Teachings

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, the Lawudo Lama, in 1970.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Adelaide, Australia

Four discourses, on topics including how to make life meaningful, the concept of true existence and renouncing desire

Chapters:
First Discourse: Making Life Meaningful •
Second Discourse: The Dissatisfied Mind •
Third Discourse: The Concept of True Existence •
Fourth Discourse: Renouncing Desire •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche after the first US course in California, 1975. Photo: Carol Royce-Wilder.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in San Francisco

To eliminate suffering and obtain happiness, the most important thing is to have a good heart

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Chenrezig Institute, Australia, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Maitreya Instituut, Emst, Netherlands

Teachings on karma, excerpted from a lam-rim course led by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Maitreya Instituut, Emst, in August 1990.

Chapters:
The Negative Karma of Killing •
The Results of Karma •
Karma in Everyday Life •
Karmic Appearance •
The Four Suffering Results of Negative Karma •
Heresy and Other Religions •
The Benefits of Understanding Karma •
Purification of Negative Karma •
Renouncing the Self-cherishing Thought •
Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche on the veranda at Tushita Retreat Centre, Dharamsala, India, 1973. From the collection of Adele Hulse.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India

A teaching about guru devotion to mark the occasion of Ösel Hita's fifth birthday

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching during the Ninth Meditation Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Aptos, CA

A verse-by-verse commentary on the prayer Calling the Guru from Afar

Chapters:
Commentary: Part One •
Commentary: Part Two •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche after the first US course in California, 1975. Photo: Carol Royce-Wilder.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in France, 2003

In this short teaching, Lama Zopa Rinpoche emphasizes the importance of renunciation, right view and bodhicitta

Lama Zopa Rinpoche doing mandala offering during the 9th Meditation Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Penang, Malaysia 2009

These teachings include oral transmission of Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga and the Three Principal Aspects of the Path

Chapters:
Motivation, Oral Transmission and Prayers •
Offerings to the Guru •
Benefits of Lama Tsongkhapa's Teachings •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Kopan Monastery, Nepal 1974. Photo: Wendy Finster.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

The karmic results of nonvirtuous actions are experienced in this life or in future lives, unless we purify the negative karma.

Tags: karma, nonvirtue
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at the Ninth Meditation Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1976

Transcript of teachings given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the 19th Kopan Course

Chapters:
Kopan Course No. 19 Index Page •
Section One: Lectures 1 & 2 •
Section Two: Lectures 3 & 4 •
Section Three: Lectures 5 & 6 •
Section Four: Lectures 7 & 8 •
Section Five: Lectures 9 & 10 •
Section Six: Lectures 11 & 12 •
Section Seven: Lecture 13 •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at the Ninth Meditation Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Cumbria, England, 1979

Excerpts from teachings on Geshe Langri Tangpa's Eight Verses of Thought Transformation 

Chapters:
The Benefits of Thought Transformation •
The Precious Human Rebirth; Bodhicitta Motivation •
Bodhicitta Motivation, continued •
Making the Precious Human Rebirth Meaningful •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kathmandu, Nepal

Excerpts from Lama Zopa Rinpoche's teachings at the Fourteenth Kopan Course in 1981.

Chapters:
Lecture 1: Qualities of Dharma and Teachers •
Lecture 1: White Tara •
Lecture 2: Manjushri; Why There Are Different Aspects of Buddha •
Lecture 2: How to Remove Suffering; Emptiness of the I •
Lectures 2-3: Emptiness of the I, continued; Nature of Mind •
Lecture 3: Nature of Mind, continued; Labeling I •
Lectures 3-4: Labeling I, continued •
Lecture 4: Three Types of Valid Knowledge; How the I Exists •
Lectures 5-6: Samsaric Suffering; Shortcomings of Self-Cherishing Thought •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Manjushri Institute, England, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in ACI, New York, 1999

A teaching on the purpose of life, compassion and guru devotion

Chapters:
The Importance of Compassion in Daily Life •
The Importance of Compassion in Daily Life, continued •
Guru Devotion •
Guru Devotion, continued •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching during the Ninth Meditation Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1976

A transcript of teachings given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the 10th Kopan Course

Chapters:
Kopan Course No. 10 Index Page •
Section One: Lectures 1 to 4 •
Section Two: Lectures 5 to 8 •
Section Three: Lectures 9 to 12 •
Section Four: Lectures 13 to 16 •
Section Five: Lectures 17 to 20 •
Section Six: Lectures 21 to 24 •
Section Seven: Lectures 25 to 26 •
Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche at  the 8th Meditation Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1975.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

The spiritual teacher must have correct understanding of the graduated path to enlightenment

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