Teachings

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Lawudo Retreat Center, Nepal, 1990. Photo: Merry Colony.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Florence, Italy 1990

After a short discourse on emptiness, Rinpoche teaches tong-len, or taking and giving—the meditation practice of generating bodhicitta by taking on the suffering of others and giving them happiness

Chapters:
Actualizing the Wisdom Realizing Emptiness •
Taking the Suffering of Others •
Giving Your Body to Others •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Royal Holloway College, England, 1975. Photo: Dennis Heslop.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Instructions on tong-len, the practice of “taking and giving"; the quickest way to generate bodhicitta and achieve enlightenment

Chapters:
Advice on Tong-len as a Preliminary Practice •
Tong-len: A Short Practice •
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, 2005.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India 2006

Days 1-3: Maitreya Buddha puja, teachings and meditation on Maitreya Buddha, and oral transmissions of the Maitreya mantra, Maitreya prayer and King of Prayers

Chapters:
Day One: Maitreya Buddha Puja Part A •
Day One: Maitreya Buddha Puja Part B •
Day One: Maitreya Buddha Puja Part C •
Day One: Maitreya Buddha Puja Part D •
Day One: Maitreya Buddha Puja Part E •
Day One: Maitreya Buddha Puja Part F •
Day Two: Benefits of Maitreya Buddha mantra; Worldly vs. Dharma happiness •
Day Two: How we create wrong concepts, why we need Dharma •
Day Two: How happiness comes from sentient beings; Food offering •
Day Three: Wrong concepts of impermanence; Taking care of oneself by cherishing others •
Day Three: Using harm to generate compassion; Oral transmission of Maitreya Buddha mantra •
Day Three: Maitreya Buddha meditations; Tong-len; Dedications •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching in Singapore, 2010. Photo by Kunsang Thubten (Henri Lopez).
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

A student wrote to Rinpoche asking for practices for the rest of his life. Rinpoche responded with this advice. 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with kangaroo in Adelaide, Australia, 1983. Photo: Wendy Finster.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in various locations

How to use depression to develop compassion and bodhicitta, and ultimately to achieve enlightenment.