The Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive (LYWA) was founded in 1996 by its spiritual director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and is the collected works of Lama Thubten Yeshe and Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.
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What is enlightenment?
Lama Yeshe: Simply put, enlightenment is a state beyond the uncontrolled, agitated, dissatisfied mind; a state of perfect freedom, everlasting enjoyment and complete understanding of the nature of the mind.
This book presents Lama Zopa Rinpoche's teachings on bodhicitta, the mind of enlightenment, based on verses from two inspiring bodhicitta texts, The Jewel Lamp: A Praise of Bodhicitta, by Khunu Lama Rinpoche, and A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, by Shantideva. It has been compiled and edited by Gordon McDougall.
Lamrim Year is an essential guide for meditators who want to develop their mind in the graduated path to enlightenment (lamrim). This unique study program provides a 365-day outline of the graduated path in a clear, practical format that is suitable for both individual and group practice. The daily quotes and text have been drawn from four decades of teachings by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
This book is a compilation of advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche in response to letters from more than one hundred prisoners. Rinpoche’s advice is that their outer prison is nothing in comparison with their inner prison and empowers them to never give up on the development of their potential and their ability to help others.
This book is not just for prisoners. It is for all of us.
Volume 3 of The Enlightened Experience series features three discourses given by Lama Yeshe at the Sixteenth Kopan Meditation Course held at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, in November–December 1983. Lama Yeshe was a pioneer in bringing the Dharma to Westerners and the teachings in this ebook demonstrate his understanding of the Western psyche and his ability to express profound truths in simple terms.
This two volume collection is drawn from teachings given by Lama Thubten Yeshe in the 1970s and 1980s, when he traveled the world extensively along with Lama Zopa Rinpoche and taught at many courses, seminars and public talks. Lama Yeshe was a pioneer in bringing the Dharma to Westerners through his understanding of the Western psyche and his ability to express profound truths in simple terms.
This is the first volume in a two volume collection drawn from teachings given by Lama Thubten Yeshe in the 1970s and 1980s. Lama Yeshe was a pioneer in bringing the Dharma to Westerners and the teachings in this book demonstrate his understanding of the Western psyche and his ability to express profound truths in simple terms.
The Path to Ultimate Happiness presents teachings given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche during the 42nd Kopan lamrim course in 2009. In these teachings Rinpoche discusses our potential to bring benefit and happiness, including full enlightenment, to all sentient beings.
In this book, editor Ven. Ailsa Cameron has skillfully combined teachings on nyung nä practice given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche from 1984 through to 2009. The book contains the benefits of nyung nä retreat and of various practices within the retreat, stories of Chenrezig, Bhikshuni Lakshmi and the lineage lamas, and actual instructions on how to do a nyung nä.
Geshe Thubten Soepa offers a detailed explanation of what Shakyamuni Buddha said about eating meat as presented in the Buddhist sutras of the Hinayana and Mahayana vehicles including tantra. This is a must-read for Buddhists who wish to support their practice of and advocate for vegetarianism.
Sun of Devotion, Stream of Blessings is the record of a remarkable series of powerful and clear Dharma teachings given by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 2014 to students at Leeds and London in the United Kingdom. Rinpoche explains how to take care of our minds so that our happiness is in our own hands, gives profound teachings on the Buddhist philosophy of emptiness and other powerful teachings.
After seven years experience as a doctor working in hospitals in Australia, New Guinea, and England, I became convinced that human suffering and happiness are largely rooted in our behavior, especially in attitudes behind our behavior. Although I still have a long way to go on my own path, many have requested me to share with them what I have learned since then; hence this book.
This book contains advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, not only providing the Dharma context for how our children should be brought up but also containing many helpful suggestions of how we can introduce simple Dharma practices for our children.
In this last volume of Lama Zopa Rinpoche's teachings given during the 24th Kopan lam-rim course in 1991, Rinpoche emphasizes renouncing the self-cherishing mind and the benefits of cherishing other sentient beings, teaches on the benefits of taking vows and concludes the Kopan course with advice on how we can practice Dharma in the west.
This personal account of one man's search for happiness is often humorous and sometimes shocking. Adrian Feldman doesn't shirk revealing the mistakes and failings which help to highlight his personal message of hope. His spiritual path is a quest to "slay the ego," and his life story is a parable for modern times.
The third volume of Lama Zopa Rinpoche's teachings given during the 24th Kopan lam-rim course in 1991 includes a clear discussion on sexual misconduct, an explanation of how karmic appearance and emptiness are intertwined and a multifaceted commentary on the eight Mahayana precepts motivation.
In these short, profound articles, Venerable Adrian Feldmann explains the principal teachings of the Buddha and reflects on the search for a truthful way of life, the pursuit of happiness, birth, death, love, friendship, sex, marriage, and raising children. This ebook is published by the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, a non-profit organization established to make Buddhist teachings widely available.
