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We invite you into the April FPMT International Office e-news, out now!
This month you will find new advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche: No Time for Depression as So Much to Rejoice About; updates to Rinpoche’s schedule; an update from the Animal Liberation Fund; news about programs and materials from FPMT Education Services – plus lots of great photos!
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 FPMT directors, spiritual program coordinators, board members, teachers and coordinators; if you would like to connect with your international FPMT family and contribute to FPMT’s work to preserve the Mahayana tradition – then you are invited to participate in FPMT’s international meeting – CPMT 2014: Preserving the Dharma Now and into the Future.
CPMT 2014 will be held at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Bendigo, Australia; September 13-19, 2014.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has written to explain that there are now two Maitreya Projects!
In his letter, Rinpoche explains how this came about, what is the particular focus of each, the benefits of Maitreya Buddha statues, and requests our prayers for the success of the two Maitreya Projects for the benefit of sentient beings and the teachings of Buddha.
Read Rinpoche’s letter
Read more about the Maitreya Projects, particularly Kushinagar, via Mandala magazine
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.
The February FPMT International Office e-news is out now!
In the February FPMT International Office e-news you will find Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice that the essence of FPMT education is subduing your mind; news about the pujas being offered on Tibetan New Year for all serving FPMT; news from FPMT Education Services – and much more, plus lovely photos.
Students have anxiously anticipated the continuation of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Lam-Rim teaching retreat series, Light of the Path.
FPMT Education Services will be working closely with Kadampa Center, FPMT’s North Carolina center, as they present Light of the Path Retreat 2014 on Sunday 3pm, May 4 to Sunday Noon, May 18, 2014, at YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC.
Light of the Path Retreat 2014 is the third of a 5-year series of teaching retreats led by Lama Zopa Rinpoche based on Lama Atisha’s text, Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment. The first two retreats took place in 2009 and 2010 and many resources and materials have been developed from these precious teachings:
- All teachings from the 2009 and 2010 Light of the Path retreats are freely available in the resources area of the FPMT Online Learning Center.
- MP3 audio and mp4 video files are available for download in the Light of the Path Retreat Materials 2010: text, audio, video course. This course also contains the root text and other information associated with the retreat, including reviews, guided meditations, and the complete transcript of the retreat.
- The Living in the Path online program has been created from the Light of the Path retreat teachings of 2009 and 2010. Organized into structured modules you will find this, and other, programs on the FPMT Online Learning Center.
Please contact Kadampa Center for more information about the upcoming Light of the Path retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Rinpoche is in Sera Je Monastery, South India right now. This morning coming back from the long life puja (offered to the ex-Abbots and Abbot of Sera Je, as well as to the most senior lamas who were around from Tibet and Baxau, and to Lama Zopa Rinpoche) both Geshe Jinpa and Ven Sangpo and I were walking behind Rinpoche and watching with great interest the improvement in Rinpoche’s right leg … the walking action is definitely improving. Then last night I watched as Rinpoche was writing the mantra for putting above the rabbits’ cage here in Osel Labrang. Again you can see improvement. And the rabbits noticed as well.
Rinpoche’s blood pressure and diabetes have been ok the past year… and I think there has also been a little improvement in those areas too, although the blood pressure does have a tendency to go up and down.
We are no longer requesting and counting the specific practices which were recommended for Rinpoche’s health and long life back in April last year.
Thank you to everyone for the extensive suggestions and ideas, and especially for all the prayers and dedication of good karma … to improve our karmic view of Rinpoche.
(Ven Roger Kunsang, assistant to Lama Zopa Rinpoche and CEO of FPMT Inc)
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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.
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