Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Light of the Path Retreat, North Carolina, US, May 2014. Photo by Roy Harvey.

Registration is now open for the extended 2017 Light of the Path hosted by Kadampa Center in North Carolina, USA, and taking place August 20-September 17. We hope that many students will be able to attend in person or participate via livestream and archived video.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has emphasized since the first Light of the Path retreat in 2009 that participants should review what he has previously taught so he can move forward at each new retreat with his commentary on Lama Atisha’s text, Lamp on the Path to Enlightenment. 

Participants can prepare for Light of the Path 2017 by accessing the modules of the online program Living in the Path, specifically created to make Rinpoche’s extensive teachings available in bite-sized chunks for easier study and meditation. Alternatively, participants can watch the videos of the entire Light of the Path 2016 retreat, listen to the MP3 recordings, or read the unedited transcript.

Participants of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s 2016 Light of the Path retreat, Black Mountain, North Carolina, US, August 2016. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

While it would be ideal to review all the modules of Living in the Path prior to Light of the Path 2017, participants can begin with some key modules such as “Guru Devotion: Guru is Buddha,” “Karma: Everything Comes from the Mind,” and “Emptiness: Bringing Emptiness to Life.” For a video introduction to these modules with a Western FPMT-registered teacher, see “Guru is Buddha: An Introduction to Guru Devotion” with Ven. Rene Feusi; “Karma: An Introduction” with Ven. Robina Courtin; and “Bringing Emptiness to Life: An Introduction” with Don Handrick. 

In addition, participants are advised to already be familiar with two specific practices for generating bodhichitta that will be done during the retreat, both available to all. The first, The Method to Transform a Suffering Life into Happiness (Including Enlightenment), is a practice combining a short lamrim text, a blessing of the speech, and a few daily mantras, and was compiled by Lama Zopa Rinpoche for developing a bodhichitta motivation at the beginning of the day. It will be done either individually or as a group during the retreat. This practice is available as a booklet from the Foundation Store and can be found together with Rinpoche’s commentary as a module of Living in the Path. The second, Cultivating Mindfulness of Bodhichitta in Daily Activities, is a set of bodhichitta mindfulness practices compiled by Rinpoche for transforming our ordinary daily activities, such as washing, dressing, and so forth, into Dharma practice. This practice booklet is also available from the Foundation Store and can be found together with Rinpoche’s commentary as a module of Living in the Path.

We hope that you enjoy engaging with these most precious teachings and advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche leading walking meditation at Light of the Path 2016, Black Mountain, North Carolina, US, August 2016. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.


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