Success in meditation is often elusive, even for those of us that have meditated for a long time. It depends a great deal upon the fact that we actually practice meditation, and with a regularity and continuity that cannot be attained through mere discipline alone. We need to have the comfort factor in our practice, and take care that we are a happy meditator.
In this first volume of Lama Zopa Rinpoche's teachings given during the 24th Kopan lam-rim course in 1991, Rinpoche covers topics such as compassion and universal responsibility, the benefits of developing bodhicitta, the disadvantages of self-cherishing, and emptiness.
These teachings by Khen Rinpoche Geshe Chonyi offer valuable advice related to our Dharma studies and practice: how to check whether our practices are Dharma, the need for study and constant reflection of the Buddha’s teachings and how to overcome our afflictions and problems so that we can truly benefit others.
"Meditation is the right medicine for the uncontrolled, undisciplined mind. Meditation is the way to perfect satisfaction. The uncontrolled mind is by nature sick; dissatisfaction is a form of mental illness. What's the right antidote to that? It's knowledge-wisdom; understanding the nature of psychological phenomena; knowing how the internal world functions." - Lama Yeshe
On his two visits to Singapore in 1997, Venerable Lama Ribur Rinpoche taught extensively on how to generate that precious bodhimind. Using scriptural understanding and his personal experience, Rinpoche also gave insightful teachings on lo-jong (thought transformation), the practice of which enables one to transform the inevitable problems of life into the causes for enlightenment.
This precious commentary by Kopan Monastery's Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup Rigsel on the Praises to the Twenty-one Taras offers us a deeper understanding of the inconceivable qualities of Tara’s holy body, speech and mind and how her different aspects can help us overcome difficulties in our daily lives and Dharma practice.
This FPMT Lineage Series book is drawn from Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s graduated path to enlightenment teachings given over a four decade period, starting from the early 1970s, and deals with how rare and precious it is to receive not just a human rebirth but a perfect human rebirth, with eight freedoms and ten richnesses, the best possible conditions for practicing Dharma.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama gives a commentary on Lamp of the Path, Atisha's revolutionary work and Lines of Experience, a short text written by the Tibetan scholar Lama Tsong Khapa. This book offers readers one of the clearest and most authoritative expositions of the Tibetan Buddhist path ever published, and it is recommended for those at the beginning of the path, the middle and the end.
This book is drawn from Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s graduated path to enlightenment teachings given over a four-decade period, starting from the early 1970s, and deals with the eight worldly dharmas, essentially how craving desire and attachment cause us to create problems and suffering and how to abandon these negative minds in order to find perfect peace and happiness.
In these talks, Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche explain the great benefits of practicing Dharma as an ordained person, how to keep the ordination pure, the purpose of the monastic community, how to live together as monks and nuns, and much more.
The Bodhisattva Attitude is taken from the sutra teachings of the Buddha and is based on verses by the great bodhisattva Shantideva in his Guide to the Bodhisattva Way of Life. The verses are meant to be recited each morning. This book is drawn from Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s essential teachings given from 2008 onward. It is the first volume in LYWA’s Heart Advice Series.
This book is an edited transcript of teachings given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche from December 22 to 26, 2000, as part of the inaugural Mani Retreat at Chenrezig Institute in Queensland, Australia.
This title was published by the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, a non-profit organization established to make the Buddhist teachings of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche freely accessible in many ways.
This title contains teachings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kyabje Ling Rinpoche, Kyabje Trijang Rinpoche, Khunu Lama Rinpoche, Tsenshab Serkong Rinpoche, Song Rinpoche, Geshe Lhundub Sopa, Geshe Rabten, Gomchen Khampala, Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey, Gehlek Rinpoche, Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.
All the things we do -- eating, walking, washing, working, talking -- everything can become very powerful methods for quickly achieving enlightenment. Through the Mahayana practice of offering the food we eat which is based on the Hinayana and adorned with the Vajrayana our lives become most beneficial, not only for ourselves but for all sentient beings.
In this book, Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Jampa Tegchok explains how we can train our mind away from self-cherishing, the cause of all suffering, and develop compassion, the cause of everything that is good. He bases his explanation on Kadampa Geshe Chekawa’s classic text, The Seven Point Mind Training, which, amongst other things, teaches us how to transform problems into happiness.
This book contains nearly complete record of the teachings given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche during a Medicine Buddha retreat in the fall of 2001. The sections are short, on topics such as making offerings to the buddhas and the nature of mind. The retreat was held less than two months after the 9/11 attacks, and Lama Zopa's teachings are full of references to terrorism, war, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
This book help us to understand the death process and trains us to deal with it so that when the time of crisis arrives and the various illusory visions arise, instead of being confused, we’ll know what’s going on and will recognize illusions as illusions, projections as projections and fantasies as fantasies.
This book is an extensive teaching on guru yoga by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, a contemporary exemplar of the practice. Rinpoche explains the importance of guru devotion, the proper way to develop a student-teacher bond and offers commentary on each traditional guru devotion sub-topic found in Tsongkhapa’s lam-rim. The text also provides a textual outline to help guide your reading through the topics.
