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Picture courtesy of Belinda Chong

The 37 Practices of Bodhisattvas
Commentary by Geshe Tenzin Zopa

Imagine that – 84,000 teachings of the Buddha condensed into 37 compact practices. Only thirty seven steps to the lasting happiness of enlightenment. What are we waiting for?
A handbook to smart living and smart Dharma practice with sublime results, this commentary on Togmay Sangpo’s legendary “37 Practices of Bodhisattvas”, by Geshe Tenzin Zopa is presented in Geshela’s inimitable style of transposing the timeless wisdom of the Buddha, Lama Atisha and the Kadampa masters, into today’s iPad culture and Facebook generation.

At first, I was impatient to gobble up what the mighty 37 practices had to say buy the richness of Geshela-s explanation, peppered with humorous anecdotes and pertinent life-stories, made me naturally slow down; savouring the wise and hugely practical advice; taking in the medicine being prescribed through Geshela’s teachings which is sometimes bitter and sometimes sweet; crying for myself and sentient beings; rejoicing at the human potential. Such is the power of the teachings in this book. If one feels one has no time to enrol in extensive Dharma courses but seeking a frank and plainly worded set of instructions for enlightenment, then THIS is the one to read!
This book is dedicated to the unsurpassable HH Dalai Lama, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Khensur Rinpoche Lhundrup Rigsel and Geshe Tenzin Zopa for initiating us into the 37 Steps. Without these unparalleled Gurus, we would be directionless, rudderless, tossed in the ocean of confusion and troubles. To their good health, long lives and fulfilled wishes and may all our actions only please their holy minds.


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November 28, 2011

A trip down memory lane with Geshe Tenzin Zopa

Picture courtesy of Valerie Chan

November 12, 2011 - It was 8.15am when we walked into LDC to pick Geshe Zopa. He was all ready, dressed in a black tee, three quarter pants and a white Om Mani Padme Hum cap. Clearly this was the start of the awesome 2 days / 1 night adventure filled with wild, crazy, wet and fun packed activities at My Gopeng Resort, an Eco Park Resort located beside the rafting point on Kampar River, Gopeng town which is 20km away from Ipoh (Perak State, Malaysia). This trip was organized to celebrate with our Geshe-la before his departure from LDC as a Resident Teacher.

The highlight of our trip was the white water rafting, a 12km journey with thrills of tackling exciting rapids & floating down the water river through the beautiful rainforest. Some friends got tossed out of the boat (including me/Candy) and without exception, every one of us got soaked from head to toe. Throughout the journey, everyone was screaming, shouting and laughing. During the night we had another challenging activity which involved tracking through the thick and steep jungle. As it was raining earlier that morning, the track was slippery and full of leaches. Many got bitten all over including our Geshe-la (Oh Buddha!!!). We were required to hold hands with one another through (with torch off) the oil palm plantation to avoid being attack by snakes. More excitement for all!

We started the next day with a delicious local spread breakfast, followed by a 40 minutes walk to the waterfall. We spend about an hour playing & enjoying in the clear and cool waters from the forest.

Geshe Zopa simply loves the nature and clearly has enjoyed this short trip...and so did we! Thank you very much Geshe-la for making time to spend these 2 days with us. It was indeed a trip no one can forget & something money simply cannot buy!!!

We hope & pray you will come back again and again to Malaysia to be with your students who will continue to miss & love you dearly.

With much love, endless devotion & prayers,
William & Candy


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November 25, 2011


Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life (Bodhicaryavatara)

                                                             Picture courtesy of Belinda Chong

A Commentary by Geshe Tenzin Zopa

Editor’s Note

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche said it best: “Buddhas are born from Bodhisattvas; Bodhisattvas are born from Bodhichitta.” The Guide to the Way of Bodhisattva’s Way of Life or in Sanskrit, Bodhicaryavatara, is the most celebrated and spectacular exposition on the mighty altruistic intention and conduct of the Bodhisattva.
To embark on the reading, let alone the study of, the Bodhicaryavatara takes guts. Its 914 verses challenge every fibre in your body, every corner of your mind and when you complete the book, it leaves you feeling embarrassed at having your innermost thoughts and deeds spread out on a page in front of you. Yet, hope is a little brighter because the possibilities are infinite.

Like a captain on a ship built for the high seas, Geshe Tenzin Zopa skilfully steers us through the turbulent waters of our minds, spotlighting our flaws, praising our efforts, showing the way by his explanations on the verses. When the brutal honesty of this text gets too much, Geshela steadfastly keeps us afloat by sharing his personal encounters and finally brings us to shore, soggy and whip-lashed but holding a glow in the heart – one that is inspired to take the first baby-step in the Bodhisattva’s way of life. Such is the kindness of Gurus.

With deep gratitude and undying devotion to our Gurus, HH Dalai Lama, Beloved Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, HE Dagri Rinpoche and the irreplaceable Geshe Tenzin Zopa, please bless us to accomplish the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life for the sake of others and to please your holy minds. This is also dedicated to the swift return of the unmistaken reincarnation of Khensur Rinpoche Lhundrup Rigsel, the Virtuous Friends of all sentient beings.


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Buddhist Tantra
by Geshe Tenzin Zopa

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Editor’s Note

The word “Tantra” is like the smell of durians. You are either drawn to it or you run away from it. There is rarely a neutral view towards it.

