Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore, 2016. Photo: Bill Kane.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Rinpoche gave this advice about resolving complaints and dealing with interpersonal conflict at the Dharma center. Rinpoche said the real enemy and the cause of all our problems is the self-cherishing thought.

A collection of anecdotes about the life of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and how he works day and night, without stopping, for the benefit of all sentient beings.   

By Adele Hulse

Read Chapter 7 of Big Love: The Life and Teachings of Lama Yeshe. This chapter describes the lamas' pilgrimage to Lawudo and the beginnings of Kopan Monastery in 1969.

Lama Yeshe leaving Geneva, Switzerland, 1983. Photo: Jan-Paul Kool.
By HH Ling Rinpoche, Nicholas Ribush

H.H. Ling Rinpoche: Illuminating the World with Dharma

Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Letters and cards thanking benefactors and students who have offered service to the Dharma in many different roles.

  • Thanks for Volunteering •
  • Thanks for Service and Advice about Pure Land •
  • Welcome to Enlightenment •
  • Thanks for Long Life Practices •
  • Thanks for Tara Mantras •
  • Thanks for Mitukpa Mantras •
  • Thanks for Stupas •
  • Inseparable from You •
  • Thanks for Practices •
  • New Stupa •
  • A Burst Appendix •
  • A Card for Rinpoche’s Sister •
  • Get Well •
  • Card With Gifts •
  • Kind Heart Brilliance •
  • Card and Gift for Student •
  • Thanking Students For Practice •
  • Thanks for Book •
  • Drawing of Maitreya Buddha •
  • Thanks For Helping •
  • Thanks for Raising Money •
  • Thanks for Your Kindness •
  • Thanks to Long-time Student •
  • Numberless Thanks For Everything •
  • Thanks For Kind Service •
  • Rejoice in Your Whole Life •
  • Countless Skies of Thanks •
  • Get Well Soon From Samsara! •
  • Heartfelt Thanks For Helping the Center •
  • Thanks for Your Generosity •
  • Gift of Erma Jam •
  • More Meaningful Than the Olympics •
  • A Billion, Zillion Times Thanks •
  • Skies of Thanks For Your Sincere Heart •
  • Thank You For Your Service •
  • A Billion, Zillion Thanks •
  • Thanks for Dedicating Your Retreat •
  • Numberless Bodhisattvas Love You Very Much •
  • Numberless Skies of Thanks for the Thangka •
  • Letter of Thanks to Thamthog Rinpoche •
  • Skies of Thanks •
  • The Whole World Comes from the Mind •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Rinpoche encourages loving kindness, the good heart, so that children's lives are meaningful and beneficial for others.

  • Giving Happiness to Others •
  • Rejoicing in Practice •
  • Gift for a Child •
  • Advice for a Young Student •
  • How Long to Live •
  • Message for a Young Student •
  • A Place for Children •
  • Thanks for Devotion and Good Heart •
  • Message to Maitreya School Children •
  • The Cause of Real Happiness •
  • Planting the Seeds of Enlightenment •
  • The Happiest Life •
  • Why the Sky is Blue •
  • The Best Way to Be Happy •
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 •
  • The Power of Dharma Practice •
  • Happiness Comes from Cherishing Others •
  • The Merit Will Run Out •
Cremation stupa of Lama Yeshe, Vajrapani Institute, California, 1984. Photo: Ricardo de Aratanha.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Russia and the Netherlands

Lama Zopa Rinpoche discusses the death process and explains the signs which indicate that the consciousness has left the body. Rinpoche draws on his own experiences of seeing the deceased and gives a detailed account of Lama Yeshe's passing and cremation.

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Madrid, Spain

In this video, Lama Zopa Rinpoche reminds us to practice contentment and to bring happiness to others instead of harming them.

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

This book presents Lama Zopa Rinpoche's advice to prison inmates drawn from more than 100 letters he has written to prisoners over the years. Read excerpts and order a copy.


Enjoy Life Liberated from the Inner Prison •
Editor's Preface •
3: Being In Prison Is an Incredible Opportunity •
5: We All Have Many Lifetimes •
Rinpoche at Lawudo, 1978. Photo: Peter Iseli.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Nicholas Ribush

Lama Zopa Rinpoche: What is Bodhicitta?

Tags: bodhicitta
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Instituto Lama Tsong Khapa, Pomaia, Italy

In this video, Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains the benefits of offering to holy objects. Even a small offering to the Buddha creates the cause for ultimate happiness, due to the power of the object.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching in Hong Kong, 2010. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang (Henri Lopez).
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

In this teaching Lama Zopa Rinpoche advises that rejoicing is a simple way to achieve enlightenment. Rinpoche says rejoicing is a genuine feeling of happiness and joy, appreciating one’s own qualities and those of others. 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to prepare oneself for death, which can happen at any time. Includes practices for students whose death is imminent.

  • Premonition of Death •
  • Death Can Happen Anytime •
  • Rely on Amitabha •
  • Death Can Happen at Any Time •
  • Preparing for Death •
  • Donating Organs •
  • Dream of Death •
  • Practices When Close to Death •
  • Whether to Tell Family About Life Obstacles •
  • Practices to Prepare for Death •
  • Making a Will •
  • More Talks on this Topic: Preparing for Death •
  • Amitabha is Guiding You •
  • Confession Before Passing Away •
  • Imminent Death •
  • Transference of Consciousness at Death Time •
  • Rely on Guru Amitabha •
  • Vajrayogini Visualization •
  • Don’t Be Afraid of Death •
  • Integrating the Five Powers •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on the study and practice of lamrim, the path to enlightenment.

  • Dedicate Oneself to the Lam-rim •
  • A Letter to Students at Kopan •
  • Reading Lam-rim Books •
  • Lam-rim is the Main Thing •
  • Focus on Lam-rim •
  • Generating Faith •
  • Lam-rim Realizations •
  • Train in the Graduated Path •
  • Practice Advice: Read Lam-rim •
  • Practice Gone Dry •
  • Benefits of the Lam-rim •
  • Direction in Life •
  • Advice on Lam-rim Study and Practice •
  • Focus on Lamrim Practice •
  • Lam-rim the Main Practice •
  • Familiarity with the Dharma •
  • Train the Mind in Lam-rim •
  • Lam-rim Meditation •
  • Attainment of Lam-rim Realizations •
  • Which Lam-rim Text to Study •
  • Stick With the Lam-rim •
  • The Suffering of Samsara •
  • Meditations on the Graduated Path •
  • A Worthwhile Life •
  • Renouncing Attachment to a Monk •
  • Lamrim and Manjushri Practices •
  • The Best Life for Yourself and Others •
  • Effortful Lamrim Meditation •