Teachings

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
Chapters:
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.

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

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 •
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 Yeshe teaching in Belgrave Heights, a small town near Melbourne, Australia, July 1976.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe, Nicholas Ribush

Lama Thubten Yeshe: The Reality of What You Are

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