Quote Archives: Lama Zopa Rinpoche

To the ant it is everything ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

It is no more logical to think “I am more important than this person” than it is to think “I’m more important than this insect.” Such a view has not one single logical reason to support it but is merely dictatorial and egotistical reasoning. An ant’s life may be of little consequence to us, but […]

Our mind is the basic creator ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

As it is said in the teachings, first think that every happiness — day-to-day happiness; future life happiness (deva and human rebirth); nirvana, the blissful state of peace for oneself which is experienced forever; and even the total cessation of the obscurations and completion of realizations, the peerless happiness — comes from the mind. All […]

All you get is benefit ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

If you listen to the advice of the Buddha – who has only compassion for sentient beings and no trace of self-centred mind; who is perfect in power, wisdom and compassion; whose holy mind is omniscient – all you get is benefit. Lama Zopa Rinpoche

You can be free ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

You have to remember buddha nature. In the emptiness of your heart, remember you have buddha nature. Delusions are not permanent, they are not part of you, they are temporary. You can be free from delusions and negative karma. Like a mirror covered by dust, you can clean it. The more you clean it, the […]

Making right decisions made easy ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

When you are not clear about the purpose of your life, you are never clear when it comes to making decisions that affect your life. You always hesitate and are always in danger of making the wrong decision. When your only purpose for living is the benefit of others, it is very easy to make […]

With compassion ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Live with compassion Work with compassion Die with compassion Meditate with compassion Enjoy with compassion When problems come, Experience them with compassion. Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Living the daily life with bodhicitta motivation ~ Lama Zopa

The whole thing, so many practices, all come down to live the daily life with bodhicitta motivation to put all the effort in that whatever you do. This way your life doesn’t get wasted and it becomes full of joy and happiness, with no regrets later, especially when you die and you can die with […]

Compassion in everyday life ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

If you have compassion in your everyday life, you collect the most extensive merit and purify much negative karma in a very short time. Many lifetimes, many eons of negative karma get purified. That helps you realize emptiness Lama Zopa Rinpoche

We are completely crazy ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

From morning to night we do everything with the self-cherishing mind. Inside the house, outside the house, getting dressed, walking around, talking to people, working, eating, seeing things, shopping, going to bed—we do everything with self-cherishing. Even though everything we do is motivated by the wish to obtain temporal happiness and avoid temporal problems, in […]

Meditation on impermanence and death ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Meditation on the impermanence of this life and the certainty of death is an extremely powerful method to destroy the delusions of anger and pride. If we want to destroy pride, anger, attachment and many other negative minds right away, the most powerful method is this meditation. If we want to relax and be happy, […]

Giving up the eight worldly dharmas ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Giving up the eight worldly dharmas does not mean making these eight objects non-existent; it means making attachment to them non-existent. Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Stopping to See Miserable Conditions as Problems ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Leave the mind in its natural, undisturbed state. Don’t follow thoughts of “This is a problem, that is a problem!” Without labeling difficulties as problems, leave your mind in its natural state. In this way, you will stop seeing miserable conditions as problems. Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Selfish Mind ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Every time a problem arises, the essential thing is to immediately become aware that the problem comes from our selfish mind, that it is created by self-cherishing thoughts. As long as you put the blame outside yourself, there can be no happiness. Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Rejoice ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Whenever you hear that someone else has been successful, rejoice. Always practice rejoicing for others – whether your friend or your enemy. If you cannot practice rejoicing, no matter how long you live, you will not be happy. Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Protect your mind ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

If you neglect to protect your mind, you can neither close the door to suffering nor open the door to happiness. Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Pilgrimage ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Pilgrimage needs faith. The more faith, the more happiness. Otherwise, you are just like a tourist looking at ruins. Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Less pain ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Less desire means less pain. Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The trouble maker ~ Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The particular thing that has created the problems of life is the dissatisfied mind of desire, which clings first of all to this life, seeking only the temporary happiness of this life, and then to these eight objects: having comfort, not having discomfort, receiving materials (such as friends and so forth), not liking not to […]