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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.

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Nicholas Ribush

Lama Zopa Rinpoche: You Are the Most Lucky Person

Khadro-la teaching at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India, January 4, 2020. Photo: Bill Kane.

A praise to Tara, composed by Khadro-la (Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drönme) at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Tags: tara, prayers
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Maitripa College, 2010. Photo: Marc Sakamoto.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Institut Vajra Yogini, France

Rinpoche teaches on a broad range of lamrim topics in this series. We have now posted Lecture Eight, which includes teachings on the purpose of our life, the twelve links of dependent origination and more.

Chapters:
1. How to Achieve Real Happiness •
2. Motivation for the Retreat •
3. The Emptiness of Sound •
4. The Compassion Buddha •
5. The Good Heart •
6. Meditation on Emptiness •
7. Everything Comes from the Mind •
8. The Purpose of Our Life •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

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 •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice for prisoners on how to use the situation to develop their mind on the path to enlightenment.

  • Being in Prison •
  • Preliminaries and Other Practices in Prison •
  • A Nun in Jail •
  • The Prison is Your Retreat House •
  • Letter to Martha Stewart •
  • Making Life in Prison Meaningful •
  • Request for Practices from Prison •
  • Request for Guru •
  • Prison Is the Best Opportunity •
  • How Fortunate You Are! •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice for people who are contemplating suicide. Rinpoche explains how to use depression on the path to enlightenment, by changing our focus from self to others.

  • Suicidal Thoughts, Depression, PTSD and Self-harm •
  • Tired and Thinking About Death •
  • Thoughts of Suicide •
  • Wanting to Commit Suicide •
  • Contemplating Suicide •
  • Think About the Continuation of Life •
  • Thoughts of Death •
  • Numberless Buddhas and Bodhisattvas Cherish Us •
  • You Are a Beautiful Human Being •
  • Helping People With Suicidal Thoughts •
  • Depression and Suicidal Thoughts •
  • Depression After Best Friend Passed Away •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice and practices for students experiencing problems due to a business downturn and related financial crisis.

  • Business in Financial Crisis •
  • Business Losing Money •
  • Business Losing Money •
  • Trusting Advice Given by a Lama •
  • Failure in Business •
  • Business Downturn •
  • Falling on Hard Times •
  • Failing at Business •
  • Turning Around Business Failure •
  • Financial Difficulties •
  • Dzambhala Practice for Increasing Wealth •
  • Incense Puja for Business Success •
  • Kindness and Generosity Will Bring Success •
Guru Shakyamuni Buddha. Painted by Jane Seidlitz.

The Wheel of Sharp Weapons by Dharmarakshita, a ninth-century Indian scholar, combines teachings on lojong (mind training) with the lamrim, especially karma. This text is now freely available for download as a PDF file.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche enjoying his copy of Big Love, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, April 2020. Photo: Ven. Roger Kunsang.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe, Nicholas Ribush

Lama Thubten Yeshe: The Bodhisattva Vows

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 Suddenly •
  • Grief After Baby’s Death •
  • Know That Death Can Happen at Any Time •
  • Overcoming Fear of Death •
  • You Will Meet Him Again in a Different Form •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on teaching children the values of loving kindness and compassion so that their lives become meaningful.

  • Dedication for Alice Project •
  • Starting a Buddhist School in India •
  • The Best Education for Children •
  • Advice to Schoolchildren in Bodhgaya •
  • Teaching Buddhist Principles at School •
  • Universal Education •
  • Using Education to Benefit Others •
  • Dharma Education for Young Children •
  • The Most Important Education •
  • Teaching Dharma to a Child •
  • Dharma Books for School Children •
  • Opening the Wisdom Eye •

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