Teachings

Lama Yeshe arriving for final teaching at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1983. Photo: Wendy Finster.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal

In this question-and-answer session Lama Yeshe discusses the essence of Buddhism and other religions, and advises students how to integrate Dharma when they return to the West.

Topics: Introductory
Sunrise at Kopan Monastery, 1972.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains the suffering of the lower realms of samsara (cyclic existence) in this teaching excerpted from the Fourth Kopan Meditation Course in 1973.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche doing puja during the Fourth Meditation Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1973. Photo: Christine Lopez.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains how freedom from the eight worldly concerns creates real peace, in this teaching excerpt from the Fourth Kopan Meditation Course.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

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 •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to correctly meditate on emptiness (shunyata).

  • The Merely Imputed I •
  • Meditation on Emptiness •
  • Meditations for Inner Peace •
  • How to Realize Emptiness •
  • Getting Depressed by Emptiness •
  • Response to Questions on Emptiness •
  • More Talks on this Topic: Emptiness •
  • The Merely Labeled I •
  • The Real I Cannot Be Found •
  • The Object to Be Refuted •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice and thanks given to students who have offered service and support for Dharma centers and projects in various roles.

  • Retreat Advice and Thanks for Many Years of Service •
  • Thanks for Making Dharma Books Available •
  • Thanks for Offering Service •
  • Study and Service for Sentient Beings •
  • Helping a Nun •
  • Years of Service •
  • Thanks to Benefactor  •
  • Thanking Benefactors •
  • To a Benefactor •
  • Merit Box Donations •
  • Offering Service For Many Years •
  • Thanks for Support •
  • Service at Retreat Center •
  • Long-term Retreat •
  • Help the Center Continuously •
  • Continue Helping the Center •
  • The Benefits of Serving a Dharma Center •
  • Benefits of Karma Yoga •
  • You Are Needed at the Center •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to follow the Buddhist path and how to bring benefit and happiness to others through Dharma practice.

  • Practice Advice for a New Student •
  • Study and Practice Advice for a New Student  •
  • The Ultimate Goal •
  • Advice to a New Student •
  • Beneficial Practices for a New Student •
  • New Student Practice Advice •
  • The Mahayana Path •
  • Tong-len and Tsa-tsa Practice •
  • Practicing with Effort •
  • Lam-rim and Deity Practice Advice  •
  • Following the Buddhist Path •
  • Think of the Happiness of Others •
  • A Simple Daily Practice for a New Student •
  • Use Your Life to Benefit Others •
  • Lamrim Study and Meditation is Most Important •
  • Reciting Mantras •
  • The Main Purpose of Your Life •
  • First Time at a Kopan Course •
  • Beneficial Practices •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Nicholas Ribush

Lama Zopa Rinpoche: On Dharma Celebrations

 

The lamas with Western Sangha and Mount Everest Centre students in Bodhgaya, 1974.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

In these teachings, Lama Zopa Rinpoche advises how to make pilgrimage to Bodhgaya and other Buddhist sacred sites most meaningful.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to correctly visualize certain deities during one's meditation practice.

  • Vision of Buddhas •
  • Improving Visualizations •
  • Namgyalma Long-life Meditation •
His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Lama Yeshe, Ven. Peljor and Nick Ribush at the second Dharma Celebration in New Delhi, 1982.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

This collection presents Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s introductions to five of the souvenir booklets produced for Dharma Celebrations held at Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre, Delhi, India.

Chapters:
Dharma Celebration, 2004 •
Dharma Celebration, 2006 •
Dharma Celebration, 2012 •
Dharma Celebration, 2016 •
Dharma Celebration, 2019 •
A pencil drawing of the Buddha done by Trijang Rinpoche in 1972.
By Pabongka Rinpoche

Comprehensive lamrim outlines from the text Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand, by Pabongka Rinpoche. These outlines were produced by Piero Sirianni and are freely available for download as PDF files.

Lama Yeshe teaching at Chenrezig Institute, Australia, 1979.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Chenrezig Institute, Austalia

This teaching about the importance of bodhicitta, the mind of enlightenment, was given by Lama Yeshe when he was bestowing bodhisattva vows at Chenrezig Institute, Australia, in 1979.

Lama Yeshe teaching at Manjushri Institute, England, 1976.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe, Nicholas Ribush

Lama Thubten Yeshe: The Importance of Bodhicitta

Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to eliminate anger by practicing patience and thus contributing to world peace. 

  • Angry With Organization •
  • Harsh Words •
  • Eliminating Anger •
  • Contribution to World Peace •
  • Practicing Patience •
  • Dealing with Anger •
  • Fed Up With Anger •
  • More Talks on This Topic: Anger •
  • The Importance of Practicing Patience •
  • Everything Comes From Your Mind •
  • Patience Brings Success and Happiness •
  • The Perfection of Patience •
  • Patience is the Most Important Practice •
  • Practices for Domestic Violence and Abuse •

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