Published October 28, 2018

Making Requests to the Gurus

Guru Puja is the Heart Practice IV

In order for our meditation on the lamrim to be effective in transforming our minds into the Dharma, we must first receive the guru’s blessings. To receive these blessings, we must generate the mind of devotion and then make strong, single-pointed requests to our personal gurus as well as to the lineage gurus.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Published June 24, 2018

The Seven-Limb Practice

Guru Puja is the Heart Practice III

This third multimedia in the Guru Puja is the Heart Practice series brings together teachings by Lama Zopa Rinpoche on the chanting and instructions for the seven limbs in the context of the Guru Puja (LC 18-42). These seven limbs—prostrations, offerings, confession, rejoicing, requesting to teach, requesting to live long, dedication—contain all the practices needed for extensive purification and accumulation of merit before entering the main body of the practice.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Published April 25, 2018

An Introduction to the Chanting Lineage of the Guru Puja

Guru Puja is the Heart Practice II

Lama Zopa Rinpoche introduces the method of chanting including how to learn the tunes and set our motivation. Rinpoche then teaches the melodies for the FPMT chanting lineage of the Guru Puja.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Published February 27, 2018

The Importance of Practicing Guru Puja

Guru Puja is the Heart Practice

This is Part One in the GURU PUJA IS THE HEART PRACTICE series by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The series is based on a very important commentary by Rinpoche on the Guru Puja given over several sessions at the first Light of the Path Retreat in 2009.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Published December 27, 2017

Switch Your Mind from Emotion to Peace

Lama Yeshe speaks on how to manage our fear and anxiety in uncertain times.
Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
Published October 25, 2017

Finding Peace in Everyday Life

Life, Death and After Death

Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
Published July 24, 2017

The Death Process

Life, Death and After Death

Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
Published June 26, 2017

The Nature of the Mind

Life, Death and After Death

Lama Yeshe explains how our mind is structured, reminds us that intellectualism can only go so far and encourages us to “let go, just be.”
Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
Published April 26, 2017

The Best Answers Come Through Meditation

Lama Yeshe calls upon us to turn intellectual knowledge into living reality through meditation. Lama then graciously answers questions from students on a variety of topics including the karma of being born female, how to manage the negative mind once it is recognized, what meditations to do upon waking and before sleep and the reasons we must dedicate the merit of our actions.
Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
Published January 25, 2017

Giving & Taking on the Breath

Freedom Through Understanding

Lama Yeshe shows how taking on the suffering of others and giving away our happiness works against our self-cherishing and attachment.
Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
Published October 26, 2016

The Shortcomings of Attachment

Freedom Through Understanding

Lama Yeshe explains how attachment is our default philosophy, why it hurts us and how to abandon it.
Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
Published June 24, 2016

Bodhisattva Attitude

How to Dedicate Your Life to Others

Lama Zopa Rinpoche compiles and gives commentary on verses to be used each morning as a daily practice after generating a bodhicitta motivation.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Published May 23, 2016

The Importance of Motivation

Freedom Through Understanding

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains how we must prepare our minds to listen to Dharma teachings by establishing a pure motivation.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Published April 25, 2016

How To Meditate

Freedom Through Understanding

Lama Yeshe shows us how to make all our meditations successful through the skillful use of mantra, motivation and dedication.
Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
Published February 19, 2016

Four Wrong Concepts

A Motivation for Taking the Eight Mahayana Precepts

Four wrong concepts is a teaching on four mistaken ways of viewing ourselves and the world that have kept us trapped and suffering in cyclic existence from beginningless time. The main wrong concept is ignorance—the self-grasping of the person and of the aggregates—which is the originator of the others.
Published January 26, 2016

Give Up Stretching the Legs

Practice the Dharma Without Delay

Lama Zopa Rinpoche gives commentary on a verse sung by the dakas and dakinis to awaken the tantric yogi or yogini from sleep. The advice is threefold: Give up clinging to this life and being too lazy to practice Dharma; give up clinging to samsaric pleasures as real happiness and becoming trapped in samsara; give up clinging to self-cherishing and generate an extraordinary bodhicitta to achieve enlightenment as quickly as possible through tantric practice to benefit sentient beings.
Published December 28, 2015

Cutting the Concept of Permanence

The Very Beginning of Dharma

Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains how to cut the concept of permanence—our habitual ingrained belief that we are going to live for a long time and which stops us from engaging in continual intensive Dharma practice—and how to practice tong-len with loving-kindness and compassion.
Published November 17, 2015

Everything Depends on Your Attitude

Creating a Bodhicitta Motivation for Life

In this introductory talk to the Light of the Path retreat in 2009, Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains why everything — good and bad — depends on our mental attitude and why having a good heart wishing to benefit all living beings is so essential. The teaching is interwoven with stories from Rinpoche’s own early life.
Published October 27, 2015

The Merely Imputed I

Teachings on Emptiness Only

Meditation on emptiness is the path and it is the only way to directly cut the delusions, the cause of samsara. It is the only way we will be liberated from the sufferings of samsara.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Published October 25, 2015

Making the Most of Your Life

Freedom Through Understanding

If you check up deeply to see if, since you were born until now, you’ve done anything that was really worthwhile in bringing you true happiness and a joyful life, do you think you’ll find anything? Check up.
Lama Yeshe
Published June 16, 2015

Freedom - Courage - Realization

The Three Principal Aspects of the Path

At Institut Vajra Yogini, during an FPMT-sponsored teaching tour of Europe in 1982, His Holiness the Dalai Lama manifested ill health and asked Lama Yeshe to fill in for him for the first day’s teachings. The following teachings ensued...