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Calling the Guru from Afar is a heartfelt request for blessings to realize all the stages of the path to enlightenment, as well as a meditation on the nature of the guru.
FPMT Education Services is pleased to make available Lama Zopa Rinpoche chanting the long version of this prayer.
Also available as a free download is a practice booklet containing the long and short versions of Calling the Guru from Afar as well as Practicing Guru Devotion with the Nine Attitudes which is a short meditation that helps to develop the correct attitude toward one’s teacher.
FPMT Education Services makes available materials needed for these practices, which you purchase online at the FPMT Foundation Store.
The Preliminary Practice of Vajrasattva contains the short and long practice of Vajrasattva as well as Vajrasattva tsog. It also contains commentary, retreat advice, altar set-up, and retreat preliminaries.
The Preliminary Practice of Dorje Khadro text by Lama Zopa Rinpoche provides everything one needs to be able to do the complete ngöndro of Dorje Khadro, the recitation of the principal mantra 100,000 times coupled with extensive visualization and prayers. The book’s practice section includes the Dorje Khadro practice text, Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga and lam-rim and dedication prayers. In addition, the book contains teachings that contribute to a student’s understanding of how to best engage in this practice.
You can learn more about this teaching event schedule or register on the Maitripa website.
The next Foundation Service Seminar will be held at Institut Vajra Yogini, Marzens, France: Aug 12-16, 2014 with seminar facilitators Wendy Ridley and Francois Lecointre.
Register in English or French for this seminar which will explore how to best offer our skills and qualities in service. We investigate the purpose and mission of FPMT, what it means to be an FPMT center, and how that vision translates into action for centers, projects, and individuals.
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The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation is one of the most important texts from a genre of Tibetan spiritual writings known as lojong (mind training).
This root text was written by the eleventh-century meditator Langri Tangpa Dorje Senghe. His Holiness the Dalai Lama refers to this work as one of the main sources of his own inspiration and includes it in his daily meditations.
FPMT Education Services is happy to offer this text as a download in eBook, a4 and letter booklet formats.
This English translation is by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and includes the Tibetan phonetics.
FPMT Education Services is please to announce the release of a new prayer and praise to Avalokiteshvara.
Praise and Prayer to Noble Avalokiteshvara: Bringing Forth the Rains of Happiness and Well-Being by Losang Kalsang Gyatso, the Seventh Dalai Lama, was translated by Gavin Kilty in accordance with the commentary of Konchog Jigme Wangpo.
Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig in Tibetan), is renowned as the embodiment of compassionate activity. The mantra of Chenrezig is the most widely recited mantra in Tibetan Buddhism and has great power for developing a good heart.
Mandala Publications has just released the April-June 2014 print and online issue of the magazine. Both versions offer a resource guide from FPMT Education Services including several resources available to help one set up, or enrich, a daily Buddhist practice.
Included you will find information on, Advice and Practices from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Preliminary Practices, Essential Daily Practice Materials, and other links to helpful resources and materials.
Days one through fifteen of the first month of the Tibetan calendar, during which Monlam takes place, mark a period when Lord Buddha performed many miracles, beginning with Losar (the Tibetan New Year) on the first day and culminating on the fifteenth day, Chotrul Duchen (the Day of Miracles).
Losar took place this year on March 2, and Monlam continues through the Day of Miracles on Sunday March 16.
Losar is the most important yearly celebration in Tibetan Buddhist culture. The annual Tibetan prayer festival, Monlam Chenmo, or the Great Prayer Festival, was established by Lama Tsongkhapa, the founder of the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, in 1409. The first two weeks of the new year, Monlam, commemorate the time when the Buddha displayed his power by performing a number of miracles. Lama Tsongkhapa chose the Monlam Chenmo to coincide with the anniversary of incredible events in Shakyamuni Buddha’s life traditionally celebrated during the first two weeks of the lunar new year.
The new year commemorates a time of increase in virtuous activity. Any actions done during that period of time, both auspicious and harmful, are multiplied in their power. Karmic results are multiplied by one hundred million, as cited by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic. It is a very powerful time to practice and increase one’s commitment to both practice and study.
Please keep in mind: According to Ven. Choden Rinpoche, one of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachers, observation of auspicious days should be according to the date in India, not the date in one’s home country. Therefore, when Lama Zopa Rinpoche is not in India, Rinpoche celebrates Buddha Days and other auspicious dates according to the time in India.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has recommended practices for these special days. You can find Rinpoche’s advice on Monlam collected here (on Rinpoche’s Advice page, under Buddha Multiplying Days), specific advice for practices to do on the Buddha Multiplying days here, and a calendar of all the dates here.
Special thanks to the Liberation Prison Project for preparing the Tibetan Calendar.
If you decide to recite the Sutra of Golden Light on this special day, you might like to report your recitations using the facility on the FPMT website – which you can find that on the Sutra of Golden Light reporting page.
FPMT Education Services is happy to release this revised and reformatted version of “A Meditation on Orange Manjushri.” This practice includes the short sadhana written by the 5th Dalai Lama as well as, “Practice to Receive the Seven Types of Wisdom.” Excellent for developing wisdom and clarity, improving one’s memory, and for understanding and explaining Dharma to others.
Tara, The Liberator, is a completely enlightened buddha who had previously promised to appear, after enlightenment, in the form of a female bodhisattva for the benefit of all beings. Her primary activity is to protect from the eight fears. Tara or simply Drol-ma in Tibetan, is one of the most widely venerated deities in Tibet. Tara represents the miraculous activities of all buddhas. In myth she is born from Chenrezig’s tears of compassion. There are innumerable manifestations of Tara arising according to the needs of others, such as the dynamic Green Tara who quickly overcomes obstacles and saves beings in dangerous situations.
FPMT Education Services is pleased to announce a revised Short Practice of Green Tara. This practice includes the short sadhana, commentary from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and three versions of Praises to the Twenty-One Taras. A Kriya Tantra empowerment of Green Tara is needed to practice this sadhana in full. However, one can do this practice without such an empowerment as long as one does not generate oneself as the deity. If one does not have the empowerment, one can do the self-generation practice at the crown of one’s head.
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.
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