Lama Zopa Rinpoche, also known as Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, is a Nepalise lama of the Gelugpa lineage. Early in life, Lama Zopa Rinpoche was recognized as the reincarnation of the Lawudo Lama Kunzang Yeshe, hence the title “Rinpoche.”
Lama Zopa, together with Lama Yeshe, is the co-founder of Kopan Monastery, the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) and the Tushita Meditation Center. Since the passing of Lama Yeshe, Lama Zopa became the spiritual director of FPMT.
A great Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has published numerous Dharma books such as Daily Purification: A Short Vajrasattva Practice, Ultimate Healing: The Power of Compassion, Transforming Problems into Happiness.
Let us nourish our aspiration for Buddhahood by learning the 10 inspirational quotes from Lama Zopa Rinpoche:
Real happiness in life starts when you begin to cherish others. – Lama Zopa Rinpoche
You are responsible for your own problems just as you’re responsible for your own liberation and enlightenment. – Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Always think of how others are kind and precious. Treat them as you would like to be treated. With this practice, the beautiful lotus heart blossoms and the happiness sun shines delightfully in your life. – Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Letting go of attachment brings inner satisfaction and peace. – Lama Zopa Rinpoche
We can transform any problem, even death, into happiness. The point is not to stop the experience of problems but to stop the conditions that we call ‘problems’ from disturbing our mind, and instead use them to support the spiritual path that we practice. – Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Happiness and suffering come from your own mind, not from outside. Your own mind is the cause of happiness; your own mind is the cause of suffering. To obtain happiness and pacify suffering, you have to work within your own mind. – Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Dharma is not chanting, doing rituals or wearing uniforms; it’s developing the mind, the inner factor. – Lama Zopa Rinpoche
The real practice of Dharma, the real meditation, is never to harm others. This protects our own peace of mind and that of other being. This is the true religious practice; it brings benefits to both others and ourselves. – Lama Zopa Rinpoche
The path is the holy Dharma and the essence of the path is the good heart. The greatest, highest good heart is bodhicitta – the determination to become a Buddha in order to liberate all sentient beings from sufferings. This is the supreme good heart. This is what we should generate. – Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Since we have met the holy Dharma, we’re able to understand the nature of reality and help all sentient beings by reaching enlightenment and liberating them from suffering. Therefore, we should always think as follows: “I must attain enlightenment in order to benefit all sentient beings. ..I must become a Buddha in order to liberate all sentient beings.” – Lama Zopa Rinpoche