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Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Riverside, Washington, US, April 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Riverside, Washington, US, April 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

“Usually we have attachment to so many different things, or to having many of a similar object, e.g. a wife, husband, girlfriend or boyfriend, sexual relationships, etc. — wanting many or not being content with one. Or wanting more money; when we have one thousand dollars, wanting ten thousand dollars, then a million, then a billion, it is endless. Then, to get more, one engages in the ten non-virtues, cheats or even kills others. Then one gets into trouble and receives punishment, is sent to prison, and becomes famous for having a negative mind, a bad reputation.

“Contentment means not needing more than you have or wanting what you don’t have. You can understand it better if you think of renunciation. It is similar, bringing peace in the heart by healing the mental sickness of attachment.”

– Lama Zopa Rinpoche, from Service as a Path to Enlightenment, from FPMT Education Services

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), an organization dedicated to preserving Mahayana Buddhism through offering the Buddha’s authentic teachings and to facilitating reflection, meditation, practice and the opportunity to actualize and directly experience the Buddha’s teachings. Sign up to receive news and updates.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche doing prayers, sitting on the floor in his room at Kachoe Dechen Ling, Aptos, California. November 2, 2013. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche doing prayers, sitting on the floor in his room at Kachoe Dechen Ling, Aptos, California, November 2, 2013. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

“Lama Zopa: you can study Dharma a long time but if you don’t give up attachment you’re not practicing Dharma … Cause of happiness.”

– From Ven. Roger Kunsang’s Twitter page, posted on September 7, 2013

Ven. Roger Kunsang, Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s assistant and CEO of FPMT Inc., shares Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s recent pith sayings on Ven. Roger’s Twitter page. (You can also read them on Ven. Roger’s Facebook page.)

More information, photos and updates about FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be found on Rinpoche’s homepage. If you’d like to receive news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche via email, sign up to Lama Zopa Rinpoche News.

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