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Jul 2017
Lama Zopa Rinpoche on Shopping

Lama Zopa Rinpoche shopping in New York City, US, 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Can shopping go along with Dharma?  

In 2009, Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave some advice on how to make shopping a virtuous activity.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche shopping in New York City, US, 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Rinpoche said, “When you do shopping, watch and prepare your motivation. When you are in the shop, either do it to fulfill the wishes of the guru or to benefit and serve other sentient beings. The ultimate purpose is to fulfill the guru’s advice. So, you buy these things to survive so as to fulfill the wishes of the guru or benefit sentient beings. This way it becomes an antidote to attachment, becomes a virtuous activity, Dharma, and collects extensive merit.”

Lama Zopa Rinpoche shopping for stuffed toys in New York City, US, 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.


Find the original teaching here:
https://www.lamayeshe.com/advice/restaurants-and-shopping

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.


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