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February 25, 2008

February 24, 2008

Brief update by Candy on Feb 24, 2008

It’s been over one month since the last update on the success of Geshe Tenzin Zopa blog. Recently the site meter captured a triple digit growth in the readership compared to the last update which was just over one month ago. Of course these figures changes every day, every hour and even every minute. We are pleased to share these statistics with you;




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The success of Geshe Zopa blog is due to his karma and the administrative team. Rejoices in it! We continue to receive phone calls and emails expressing their happiness and joy in being able to keep up with Geshe Zopa’s activities. Many found the blog by accident via Google and Yahoo and some of Geshe Zopa’s friends have also linked his blog to theirs.

February 20, 2008


LIGHTING THE WAY by The Dalai Lama

About this book Lighting The Way contains three fundamental Buddhist teachings given by the Dalai Lama to Western students. “Principles of Buddhism” provides the framework for understanding Buddha Shakyamuni’s first and fundamental teachings on the Four Noble Truths, upon which all of his other teachings are based. “Teachings on the Eight Verses of Training the Mind” comments on a classic text within the genre of Tibetan spiritual writing known as lojong (literally, “mind training”). His Holiness often refers to this short work as one of his main sources of inspiration for the practice of compassion. Finally, the Dalai Lama’s commentary on Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment discusses in a lucid and inspiring manner one of the most important texts for serious practitioners of Buddhism.


Principles of Buddhism – The Four Noble Truths

Teachings on The Eight Verses on Training the Mind

Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment


MIND TRAINING translated by Thupten Jinpa

About this book – The text in Mind Training: The Great Collection represents the flowering of an important spiritual culture dedicated to the perfection of the human heart. That process of perfection requires the radical altruism encapsulated in the famous mind training injunction to “give the victory to others”. In their birthplace of Tibet, these spiritual writings have inspired, nurtured and transformed millions of people across generations.


Bodhisattva’s Jewel Garland

How Atisa Relinquished His Kingdom

The Story of Atisa’s Voyage to Sumatra

Root Lines of Mahayana Mind Training

Annotated Root Lines of Mahayana Mind Training

Seven-Point Mind Training

A Commentary on the “Seven-Point Mind Training”

The Wheel of Sharp Weapons

The Peacock’s Neutralizing of Poison

Melodies of an Adamantine Song: A Chanting Meditation on Mind Training

Stages of the Heroic Mind

Leveling Out All Conceptions

A Teaching on Taking Afflictions onto the Path

Guru Yoga Mind Training

An Instruction on Purifying Negative Karma

Mahayana Purification of Grudges

Two Yoginis’ Admonition to Atisa to Train His Mind

Kusulu’s Accumulation Mind Training

Mind Training Taking Joys and Pains onto the Path

Sumpa Lotsawa’s Ear-Whispered Mind Training

Bodhisattva Samatabhadra’s Mind Training

Eight Sessions Mind Training

Mind Training Removing Obstacles

Mahayana Mind Training Eliminating Future Adversities

Atisa’s Seven-Point Mind Training

Mind Training in Single Session

Advice to Namdak Tsuknor

Glorious Virvapa’s Mind Training

Eight Verses on Mind Training

A Commentary on “Eight Verses on Mind Training”

The Story of the Repulsive Mendicant

A Commentary on “Leveling Out All Conceptions”

Mahayana Mind Training

Public Explication of Mind Training

Yangonpa’s Instruction on Training the Mind

Guide to the Heart of Dependant Origination

Supplement on the “Oral Tradition”

Root Lines of “Parting from the Four Clingings”

Parting from the Four Clingings

Unmistaken Instructions on “Parting from the Four Clingings”

An Instruction on “Parting from the Four Clingings”

A Key to the Profound Essential Points: A Meditation Guide to “Parting from the Four Clingings”

A Concise Guide to “Parting from the Four Clingings”


THE GREAT TREATISE on the STAGES OF THE PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT by The Lamrin Chenmo Translation Committee

About this book – The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lam rim Chen mo) is one of the brightest jewels in the world’s treasury of scared literature. The author, Tsong-kha-pa (1937-1419), completed this masterpiece in 1402 and it soon because one of the most renowned works of spiritual practice and philosophy in the world of Tibetan Buddhism. Tsong-kha-pa took great pains to base his incisive insights on the classical Indian Buddhist literature, illustrating his point with classical citations as well as with sayings of the masters of the earlier Kadampa tradition. In this way the text demonstrates clearly how Tibetan Buddhism carefully preserved and developed the Indian Buddhist Tradition.

