Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Light of the Path retreat, North Carolina, US, 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

While it may seem that there are many things we can do with our lives, Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches that there is only one thing to do that is meaningful, which is to practice Dharma. From beginningless time, Rinpoche explains, we have had numberless samsaric rebirths. We’ve been experiencing the suffering of samsara since beginningless time, and there’s nothing new that we haven’t already done or thought. When we see it like this, Rinpoche says, the decision to practice Dharma is very simple.

Rinpoche gives this powerful advice in a five-minute video clip taken from Rinpoche’s teachings at the Light of the Path retreat in 2016.

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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.