FPMT » Announcements http://fpmt.org Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition Sun, 01 Feb 2015 16:19:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 January e-News out now!http://fpmt.org/announcements/january-e-news-out-now/ http://fpmt.org/announcements/january-e-news-out-now/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:41:24 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=39454 ... Read full article]]> We hope you enjoy our January FPMT International Office e-news, out now!

In it you’ll find:

and more!

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Phuntsok Rinpoche at Ganden Monastery, India for His Holiness' Jangchup Lamrim teachings, December 2014.  Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Phuntsok Rinpoche at Ganden Monastery, India for His Holiness’ Jangchup Lamrim teachings, December 2014.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

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Warm Season’s Greetings – and December e-News!http://fpmt.org/announcements/warm-seasons-greetings-and-december-e-news/ http://fpmt.org/announcements/warm-seasons-greetings-and-december-e-news/#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:36:26 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=38494 ... Read full article]]> Season’s Greetings from Lama Zopa Rinpoche and his FPMT International Office!

We invite you to Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s special seasonal message and photo in the December FPMT International Office e-news.

You’ll also find:

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in front of a Christmas-themed gingerbread monastery, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, December 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in front of a Christmas-themed gingerbread monastery, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, December 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

 

 

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Khensur Jampa Tegchok Passes Awayhttp://fpmt.org/mandala-today/khensur-jampa-tegchok-passes-away/ http://fpmt.org/mandala-today/khensur-jampa-tegchok-passes-away/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 18:15:19 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=36347 ... Read full article]]> Khensur Jampa Tegchok. Photo by Piero Sirianni.

Khensur Jampa Tegchok. Photo by Piero Sirianni.

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of another one of our precious and kind Buddhist masters. Khensur Jampa Tegchok passed away on October 28 at 1:55 a.m. local time in a hospital in South India. His body was then returned to Sera Je Monastic University in Bylakuppe, India. Khensur Jampa Tegchok was an inspiring and generous teacher for many FPMT students as well as for the monks of Sera Je Monastery.

Born in 1930, Khensur Jampa Tegchok became a monk in 1938 at the age of eight. He studied the major Buddhist treatises at Sera Je Monastic University in Tibet for 14 years before fleeing his homeland in 1959. After staying in the refugee camp at Buxa Duar, India, Geshe Tegchok went to Varanasi, where he obtained his Acharya (Master) degree and taught for seven years. He then began teaching in the West at the invitation of Lama Yeshe. He served as the principal teacher of the Geshe Studies Program at Manjushri Institute in England and then brought the program to Nalanda Monastery in France, where he remained to teach for 10 years. In 1993, His Holiness the Dalai Lama appointed him as abbot of Sera Je Monastic University in India, a position he held until 1999. Khensur Jampa Tegchok also taught extensively in Europe, New Zealand and the United States, particularly at Land of Medicine Buddha, as well as at Kushi Ling and Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa (where he taught for the Masters Program) in Italy.

Khensur Jampa Tegchok is the author of Transforming Adversity into Joy and Courage: An Explanation of the Thirty-seven Practices of Bodhisattvas, published by Snow Lion Publications, and Insight into Emptiness, published by Wisdom Publications. 

For a Mandala July-September 2010 article on FPMT geshes, FPMT-registered teacher Ven. Steve Carlier said about Khensur Jampa Tegchok, “When he taught at Sera the monks would say that they felt that if you listened even a little bit, you would have the qualities he was speaking of, or it was as if you almost had them. That is what it was like at Manjushri Institute and Nalanda Monastery, and later at Land of Medicine Buddha. This must reflect Khensur Rinpoche’s depth of realization, besides his unexcelled grasp of the words and context of the teachings.”

In the same Mandala article, Ven. Lobsang Drolma said, “He is just a Kadampa lama. One simply needs to observe a little. One will not find any super word to say or impressive description to offer. The emotive aspects are not there, the exaggeration, the ‘wonderfuls.’ He has the aspect of the simplest of the monks. One can see him in a corner of the Bodhgaya stupa making prayers, or in whatever center he visits, circumambulating the stupa, with modesty, at times when nobody can see him. I have seen the ways he takes care of his disciples – his love is very big. And also he has given his life, offered it to others.”

In an interview for Mandala, Khensur Jampa Tegchok said, The only advice I could give is that the person should take ethics and truth as principles. And then try to stay in peace as much as possible.”

The Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive has published online Khensur Jampa Tegchok’s teaching on the Heart Sutra and the Seven Point Mind Training. You can read Mandala’s stories on Khensur Jampa Tegchok online.

Khensur Jampa Teghchok’s death follows closely after the death of Khensur Denma Locho Rinpoche, who passed away on October 23, 2014. Another great teacher, Geshe Lhundub Sopa Rinpoche, passed away on August 28, 2014. The deaths of these three gifted, generous and much-loved Buddhist masters are a great loss for students of Dharma everywhere.

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Rejoicing in CPMT 2014 – and Rinpoche’s Teachings Livestreamedhttp://fpmt.org/announcements/rejoicing-in-cpmt-2014-and-rinpoches-teachings-livestreamed/ http://fpmt.org/announcements/rejoicing-in-cpmt-2014-and-rinpoches-teachings-livestreamed/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:44:48 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=35561 ... Read full article]]> CPMT,  FPMT’s international meeting, which was recently hosted in the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Bendigo, Australia, successfully concluded with the official long life puja offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche on September 19th.

