Teachings

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Taos, New Mexico, 1999. Photo: Lenny Foster.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Mahayana refuge has three causes - fear, faith and compassion

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Amitabha Buddhist Center, Singapore April 1992.

Teachings on guru devotion given during an oral transmission of Pabongka Rinpoche's Calling the Guru from Afar.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at the 7th Kopan Lamrim Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1974. Photo: Wendy Finster.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal 1978

Renouncing the eight worldly dharmas brings real happiness and peace of mind

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching in Singapore, 2010. Photo: Ven. Thubten Kunsang (Henri Lopez).
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Lama Zopa Rinpoche summarizes the benefits of taking refuge

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Sera Je Monastery, Mysore, India, 2013-2014. Photo: Bill Kane.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Excerpts from teachings given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the 35th Kopan Course.

Chapters:
Introduction and Motivation •
The Need for Lam-rim in Daily Life •
Questions and Answers; Benefits of Holy Objects •
Thought Transformation at the Time of Death; Identifying the Object to be Refuted •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Tara Institute, Australia, June 3, 2006

Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave these teachings at Tara Institute, Australia, June 3, 2006.

Chapters:
How the Kopan Courses Started •
The Qualities of the Bhumis •
Developing Guru Devotion •
Developing Lam-rim Realizations •
The Kindness of Sentient Beings •
By Lama Thubten Yeshe, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in UK September 1975

 This book covers the purpose of meditation, bodhicitta, the importance of motivation, tong-len and the shortcomings of attachment, among other topics.

Chapters:
Freedom Through Understanding •
Editor's Preface (Nick Ribush) •
1. What is Meditation? (Lama Yeshe) •
2. An Introduction to the Path to Enlightenment (Lama Zopa Rinpoche) •
3. Making the Most of Your Life (Lama Yeshe) •
4. How to Meditate (Lama Yeshe) •
5. The Importance of Motivation (Lama Zopa Rinpoche) •
6. The Lives of Others (Lama Zopa Rinpoche) •
7. Lama Zopa Rinpoche Answers Questions •
8. The Shortcomings of Attachment (Lama Yeshe) •
9. Giving and Taking on the Breath (Lama Yeshe) •
10. Making Life Meaningful (Lama Zopa Rinpoche) •
11. Lama Yeshe Answers Questions •
Glossary and Suggested Further Reading (FTU) •
Translations (Freedom Through Understanding) •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching outdoors at Manjushri London (currently Jamyang Buddhist Centre), 1983. Photo by Robin Bath.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Excerpt from an edited compilation of Rinpoche's teachings on the subject of karma.

Tags: karma, nonvirtue
Chapters:
The Importance of Understanding Karma •
What Karma Is •
The Four Outlines •
The Four Suffering Results •
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in London, England 1975

Teachings on the purpose of meditation, bodhicitta, the importance of motivation, tong-len and the shortcomings of attachment, among other topics.

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

In this book, Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains how to train the mind in guru devotion, the root of the path to enlightenment.

Chapters:
The Heart of the Path •
Foreword by His Holiness Sakya Trizin, and Reviews •
Editor's Preface by Ailsa Cameron •
Chapter 1: Why Do We Need a Guru? •
Chapter 4: The Qualities of a Guru (excerpt) •
Chapter 5: The Qualities of a Disciple •
Chapter 6: Who to Regard as Guru (excerpt) •
Chapter 7: The Benefits of Correct Devotion to a Guru (excerpt) •
Chapter 11: Why We Are Able to See the Guru as a Buddha (excerpt) •
Chapter 12: How to See the Guru as a Buddha (excerpt) •
Chapter 19: What is Guru Yoga? (excerpt) •
Translations: The Heart of the Path •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching outdoors at Manjushri London (currently Jamyang Buddhist Centre), 1983. Photo by Robin Bath.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Rinpoche answers questions from students at a Dharma center about the lam-rim.

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Guadalajara, Mexico, 2008

Days 5-8 of an eight-day series of lam-rim teachings in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2008.

Chapters:
Day 5: Sufferings of Lower Realms •
Day 5: Meditation, Emptiness and Bodhicitta •
Day 5: Gen Jampa Wangdu •
Day 5: The King of Prayers •
Day 5: Dedications •
Day 6: Emptiness •
Day 6: Defining Virtue and Non-virtue •
Day 6: Wheel of Life •
Day 6: Refuge Ceremony •
Day 7: Eight Mahayana Precepts, Extensive Offering Practice •
Day 7: Seven-Limb Prayer •
Day 7: Pervasive Suffering •
Day 7: Eight Worldly Dharmas, Shortcomings of Attachment •
Day 7: Unclean Nature of the Body •
Day 7: Precious Human Rebirth •
Day 8: How Phenomena are Impermanent and Empty •
Day 8: Studying Emptiness •
Day 8: Rinpoche's Early Life in Nepal •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Guadalajara, Mexico, 2008

Days 1-4 of an eight-day series of lam-rim teachings in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2008.

Chapters:
Day 1: The Cause of Suffering Part 1 •
Day 1: The Cause of Suffering Part 2 •
Day 1: Hymns of Experience / Refined Gold Oral Transmission •
Day 2: Nature of Samsara •
Day 2: Nature of Samsara Part 2 •
Day 2: Nature of Samsara Part 3 •
Day 3: Nature of Attachment •
Day 3: How Things Come From the Mind, Part 1 •
Day 3: How Things Come From the Mind, Part 2 •
Day 3: How the I Exists •
Day 3: Wrong Views of the I •
Day 3: Dedications •
Day 4: Qualities of the Gurus •
Day 4: Manifestations of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas •
Day 4: Emptiness of problems •
Day 4: Merely Labeled I •
Day 4: Dedications •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Guadalajara, Mexico, April 2008

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

Chapters:
Public Talk: Lam-rim Part 1 •
Public Talk: Lam-rim Part 2 •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche in California, 2003.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Boulder Creek, CA 2006

These teachings were given during a lam-rim retreat held at Vajrapani Institute in Boulder Creek CA from August 20-23, 2006.

Chapters:
Sunday, August 20th: Part A •
Sunday, August 20th: Part B •
Sunday, August 20th: Part C •
Monday, August 21st: Part A •
Monday, August 21st: Part B •
Monday, August 21st: Part C •
Tuesday, August 22nd: Part A •
Tuesday, August 22nd: Part B •
Tuesday, August 22nd: Part C •
Wednesday, August 23rd: Part A •
Wednesday, August 23rd: Part B •
Wednesday, August 23rd: Part C •

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