The lamas with Western Sangha and Mount Everest Center students in Bodhgaya, 1974.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains the benefits of practicing in Bodhgaya, where the Buddha attained enlightenment. Rinpoche also advises specific practices to be done while on pilgrimage and gives a detailed explanation of how to dedicate the merit.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Kadampa stupa, USA, August 2016. Photo: Ven. Lobsang Sherab.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India

In this teaching, Lama Zopa Rinpoche reads his own translation of verses from a sutra found in the Kangyur, the Tibetan Buddhist canon. Rinpoche also gives a commentary on the verses, which outline the extensive benefits of circumambulating stupas.

Topics: Holy Objects
Portrait of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Geneva, Switzerland, 1983. Photo by Ueli Minder.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Nicholas Ribush

Welcome to our July 2019 e-news.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Maitripa College, 2010. Photo: Marc Sakamoto.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Read the sixth discourse, just posted to our website, where Rinpoche gives a thorough explanation of techniques for meditating on emptiness. The retreat was on the four Kadampa deities, however, Rinpoche taught on a broad range of lamrim topics.

1. How to Achieve Real Happiness •
2. Motivation for the Retreat •
3. The Emptiness of Sound •
4. The Compassion Buddha •
5. The Good Heart •
6. Meditation on Emptiness •
By Lama Thubten Yeshe

Order our latest ebook or read these teachings online. 

The Enlightened Experience •
Preface: The Enlightened Experience •
Table of Contents: The Enlightened Experience •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to purify negative karma in relation to the guru, given to students confessing mistakes.

  • Regretting Anger Toward Rinpoche •
  • Confession of Anger •
  • Confessing Mistakes •
  • Confessing Negative Thoughts •
  • Heavy Karma of Criticizing the Guru •
  • Mitukpa Mantra and Being Vegetarian •
  • Not Following the Guru’s Advice •
  • Degeneration of Guru Devotion •
  • Impatient and Upset at the Teachings •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to use sickness on the path, especially through the practice of tonglen (taking and giving).

  • How Sickness Purifies Negative Karma •
  • Very Sick Student •
  • Offering Service •
  • Brain Infection •
  • Using Sickness for the Path •
  • Tumor in Spine •
  • Purifying Sickness •
  • How to Think about Sickness •
  • Beneficial Practices for the Sick •
  • Rejoice in Your Sickness •
  • How Fortunate You Are to Have This Sickness •
  • Rejoice That You Purified Negative Karma •
  • Meditate on the Kindness of Others •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on the importance of Dharma practice and how to actualize the lamrim, the path to enlightenment.

  • Doubts About Lam-rim •
  • The Quickest Path to Enlightenment •
  • Special Qualities of Buddhism •
  • Lama Tsongkhapa's Teachings •
  • Lam-rim Quotes •
  • Lam-rim and Tantra •
  • Following the Basic Program •
  • Recognize the Nature of Suffering •
  • This Perfect Human Rebirth is Most Precious •
  • The Quickest Way to Achieve Enlightenment •
  • Definition of a Holiday •
  • Freedom is in Our Hands •
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 •
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 how to make the stupa 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 •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice given to students on the practice of Shugden (Tib: Dolgyal). This practice is strongly discouraged by His Holiness the Dalai Lama  and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. 

  • Ceasing Shugden •
  • Advice About Dorje Shugden •
  • Student Stopped Dolgyal Practice •
  • Dorje Shugden Practice •
  • Action Against Lamas •
  • Forsaking a Guru •
  • More Talks on This Topic: Dorje Shugden •
  • Dolgyal Practice •
  • Dolgyal Confession •
By Lama Thubten Yeshe, Nicholas Ribush

Lama Thubten Yeshe: The First Clear Step

Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on how to transform depression and use it on the path to enlightenment.

  • Advice on Transforming Depression •
  • So Much to Rejoice In •
  • Depressed and Unsure Where to Live •
  • Daughter with Depression •
  • Practices for Depression •
  • Depressed Student •
  • Practice Tong-len for Depression •
  • Practices for Daughter's Depression •
  • Balloon Mantras for Daughter's Depression •
  • Stopping Depression •
  • Dealing with Depression •
  • Long-Term Depression •
  • Depression in the Family •
  • Battling with Depression •
  • Severe Depression •
  • More Talks on this Topic: Depression •
  • How to Overcome Depression •
  • Remedy for Depression •
  • Severe Depression and Anxiety •
  • The Best Way to Eliminate Depression •
  • Numberless Buddhas Cherish You Most •
  • Transforming Depression •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book

Advice on meditations and other practices which can help anxiety and panic disorder.

  • Panic Attacks, Paranoia and Confusion •
  • Severe Stress and Panic Disorder •
  • Anxiety and Depression •
  • Panic Attacks and Anxiety •
  • Meditations for Anxiety •
Lama Yeshe teaching at the Ethnographic Museum, Stockholm, Sweden, September 8, 1983. Photo: Holger Hjorth.
By Lama Thubten Yeshe in Stockholm, Sweden

A public lecture on the death process, the intermediate state and rebirth, given by Lama Yeshe in Sweden on September 8, 1983.