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, Boudha Stupa, Nepal, 2017. Photo: Bill Kane.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Lamrim teachings by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the 50th Kopan Course in Nepal.

Kopan Course No. 50 Index Page •
Lecture 1: The Essence of Dharma •
Lecture 2: Subdue the Mind •
Lecture 3: Understanding Karma •
Lecture 4: The Four Clingings •
Lecture 5: Guru Devotion •
Lecture 6: The Faults of Self-Cherishing •
Lecture 7: Emptiness, Dependent Arising and Tonglen •
Lecture 8: Tonglen Meditation •
Lecture 9: How to Correctly Follow the Guru •
Lecture 10: Refuge Ceremony •
Lecture 11: The Seven-Limb Prayer •
Lecture 12: Vajrasattva Jenang •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Institut Vajra Yogini, Marzens, France

In this video extract, Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains that everything comes from karma, so we can create suffering or happiness, enlightenment or hell.

Tags: karma
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.

By Lama Thubten Yeshe, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Lamrim Year is a unique study program which provides a 365-day outline of the graduated path to enlightenment in a clear, practical format that is suitable for both individual and group practice. We have now launched a free Lamrim Year Companion website, so you can access the daily meditations from wherever you are, from your computer or mobile device.

Lamrim Year •
Lamrim Year Companion •
Introduction to Lamrim Year •
Editor's Preface •
Day 1: Introduction (Lama Zopa Rinpoche) •
Day 7: The Qualities of the Guru (Lama Yeshe) •
Day 64: The Perfect Human Rebirth (Lama Zopa Rinpoche) •
Day 87: Impermanence and Death (Lama Yeshe) •
Sources by Author: Lamrim Year •
Sources by Topic: Lamrim Year •
Suggested Further Reading •
Translations: Lamrim Year •

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.   

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 •
  • Lamrim and Manjushri Practices •
  • The Best Life for Yourself and Others •
  • Effortful Lamrim Meditation •
Lama Tsongkhapa. Photo courtesy of FPMT.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, India 1986

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

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.

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.