Special Commentaries and Other Teachings

Special Commentaries are ongoing teachings and commentaries by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and other teachers on specific texts and practices such as Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga, Lama Chöpa, Bodhicaryavatara and Calm Abiding meditation. These courses are all offered free of charge.

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Lama Tsongkhapa

The special practice of seeing the inseparability of Lama Tsongkhapa and one's root guru is designed to draw us closer to our teachers and open ourselves to receiving their blessings, which are the root of all attainments. The migtsema prayer included in this practice has special power to remove obstacles to our practice and to generate wisdom, compassion and power.

This commentary on the practice of Lama Tsongkhapa Guru yoga began in February 2010 at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore and will be continued over the next few years. The enrollment key for this course, which we are pleased to offer free of charge is migtsema21

Lama Chopa

In the practice of Lama Chöpa, we invoke all the lamas of the graduated path lineage beginning with Shakyamuni Buddha himself, extending to our present direct teachers who have shown us the path. We pay homage to them, make offerings, and request each of them to please bless our minds with the same realizations that they themselves have generated. This commentary on the practice of Lama Chöpa began in January 2010 at Potowa Center in Indonesia and will be continued over the next few years.

To receive the enrollment key to access this course, please email onlinelearning@fpmt.org confirming that you meet the prerequisites and the enrollment key will be emailed back to you.

Prerequisites for Commentary on Lama Chöpa: In order to read, watch or listen to this teaching commentary, one must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a major highest yoga tantra initiation,
  • Take the commitment to do Lama Chopa daily once the commentary is complete.

The Bodhicharyavatara is easy to understand and is revered wherever the Mahayana is studied and practiced. It explains the meaning of all Buddha’s teachings, in particular, all that needs to be practiced by those wishing to train on the bodhisattvas’ vehicle, the six perfections.

This Bodhicharyavatara commentary began in April 2011 in Bendigo, Australia and is intended to be continued over the next few years. This course is offered free of charge and the enrollment key is compassion

Shine Retreat

Shiné or calm abiding meditation creates a stable foundation in the mind where realizations on the path can take root and we can discover the depths of our human consciousness.

This course includes teachings by one of the great Shiné masters of our time, Ven Choden Rinpoche and guided meditations and practices by Ven Rene Feusi. This course is offered free of charge and does not require an enrollment key.