Teachings

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at the Light of the Path retreat, North Carolina, USA, 2014. Photo: Roy Harvey.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Gyalwa Gyatso Center, San Jose, California

In this unedited excerpt, Rinpoche encourages us to take advantage of this precious and rare opportunity to study the profound meaning of emptiness. 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Taos, New Mexico, 1999. Photo: Lenny Foster.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Tara Institute, Melbourne, Australia

A two-day seminar in which Rinpoche teaches on emptiness, compassion, guru devotion and other topics.

Chapters:
We are Extremely Fortunate •
Make the Mind Wet •
How We Hold Onto the I •
Meditation on Emptiness •
Ego Wants So Many Things •
A Good Heart a Day •
You Have Time to Get It Done •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching in Singapore, 2010. Photo: Ven. Thubten Kunsang.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Singapore

A speech by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the opening of a new building for Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Taos, New Mexico, 1999. Photo: Lenny Foster.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Singapore

We have the potential to be totally free from the suffering of samsara and its cause, delusion and karma.

Chapters:
We Will Keep Meeting Again and Again Until We Are Free From Samsara •
Subduing the Mind •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at the Ninth Meditation Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Jamyang Meditation Centre, London 1992

Teachings prior to a refuge ceremony on topics including the suffering nature of samsara, refuge practice and precepts 

Chapters:
The Suffering Nature of Samsara •
Refuge Practice & Precepts •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, possibly in Switzerland, 1990. Photo by Ueli Minder.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

We are under the control of karma and delusion and this keeps us circling in samsara

Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe, Lake Arrowhead, 1975. Photo: Carol Royce-Wilder.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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

Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave this advice on how to think when diagnosed with cancer. When we experience the cancer for the sake of all sentient beings we collect skies of merit and it brings us closer to enlightenment.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe, Lake Arrowhead, 1975. Photo: Carol Royce-Wilder.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India 2006

Lama Zopa Rinpoche: The Shortcomings of Samsara

By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India; 26 December 2003 - 02 January 2004

Teachings given at Root Institute, Days 5 - 7; includes a commentary on Atisha's Jewel Garland

Chapters:
Day Five: Jewel Garland Commentary - Cherishing the practice and turning away from samsaric happiness •
Day Five: Jewel Garland Commentary - Protecting ordination by reflecting on impermanence and suffering of samsara •
Day Five: Jewel Garland Commentary - Protecting the senses by analyzing how attachment arises •
Day Five: Dedications •
Day Six: Remembering death •
Day Six: Deluded views •
Day Seven: Protecting oneself from delusions •
Day Seven: Appearances come from the mind •
Day Seven: Benefits of Vajrayogini practice, Vajrayogini lineage •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in New Delhi, India, 1979

Identifying the cause of suffering and how to end it

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, 2010. Photo: Ven. Roger Kunsang.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Pomaia, Italy 1983

A commentary on the practice of thought transformation and bodhicitta in everyday life

Chapters:
Monday September 5 through Thursday September 8 •
Friday September 9 through Wednesday September 14 •
Discourse and Advice Given During Nyung-nä Retreat •