Category Archives: Introductory

The Purpose of Meditation



Because uncontrolled, undisciplined mind is opposite of knowledge-wisdom and happy, that nature is dissatisfaction. So your mind put such way, control, with your own wisdom, there is space, you can discover peace and joyful. So your life is becomes joyful, peaceful, no matter the outside world is up and down, up and down.

-Lama Yeshe

In Los Angeles, California in 1975, Lama Yeshe gave this introductory talk on the purpose of meditation followed by an informal question and answer session. Please read along with the transcript on our website here: https://www.lamayeshe.com/article/chapter/purpose-meditation-part


My Life as a Tulku



On August 11th, 2019, Tenzin Ösel Hita participated in the ongoing series “Taste of Buddhism” offered by FPMT center Tse Chen Ling in San Francisco. Tse Chen Ling describes Ösel as “a radical free-thinker, former monk, filmmaker, and musician who is highly gifted at sharing the essence of the Dharma and how it can be infused in modern daily life.” In this frank and open talk, Ösel shares his thoughts on the role of Dharma in the modern age and his experience navigating life as the recognized tulku of Lama Yeshe. This podcast is an edited excerpt; you can watch the entire unedited talk here: https://www.facebook.com/TseChenLingCenter/videos/2458303330927855/?t=801


Your Mental Bureaucracy



Understanding, the wisdom makes you happy. Always with you. But all the material, what you consider build up this life, is, when you need, not there. It’s there, it’s not there.

Lama Yeshe explains in his uniquely skillful and powerful way how our mental bureaucracy, the departments of ego and attachment, are working together constantly to confuse us and keep us from finding the door to everlasting peace and happiness. Instead, these departments divert us into thinking that everlasting happiness can be found by clinging to compounded phenomena that are in fact impermanent by nature. This talk was given at a five-day meditation retreat in Australia in 1975 and is the basis for Chapter Four in the LYWA free book “Ego, Attachment and Liberation.” You can read along with the unedited transcript at https://www.lamayeshe.com/article/your-mental-bureaucracy-audio-and-unedited-transcript


You have to find your own truth



Tenzin Ösel Hita, the recognized reincarnation of Lama Yeshe, gave this talk during the 45th Kopan Lamrim Course at Kopan Monastery in 2012. Ösel covers many lamrim topics such as guru devotion, Dharma, the sufferings of samsara, our five senses and love, all from a contemporary viewpoint. You can also read along to the transcript at https://www.lamayeshe.com/article/teachings-45th-kopan-course-audio-and-unedited-transcripts.


The Inspiration for Kopan Courses



An excerpt from a series of teachings by Lama Zopa Rinpoche given in 2009 in Singapore. Follow along with the unedited transcript and listen to more of this teaching at lamayeshe.com/article/chapter/inspiration-kopan-courses.

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The Nature of Samsara



These teachings were given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India, December 26-31, 2006.  The selection begins with a question and answer between Rinpoche and students on the nature of the mind followed by a discourse by Rinpoche on the nature of samsara.  You can also read along with a lightly edited transcript of these teachings at https://www.lamayeshe.com/article/chapter/day-six-nature-samsara


Refuge Teachings



These teachings were given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche prior to a refuge ceremony at Jamyang Meditation Centre in London on November 6, 1992. Topics include the suffering nature of samsara, refuge practice and precepts. You can also read along with the transcripts at www.lamayeshe.com/article/refuge-teachings-audio-and-unedited-transcripts


What is Buddhism?



Introductory talk on Buddhism by Lama Yeshe in 1975 to a US audience followed by lively question-and-answer session. Listen to the rest of the series and follow along with the unedited transcript here.

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A Glimpse of Buddhist Psychology



This talk was given in Christchurch, New Zealand in June, 1975, and was published in Lama Yeshe’s most popular titles called Make Your Mind an Ocean which you can read online.

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Religion: The Path of Inquiry



This talk was given by Lama Yeshe in Brisbane, Australia in April, 1975, and was published in Lama Yeshe’s most popular title Becoming Your Own Therapist. You can read the transcripts here.

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