By pulling together some of Lama Yeshe’s introductory teachings on Buddhism, meditation, compassion and emptiness, and combining them with the definitive explanation of tantra, this one valuable volume will inspire to go more deeply into the Yoga Method of Buddha Maitreya–a tantric practice.
This book begins with a general talk by Lama Zopa Rinpoche on universal responsibility and compassion that is followed by four chapters detailing the Prasangika Madhyamaka view of emptiness, or ultimate reality, as taught in the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, and how to meditate on it, according to the author’s personal experience.
In this book, Lama Zopa Rinpoche gives us the answer to the perennial question of how to integrate Dharma with our daily lives. It contains a public talk explaining the purpose of life in general and the practice of guru devotion, a wide array of techniques for transforming ordinary actions into causes for enlightenment and advice on establishing a daily practice.
In this book, Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches on one of his favorite topics — compassion. He tells us that compassion for others is the best way to overcome any obstacles we encounter, in our Dharma practice, or occupation and life itself, and the best medicine for treating any illness we experience. Rinpoche also explains emptiness, karma and many other essential Buddhist subjects.
In 1975, Lama Yeshe undertook his most extensive international teaching tour, being on the road for nearly nine months. This book contains the teachings and meditations Lama Yeshe gave at a five-day retreat he led near Melbourne, Australia. In line with Lama’s intentions, this book is dedicated to the awakening of inner freedom within the minds of its readers and all other sentient beings.
In 1975 during their first trip to Europe, Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave a weekend seminar in England, once again demonstrating the profound effect of Buddha’s wisdom on Western people. Freedom Through Understanding covers the purpose of meditation, bodhicitta, the importance of motivation, tong-len and the shortcomings of attachment, among other topics.
This book contains methods for transforming everyday actions into the cause of enlightenment, anger into patience, and the ordinary view of phenomena as inherently existent into the wisdom realizing emptiness.
It also includes several meditations led by Rinpoche, although everything in the book is a topic for meditation.
The first teaching, “The Three Principal Aspects of the Path,” was given in France in 1982.
The second teaching, an “Introduction to Tantra,” also in two parts, was given at Grizzly Lodge, California, in 1980.
These comprise the first two lectures of a commentary on the Chenrezig yoga.
This book contains public talks by Lama Yeshe on the general topic of Buddhism and mind. Each lecture is followed by a question and answer session. Lama presented one of the talk to a group of psychiatrists who were delighted to meet and question Lama, and this historic exchange underscores the difference between Western and Buddhist concepts of mental health.
Commentary on the teachings of Atisha and the Kadampa Geshes. In this book Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains how to practice Dharma the way the famous Kadampa geshes did. These lamas were exemplary practitioners of Buddhism in Tibet, renowned for their extreme asceticism and uncompromising practice of thought transformation in order to develop bodhicitta.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has composed this short Vajrasattva practice and requested that it be published in a pocket-sized format that is easy for us to carry round and have available at all times. Thus, whenever we notice we have broken a vow or created any other kind of negative karma, we can whip out our little Vajrasattva book and purify that negativity with the four opponent powers without delay.
This collection is drawn from teachings given by Lama Thubten Yeshe in the 1970s and 1980s, when he traveled the world extensively along with Lama Zopa Rinpoche and taught at many courses, seminars and public talks. Lama Yeshe was a pioneer in bringing the Dharma to Westerners and the teachings in this book demonstrate his understanding of the Western psyche and his ability to express profound truths in simple terms.
This series presents previously unpublished teachings from Lama Zopa Rinpoche's teachings given during the 24th Kopan lam-rim course in 1991. These are lightly edited teachings that we hope will convey the feeling of receiving the teachings while attending Kopan's one-month course in Nepal.
This book is made possible by kind supporters of the Archive who, like you, appreciate how we make these teachings available in so many ways, including in our website for instant reading, listening or downloading, and as printed and electronic books.
FPMT Lineage is a series of books of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings on the graduated path to enlightenment (lam-rim) drawn from his four decades of discourses on the topic based on his own textbook, The Wish-fulfilling Golden Sun, and several traditional lam-rim texts and in general arranged according to the outline of Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand. This series will be the most extensive contemporary lam-rim commentary available and comprises the essence of the FPMT’s education program.
The FPMT Lineage Series is dedicated to the long life and perfect health of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, to his continuous teaching activity and to the fulfilment of all his holy wishes.
Heart Advice is a series of core teachings—the “heart advice”— taken from the experiential instructions of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The main resource is Rinpoche’s major retreats, commentaries and transmissions since 2008, although other Archive materials supplement these. The goal is to preserve and make available Rinpoche’s unique style and lineage of teachings and practices.
The Heart Advice Series is dedicated to the long life and perfect health of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, to his continuous teaching activity and to the fulfillment of all his holy wishes.