FPMT » Announcements http://fpmt.org Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:23:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lama Zopa Rinpoche and all at Kopan are Fine After Earthquakehttp://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/lama-zopa-rinpoche-and-all-at-kopan-are-fine-after-earthquake/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/lama-zopa-rinpoche-and-all-at-kopan-are-fine-after-earthquake/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:22:43 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=42535 ... Read full article]]> Updates from Ven. Roger Kunsang at Kopan Monastery:

27 April 2015, 10am (Kathmandu time) Lama Zopa Rinpoche, all the Kopan monks and nuns (approximately 800) and about 25 foreigners who are at Kopan slept outside for a second night, tremors continued, many people piled in tents and outside, trying to keep dry from the rain. No one wants to stay inside the buildings while tremors are still happening. The situation is unclear, so we are conserving water and food.

Many of the 800 monks and nuns are very young (7-15 years old) so the older sangha are trying to look after them, help them not to be scared and try to answer their questions on why the earth moves.

Please continue to do prayers for all those affected. 

From Ven.Sarah Thresher: From shortly after the earthquake began the main center at Kopan has been the garden of enlightenment where the big stupas of Geshe lama Konchog and Lama lhundrup are built. Rinpoche has been living there, daytime and nighttime, leading prayers, teaching, greeting people who come up, keeping people relaxed and in a positive state of mind. The very first day Rinpoche told us there is no point being worried and afraid, we must pray. So we have been doing prayers to control the earthquake, prayers for the people who have died, prayers to destroy the self-cherishing and self-grasping minds from where the negative karma as arise that cause all the suffering. With Rinpoche always present and the two great stupas as well, it feels like we are in a tranquil oasis of calm protected by all the BUDDHAS.

Last night was cold and wet and many more people slept in the tents. I heard they could hear Rinpoche chanting mantras loudly all night for sentient beings, for all sentient beings. 

Tents around the stupa at Kopan Monastery

Tents around the stupa at Kopan Monastery


26 April 2015,  7pm (Kathmandu time) Lama Zopa Rinpoche and all the monks, nuns and students staying at Kopan are still sleeping outside (some in tents) as there continue to be aftershocks, some as big as 6.7.

There is still no internet, phone lines jammed and no electricity (although once a day generator at Kopan is turned on so phones can be charged). 

Rinpoche is well and has been in the Kopan garden all day doing prayers, right now doing the  King of Prayers dedicated for all those who have died in the earthquake.

Earlier today Rinpoche requested the monks and nuns to recite the Golden Light Sutra many times to prevent the continuing aftershocks and also the recitation of the Kangyur.

There is substantial damage to Kopan Monastery and Nunnery, a number of buildings are seriously damaged.

Ven.Sarah Thresher reports: The earthquake happened yesterday around lunchtime. It was Saturday and a holiday. Many people were gone. We were in the dining room when everything started to shake and most people ran out. In Rinpoche’s room there are many things and they were falling down. Rinpoche was sitting in the main room doing tonglen, taking the suffering of others and giving happiness. Rinpoche said this is the best practice, lojong, using whatever negative situation arises to destroy the self cherishing. After a while the attendants carried Rinpoche down to the stupa garden and everyone gathered around him. For hours Rinpoche led us in prayers. We did the prayers for earthquakes and we did tonglen. As we prayed the earth was shaking, sometimes quite strongly. Then Rinpoche began to teach and also give lungs for thought transformation practice. We were all so fortunate that Rinpoche, Osel and Khen Rinpoche were here along with the senior monks who took full control of the situation. Amongst the damage at Kopan is broken pipes. The internet also became very scarce and electricity off. We were fortunate we could get dinner and then many people slept outside. Rinpoche also was outside.
This morning again people were outside. The monks did prayers and also relaxed a bit. Rinpoche had lunch out in the garden and we listened to chanting and spent time with him. This evening Rinpoche led prayers for all the people who died until it started to rain heavily. There are still tremors and there has been a lot of destruction and deaths. But at Kopan we are all safe. Now it is raining and people are outside. Thankyou all for your concern and prayers.

Please continue to do prayers for all those affected.

Photos from Kopan, 26 April 2015

Some of the damage at Kopan, 26 April 2015


Lama Zopa Rinpoche leading prayers at Kopan

Emergency relief set up at Kopan

Emergency relief set up at Kopan


26 April 2015, 10.30am: Last night everyone slept outside, there were many aftershocks. There is substantial damage to a number of buildings at both Kopan Monastery and Nunnery (the Chenrezig gompa, guest house, Norbalinka, Nunnery old gompa and kitchen) exact details will come later. Kopan Monastery and Nunnery will need our support soon. Currently there is no electricity, no internet and limited lines open for calls.  So this is just a short update.


