Lama Zopa Rinpoche entering the gompa tent at the 100 Million Mani Mantra Retreat, Italy, October 2017. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche continues giving teachings at the 100 Million Mani Mantra Retreat, which is currently taking place at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Pomaia, Italy. Around 400 people are attending, including a number of center directors and regional and national coordinators.

On October 9, the first day of teaching after Rinpoche completed giving a Great Chenrezig initiation, Rinpoche attended the early morning Lama Chöpa practice session. Under the canopy of a large tent that is serving as the teaching hall, Rinpoche offered advice on the importance and benefits of Lama Chöpa. This heart-practice, written by Panchen Losang Chokyi Gyaltsen, is undertaken at the start of every day during the retreat, and Rinpoche further expanded his advice on the subject during his teaching at later sessions that day.

Rinpoche said that students are so incredibly fortunate to be able to do Lama Chöpa, to hear the words and to do the practice; Lama Chöpa has all the vital points. Rinpoche stressed that if students can integrate their lives into the practice of the lamrim, then this is the key that opens hundreds of doors of hundreds of teachings.

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Ven. Olivier Rossi is serving as the retreat leader with Ven. Lhundup Jamyang and Paula Chichester also providing leadership during retreat sessions. The structure of the retreat is based on the nyung nä practice, which is a Chenrezig fasting retreat with which many people in attendance have a strong connection.

The surroundings of Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, which is located in Tuscany, and the current climate are beautiful and highly favorable for a comfortable retreat experience.

Speaking previously on the mani mantra Rinpoche said, “The benefits of reciting the mantra of the Buddha of Compassion are countless, as the sky has no limits. Even just one recitation of OM MANI PADME HUM purifies completely every breaking of the four root vows of individual liberation and every other negative karma.”

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The 100 Million Mani Retreat at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy began on October 4. You can watch Lama Zopa Rinpoche teach live on YouTube and Facebook. For links and details:

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