on lam-rim by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2008.

By Tsenshab Serkong Rinpoche in New Delhi, India, 1979

A teaching on renunciation, first published in Teachings at Tushita

His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Photo: Clive Arrowsmith.
By His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India 1981

His Holiness the Dalai Lama outlined each of the four noble truths in this teaching in Dharamsala in 1981.

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