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Lama Lodu received a visit earlier this year from H.H. the 17th Karmapa. In this interview he speaks with a student about "the four reliances" in connection with His Holiness.

On Bardo, Retreat and Lineage

(Lama Lodu Rinpoche explains the differences

between various forms of Buddhism)

Interview with Lama Lodu Rinpoche

(Rinpoche explains the types of teachers

and other Tibetan Buddhist terminology)

Instant Advice

(this teaching was given in response to a two-part question presented during Rinpoche's visit to Taos, New Mexico)

The Bardos

(In this podcast, Rinpoche points out the importance of a pure mind and heart so that transition between bardos goes smoothly)

KDK Sacramento

(link to several audio teachings by Rinpoche, including ones on shamatha and vipassana)

Buddhist Library

(links to several articles and commentaries by Lama Lodu Rinpoche)


Dispelling the Darkness in the Ten Directions (Chog-Chu Mun-Sel)

The Heart Sutra (Skt. maha-prajnaparamita-mitahriidaya-sutra, Tib. bcom ldan 'das ma shes rab kyi pha rol tu phyin pa'i snying po'i mdo)

Perfection of Wisdom Literature

The King of Samadhi (Skt. Samadhi-raja-sutra)

Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva Sutra

Arya Sanghata Sutra

Unfathomable Exalted Life and Transcendental Wisdom


Kuntuzangpo (Samantabhadra) Prayer

Aspiration Prayer by Kalu Rinpoche


Accumulate great merit by listening to the following recitations:

Sutra of Golden Light

Arya Sanghata Sutra


Shrine Room Etiquette

How to Do a Prostration

How to Use a Mala

The Tibetan Buddhist Shrine

The Guru-Disciple Relationship

(good psychologically informed article on handling

difficulties in your relationship with your lama)

The Common Root Tantric Vows

(the 14 vows we have agreed to abide by

when we take the Yeshe Tsogyal empowerment)

Mental Balance and Well-Being

(B. Alan Wallace article showing connections

between mental health and Buddhism)

Eight Verses for Training the Mind

(basis for the Dalai Lama's talk on Maui)

37 Practices of a Bodhisattva

(a summary of how an awakening being behaves)

Other Works

Gampopa: The Jewel Ornament of Liberation (Tib. dagpo tarchen)

Gos Lotsawa Shonupal: The Blue Annals (Tib. debther sngonpo)

Shantideva: A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life (Skt. Bodhicarya-vatara, Tib. byang chub sems dpa'i spyod pa la 'jug pa)

Wearing the Body of Visions

(also follow links to our lineage lamas from the Lineage page)