Lama Zopa Rinpoche offering a motivation before the Great Chenrezig initiation at Idgaa Choizinling Monastery, May 2017. Photo by Lobsang Sherab.

For those wishing to understand Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s explanations of the verse for taking refuge and generating bodhichitta, which is commonly recited at the beginning of teaching sessions and many practices, Living in the Path module “The Refuge and Bodhichitta Verse” (available through the Foundation Store) is a wonderful way to do so. Lama Zopa Rinpoche unpacks each word of these deceptively simple four lines to reveal their great profundity and tells us how to meditate on the whole path to enlightenment while reciting it.

In this short video, Ven. Amy Miller explains the meaning of this verse, as well as the meaning of bodhichitta, and the reasons for generating this altruistic thought to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.

Watch “Refuge and Bodhichitta Verse – An Introduction” on YouTube

All of the modules of the Living in the Path program are available on the FPMT Online Center. This program is ideal for anyone who wishes to deepen their personal practice and develop the realizations of the path to enlightenment by relying on Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s heart advice and teachings. As the teachings often assume familiarity with the lamrim, participants are recommended to have previously received teachings in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.


Ven. Amy Miller (Lobsang Chodren) attended her first course at Kopan Monastery in Nepal in 1987 and ordained in 2000. She has offered service in a variety of FPMT centers since 1992 and has led pilgrimages to India, Nepal, Bhutan, Darjeeling, and Sikkim. She has completed the FPMT Basic Program and is the co-author of Buddhism in a Nutshell and a contributor to Living in the Path. Ven. Amy is an FPMT registered teacher.

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