Sangha from Australia and New Zealand leading Lama Zopa Rinpoche to the teaching hall at the Light of the Path retreat, North Carolina, US, September 2017. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

In the video below, Lama Zopa Rinpoche talks about the impact of keeping vows on the power of prayer. He says that the more vows we have, and keep purely, the more power our prayers will have. Therefore, when monastics pray for others, their prayers “have so much power”!

Whatever monks and nuns pray for will have more success because of their vows, says Rinpoche in the video, which was recorded at the Light of the Path 2016 retreat. Making offerings to monks and nuns is also very meritorious because their many vows help make them more pure; such offerings have enormous future karmic benefits for whoever makes them.

Watch Rinpoche talk on YouTube about the relationship between vows, merit, and effective prayers:

Watch Lama Zopa Rinpoche teach LIVE at the Light of the Path retreat August 20-September 17, 2017:

It’s not too late to join Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s 100 Million Mani Retreat at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy: October 4-November 5, 2017. Find out more at:

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation, and community service.