Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Kopan Course, November 2016. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

The 2017 Kopan Course, taking place at Kopan Monastery in Nepal now through December 14, is the fiftieth lamrim course offered at the monastery. More than two hundred new and seasoned students of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche attend the course. This is an incredible achievement and milestone for the FPMT organization to consistently offer this month-long course every year.

For the first time in the history of this course—Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s precious lamrim teachings are now being streamed on video live! All are welcome to watch these teachings, which take place at approximately 3:30 p.m. local Nepal time (GMT+5:45). Due to various factors, the start time for the teachings is flexible. Additionally, the internet connection in Nepal is not always stable. However, the media team there is doing the best they can to broadcast these incredible teachings live to students around the world. Recorded video of Rinpoche’s teachings from Kopan are also available.

On Tuesday, December 5, Rinpoche taught beautifully on why the Kopan Course is so important to attend.

“The reason to come to Kopan is to pacify the negative mind that brings all the sufferings. What you are doing, learning and meditating, is the most important thing in your life. A billion, zillion, trillion thanks to you for coming here to do the course—coming here to discover this Dharma, to discover what is unknown before, that you didn’t know how to live life. You were born a human being, but didn’t know how to live your life,” Rinpoche said.

“So it is really of the utmost importance, you coming here to learn not just meditation but lamrim, lamrim meditation. … Only then, you can understand how to live life, how in the past how you live, and how you should live now, in a positive way to benefit not only yourself but all the numberless beings. So I want to say, your coming to Kopan to do meditation course, oh, this is the best! If you want to help the world, to bring peace, your coming here is the best. Your coming here to do the meditation course, to learn, that is the best. You have to bring peace in the world by your mind, by your good heart. You yourself have to have a good heart to bring perfect peace and happiness in the world. That is the best.”

Watch the video recording of this teaching on YouTube:

Livestream of these teachings can be found here when available and the livestream with transcript overlay is available here. Please read how to be notified when a live teaching starts so you don’t miss any opportunity. Italian-speaking students are also invited to enjoy the teachings translated into Italian.

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.

Watch Rinpoche teach live and information on how to be notified when a teaching starts:

Video recordings of Lama Zopa Rinpoche teachings from around the world can be found here: