FPMT » Education News http://fpmt.org Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:42:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lama Zopa Rinpoche Chanting Lama Chöpa Tunes NOW AVAILABLEhttp://fpmt.org/edu-news/lama-zopa-rinpoche-chanting-lama-chopa-tunes-now-available/ http://fpmt.org/edu-news/lama-zopa-rinpoche-chanting-lama-chopa-tunes-now-available/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:15:00 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=41749 ... Read full article]]> Lama Chöpa Merit Field.

Lama Chöpa Merit Field.

FPMT Education Services is pleased to announce the release of three new videos in which Lama Zopa Rinpoche chants the Lama Chöpa tunes in three ways: fast-paced, medium-paced, and slow-paced. These videos provide an incredibly precious resource for FPMT students as learning these tunes will help ensure that the lineage of this practice is preserved.

You can access a newly created webpage which has these three videos embedded. You may also download the video files (available in low and high resolution) onto your computer or device in order to access them while offline or in retreat.

The FPMT Foundation Store has many resources to enrich your practice of Lama Chöpa. You can also read Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s commentary on this important practice.

Through comprehensive study programs, practice materials, training seminars, and scholarships, FPMT Education nourishes the development of compassion, wisdom, kindness, and true happiness in individuals of all ages.

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Rituals Service Seminar Offered in Latvia this Aprilhttp://fpmt.org/edu-news/rituals-service-seminar-offered-in-latvia-this-april/ http://fpmt.org/edu-news/rituals-service-seminar-offered-in-latvia-this-april/#comments Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:53:02 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=41420 ... Read full article]]>  

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Ganden Buddhist Meditation Centre, FPMT’s Latvian center, will be hosting a Rituals Service Seminar with Ven. Angie Muir from April 10 – April 13, 2015.

This four-day Rituals Service Seminar provides in-depth instruction on Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s method of leading the pujas and practices that he most often recommends for FPMT centers and students. Encompassing Essential Buddhist Prayers, Vol. 2 and Lama Chöpa, students learn how to set up the altar, lead motivations and meditations according to Rinpoche’s style, and the specific tunes used by Rinpoche for these pujas.

Ven. Angie Muir is also currently updating FPMT Education’s Rituals Training Manual with a team of other FPMT Registered Teachers to help support the success of more of these trainings throughout the world.

Registration in advance for foreign students is encouraged as the center cannot provide, but will be able to help students locate, accommodation.

40 is the suggested cost to students for this entire training, but if the student is unable to offer this, they should contact the Spiritual Program Coordinator directly to work out a solution.

For more information including a complete schedule, please contact Agnese Bišofa by phone ( +371 275 51900) or by email (spc@ganden.lv).

Through comprehensive study programs, practice materials, training seminars, and scholarships, FPMT Education nourishes the development of compassion, wisdom, kindness, and true happiness in individuals of all ages.

 

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Tips for Memorizationhttp://fpmt.org/edu-news/tips-for-memorization/ http://fpmt.org/edu-news/tips-for-memorization/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:56:23 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=41151 ... Read full article]]> Memorization becomes increasingly important to Buddhist practice and study as one learns, and commits to memory, many prayers, practices, mantras, sutras, lineage details and much more.

Recently, Mandala magazine published an online article about memorization by Ven. Tenzin Gache (Brian Roiter), an American monk and top memorizer and debater, who just finished his seventh year of study in Sera Je’s geshe program.

Here we include Ven. Gache’s memorization tips with the hopes that students can benefit from this valuable advice.

Tips for Memorization:

Ven. Tenzin Legtsok memorizing at Sera IMI House, India, November 2013. Photo by Sandesh Kadur|www.felis.in.

Ven. Tenzin Legtsok memorizing at Sera IMI House, India, November 2013. Photo by Sandesh Kadur|www.felis.in.

  • Set aside some time each day, preferably early in the morning for new material and late in the evening for re-reciting what you memorized in the morning.
  • Sit up straight or gently pace in an open area, preferably somewhere where your recitation won’t disturb others.
  • Before memorizing, “warm-up” with recitations like Praise of Manjushri, Prayer to Achieve Inner Kalarupa, and Chanting the Names of Manjushri.
  • Start by reciting one half a line. When you can recite this five times without looking at the book, recite the second half. Then recite them together. Then do another line. Then add the two together. Continue in this way, gradually adding to the total, until you finish a verse or a few lines of prose. If you are able, start again with a second verse. Then recite the two together. Over time, you may be able to increase the number of verses you can do in a day
  • Once you have something committed to memory, continue to recite it once or more a day until it becomes stable. Then gradually decrease your recitation to once every two days, three days, etc. If you have something very well memorized, you may only need to recite it once a month, but getting to that point will take time.
  • During your daily activities, minimize distraction and stimulation, especially loud music. Just as when meditating, keeping your mind clear will enhance your practice sessions.

Some Additional Suggestions (optional):

  • Before beginning to memorize something, simply recite it every day for one month.
  • When you have memorized something well, stop reciting it for some time. When you start again, it will take a little time to bring it back, but it will become more stable.
  • Ask a friend or teacher to examine you on what you have memorized – preparing for an exam can enhance your focus.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Mantra Recitations Volume Two Now Availablehttp://fpmt.org/edu-news/lama-zopa-rinpoches-mantra-recitations-volume-two-now-available/ http://fpmt.org/edu-news/lama-zopa-rinpoches-mantra-recitations-volume-two-now-available/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:29:31 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=40915 ... Read full article]]>
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, AUS, September 2014. Photo by Kunchok Gyaltsen.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, AUS, September 2014. Photo by Kunchok Gyaltsen.

FPMT Education Services is pleased to announce the second volume of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s mantra recitations, available as an MP3 download from the FPMT Foundation Store.

In this new collection of studio recordings, Lama Zopa Rinpoche chants several prayers and mantras at different speeds, allowing students to become familiar with Rinpoche’s pronunciation and also Rinpoche’s preferred tunes. 

This collection includes:
  • Chenrezig, homage and the longest mantra
  • Heart Sutra Mantra 
  • Homage and Praise to Shakyamuni
  • Invoking the Buddhas
  • Namgyälma Mantra, short
  • Namo Gurubhya, LC3 
  • Offering Cloud Mantra
  • Offering Prayer
  • Praise to the Mother Prajnaparamita
  • The Power of Truth, short
Total length of collection: 18 minutes 06 seconds. 
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French Translation Services Successful Traininghttp://fpmt.org/edu-news/french-translation-services-successful-training/ http://fpmt.org/edu-news/french-translation-services-successful-training/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 19:45:03 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=40609 ... Read full article]]> FPMT French Translation Services translators participated in a successful two-day training this February.

FPMT French Translation Services translators participated in a successful two-day training this February.

Thirteen members of the FPMT French Translation Services team met for a two-day training from February 14-15, 2015. The meeting was a mix of old and new translators and offered a rare opportunity for translators to meet each other in real life, share difficulties and experiences, learn some translation methodology, and brainstorm on topics such as:

Translators benefited from the experiences and insight of one another.

Translators benefited from the experiences and insight of one another.

  • What qualities should a Dharma translator possess?
  • What is a good translation?

According to Ven. Lobsang Détchèn, French Translation Services Coordinator, “It was a very harmonious, inspiring and humbling meeting. It was especially inspiring to see the wealth of experience, knowledge, wisdom, dedication and sense of humor that was collectively gathered. Each one of us left the training with an uplifted mind and renewed energy to translate the Dharma.”

You can learn more about FPMT’s French Translation Services:

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Mantra Recitations from Lama Zopa Rinpochehttp://fpmt.org/edu-news/mantra-recitations-from-lama-zopa-rinpoche/ http://fpmt.org/edu-news/mantra-recitations-from-lama-zopa-rinpoche/#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 19:03:05 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=39954 ... Read full article]]> cd

In this free collection of studio recordings, Lama Zopa Rinpoche chants several deities’ mantras at different speeds, allowing students to become familiar with Rinpoche’s pronunciation and also Rinpoche’s preferred tunes. 

This collection of MP3 recordings include:

  • Green Tara mantra 
  • Maitreya mantras 
  • Chenrezig’s MANI mantra fast and slow 
  • Manjushri mantra with and without the mala recitation of DHIs at the end
  • Medicine Buddha long and short mantras 
  • Shakyamuni Buddha mantra fast and slow 

Total length of collection: 12 minutes 45 seconds.

Volume 2 of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Mantra Recitations is currently underway so please stay tuned for an announcement of this next installment in the series.

Through comprehensive study programs, practice materials, training seminars, and scholarships, FPMT Education nourishes the development of compassion, wisdom, kindness, and true happiness in individuals of all ages.

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Practices to Benefit Pretas, Nagas and Spiritshttp://fpmt.org/edu-news/practices-to-benefit-pretas-nagas-and-spirits/ http://fpmt.org/edu-news/practices-to-benefit-pretas-nagas-and-spirits/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:09:06 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=39543 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Sangha at the beach doing offerings to pretas, Italy, June 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Sangha at the beach doing offerings to pretas, Italy, June 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

The practices of offering charity to spirits, pretas and nagas are often recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche – both for the benefit of the practitioner and for the benefit of the beings to which the practices are dedicated. This new PDF compilation, Practices to Benefit Pretas, Nagas and Spirits, includes advice and commentary from Lama Zopa Rinpoche as well as translation and commentary from Julia Graves.

