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Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on repaying the kindness of our parents by taking care of them when they are sick or elderly.

  • Repaying the Kindness of One’s Father •
  • Caring for Mother •
  • Caring for One’s Mother •
  • Health and Business Problems •
  • Caring for Elderly Mother •
  • Taking Care of Sick Mother •
  • Rinpoche's Online Advice Book: Benefits of Caring for Our Parents •
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This advice was given to students who asked Rinpoche whether they should have children or not. Rinpoche emphasizes the importance of having a good motivation and planning well so that the child can bring benefit and happiness to others.

  • Whether to Have Children •
  • How to Raise a Child •
  • Whether or Not to Have a Baby •
  • Plan Well Before Having a Child •
  • Parents Have a Great Responsibility •
  • Not Able to Have Children •
  • A Beneficial Life •
  • Motivation for Having a Child •
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Rinpoche thanks translators for their service and dedication and offers advice on various aspects of translation work.

  • Merit of Translating Dharma •
  • Thanking Translators •
  • Translation of a Text •
  • A Billion, Zillion Thanks •
  • Motivation for Translating Dharma •
  • The Only Solution Is Dharma •
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Advice on the Mahayana practice of transforming our attitude from cherishing oneself to cherishing others who are most precious and kind.

  • Experiencing Problems for Others •
  • The Kindness of All Sentient Beings •
  • My Feet Belong to Sentient Beings •
  • How to Respond to Dishonesty •
  • Offering Service to Others, Who Are Most Precious and Kind •
  • Everything Comes from the Mind •
  • Think How Kind They Are •
  • There Is Nothing That Belongs to You •
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Advice on raising children in the best possible way by teaching them the five basic qualities of kindness, rejoicing, tolerance, contentment and forgiveness.

  • A Good Education and a Meaningful Life •
  • Caring for a Child With Special Needs •
  • Taking Care of Your Child With Compassion •
  • Advice on Educating a Child •
  • Teaching a Child the Five Attitudes •
  • Your Daughter's Life Has Become Positive •
  • Having a Child with Physical Disabilities •
  • More Talks on this Topic: Bringing Up Children •
  • Guiding Children to a Happy Life •
  • Parenthood and How to Benefit Children •
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Advice on various practices and mantras for animals, including those which are sick and dying.

  • How to Benefit Animals •
  • Building an Animal Sanctuary •
  • Compassion Brings Us Closer to Enlightenment •
  • Advice About Caring for Dogs •
  • Take Care of Animals with Compassion •
  • Practices to Benefit a Cat •
  • How to Help Animals Harmed by Gardening •
  • How to Help Cows and All Sentient Beings •
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Advice on the importance of developing compassion, the good heart.

  • The Benefit of Pure Love and Joy •
  • Great Compassion for Others •
  • Great Compassion •
  • The Good Heart is the Root of Happiness •
  • Essential Advice •
  • Why Compassion is Important •
  • Results of Compassion •
  • The Quick Path to Enlightenment •
  • Compassion is the Basis of Achieving Enlightenment •
  • The Advantages of Cherishing Others •
  • The Quickest Way to Achieve Enlightenment •
  • Every Sentient Being Is Most Precious •
  • Follow Great Compassion •
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Advice on bodhicitta, the altruistic mind of enlightenment.

  • Practicing Patience •
  • Generating Bodhicitta  •
  • You Have So Much to Rejoice About in This Life •
  • Effortful Bodhicitta Motivation •
  • Motivation is Most Important •
  • Live Your Life With Bodhicitta •
  • The Ultimate Good Heart •
  • Living With Bodhicitta •
  • Pray to Benefit Others •
  • Ultimate Advice for Success •
  • The Most Important Thing Is Bodhicitta •
  • Motivation for Tara Prayer •
  • What Makes Our Life Most Meaningful •
  • When Others Harm Us •
  • Living Your Life for Others •
  • Remember the Kindness of Sentient Beings •
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Advice on how to purify negative karma in relation to the guru, given to students confessing mistakes.

