We invite you into the July FPMT International Office e-news!
In this month’s e-news, you can:
- Read and/or watch the video of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice about the Benefits of Offering Service to the Guru.
- Read about the important new proposal up for discussion at CPMT 2014, and find out how to book your place!
- Read about some inspiring projects which received grants from the International Merit Box Project
- Find new articles in Mandala magazine online
- New opportunities to offer service around the world
If you would you like to hear Lama Zopa Rinpoche share his vision for students and the organization; if you have ideas and questions you would like to discuss with your FPMT family; if you would like to contribute to FPMT’s work to preserve the Mahayana tradition – then please come and participate in FPMT’s international meeting – CPMT 2014: Preserving the Dharma Now and into the Future.
Be part of the discussion to help create a new FPMT Advisory Council, which would provide leadership for the FPMT organization in areas like spiritual development, education, strategic vision. Such a Council would continue FPMT’s work to serve His Holiness the Dalai Lama, to preserve the Mahayana Tradition and to make Lama Yeshe’s and Rinpoche’s Vast Visions a reality. This will be an extremely important development for the future of FPMT – we invite your participation in helping to make it a reality.
If you are excited about engaging with and contributing to the discussions on the best way forward for FPMT about this and a wide range of essential topics, please ensure you are booked to attend CPMT 2014, the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Bendigo, Australia; September 13-19, 2014.
The 2014 International Merit Box grant award winners have been chosen! Fifteen projects which further the mission of FPMT have gotten much-needed funding support thanks to the generosity of Merit Box practitioners.
$54,743 in grants have be distributed for the following projects:
Hayagriva Statue for Gendun Drupa Center in Switzerland
Retreat support for IMI Sangha who attended Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Light of the Path retreat in May 2014
Repaying the Kindness program to support carers in the United Kingdom
Gompa prayer book expansion project at Kadampa Center, USA
Developing a spiritual carer training program through Karuna Hospice Service in Australia
Feeding the homeless at the Soup Kitchen of Lamp of the Path Mongolia
Providing Mandala magazine subscriptions for prisoners through the Liberation Prison project
Support toward the publishing costs of Big Love Lama Yeshe: The Official Biography of Lama Yeshe, through the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, USA
For the ongoing operations for Osel Labrang, and the recent distribution of Long Life Prayer Flags for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s long life through the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund
Developing the Research Library and Tibetan language program at Maitripa College, USA
Construction work on a vulnerable roadway at Milarepa Center, USA
Funding the live webcasts of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings
Work on the Lama Yeshe statue shrine at Vajrapani Institute, USA
If you would like to become a Merit Box practitioner and support the 2015 grants, please click here. With a Merit Box practice kit, you can start collecting your spare change over the next year to help virtuous projects like these come to fruition!
The 2014 Work a Day for Rinpoche campaign began this week. So far 116 workers have joined in the first three days, a good pace to reach the goal of 700 workers by Saka Dawa, June 13th. Each year for Saka Dawa, the Work a Day for Rinpoche drive gathers supporters from all over who donate a whole or part of a day of their work income to support the mission and vision of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and FPMT.
The two and a half week campaign is a major source of funding for the activities of FPMT International Office and enables FPMT Education Services to publish new Dharma materials, provides assistance for FPMT charitable projects, and the FPMT centers, projects and services. It helps keep all of FPMT’s online resources available, including livestreams of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings, such as the recent Light of the Path retreat in North Carolina.
The campaign culminates on the auspicious Buddha Day of Saka Dawa, when merit is believed to be millions of times stronger.
We’re delighted to announce the publication of the FPMT Annual Review 2013 and invite you to read it and rejoice with us!
The 2013 Annual Review: Please Rejoice With Us captures the main achievements of FPMT during the past year, and includes a letter from Lama Zopa Rinpoche thanking all who made these achievements possible to help bring greater benefit to all sentient beings.
Past editions of the FPMT International Office e-news are always available to enjoy.
Read to FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche by Tenzin Ösel Hita, the recognized reincarnation of FPMT founder Lama Yeshe, during the long life puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, California, USA, on September 29, 2013.
Dearest spiritual friend and guide, Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche, you are so precious to us in so many different aspects. From so many angles in life, do you benefit us constantly with no break, no rest, no sleep.
Dear Lama Zopa-la, we are so grateful for your presence in this planet. We are so lucky to be able to share this space and time with you.
Since the beginning, you have dedicated your life fully to improving peoples’ spiritual lives, even though I’m sure you would love to spend many years in a Lawudo cave deep in meditation. Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us and guide us towards our inner potential.
We know how each and every action you do is dedicated to helping sentient beings – every thought, every breath; every sip of water you take is dedicated to sentient beings. We are so lucky to have you in our midst. You inspire us to be better people, and your presence gives us motivation to follow your example. You are constantly helping so many sentient beings from so many different dimensions. It is amazing to see your work in this world.
Please stay with us for as long as it takes all sentient beings to reach enlightenment. We are willing to follow your advice and work hard to accomplish your dreams, which, of course, are always focused on benefiting in the greatest way, in this life and the next.
We all thank you so much from the depth of our hearts; we wish you success in all of your vast visions present and future.
Lama Zopa-la please live a long life. And rest a bit when you can.
Thank you for guiding us relentlessly – without rest, without tiring.
Thank you for helping us purify, for sparking interest into investigating our own egos and ignorance.
Thank you for making us see how mistaken we are.
Please continue helping sentient beings, and live a long life, with no obstacles.
Thank you, Rinpoche, for your kindness and dedication.
We love you Lama Zopa-la.
Thank you so much.
The long life puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche was offered by FPMT Inc. Board of Directors and FPMT North America with logistical support from local FPMT centers and projects. The long life puja included the dance of the five dakinis in accordance with advice given by Khadro-la (Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma) for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s health and long life.
Photos from Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s visit to Land of Medicine Buddha can be found on photographer Chris Majors’ Flickr page.
Webcasts of Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching this year (and in previous years), including the teachings Rinpoche gave during this year’s Light of the Path retreat are available online 24/7 on FPMT’s livestreaming webpage.
Also, all Light of the Path Retreat Resources 2009, 2010 and 2014 are available on the Online Learning Center.
Follow Rinpoche’s activities and those of the world-wide FPMT family on Facebook, Twitter and Google+
FPMT’s charitable projects are essential to our objective of building a more compassionate world. Read about some amazing projects