Teachings

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching in Singapore, 2010. Photo: Ven. Thubten Kunsang (Henri Lopez).
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal 2008

An outline of the Buddhist path, excerpted from the 41st Kopan Course.

Topics: Introductory
Chapters:
Basic Philosophy of Buddhism: Part One •
Basic Philosophy of Buddhism: Part Two •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Taos, New Mexico, 1999. Photo: Lenny Foster.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Teachings on patience, bodhicitta, and reincarnation from the 29th Kopan Course, 1996.

Chapters:
The Kindness of the Enemy •
Benefits of Bodhicitta •
Reincarnation: First Beliefs and Q&A •
Reincarnation: Proof and Q&A •
Reincarnation: Proof by Experience •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Chenrezig Institute, Australia, 1976.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Maitreya Instituut, Emst, Netherlands

Teachings on karma, excerpted from a lam-rim course led by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Maitreya Instituut, Emst, in August 1990.

Chapters:
The Negative Karma of Killing •
The Results of Karma •
Karma in Everyday Life •
Karmic Appearance •
The Four Suffering Results of Negative Karma •
Heresy and Other Religions •
The Benefits of Understanding Karma •
Purification of Negative Karma •
Renouncing the Self-cherishing Thought •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kathmandu, Nepal

Excerpts from Lama Zopa Rinpoche's teachings at the annual Kopan Course in 1981.

Chapters:
Lecture 1: Qualities of Dharma and Teachers •
Lecture 1: White Tara •
Lecture 2: Manjushri; Why There Are Different Aspects of Buddha •
Lecture 2: How to Remove Suffering; Emptiness of the I •
Lectures 2-3: Emptiness of the I, continued; Nature of Mind •
Lecture 3: Nature of Mind, continued; Labeling I •
Lectures 3-4: Labeling I, continued •
Lecture 4: Three Types of Valid Knowledge; How the I Exists •
Lectures 5-6: Samsaric Suffering; Shortcomings of Self-Cherishing Thought •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Italian Club, Brisbane, Australia

Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave these teachings in Brisbane, Australia in June 2006.

Chapters:
Prayers and Introduction •
Asanga and Maitreya Buddha •
Signs of Successful Practice; Rinpoche's Childhood •
Absolute Guru; Dharma vs. Samsaric Happiness •
Importance of Lam-rim Meditation; Problems are Temporary; Extensive Offering Practice •
Four Seals; Valid Base •
True Existence in Svatantrika, Prasangika; How Things Exist •
Identifying the Gak-Cha •
Looking for the 'I'; Emptiness of Problems Based on False 'I' •
Questions and Answers; Doing Activities with Bodhicitta •
Realizing Emptiness of the 'I'; How True Existence is Projected; Dedications. •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Long Life Puja, Kopan Monastery, Nepal.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Audio recordings and transcripts of the first five lectures by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the 33rd Kopan Course.

Chapters:
Day 1: Introduction, Purpose of Meditation •
Day 1: Emptiness of the I, Oral Transmissions of the Heart Sutra and Diamond Cutter Sutra •
Day 2: The Nature of the Aggregates, Emptiness •
Day 2: Emptiness, Oral Transmission of the Diamond Cutter Sutra •
Day 2: Emptiness of the A, Everything Comes From the Mind •
Day 3: Guru Devotion, How the Mind Labels, Q&A •
Day 3: The Kindness of the Enemy, Rinpoche's Early Life •
Day 3: Geshe Rabten, Good and Bad Labeled by Mind, Seeing Problems as Opportunities •
Day 4: Compassion is the Essence of Religion, Emptiness Meditation; Transforming Problems •
Day 4: Practicing Patience, The Enemy is the Kindest Person •
Day 4: Thought Transformation is Most Beneficial, The Four Noble Truths, The Twelve Links •
Day 5: The Four Noble Truths, Karma •
Day 5: Completed Karma, The Ten Non-Virtues: Killing and Sexual Misconduct •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Nice, France, July 1990

These teachings were given in July, 1990 in Nice, France.

