Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching during the retreat in Australia, where he gave the oral transmission of Golden Light Sutra, Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Australia, October 2014.

“Anybody who wants peace in the world should read the Golden Light Sutra,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche taught in 2007. “This is a very important practice to stop violence and wars in the world. The Golden Light Sutra is one of the most beneficial ways to bring peace. This is something that everyone can do, no matter how busy you are, even if you can read one page a day, or a few lines and in this way continually read the Golden Light Sutra.

“For anyone who desires peace for themselves and for others this is the spiritual, or Dharma, way to bring peace that doesn’t require you to harm others, doesn’t require you to criticize others or even to demonstrate against others, yet can accomplish peace. Anyone can read this text, Buddhists and even non-Buddhists who desire world peace.

“This also protects individuals and the country from what are labeled natural disasters of the wind element, fire element, earth element and water element, such as earthquakes, floods, cyclones, fires, tornadoes, etc. They are not natural because they come from causes and conditions that make dangers happen. They come from past inner negative thoughts and actions of people, and from external conditions. …”

During a retreat in Australia September-October 2014, Lama Zopa Rinpoche agreed to allow those who listen to a recording of Rinpoche giving the oral transmission to receive the transmission in full. You may receive this oral transmission by watching the video provided here or listening to the audio (see below).

Watch “Oral Transmission of Golden Light Sutra by Lama Zopa Rinpoche: All 21 Chapters” on YouTube:

If you would like to access the audio of this transmission only, you can download an MP3 for offline listening or enjoy the audio-only version on YouTube. You must listen to the entire sutra in order to receive the full transmission from Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

You can read Rinpoche’s complete advice on reciting the Golden Light Sutra for world peace on, where we have created a Golden Light Sutra resource page. On this page you can find links to more advice and many more resources, including the text in various languages.