The Importance of Motivation

Cultivating Pure Motivation The Importance of Motivation presents Chapter 5 from Freedom Through Understanding, edited by Nicholas Ribush and based on teachings given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the Royal Holloway College, England, in 1975. Multimedia presentation created by Megan Evart. Before listening to this teaching you need to cultivate a pure motivation, because the action of listening to teachingsContinue reading “The Importance of Motivation”

Giving & Taking on the Breath

Freak Out Your Ego and Attachment Giving and Taking on the Breath presents Chapter 9 from Freedom Through Understanding and is based on teachings given in 1975 by Lama Yeshe at the Royal Holloway College in England during the lamas’ first trip to England and edited by Nicholas Ribush. Multimedia presentation created by Megan Evart. In this chapter Lama YesheContinue reading “Giving & Taking on the Breath”

Guru Puja is the Heart Practice I

An Introduction to the Guru Puja The first part of this teaching introduces the Guru Puja and explains why tantra is such a quick path to enlightenment. The second part is a commentary to Pabongka Rinpoche’s heartfelt advice on the importance of practicing this Guru Puja and why all our meditation should be integrated into the lamrim. I want to give aContinue reading “Guru Puja is the Heart Practice I”

Give Up Stretching the Legs

Waking Up to the Dharma 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-cherishingContinue reading “Give Up Stretching the Legs”

Making Requests to the Gurus

Why We Make Requests Mandala Offerings to Mantra Recitation (LC 43-54) In this fourth multimedia of the Guru Puja is the Heart Practice series edited by Venerable Sarah Thresher with Megan Evart, Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches the chanting and instructions for making requests to the gurus and receiving their blessings prior to the meditation on the stages of the path to enlightenment.Continue reading “Making Requests to the Gurus”

The Seven-Limb Practice

An Introduction to the Seven Limbs Prostrations, Offerings, Confession, Rejoicing, Requesting to Teach, Requesting to Live Long and Dedication (LC 18-42) 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,Continue reading “The Seven-Limb Practice”

An Introduction to the Chanting Lineage of the Guru Puja

An Introduction to the Chanting In this second teaching in the Guru Puja is the Heart Practice series, Lama Zopa Rinpoche primarily focuses on the chanting aspect of the puja. First Rinpoche introduces why it is important to learn the chanting, the different lineages of chanting, the motivation for chanting, and how to set about learning the chanting. Then RinpocheContinue reading “An Introduction to the Chanting Lineage of the Guru Puja”

The Importance of Practicing Guru Puja

An Introduction to the Guru Puja This multimedia series edited by Venerable Sarah Thresher with Megan Evart is based on a very important teaching by Lama Zopa Rinpoche given over several sessions at the first Light of the Path retreat in 2009. In this first part of the teaching Rinpoche introduces the Guru Puja and explains why tantra is such a quick path to enlightenment.Continue reading “The Importance of Practicing Guru Puja”

Cutting the Concept of Permanence

I Myself Can Die Even Today 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. Edited by Venerable Sarah Thresher with Megan Evart. Start byContinue reading “Cutting the Concept of Permanence”