Young monks on Lama Tsongkhapa day, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, December 2017. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

At the beginning of the 100 Million Mani Mantra Retreat in Italy in October, Lama Zopa Rinpoche talked about the need to be free from all suffering—the suffering of pain, the suffering of change, and pervasive compounding suffering—in order to achieve ultimate happiness and liberation. But, this is not enough for us, Rinpoche explained. The purpose of being born human is not to be free from suffering ourselves; the purpose of our human life is to benefit all sentient beings, to free them from all suffering and bring them to peerless happiness, total cessation of obscurations, and completion of realizations. 

In this short video clip taken from the October 6, 2017 teaching, Rinpoche talks about this main aim of human life, of the retreat, … of everything.

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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.