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Lama Zopa Rinpoche on the first day of teaching at Choe Khor Sum Ling Study Group, Bangalore, India, March 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche on the first day of teaching at Choe Khor Sum Ling Study Group, Bangalore, India, March 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

FPMT Spiritual Director Lama Zopa Rinpoche offered a week of teachings at Choe Khor Sum Ling Study Group in Bangalore, India, in March 2014. Ven. Roger Kunsang, Rinpoche’s assistant and CEO of FPMT, Rinpoche shared that Rinpoche gave animated and dynamic teachings on emptiness that were “so clear on the subtle aspects.” Rinpoche also enthusiastically taught on Dharma practice, the meaning of refuge and the importance of Dharma.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Choe Khor Sum Ling Study Group, Bangalore, India, March 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kiunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Choe Khor Sum Ling Study Group, Bangalore, India, March 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

According to Ven. Roger, Rinpoche said: ”Dharma protects you from suffering. Happiness and suffering come from the mind … so protect your mind … keep your mind content … cultivate happiness from within!”

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Choe Khor Sum Ling Study Group, Bangalore, India, March 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Choe Khor Sum Ling Study Group, Bangalore, India, March 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Ven. Roger also shared that Rinpoche said: “Milarepa had nothing and yet was always blissful! Many people have everything materially and are still unhappy. … True lasting happiness comes from within. … Satisfaction and contentment are mental states. … These inner qualities don’t depend on outside things.”

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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