Chapters:
Lam-rim Teachings: First Discourse Part A •
Lam-rim Teachings: First Discourse Part B •
Lam-rim Teachings: Second Discourse Part A •
Lam-rim Teachings: Second Discourse Part B •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Sera Je Monastery, Mysore, India, 2013-2014. Photo: Bill Kane.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Excerpts from teachings given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the 35th Kopan Course.

Chapters:
Introduction and Motivation •
The Need for Lam-rim in Daily Life •
Questions and Answers; Benefits of Holy Objects •
Thought Transformation at the Time of Death; Identifying the Object to be Refuted •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Tara Institute, Australia, June 3, 2006

Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave these teachings at Tara Institute, Australia, June 3, 2006.

Chapters:
How the Kopan Courses Started •
The Qualities of the Bhumis •
Developing Guru Devotion •
Developing Lam-rim Realizations •
The Kindness of Sentient Beings •
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 Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India; 26 December 2003 - 02 January 2004

Teachings at Root Institute, Days 1 - 4; includes an oral transmission and commentary on Atisha's Jewel Garland

Chapters:
Day One: The cause of problems •
Day One: Seeing suffering of others and developing the wish to offer them the highest benefit •
Day One: Developing the wish to repay the kindness of others, Dedications •
Day Two: Precious Human Rebirth •
Day Two: Lama Atisha's life story, Oral transmission of Atisha's Jewel Garland, Dedications •
Day Three: Eight Freedoms •
Day Three: Dedications, Awareness of Emptiness, Food Offering •
Day Three: Benefits of offering, prostrating to holy objects •
Day Three: Jewel Garland commentary •
Day Four: Protector prayers, Why we need Highest Yoga Tantra •
Day Four: Persuading oneself to take the essence of the perfect human rebirth •
Day Four: Bodhicitta motivation •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Guadalajara, Mexico, 2008

Days 5-8 of an eight-day series of lam-rim teachings in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2008.

Chapters:
Day 5: Sufferings of Lower Realms •
Day 5: Meditation, Emptiness and Bodhicitta •
Day 5: Gen Jampa Wangdu •
Day 5: The King of Prayers •
Day 5: Dedications •
Day 6: Emptiness •
Day 6: Defining Virtue and Non-virtue •
Day 6: Wheel of Life •
Day 6: Refuge Ceremony •
Day 7: Eight Mahayana Precepts, Extensive Offering Practice •
Day 7: Seven-Limb Prayer •
Day 7: Pervasive Suffering •
Day 7: Eight Worldly Dharmas, Shortcomings of Attachment •
Day 7: Unclean Nature of the Body •
Day 7: Precious Human Rebirth •
Day 8: How Phenomena are Impermanent and Empty •
Day 8: Studying Emptiness •
Day 8: Rinpoche's Early Life in Nepal •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Guadalajara, Mexico, 2008

Days 1-4 of an eight-day series of lam-rim teachings in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2008.

Chapters:
Day 1: The Cause of Suffering Part 1 •
Day 1: The Cause of Suffering Part 2 •
Day 1: Hymns of Experience / Refined Gold Oral Transmission •
Day 2: Nature of Samsara •
Day 2: Nature of Samsara Part 2 •
Day 2: Nature of Samsara Part 3 •
Day 3: Nature of Attachment •
Day 3: How Things Come From the Mind, Part 1 •
Day 3: How Things Come From the Mind, Part 2 •
Day 3: How the I Exists •
Day 3: Wrong Views of the I •
Day 3: Dedications •
Day 4: Qualities of the Gurus •
Day 4: Manifestations of Buddhas and Bodhisattvas •
Day 4: Emptiness of problems •
Day 4: Merely Labeled I •
Day 4: Dedications •
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Guadalajara, Mexico, April 2008

A public talk on lam-rim by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2008.

Chapters:
Public Talk: Lam-rim Part 1 •
Public Talk: Lam-rim Part 2 •
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, 2000. Photo: Brian Halterman.
By Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Vajrayana Institute, Sydney 2006

These teachings include a talk about the benefits of the Dharma  center

Chapters:
Thursday June 8th: Center Opening Talk •
Friday June 9th: Teachings Part A •
Friday June 9th: Teachings Part B •
Saturday June 10th: Teachings Part A •
Saturday June 10th: Teachings Part B •
Saturday June 10th: Teachings Part C •
Saturday June 10th: Teachings Part D •

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