We invite you to read our wrap up of CPMT 2014, and also review the blogs sent during the meeting.  You can still watch video of Rinopche’s advice given during the meeting and the long life puja here.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is currently teaching during the month-long Bodhicaryavatara and Rinjung Gyatsa retreat in the Great Stupa, and Rinpoche’s teachings are available via livestreaming.

In addition to the live webcasts, mp3 audio recordings of Rinpoche’s teachings in English and translated into Spanish, French and Italian are uploaded each day.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche circumambulating the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Australia, September 12, 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche circumambulating the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Australia, September 12, 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

 

 

 

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Annual Long Life Puja for Lama Zopa Rinpochehttp://fpmt.org/announcements/annual-long-life-puja-for-lama-zopa-rinpoche-2/ http://fpmt.org/announcements/annual-long-life-puja-for-lama-zopa-rinpoche-2/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 14:16:45 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=17543 ... Read full article]]> The annual long life puja offered on behalf of the centers, projects, services and students of the FPMT to our most kind and immeasurably precious Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, source of our inspiration and guidance, will be offered following the CPMT meeting at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Australia on September 19 2014

The purpose of the long life puja is for students to purify the mistakes that occur in relation to their teacher, and to create the causes and conditions to continue to receive benefit from that teacher for a very long time.

Harmony between students is the essential practice for creating the cause for the Guru’s long life.  Additionally, our devotion to Rinpoche is best expressed by following his advice, which includes offering service to manage, sustain and develop the centers, projects and services which are under Rinpoche’s spiritual direction.

By maintaining harmony, following Rinpoche’s advice and offering long life pujas, FPMT students are accumulating the merits so that our precious guru will stay in the world with us for a long time. Having the continued guidance of the guru depends on the merits of the disciples.  We need to create the cause for us to keep meeting with the precious guru in future lives until we attain the highest goal of enlightenment, for the benefit of all.

Rinpoche also regularly mentions that offering long life pujas is a cause for one’s own long life.

You are welcome to donate to this long life puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche.  Please donate no later than September 10th if you would like your name to be included in the list of donors.

Read more about long life pujas.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the long life puja for Geshe Sopa Rinpoche at Deer Park Buddhist Center, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the long life puja for Geshe Sopa Rinpoche at Deer Park Buddhist Center, US, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.


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FPMT Mission Statement Updatedhttp://fpmt.org/announcements/fpmt-mission-statement-updated/ http://fpmt.org/announcements/fpmt-mission-statement-updated/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 10:40:27 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=17300 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche wished to update the FPMT Mission Statement in order to make it clear that FPMT’s mission of preserving the Mahayana tradition includes listening to correct teachings of the Buddha, then reflecting, meditating on, practicing and actualizing those teachings – and then with experience spreading the teachings to sentient beings.

The FPMT Inc Board has finalised the updated FPMT Mission Statement, and we are delighted to share it with you here:

FPMT Mission Statement

The FPMT is an organization devoted to preserving and spreading Mahayana Buddhism worldwide by creating opportunities to listen, reflect, meditate, practice and actualize the unmistaken teachings of the Buddha and based on that experience spreading the Dharma to sentient beings.

We provide integrated education through which people’s minds and hearts can be transformed into their highest potential for the benefit of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility and service. We are committed to creating harmonious environments and helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion.

Our organization is based on the Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as taught to us by our founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe and our spiritual director, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche offering all the flowers in the park to the guru, Leeds, UK, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche offering all the flowers in the park to the guru, Leeds, UK, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

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2014 International Merit Box Grant Award Winners!http://fpmt.org/announcements/16559/ http://fpmt.org/announcements/16559/#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:50:18 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=16559 ... Read full article]]> 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

LOP Mongolia

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Lamp of the Path Mongolia staff and beneficiaries, September 2013. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

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

LOP sangha

IMI Sangha at the Light of the Path retreat, May 2014

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!

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News from International Office – 2014 Work a Day for Rinpoche Campaign Has Begunhttp://fpmt.org/announcements/news-from-international-office-2014-work-a-day-for-rinpoche-campaign-has-begun/ http://fpmt.org/announcements/news-from-international-office-2014-work-a-day-for-rinpoche-campaign-has-begun/#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 22:33:52 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=15758 ... Read full article]]> IMG_6255

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.  

WAD Tracking Icon copyThe 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.

 

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Please Rejoice with Us: 2013 FPMT Annual Reviewhttp://fpmt.org/announcements/please-rejoice-with-us-2013-fpmt-annual-review/ http://fpmt.org/announcements/please-rejoice-with-us-2013-fpmt-annual-review/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 18:12:31 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=13652 ... Read full article]]> 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.

FPMT Annual Report 2013 COVER 2

 

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Enjoy Previous FPMT e-News Anytimehttp://fpmt.org/announcements/new-fpmt-e-news-out-now/ http://fpmt.org/announcements/new-fpmt-e-news-out-now/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 17:18:02 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=9522 Past editions of the FPMT International Office e-news are always available to enjoy.

 

Ven. Tenzin Gyeltsen, Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Dagri Rinpoche going to the ocean to bless sentient beings, Aptos, California, USA, October 2013.  Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang

Ven. Tenzin Gyeltsen, Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Dagri Rinpoche going to the ocean to bless sentient beings, Aptos, California, USA, October 2013.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang

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