Tsong-kha-pa’s text has continued to be essential for any student of Buddhist thought who wants to put the teachings into practice. Because it condense all the exoteric sutra scriptures into a meditation manual that is easy to understand, scholars and practitioners have for centuries relied on its authoritative presentation as a gateway leading to full understanding of the Buddha’s teachings.

The Great Treatise is now translated in its entirety in three volumes, the heart of the Great Treatise, covers the spirit of enlightenment (bodhicitta; byang chub kyi sems) and the deeds of the bodhisattvas, the great beings whose deeds are motivated by this altruistic spirit.


Volume 1


The Greatness of the Teachings

How to Listen to and Explain the Teachings

Relying on the Teacher

The Meditation Session

Refuting Misconceptions About Meditation

A Human Life of Leisure and Opportunity

The Three Types of Persons

Mindfulness of Death

Reflecting on Your Future Life

Going for Refuge to the Three Jewels

The Precepts of Refuge

The General Characteristics of Karma

The Varieties of Karma

Cultivating Ethical Behavior

The Attitude of a Person of Small Capacity

The Eight Types of Suffering

The Six Types of Suffering

Further Meditation on Suffering

The Origin of Suffering

The Twelve Factors of Dependent-Arising

The Attitude of a Person of Medium Capacity

Ascertaining the Nature of the Path Leading to Liberation

The Nature of the Three Trainings

Volume 2

The Stages of the Path for Persons of Great Capacity

Compassion, the Entrance to the Mahayana

The Seven Causes-and Effect Personal Instructions

Exchanging Self and Other

The Ritual for Adopting the Spirit of Enlightenment

Maintaining the Spirit of Enlightenment

An Introduction to the Six Perfections

Training in the Mahayana; Precepts and Perfections

The Perfection of Generosity

How to Give

The Perfection of Ethical Discipline

The Perfection of Patience

The Perfection of Joyous Perseverance

The Perfection of Meditative Stabilization and Wisdom

Helping Others to Mature: The Four Ways to Gather Disciples

Volume 3

Part One Meditative Serenity

Serenity and Insight

Preparing for Meditative Serenity

Focusing Your Mind

Dealing with Laxity and Excitement

Attaining Serenity

Serenity as Part of the Path

Part Two Insight

Why Insight Is Needed

Relying on Definitive Sources

The Stages of Entry into Reality

Misidentifying the Object to Be Negated

Dependent-Arising and Emptiness

Rational Analysis

Valid Establishment

Conventional Existence

Production Is Not Refuted

Not Negating Enough

The Actual Object to Be Negated

Misinterpretations of the Svatantrika/Prasangika Distinction

Refuting Misinterpretations of the Svatantrika/Prasangika Distinction

Our Interpretation of the Svatantrika/Prasangika Distinction

Our Critique of Svatantrika Does Not Hurt Our Own Argument

Analyzing a Chariot

The Person Lacks Intrinsic Nature

Objects Lack Intrinsic Nature

Insight Requires Analysis

Uniting Insight and Serenity

Summary and Conclusion


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February 18, 2008

February 15, 2008


Whatever dharma books we like to refer to should be from great enlighten beings and from my personal point of view, these books should be from proper unbroken lineage, unstained with broken samayas with the gurus, not too much exaggeration and not too much self comment, rather refer to the root enlightened great masters. This is because the purpose for us to read dharma books is for us to gain proper knowledge which is the unmistaken advice on the stages of the path such as in sutra and tantra. Even though we commemorate the hundreds and thousands of dharma books available for reference, in my opinion one should not refer based on one’s own assumption that it is easy and sounds supportive in one’s way of thinking, rather even though it looks very deep, profound and may face some difficulties in root text of enlightenment beings, there are greater benefits to explore the beneath and valid meaning of the teachings. So that is in general but in today’s language, the most relevant and most complete thing that relates to our lifestyle with deep and complete understanding on the whole stages of the path is to refer to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s books. Although there are many different writers and publishers out there, I will always recommend people His Holiness’s books as they are safe and easy to relate. His Holiness’s books are well polished from every expect in particularly his advise and teachings and one is able to apply into one’s daily practice without any doubt. His Holiness’s books are also available and easily found world wide with topics covering study on stages of the path such as renunciation, bodhicitta, emptiness, loving kindness compassion, six perfections, understanding one’s mind, various methods of meditation, samadhi (single pointed concentration), karma abiding, different methods on mind transformation, different stages on tantric meditation, ground and paths, four noble truths , life and rebirth, cause and effect, twelve dependent origination, heart sutra, etc.