I used to think that Buddhist Tantra was mystical rather than logical (I’ve since discovered I’m wrong); more suited for the advanced meditator who could leap high mountains in a single jump, rather than a cement-footed, struggle beginner like myself. There has also been the confusion and occasional criticism surrounding Tantra, the “Secret Vehicle” amongst even the faithful within the Buddhist community. I have received tantric initiations with faith and gratitude for the “seeds” and imprints of these sacred teachings but often wondered how much progress I could make in it.

All of these led to my respectful request to my Teacher, Geshe Tenzin Zopa, for clarification and guidance. Through his great generosity of Dharma, his patience and his experiential wisdom gained through personal retreats and his 25 years with the great Lama yogi Geshe Lama Konchog, Geshela graciously acceded to the request of this dull-witted one, who is quite to gobble up Dharma but slow to practice. Geshela explains in this book – in the simplest of terms – what Buddhist Tantra is, it’s authenticity as part of the Buddha’s teachings, why we need it, what it involves, what its purpose is, giving an overview of its methods.

Clarity, confidence, conviction and yes, joy about Tantra as taught by the Buddha, is what the readers will distill from Geshela’s explanations in this book. It will put the readers on a firm footing on this topic of Buddhist Tantra and inspire those who are already Buddhist Tantra practitioners to strive at this noble Path with vigor.

This book is dedicated to our Gurus, the lifeblood of whatever Dharma practice we have, HH Dalai Lama, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the Wish Fulfilling Jewel Geshe Tenzin Zopa. This book is also dedicated to the swift return of the unmistaken reincarnation of Khensur Rinpoche Lhundrup Rigsel.


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Practices For Ailments

1. ''Tendrel Nyensel' Mantra blessed by Guru Padmasambhava.

Chi nang sang wei, tendrel nye tsok, tham chey, shi shing, lek tsok, tham chey, phel shing, gyey par, gur chig."

Recite this mantra 21 times.
This mantra has the power to clear past, present and future inauspicious circumstances that has happened, that is going to happen, that is happening and will actualize auspicious circumstances in all our past, present and future wishes.

2. The Mantra of Dependent Arising (Dharani of Dependent Origination)


In circumstances where one cannot find a Sangha to bless holy objects/stupas/malas, consecrate wealth cabinets, bless new house, new car etc. one can recite this mantra with the right motivation and after taking refuge in three jewels.

Before one opens and after closing one’s wealth cabinet, one is to recite 3-7 times The Mantra of Dependent Arising with offering of flower petals or rice grain. Conclude one’s prayers with positive and auspicious dedications and wishes.

3. Mantra for Sleep


This mantra is beneficial for those who have problems sleeping/sleep disorders.

Recite the above mantra 7 times and blow into a glass of water for consumption before sleep. Alternatively, place one's two hands to cover one's nostrils and mouth. Then, recite the mantra 7x and blow into one's hands which are covering one's nostrils and mouth and breathe in that air. In this way, the mantra-blessed air will be inhaled. Proceed to sleep.

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Buddhist Tenets

Geshela's Commentary is indisputable. The transcribe notes of the Geshela's Commentary however, are not perfect. This is due to this transcriber's heavy ignorance, faulty faculties (of hearing, understanding and typing) and also patchy recordeding made during the Tenets teachings given at that time in 2007. ALL MISTAKES ARE MINE ALONE.

Some people run away from books on selflessness or emptiness because of the perception that the topis is too dificult to comprehend; the terms overwhelming complex. This myth is shattered in this book. Like a wise and kindly mountain guide, Geshe Tenzin Zopa patiently, gently yet firmly unveils the extraordinary debates of the 4 schools on selflessness, spotlighting the key assertions of each school, using examples we can relate to and finally brings us to the mighty gateway of the Prasangika and skillfully leads us through.

This book is dedicated to HH Dalai Lama, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Khenrinpoche Lhundrup Rigsel and Geshe Tenzin Zopa, the Spiritual Friends of all practitioners; the Illuminators of the profound; the Liberators of all Sentient beings.

With respect and prostration,

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Lam Rim Graduated Path to Enlightenment

Featuring Lama Tsongkhapa’s “Foundation of All Good Qualities” & “Lam Rim Chenmo”

Commentaries by Geshe Tenzin Zopa

Editor’s Note

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. The great Nalanda Pandit, Lama Atisha understood this well and with a mighty heart of mercy & compassion, set out to marshal the Buddha’s 84,000 teachings found in hundreds of sutras and thousands of verses into a logical, sequential set of teachings to guide the spiritual seeker on the path, to emerge from ordinariness, to liberation and onto full Buddhahood. This manner of presenting the Buddhadharma come to be called Lam Rim, the Graduated Path to Enlightenment.

With a bodhichitta motivation and courage no less than that of Lama Atisha, our Resident Geshe, the Virtuous Friend Geshe Tenzin Zopa embarked on teaching Lama Tsongkhapa’s two well-known Lam Rim texts – the concise “Foundation of All Good Qualities” and the epic treatise “Lam Rim Chenmo – the Great Treatise on the Stage of the Path”. This book chronicles the commentaries given by Geshela who energized probed, prodded and provoked us in thought so as to initiate within each listener and each reader, a process of awakening – reflection – transformation – realization. Geshela says “Samsara is all upside-down” and the Lam Rim aims to set us the right-way up. Only then is lasting happiness and perfect wisdom within our reach.

This book is dedicated to our Gurus HH Dalai Lama, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Khenrinpoche Lundrup Rigsel and Geshe Tenzin Zopa who are our lamps for the path to enlightenment, without whom we would be living meaningless lives that merely exhaust whatever positive karma we have. To these Upholders of the Teachings, we bow down.


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