Teachings

Nick Ribush at Tushita Retreat Centre, Dharamsala, India, 1975.
By Nicholas Ribush

An article by Nicholas Ribush about the growth of Tibetan Buddhist publishing in the West.

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 •
  • Thanks for Your Kindness to FPMT •
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 •
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.

 

Chapters:
Enjoy Life Liberated from the Inner Prison •
Editor's Preface •
1: Prison Is Not the Real Prison •
2: Prison Can Be Your Hermitage •
3: Being In Prison Is an Incredible Opportunity •
4: The Kindness of Those Who Put You in Prison •
5: We All Have Many Lifetimes •
6: We Must Not Waste This Rare and Precious Life •
7: Even If You Have Only One Day Left to Live •
8: Identify Suffering and Its Causes, Then Know How to End Them •
9: There Is Nothing to Be Attached To! •
10: Without Compassion Life is Meaningless •
11: Everything Is Merely Labeled by the Mind •
12: Buddhadharma Is Proven •
13: The Basis of All Practice: Study and Meditate on the Lamrim •
14: Living in Vows Is Incredible •
15: There’s No Karma that Can’t Be Purified •
16: Recite the Names of the Thirty-Five Buddhas of Confession •
17: Recite the Mantra of the Compassion Buddha •
18: Practice Giving and Taking •
19: Recite the Mantra of Buddha Namgyälma •
20: Recite the Mantra from the "Sutra of Great Liberation" •
21: Recite the Sutras •
22: Read and Study the Right Books •
23: Finally, Think Long Term, Think Big, and Relax! •
Translations: Enjoy Life Liberated from the Inner Prison •
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 •
  • Student Close to Passing •
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 •

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