I am happy to share with everyone some of my personal book collections and I will continue to do so from time to time. I am certain these books will be able to benefit everyone from all levels.

AN OPEN HEART by The Dalai Lama

About this book - Compassion – sympathy for the suffering of others and the desire to free from it – is wrested with in all spiritual traditions. Yet how does one actually become a compassionate person? What are the mechanisms by which a selfish heart is transformed into a generous heart? An Open Heart is a clear and simple introduction to the Buddhist path of enlightenment, by its greatest teacher, His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


The Desire For Happiness

Meditation, A Beginning

The Material and Immaterial World


The Afflictions

The Vast and the Profound: Two Aspects of the Path


Meditation on emptiness

Cultivating Equanimity


Calm Abiding

The Nine Stages of Calm Abiding Meditation





About this bookShantideva’s Bodhisattvacharyavatara (A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life) holds unique place in Mahayana Buddhism akin to that of the Dhammapada in Hinayana Buddhism and the Bhagavadgita in Hinduism. In combining those rare qualities of scholastic precision, spiritual depth and poetical beauty, its appeal extends to a wide audience of Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike. Composed in India during the 8th century of the Christian era, it has since been an inspiration to millions of people throughout the world.


The benefits of the Awaking Mind

Disclosure of Wrongdoing

Full Acceptance of the Awakening Mind


Guarding Alertness






Generating Bodhicitta



About this book - In Essesnce of the Heart Sutra, The Dalai Lama masterfully unpacks the Heart Sutra so that any reader can benefit from its teachings – teachings meant to help us release ourselves from suffering and live with true compassion. Comprised of his “Heart of Wisdom” talks, originally delivered to thousands of listeners in 2001, the book offers the Dalai Lama’s commentary as well as his easy-to-follow overview of Buddhist philosophy that places the sutra within its historical and philosophical content. With additional contributions by scholar and translator Thubten Jinpa, Essence of the Heart Sutra is the authoritative presentation of a text seminal to the world’s religious heritage.


The Quest for Inner Development

Religion in Today’s World

The Foundations of Buddhism

The Great Vehicle

Freedom from Suffering

The Opening

Entering the Bodhisattva Path

Selfness in Context

Interpreting Emptiness

Developing an Unmistaken View of Reality

Attaining the Result

Generating Bodhicitta


THE HEART OF THE BUDDHA’S PATH by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

About this book – In The Heart of the Buddha’s Path the Dalai Lama describes in a clear and simple style how to bring wisdom and compassion into our daily lives. He explores the fundamentals of the Buddha’s teachings, from basic advice on how to deal with anger and other emotions to the importance of compassion.


Contentment, Joy and Living Well

Facing Death and Dying Well

Dealing with Anger and Emotion

Giving and Receiving: A Practical Way of Directing Love and Compassion

Interdependence, Inter-connectedness and the Nature of Reality

The Challenge for Humanity: An Interfaith Address

Questions and Answers on Various Problems of Modern Age


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February 11, 2008

February 06, 2008

Losar And Chinese New Year 2008 Greetings

Tashi Delek,

During the next 15 days of Losar and Chinese New Year which starts from Feb 7 till Feb 21, karma multiplies one hundred million times. We must try our very best to do more meritorious deeds and most importantly try to develop more compassion and more loving, more forgiving and more detachment. It’s very important to learn the true nature of ourselves and try to recognize the Buddha nature in us and to live a life as happy as possible in the year 2008. Happiness brings positive energies and creates more conditions for greater future happiness and success and by understanding this brings 2008 a more meaningful year for all.

I like to wish all of you Happy Losar and Gong Xi Fa Chai! May you be most happy, most healthy, most successful and have the most meaningful life.

February 04, 2008

February 01, 2008

A prayer for the Beginning, Middle and End of Practice

A prayer for the Beginning, Middle and End of Practice

By Lama Tsongkhapa

I bow before the conquering buddhas, budhisattvas, and arhats of all directions and of all times.

