Teachings

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Chokyi Gyaltsen Centre, Penang, Malyasia, March 2016. Photo: Bill Kane.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Rinpoche discusses compassion, the good heart, in this teaching excerpt from the 36th Kopan Course.

Medicine Buddha mandala. Photo courtesy of FPMT.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Rinpoche discusses the benefits of Medicine Buddha practice in this teaching excerpt from the 36th Kopan Meditation Course.

Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1978. Photo by Robin Bath.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Nicholas Ribush

Lama Zopa Rinpoche: Dissatisfaction is the Result of Desire

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.

Chapters:
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 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 •
  • Advice and Practices for Depression and Long Life •
  • Transforming Anxiety and Depression •
  • Depression After Bereavement •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

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 •
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 •
  • Treat Others Peacefully, Be a Good Example to the World •
  • It Is Best to Live in Morality •
Khadro-la (Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drönme)

Khadro-la wrote this message to explain the purpose of a series of ritual practices she initiated in order to pacify and extinguish the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to resolve conflict with fellow students at the Dharma center by remembering their kindness and developing a tolerant and compassionate attitude.

  • Having the Attitude to Help •
  • Complaints about Director •
  • Advice for Dealing with Difficult People •
  • Conflicts with Fellow Students •
  • Living with a Difficult Student •
  • Every Sentient Being Is Most Kind, Most Dear, Most Precious •
Lama Yeshe teaching in Olinda, Australia, July 1976.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe, Nicholas Ribush

Lama Thubten Yeshe: The Reality of What You Are

Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice for those who have offered service as center director and are retiring from that role.

  • Thanks to Outgoing Director •
  • Departing Center Director •
  • Thanks For Service as Director •
  • On Retiring •
  • When the Center Director Is Changed •
  • Work at the Center Is So Beneficial •
  • Resuming Study After Directorship •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to care for others who are very ill and approaching death, 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 •
  • We All Have to Die Sooner or Later •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on the Diamond Cutter Sutra, a Mahayana sutra which helps us to actualize wisdom and bodhicitta quickly, along with other realizations.

  • Benefits of Reciting the Diamond Cutter Sutra •
  • The Diamond Sutra •
  • Sutra Recitation for Sick Nuns •
  • Diamond Cutter Sutra in Retreat •
  • Sutra Recitation to Remove Obstacles and Bring Happiness to All Beings •
Big Love, at FPMT International Office, Portland, Oregon, June 2020.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Nicholas Ribush

Lama Zopa Rinpoche: Making Your Mind Vajrayana

Painting of Lama Tsongkhapa from Big Love: The Life and Teachings of Lama Yeshe. Photo courtesy of National Museum, Copenhagen.
By Lama Tsongkhapa

A praise to the Buddha, composed by Lama Tsongkhapa after he realized emptiness. Translated by Geshe Thupten Jinpa.

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