  • Regretting Anger Toward Rinpoche •
  • Confession of Anger •
  • Confessing Mistakes •
  • Confessing Negative Thoughts •
  • Heavy Karma of Criticizing the Guru •
  • Mitukpa Mantra and Being Vegetarian •
  • Not Following the Guru’s Advice •
  • Degeneration of Guru Devotion •
  • Impatient and Upset at the Teachings •
  • Confession of Anger and Worry About Cognitive Decline •
  • Criticizing the Guru and Causing Problems at the Dharma Center •
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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 •
  • 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 •
  • Happiness Comes from Cherishing Others •
  • The Merit Will Run Out •
  • The Truth Will Win •
  • Dharma Practice Is So Important •
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Advice on tantric practices, including the generation and completion stages of Highest Yoga Tantra.

  • Completion Stage Practices •
  • Request for Initiation •
  • Visualizing the Guru as Deity During Initiation •
  • Deity Practice •
  • Generating as a Deity •
  • Self-Initiation and Mahamudra Meditation •
  • Highest Yoga Tantra Practice •
  • Personal Deity for Tantric Practice •
  • Five Buddha Types •
  • Request to Practice Six Yogas of Naropa •
  • Highest Yoga Tantra Practice •
  • How to Achieve Enlightenment Quickly •
  • Six-Session Guru Yoga •
  • Method and Wisdom in Highest Yoga Tantra Practice •
  • Generation and Completion Stage Practices •
  • How to Quickly Achieve Full Enlightenment •
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Advice and methods for purifying past nonvirtuous actions.

  • How Vajrasattva Practice Purifies Negative Karma •
  • Purifying Negative Karma •
  • Mantras for Purifying Negativities •
  • Practices for Purification •
  • Tsa-tsas for Purification and Merit •
  • Benefits of Vajrasattva Practice •
  • Diamond Cutter Sutra and Prostrations •
  • Purification Practices, Water Bowls and Tong-len •
  • Purifying Sexual Misconduct •
  • Stupa Tsa-tsas for Purification •
  • Mitukpa and Prostrations •
  • How to Purify Sexual Misconduct •
  • More Talks on this Topic: Practices to Purify Negative Karma •
  • Purifying the Karma of Killing Many Fish •
  • Motivation for Vajrasattva Recitations •
  • Why Vajrasattva Practice Is So Important •
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Rinpoche discusses the karma of relationships and offers advice and practices for family reconciliation when there has been disharmony and conflict.

  • Practices for Family Conciliation and Purification •
  • Difficulties With Son •
  • Angry Teenager •
  • Disturbed Family Member •
  • Disharmony Between Parents and Siblings •
  • Daughter Opposes Mother’s New Partner •
  • Pacifying a Relative’s Anger and Finding a Retreat Place •
  • Parents Don’t Support Buddhism •
  • Make Strong Prayers to Medicine Buddha •
  • Abusive Partner •
  • Advice for a Mother and Son •
  • Padmasambhava Technique for Harmony in the Family •
  • Father and Son Estranged •
  • Family Harmony •
  • Advice for Family Harmony •
  • Put the Blame on the Self-cherishing Thought •
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In this collection of advice for those practicing in prison, Rinpoche explains how to use the situation in prison to develop the mind.

  • Meditation in Prisons •
  • Prison is an Opportunity to Practice •
  • Son Passed Away •
  • Using Time in Prison to Practice Dharma •
  • Chenrezig Practice in Prison •
  • How to Achieve Real Happiness •
  • The Self-cherishing Thought Is the Real Enemy •
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Advice for students who are experiencing difficulties with their Dharma practice.

  • No Progress in Practice •
  • Doubts •
  • Obstacles •
  • Difficulty with Prostrations •
  • Not Enough Merit to Practice Tantra •
  • Cutting Distractions to Practice •
  • Difficult Retreat •
  • Faults in Practice •
  • Needing Money for Retreat •
  • Purifying Obstacles to Dharma Practice •
  • Outer and Inner Obstacles to Dharma Practice •
  • Purifying Obstacles to Dharma Practice •
  • There’s Not Much Time Left •
  • Crushed by Depression and Loss of Faith in Dharma •

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