An excerpt from Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s commentary:

“The Tibetan word “sur” (Tib. gsur) refers to the smell of roasted flour that is offered to spirits. The best times for practicing sur are in the evening or at night. You do this practice during a break from sitting meditation – not a break time from Dharma practice but a break time from sitting meditation. The text says “night time;” I think that evening or night time are best because these are the times when spirits wander. This is also the time when dakinis gather. It’s easier for the intermediate state beings to get what you offer at those times. If you cannot do it at those times, then other times are acceptable, but those are best.”

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Prostrations to the 35 Confession Buddhas Now Availablehttp://fpmt.org/edu-news/prostrations-to-the-35-confession-buddhas-now-available/ http://fpmt.org/edu-news/prostrations-to-the-35-confession-buddhas-now-available/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:30:23 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=39139 ... Read full article]]> confessionFPMT Education Services is pleased to release Prostrations to the Thirty-Five Confession Buddhas as a standalone practice. This practice was previously only available as part of the Preliminary Practice of Prostrations booklet and in other practice compilations.

Prostrations to the Thirty-Five Confession Buddhas is one of the most powerful methods available to purify harmful actions we have done in the past. By doing this practice mindfully, we can prevent unwanted sufferings from occurring in the future. In addition, this practice clears away obstacles to our practice and opens the mind to gain realizations on the path. It is said that if you do this practice first thing in the morning, all your other prayers and activities of the day will be empowered. 

Through comprehensive study programs, practice materials, training seminars, and scholarships, FPMT Education nourishes the development of compassion, wisdom, kindness, and true happiness in individuals of all ages.

 

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Prayers Practices Resources and Supplies to Enrich Your Practicehttp://fpmt.org/edu-news/prayers-practices-and-supplies-to-enrich-your-practice/ http://fpmt.org/edu-news/prayers-practices-and-supplies-to-enrich-your-practice/#comments Wed, 24 Dec 2014 20:55:33 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=38690 ... Read full article]]> unnamedEvery year, many of us get caught up in the stress and hustle of the holidays, unable to take time for ourselves and strengthen our practice. 

FPMT Education Services has made many resources available to you online. You can keep up with updates about newly released practices and materials, learn more about FPMT study programs, download free practices, find information and resources relating to mantras and sutras, utilize death and dying resources, access teachings and advice, read information about FPMT Service Seminars and many more links to valuable information and resources.

The FPMT Foundation Store is a gateway to all of your study and practice needs. You can find study programs, essential prayers, practice booklets, meditation supplies, ritual items, mantra and deity cards and more. Earlier this year FPMT Education Services announced that many of our practices are now available as free download from the Foundation Store.

Please take time to see all that is available to you. We are always happy to help you find what you need or answer any questions.

Through comprehensive study programs, practice materials, training seminars, and scholarships, FPMT Education nourishes the development of compassion, wisdom, kindness, and true happiness in individuals of all ages.

 

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Death and Dying Resources from FPMT Education Serviceshttp://fpmt.org/edu-news/death-and-dying-resources-from-fpmt-education-services/ http://fpmt.org/edu-news/death-and-dying-resources-from-fpmt-education-services/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 21:34:09 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=37735 ... Read full article]]> e-dbsc_1

The Liberation Box contains many resources recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to help one’s self and others at the time of death.

It is difficult to accept the inevitability of our own deaths or the deaths of our loved ones. And yet, all of us live our lives with reminders of impermanence and the loss of those we hold dear. While avoiding death is not possible, preparing for death and equipping one’s self with the tools to help those around us engage with their deaths in the most beneficial way is possible. Waiting until someone is actively dying is too late to help them most effectively.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has given extensive advice and instruction for caring for others (and ourselves) at the time of death, or during the process of dying. On Rinpoche’s advice, FPMT Education Services put together a resource kit, Liberation Box, which contains essential materials needed at the time of death.

Ideally, several individuals within each FPMT center’s community would be educated on how to use this collection of resources so they can assist community members (and themselves) as death draws near.

The Liberation Box includes:

  • Easy to follow instruction booklet for what to recite, what to play, and what to place on the body
  • Recitations for Alleviating Pain MP3
  • Recitations for the Time of Death MP3
  • Liberation Card for a dying Person to look upon
  • Large Namgyalma mantra card to look upon
  • Stupa filled with the Four Dharmakaya Relic mantras to be placed at the crown ( approx 6.5 long x 3 Inch width)
  • Small Namgyalma mantra card, The Ten Powerful mantras, and Shertor text to be placed on the body
  • Phowa pill made by the late Geshe Lama Konchog of Kopan Monastery to be placed on the crown
  • Blessing string to be placed on the chest or upper torso

There are several death and drying resources available to you. Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Advice page, the Death and Dying resource page, and the FPMT Foundation Store has many materials available as well.

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