Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe in Geneva, Switzerland, 1983. Photo by Ueli Minder, courtesy of Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

“The happiness we desire, the suffering we do not want, the happiness we try to get, the suffering we try to eliminate all come from the mind—not from somebody else’s mind but from our own,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche instructs in a multimedia teaching “Finding Peace in Everyday Life,” published by Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive in October.

Rinpoche continues, “For example, how does the everyday, unwanted suffering that we try to prevent come from our own mind? It arises because our mind is not under our control; we’re under the control of our mind, which in turn is under the control of our disturbing thoughts. This is the mistake we make. We allow our mind to be controlled by the inner enemy; we offer the victory to the disturbing thoughts, we always give liberation to the disturbing thoughts—ignorance, dissatisfaction, anger, and selfishness. Instead of defeating and trying to get freedom from them, we give them complete freedom and take defeat upon ourselves. That’s the whole problem. That’s it. That’s our everyday life.”

The Archive’s multimedia teachings include text, video, archive photos, and links to additional resources.

“Finding Peace in Everyday Life” is a teaching given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Geneva, Swizterland, in 1983 and was originally published in the Archive’s free book Life, Death and After Death. Find the entire multimedia teaching at:

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