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Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on the amazing benefits of building a stupa and circumambulating a stupa, as well as instructions on how to fill a stupa and how to make the stupa beautiful and inspiring.

  • Building Stupas to Benefit Sick Dogs •
  • How to Make the Stupa Beautiful and Inspiring •
  • Circumambulation of Boudhanath Stupa •
  • Liberating Animals and Circumambulating Stupas With Them •
  • Filling a New Stupa  •
  • Building a Stupa to Liberate Sentient Beings •
  • Benefits of Stupas •
  • You Are Fortunate to Build Stupas •
  • The Stupa Will Benefit Numberless Beings •
  • The Power of the Holy Object •
  • A Powerful Place of Healing •
  • A Billion, Zillion Thanks for Circumambulations •
  • How to Use a Stupa to Bring You to Enlightenment •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice given to students on the practice of Shugden (Tib: Dolgyal). This practice is strongly discouraged by His Holiness the Dalai Lama  and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. 

  • Ceasing Shugden •
  • Advice About Dorje Shugden •
  • Student Stopped Dolgyal Practice •
  • Dorje Shugden Practice •
  • Action Against Lamas •
  • Forsaking a Guru •
  • More Talks on This Topic: Dorje Shugden •
  • Dolgyal Practice •
  • Dolgyal Confession •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to transform depression and use it on the path to enlightenment.

  • Advice on Transforming Depression •
  • So Much to Rejoice In •
  • Depressed and Unsure Where to Live •
  • Daughter with Depression •
  • Practices for Depression •
  • Depressed Student •
  • Practice Tong-len for Depression •
  • Practices for Daughter's Depression •
  • Balloon Mantras for Daughter's Depression •
  • Stopping Depression •
  • Dealing with Depression •
  • Long-Term Depression •
  • Depression in the Family •
  • Battling with Depression •
  • Severe Depression •
  • More Talks on this Topic: Depression •
  • How to Overcome Depression •
  • Remedy for Depression •
  • Severe Depression and Anxiety •
  • The Best Way to Eliminate Depression •
  • Numberless Buddhas Cherish You Most •
  • Transforming Depression •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on meditations and other practices which can help anxiety and panic disorder.

  • Panic Attacks, Paranoia and Confusion •
  • Severe Stress and Panic Disorder •
  • Anxiety and Depression •
  • Panic Attacks and Anxiety •
  • Meditations for Anxiety •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on pilgrimage to holy places including Bodhgaya, Rajgir and Nalanda, and practices to do at the holy sites.

  • Pilgrimage to Bodhgaya, Rajgir and Nalanda •
  • Advice and Practices for Pilgrimage  •
  • Practicing in Bodhgaya •
  • More Talks on this Topic: Pilgrimage •
  • Why Bodhgaya Is So Important •
  • A Piece of the Pure Land •
  • Swayambunath Mountain •
  • Tso Pema, the Holy Lake of Padmasambhava •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to care for others at the death time, with essential advice and practices for the moment of death. 

  • Working With the Dying •
  • Close to Death •
  • Imminent Death •
  • When Someone Is Dying •
  • How to Support Someone Who is Dying •
  • Helping a Dying Grandmother •
  • Helping a Friend Die •
  • Dying Father •
  • Sickness and Death •
  • Dying of Cancer •
  • Mantra Recitation for a Dying Person •
  • What to do for Dying Mother •
  • Whether to Tell Someone She Is Dying •
  • More Talks on this Topic: Caring for the Dying •
  • How to Help People Who Are Sick and Dying •
  • Make Strong Prayers to Medicine Buddha •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to care for and respect statues of the Buddha. Rinpoche advises that holy objects such as statues contribute to world peace and help us create believable merit just by seeing them.