I offer this boundless prayer with the purest of minds to free countless beings from cycles of existence.
By the power of the unfailing Three Jewels and of great rishis possessed of the force of truth, may these sincere words bear fruit.

Life after life, may I never be born into realms of great suffering or unfavorable circumstance
but gain always a precious human form blessed with every conducive provision.

From the moment of birth may I never be lured by the pleasure of existence, but, guided by renunciation intent on freedom, be resolute in seeking the pure life.

May there be no hindrance to becoming a monk, from friends, family or possessions, and for every conducive circumstance,by mere thought may it appear.

Once a monk, may I be untainted as long as I live, by breech of vow or natural fault, as promised in the presence of my preceptor.

I pray that on such pure foundation,and for every mother sentient being,I devote myself with hardship for countless eons to every aspect, profound and vast, of the Mahayana.

May I be cared for by true spiritual friends, filled with knowledge and insight, senses stilled, minds controlled, loving, compassionate and with courage untiring in working for others.

As Sada Prarudita devoted himself to Dharma Arya, may I sincerely please my spiritual master with body, life and wealth, never disappointing him for an instant.

I pray that the Perfection of Wisdom, forever profound,a bringer of peace, unbound by identification,be taught to me as taught to Sada Prarudita,unsullied by the muddy waters of false views.

May I never fall under the swayof false teachers and misleading friends,their flawed views of existence and nonexistence well outside the Buddha’s intention.

With sail hoisted of the sincerest of minds, driven by winds of unflagging effort, on this well-built ship of study, thought and meditation, may I bring living beings from samsara’s ocean.

As much as I excel in learning, as much as I give to others, as pure as my morality grows, as much as I become wise, by as much may I be empty of pride.

I pray that I listen insatiably to countless teachings at the feet of a master, single-handedly with logic unflawed, prizing open scriptures’ meanings.

Having examined day and night with fourfold logic all that I have heard,may I banish every doubt
with the discerning understandingthat arises from such contemplation.

With conviction on dharmas profound gained from understanding born of contemplation,I pray that I retreat to solitude with a perseverance severing life’s attachments to devote myself to proper practice.

When the Buddha’s thoughts dawn upon me through study, thought and meditation, I pray that things of this life forever bonded to samsara and thoughts of my happiness alone never arise in my mind.

Unattached to my possessions I pray that I destroy parsimony, gathering disciples around me
by giving first of material wealth to satisfy them with Dharma.

With a mind renounced may I never transgress even the smallest precept, though it may cost my life,flying forever, therefore, the flag of freedom.

When I see, hear or think of those who struck, beat or maligned me, may I be without anger, speak of their virtues, and meditate upon patience.

I pray I will apply myself to enthusiasm,achieving virtues unachieved, improving those attained,
banishing utterly threefold debilitating laziness.

I pray to abandon the meditative absorption that lacks the power of insight to quell samsara,
that is divorced from the moist compassion to quash nirvana’s passivity, and that mostly throws one back to cycles of existence, but develop instead the meditative absorption that unites compassion and insight.

I pray that I banish false views of emptiness, mentally fabricated and partially known, born from fear of the most profound truth, cherished as supreme,and that I realize all phenomena to be forever empty.

May I bring to faultless morality those so-called practitioners with their wayward ethics, shamelessly empty of pure practice, rashly pursuing path shunned by the wise.

May I bring to the path praised by buddhas those lost and fallen onto wrong paths, swayed by deluded teachers and misleading friends.

I pray that my lion-like roar of teaching, argument and composition flattens the pride of fox-like false orators, and, gathering well-trained disciples about me, I fly the banner of the teachings forever.

In whatever life I may drink the nectar of Buddha’s teachings, I pray to be born into good family and be of handsome build, wealthy, powerful and wise, blessed with long life and sound health.

May I develop the unique love of a mother for those who malign me and harbor ill designs upon my life,
my body or my possessions.

By growing within myself the pure and extraordinary bodhi mind whose nature is to cherish others more than self, may I soon give them unsurpassable enlightenment.

Whoever hears, sees or call these verses to mind, may they be undaunted in fulfilling the powerful prayers of the bodhisattvas.

By the power of these vast prayers, made with the purest intention, may I attain the perfection of prayer and fulfill the hopes of every living being.