25 April 2015, 4pm: Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Tenzin Osel Hita and all at Kopan Monastery and Nunnery are fine after the strong earthquake that hit Nepal today. There has been some damage in Kopan (to buildings). Rinpoche’s sister –  Ani Ngawang Samten and those in Lawudo are also fine (also some damage).

Please hold all those who have been affected by the earthquake in your prayers.

Prayers that can be done:

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has given advice on practices to do after earthquakes and also always recommends Medicine Buddha practice, Golden Light Sutra and King of Prayers.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Root Institute in Feb 2015. Photo by Ven.Thubten Kunsang

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Root Institute, Feb 2015. Photo by Ven.Thubten Kunsang


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April FPMT E-News Out Now!http://fpmt.org/announcements/april-fpmt-e-news-out-now/ http://fpmt.org/announcements/april-fpmt-e-news-out-now/#comments Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:41:55 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=42306 ... Read full article]]> We offer the April edition of the FPMT International Office E-News for your enjoyment!

You’ll find:

and more….

Lama Zopa Rinpoche meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, April 2015, with Ven. Roger Kunsang and Ven. Tendar. Photo courtesy of the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, April 2015, with Ven. Roger Kunsang and Ven. Tendar.
Photo courtesy of the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.


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Please Enjoy FPMT Annual Review 2014!http://fpmt.org/announcements/please-enjoy-fpmt-annual-review-2014/ http://fpmt.org/announcements/please-enjoy-fpmt-annual-review-2014/#comments Sat, 21 Feb 2015 01:19:57 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=40755 ... Read full article]]> Pages-from-FPMT-AR-2014-FINAL-web

We’re pleased to announce that International Office’s FPMT Annual Review 2014: Preserving, Developing and Spreading the Mahayana Tradition is available for the worldwide FPMT community in eZine and PDF formats.

“All the work we are doing in FPMT is to accomplish the most important thing, not only for oneself, but for the numberless sentient beings, who are the most important. Our aim is to benefit them in many ways,” FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche says in the FPMT Annual Review 2014

You can read Rinpoche’s letter along with updates from FPMT Inc. CEO Ven. Roger Kunsang and FPMT Inc. Board of Directors chair Karuna Cayton in this year’s review. We also highlight the accomplishments of FPMT International Office in its work to help actualize Lama Yeshe’s and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for FPMT. Please take a moment to rejoice with us for all that has been achieved! 

FPMT International Office is based in Portland, Oregon, and provides the necessary framework for all FPMT activity, develops and delivers high quality education programs and materials, maintains several primary channels for communication, manages charitable projects key to FPMT’s mission, coordinates communication between Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the larger organization and provides support to FPMT centers, projects and services.

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Losar Greetings – and February E-Newshttp://fpmt.org/announcements/losar-greetings-and-february-e-news/ http://fpmt.org/announcements/losar-greetings-and-february-e-news/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 04:00:59 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=40590 ... Read full article]]> Good wishes for Losar from Lama Zopa Rinpoche and all at FPMT International Office!

We also hope you enjoy our February E-News, in which you will find:

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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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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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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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Rinpoche Available Online 24/7http://fpmt.org/announcements/live-webcasts-from-rinpoche-at-the-mani-retreat/ http://fpmt.org/announcements/live-webcasts-from-rinpoche-at-the-mani-retreat/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2013 16:52:49 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=7784 ... Read full article]]> 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.

Rinpoche doing prayers for those who have died and who are seriously sick at the end of the day's teaching at the Llight of the Path retreat. Photo: Ven.Roger Kunsang, May 2014

Rinpoche doing prayers for those who have died and who are seriously sick at the end of the day’s teaching at the Llight of the Path retreat.
Photo: Ven.Roger Kunsang, May 2014

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Rinpoche on Facebook, Twitter and Google+http://fpmt.org/announcements/rinpoche-on-facebook-and-twitter/ http://fpmt.org/announcements/rinpoche-on-facebook-and-twitter/#comments Mon, 21 Mar 2011 00:09:00 +0000 https://fpmt.org/c239-organization/c116-announcements/rinpoche-on-facebook-and-twitter/ Follow Rinpoche’s activities and those of the world-wide FPMT family on Facebook, Twitter and Google+

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