  • Climbing on a Statue •
  • Hosting the Jade Buddha •
  • Painting the Buddha’s Eyes •
  • Benefactor Building a Statue •
  • Benefits of Building a Statue of Padmasambhava •
  • Tara Statue With Head Looking Down •
  • Auspicious Welcome for Amitabha Buddha Statue •
  • Care of Chenrezig Statue in Garsha, India •
  • Your Gift to Sentient Beings •
  • Buddha Statue on the Ground •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on practices which may be beneficial for a range of illnesses and health problems. Please note: the advice is not intended to replace medical treatment. Always contact your health care professional if you have health concerns.

  • A Healthy Diet •
  • Aspergers and Anxiety •
  • Treatment of Gum Disease •
  • Fire in Chest •
  • Car Accident •
  • Parasites •
  • Student Very Sick •
  • Autism •
  • Very Sick Student •
  • Practices for Teeth •
  • Screen Fatigue and Exhaustion •
  • Immune System Disorder •
  • Your Broken Arm Is Another Form of Teaching •
  • Bleeding Disorder •
  • Type 2 Diabetes •
  • Pujas for Chest Pain and Low Energy •
  • How Fortunate to Get Diabetes •
  • Diabetes, Thyroid and Weight Problems •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to utilize obstacles on the path to enlightenment.

  • A Positive Way of Thinking •
  • Thought Transformation •
  • Practice Thought Transformation •
  • Hardships •
  • When Problems Interfere with Practice •
  • Taking on Obstacles •
  • Dealing With Sadness •
  • Dealing with Depression •
  • More Talks on this Topic: Transforming Problems •
  • Utilizing Obstacles on the Path to Enlightenment •
  • Experience Obstacles for All Sentient Beings •
  • Remedy for Obstacles, Fear and Worry •
  • How to Transform Obstacles •
  • Rejoice in the Problems •
  • The Experience Purifies Your Negative Karma •
  • Experience the Sickness for All Sentient Beings •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to practice guru devotion, including seeing the guru as Buddha, offering service and pleasing the guru.

  • Fortunate to Receive Advice from the Guru  •
  • The Guru Brings You to Enlightenment •
  • Pleasing the Guru •
  • Offering Thanks to the Guru •
  • Initiation From Another Lama •
  • Guru Yoga Merit Field •
  • Guru Devotion in the Four Tibetan Traditions •
  • How to Find a Teacher •
  • Dharma Connection With Other Gurus •
  • Having Many Gurus •
  • Request to be Guru •
  • Request to be Guru and Life Practices •
  • Not Possible for the Teacher to Give Up •
  • Attachment to the Guru •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice to students about restoring their daily practice after it has lapsed.

  • How to Restart Practices After Stopping •
  • Dharma Practice Stopped After Disrobing •
  • The Most Important Practice •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to make the best use of our life, which is very short.

  • The Cause of Death •
  • Life is Short •
  • How to Use an Hourglass for Dharma Practice •
  • Impermanence and Death Don't Wait •
  • Death Meditation  •
  • Death Comes Suddenly •
  • Remember Impermanence and Death •
  • Death Can Happen Anytime •
  • Grief After Baby’s Death •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

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 •
  • Karma is Definite •
  • Think of the Kindness of Sentient Beings •
  • The Karma of Harming Others •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

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 •
  • How to Make Your Life Most Beneficial for Sentient Beings, Even With Your Speech •
  • The Ultimate Good Heart •
  • Living With Bodhicitta •
  • Pray to Benefit Others •
  • Ultimate Advice for Success •
  • The Most Important Thing Is Bodhicitta •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice given to those who practice healing or have been healed.

  • Connection With Kuan Yin •
  • Offering Comfort and Help to the Sick •
  • Healing With Medicine Buddha Practice •
  • Practice Advice for a Healer/Psychic •
  • Study with Healer •
  • Mantras for Healing •
  • Healing With Tong-len •
  • Healing With Compassion •
  • Buddhism and Healing •
  • Healing Sessions •
  • A Discussion About Healing •
  • Healing Mantra and Visualization •
  • Compassion is Most Important for Healing Others •

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