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This podcast brings to you the latest teachings given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in full length. At this point we focus on the Teachings on Though Transformation that Rinpoche started giving in Kopan when COVID hit in early 2020. We are starting with the teaching from 20 July, 2021. New episodes will be published as Rinpoche gives a new teaching.

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This podcast brings to you the latest teachings given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in full length. At this point we focus on the Teachings on Though Transformation that Rinpoche started giving in Kopan when COVID hit in early 2020. We are starting with the teaching from 20 July, 2021. New episodes will be published as Rinpoche gives a new teaching.

    Taking Refuge Is Not Merely Reciting Words Like a Robot - Teaching #123

    Taking Refuge Is Not Merely Reciting Words Like a Robot - Teaching #123

    Lama Zopa Rinpoche continues teaching on refuge in this new video. Rinpoche explains how “taking refuge is not only reciting words." He offers the example of a robot, which does not have a mind and which only recites words without feeling. Rinpoche then talks about the many ways we can benefit numberless sentient beings by taking them around holy objects and having holy images and mantras for them to see and so forth. Rinpoche also reviews the different kindnesses of sentient beings. Rinpoche concludes the video, returning to the topic of refuge and explaining what taking refuge is. When you truly go for refuge, you want to be saved because you are afraid of the lower realms and samsara. You also have total faith that the Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha can guide you to safety, and you want to rely on them. Read more about his teaching https://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/advice-from-lama-zopa-rinpoche/taking-refuge-is-not-merely-reciting-words-like-a-robot/ (here).

    • 1 hr 14 min
    It Is Good to Know About the Bön Religion - Teaching #122

    It Is Good to Know About the Bön Religion - Teaching #122

    Lama Zopa Rinpoche continues his teachings on refuge from Kopan Monastery in Nepal. In this video Rinpoche reminds us that understanding the topic of refuge is so important because it can take a whole life of studying or even many lifetimes to understand it. Rinpoche offers commentary on Phabongkha Rinpoche’s teachings on refuge from Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand as discussed in “Day Twelve” of this famous twenty-four day teaching on the lamrim.
    Rinpoche emphasizes that the more you think about other religions, the more you become devoted to Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha; and if you have two refuges, you lose your refuge in Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. Rinpoche discusses the disadvantages of the Bön religion in detail and warns that “taking refuge is not only reciting words.” Read more about his teaching https://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/advice-from-lama-zopa-rinpoche/it-is-good-to-know-about-the-bon-religion/ (here).

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Rely on a Mind That Is Upset with Samsara - Teaching #121

    Rely on a Mind That Is Upset with Samsara - Teaching #121

    Lama Zopa Rinpoche continues teaching on refuge. Quoting from Lama Seringpa, Rinpoche explains how we should immediately cast away our self-cherishing thought, which creates all our suffering. Then we should immediately cherish others, from whom we received ultimate happiness.
    We must also understand the three types of suffering--the suffering of pain, the suffering of change, and pervasive compounded suffering--and how we are bound to samsara. Since beginningless rebirths we have been reborn countless times in the desire realm, the form realm, and the formless realm. “We need to be free from this,” Rinpoche says.
    Read more about his teaching in our blog https://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/advice-from-lama-zopa-rinpoche/rely-on-a-mind-that-is-upset-with-samsara/ (here).

    • 50 min
    You Tie Yourself to Samsara - Teaching #120

    You Tie Yourself to Samsara - Teaching #120

    Lama Zopa Rinpoche continues teaching on refuge, emphasizing that refuge is not something simple that you hear and chant. Instead, one has to understand the four noble truths extensively and also understand the qualities of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha. Rinpoche explains that it is extremely important to understand what ties us to the suffering of samsara. When we fully understand how karma and delusions lead to all suffering, we develop the “upset mind renouncing samsara,” which is so valuable. Read more about his teaching https://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/advice-from-lama-zopa-rinpoche/you-tie-yourself-to-samsara/ (here).

    • 50 min
    The Sutra “Going for Refuge to the Arya Three Rare Sublime Ones” - Teaching #119

    The Sutra “Going for Refuge to the Arya Three Rare Sublime Ones” - Teaching #119

    Lama Zopa Rinpoche continues teaching on refuge, emphasizing how important it is to not belittle the guru with whom you have made a Dharma connection. Quoting the Fifth Dalai Lama, Rinpoche explains that what you see as mistakes by the guru are actually your own mistakes. Instead, you should see all that the guru does as positive. You should also be very careful about from whom you take refuge. Rinpoche illustrates this with cautionary stories and warning about practicing Dogyal. Rinpoche also offers a translation of the Mahayana Sutra Called “Going for Refuge to the Arya Three Rare Sublime Ones.” Read more about his teaching https://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/advice-from-lama-zopa-rinpoche/the-sutra-going-for-refuge-to-the-arya-three-rare-sublime-ones/ (here).

    • 1 hr 6 min
    The Merits of Taking Refuge Don't Fit in the Three Thousand Fold Galaxies - Teaching #118

    The Merits of Taking Refuge Don't Fit in the Three Thousand Fold Galaxies - Teaching #118

    Lama Zopa Rinpoche continues discussing refuge in this recent teaching, reminding us that there are many ways in which we can help others, even with limited experience with and understanding of the path. For example, we can build holy objects and offer Dharma books and teachings to others, which helps them purify mistakes, create merit, and dispel ignorance. About the benefits of taking ultimate refuge in Buddha, one won’t be reborn in the lower realms and by taking strong refuge in Buddha, one’s heavy negative karmas get purified. And if the merit of taking refuge was materialized, Rinpoche explains, it would not fit in three-thousand-fold galaxies. Read more about his teaching https://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/advice-from-lama-zopa-rinpoche/the-merits-of-taking-refuge-dont-fit-in-the-three-thousand-fold-galaxies/ (here).

    • 1 hr 7 min

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