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 make it 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 •
  • Dedication for Tree Offered to Stupa •
  • The Story of Swayambhunath Stupa •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice and methods for purifying past non-virtuous actions.

  • How Vajrasattva Practice Purifies Negative Karma •
  • Purifying Negative Karma •
  • Mantras for Purifying Negativities •
  • Practices for Purification •
  • Tsa-tsas for Purification and Merit •
  • Benefits of Vajrasattva Practice •
  • Diamond Cutter Sutra and Prostrations •
  • Purification Practices, Water Bowls and Tong-len •
  • Purifying Sexual Misconduct •
  • Stupa Tsa-tsas for Purification •
  • Mitukpa and Prostrations •
  • How to Purify Sexual Misconduct •
  • More Talks on this Topic: Practices to Purify Negative Karma •
  • Purifying the Karma of Killing Many Fish •
  • Motivation for Vajrasattva Recitations •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe, Sydney, Australia, 1975.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Nicholas Ribush

Lama Zopa Rinpoche: Practice Rejoicing

Nick Ribush during the month-long course at Chenrezig Institute, Australia, 1975.
By Nicholas Ribush

A brief overview of the path to enlightenment, as taught and followed by most of the Tibetan schools of Buddhism. This outline was written by Nicholas Ribush as the Preface for the book Teachings from Tibet.

Topics: Introductory
Lama Tsongkhapa. Photo courtesy of FPMT.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, India 1986

A commentary on Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga practice, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Editor's Preface •
Table of Contents •
1. Motivation •
2. The Benefits of Ganden Lha Gyäma Practice •
3. Preliminary Prayers •
4. Seeing the Guru as Buddha •
5. Guru Yoga •
6. Karma •
7. Refuge in the Three Jewels •
8. The Preliminary Practices from Jorchö •
9. Ganden Lha Gyäma: Part 1 •
10. Ganden Lha Gyäma: Part 2 •
11. Mandala Offering •
12. Prostration •
13. Water Bowl Offerings •
14. Dedication •
By Lama Thubten Yeshe

Volume 3 in this ebook series of collected teachings by Lama Yeshe features three discourses given at the Sixteenth Kopan Meditation Course in 1983.  In these teachings Lama discusses many aspects of the path to enlightenment and gives practical advice for both new and old students. 

Topics: Introductory
The Enlightened Experience •
Preface: The Enlightened Experience, Volume 3 •
Table of Contents: The Enlightened Experience, Volume 3 •
By Lama Thubten Yeshe, Nicholas Ribush

Lama Thubten Yeshe: Bodhicitta is the Real Essential

Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to deal with pain by experiencing it for all sentient beings.

  • Creating the Karma to Stop Pain •
  • Compassion and Tong-len •
  • Severe Arthritis •
  • Mantra Eliminating the Harsh Pain of the Three Grounds •
  • Pain After Car Accident •
  • Tong-len for Pain in Jaw •
  • Rejoicing in Pain •
  • Pinched Nerve •
  • Taking on Others’ Pain •
  • Severe Illness •
  • Experience the Pain for Others •
  • Experience the Pain for All Sentient Beings •
  • Severe Pain •
  • How to Make Your Pain Useful for Numberless Beings •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice and practices to purify negative karma created by previous actions.

  • The Karma of Killing •
  • Fatal Car Accident  •
  • Killing One's Parents •
  • Purifying Negative Karma •
  • Purifying Forefather’s Karma of Killing •
  • Purifying the Karma of Harming Others •
  • The Real Responsibility •
  • Purifying the Karma of Disrespecting a Friend •
  • Purifying the Karma of Harming Mother •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Practice advice and instructions for students doing various types of retreat, including preliminaries, lamrim and deity practice.

  • Retreat Place •
  • Destroying Delusion •
  • Advice for Seven-Month Retreat •
  • Six-Month Retreat •
  • Advice for Group of Retreatants •
  • Doing Retreat •
  • Thanks for Vajrasattva Group Retreat •
  • Intent on Retreat •
  • Fire Pujas •
  • Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga Retreat •
  • Vajrayogini Retreat •
  • Vajrasattva Retreat for All Sentient Beings •
  • Migtsema Retreat •
  • Mahamudra Retreat •
  • Building a Retreat House •
  • Where to Do Retreat  •
  • How to Do Lama Chöpa in Retreat •
  • Retreat and Meditation Most Beneficial •
  • Retreat for Rest of Life •
  • Retreat Practices •
  • Daily Schedule for Retreat •
  • Continue With Loose Retreat •
  • It’s Important to Practice Now •
  • Retreat or Service •
  • The Real Retreat •
  • Retreat While Walking or Travelling •
  • Retreat or Study •
  • Vajrasattva Retreat and Lamrim for Health Obstacles •
  • Guru Devotion Is the Most Important Thing •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche reciting Nagarjuna prayers in front of the Nagarjuna statue at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India, 2014. Photo: Ven. Sarah Thresher

This text by the great Indian pandit Nagarjuna is famous for its descriptions of the bodhisattva's path of compassion and for its clear, concise analysis of the Buddha's teachings on emptiness.

Monks wishing Lama Zopa Rinpoche a happy birthday at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, December 2016. Photo: Ven. Lobsang Sherab.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Lama Zopa Rinpoche discusses the perfect human rebirth in this teaching excerpt from the 36th Kopan Course. Rinpoche advises us not to waste this precious opportunity, as we have this human body for just a short time.

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.

Guru Shakyamuni Buddha. Painted by Jane Seidlitz.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains why there is an urgent need for refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha in this teaching excerpt from the 36th Kopan Meditation Course.