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Watch Rinpoche Teach from the 50th Kopan Course

The 2017 Kopan Course, taking place at Kopan Monastery in Nepal now through December 14, is the fiftieth lamrim course offered at the monastery. More than two hundred new and seasoned students of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche attend ...

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Kopan Celebrates Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Birthday

All of Kopan wished Lama Zopa Rinpoche a happy birthday on Sunday, December 3. Monks, nuns, and international students attending the annual November course all celebrated the auspicious occasion in a joyous gathering outside Kopan’s main gompa. Many offerings were ...

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Finding Peace in Everyday Life

“The happiness we desire, the suffering we do not want, the happiness we try to get, the suffering we try to eliminate all come from the mind—not from somebody else’s mind but from our own,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche instructs in ...

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Make Merit on Lama Tsongkhapa Day, December 12

Lama Tsongkhapa Day, or Ganden Ngamchoe, is a celebration of the anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa’s parinirvana. It is celebrated on the 25th day of the 10th month in the Tibetan calendar. This year, Lama Tsongkhapa Day falls on Tuesday, December ...

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Panchen Losang Chogyen Gelugzentrum Hosts Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Vienna

In September of this year, Lama Zopa Rinpoche visited Panchen Losang Chogyen Gelugzentrum (PLC) in Austria. This was Rinpoche’s first official visit and the first opportunity for Austrian students to attend teachings, receive an initiation, and to take refuge from ...

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Annual Long Life Puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche on December 14, Kopan Monastery

Every year, the Long Life Puja Fund supports a long life puja offered on behalf of FPMT centers, projects, services and students to our most kind and immeasurably precious spiritual director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The next puja will be offered ...

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche on the Importance of Guru Puja (Lama Chöpa)

Speaking on the importance of Guru Puja, also known as Lama Chöpa, Lama Zopa Rinpoche recounted the words of the great enlightened being Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo: “If you are able to do the practice of Guru Puja in your daily ...

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‘When You See All These Holy Objects, It Purifies You’

Lama Zopa Rinpoche described the benefit of keeping holy objects in your house during a teaching in Taiwan in 2007. “In your own house, there are many buddha pictures, deities, photos, and statues. Having so many is great. Every day ...

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How to Offer Food and Drink This Holiday Season

The holiday season means, for many, an increase in festive meals celebrated with family and friends, and Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches that there are a variety of ways to enjoy your meals while practicing virtue. Living in the Path: “Offering ...

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Top Ten Things to Do When Planning a Large Dharma Event: Festival Advice from Land of Medicine Buddha

Building projects manager Denice Macy at Land of Medicine Buddha (LMB) in California recently shared a useful how-to list for hosting a large-scale Dharma event: In November 2002, Sally Barraud, then director of Land of Medicine Buddha, received advice from ...

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Rebuilding Pema Choeling Monastery Following the 2015 Earthquake

Pema Choeling Monastery has stood above the village of Phakding for more than 500 years. Phakding is a small village in the Khumbu region of Nepal. It is just north of Lukla. The monastery suffered severe damage following the massive ...

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Making Life Meaningful

Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave advice to a student who wrote to him about experiencing many obstacles and low self-esteem. Here’s an excerpt from Rinpoche’s advice, given in February 2017: … It’s very important to understand that death can happen any ...

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