FPMT » Education News http://fpmt.org Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition Sun, 01 Feb 2015 16:19:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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. 

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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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Recieve the Oral Transmission of the Sutra of Golden Light ONLINEhttp://fpmt.org/edu-news/recieve-the-oral-transmission-of-the-sutra-of-golden-light-online/ http://fpmt.org/edu-news/recieve-the-oral-transmission-of-the-sutra-of-golden-light-online/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:20:13 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=37130 ... Read full article]]> Australia Retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, October 2014.

Australia Retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, October 2014.

During the retreat in Australia September-October 2014, Lama Zopa Rinpoche agreed to allow those who listen to a recording of Rinpoche giving the oral transmission of the Sutra of Golden Light to receive the transmission in full. You may receive this oral transmission by listening to the audio or from watching and listening to it on video.

FPMT Education Services has added the audio and video of Rinpoche giving the oral transmission to the sutra to the main Sutra of Golden Light page. You must listen to the entire sutra recitation to receive the oral transmission.

This sutra is inconceivable,
For its ocean of virtue is without end;
It frees every being
From countless oceans of suffering.

—Shakyamuni Buddha

You may download this powerful sutra in a variety of languages or report your recitations for a global tally. One of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for the FPMT organization is for the Sutra of Golden Light to be recited for world peace.

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 of Arya Sitatapatra (White Umrella Deity)http://fpmt.org/edu-news/practices-of-arya-sitatapatra-white-umrella-deity/ http://fpmt.org/edu-news/practices-of-arya-sitatapatra-white-umrella-deity/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 19:36:13 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=36986 ... Read full article]]> Sitatapatra, also known as White Umbrella Deity. Artist unknown.

Sitatapatra, also known as White Umbrella Deity. Artist unknown.

FPMT Education Services has recently published a new collection of two Sitatapatra (also known as White Umbrella Deity) practices. Practices of Arya Sitatapatra includes, “The Supreme Accomplishment of Sitatapatra,” and “Praises and Repelling Practices of Sitatapatra.” You can download this collection from the FPMT Foundation Store.

Both of these practices were translated by Joona Repo for FPMT Education Services and reviewed by the Sera Je Translation Committee.

In addition to many benefits of engaging in these practices, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has recently recommended that these two practices are beneficial to helping bring peace to situation between Israel and Palestine.

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 and Practices to be Reborn in Sukhavatihttp://fpmt.org/edu-news/prayers-and-practices-to-be-reborn-in-sukhavati/ http://fpmt.org/edu-news/prayers-and-practices-to-be-reborn-in-sukhavati/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 21:22:29 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=36514 ... Read full article]]> Pages from swift_path_to_Sukhavati_c5OFPMT Education Services is pleased to release a new practice booklet. Prayers and Practices to be Reborn in Sukhavati includes “The Swift Path to Sukhavati” by Panchen Losang Chökyi Gyältsen as well as “The Benefits of the Pure Land Sukhavati,” a commentary by Lama Tsongkhapa. Sukhavati is also known as Amitabha’s Pure Land, a western paradise.

You can download this PDF practice from free from the FPMT Foundation Store.

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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Land of Medicine Buddha to Host Foundation Service Seminarhttp://fpmt.org/edu-news/land-of-medicine-buddha-to-host-foundation-service-seminar/ http://fpmt.org/edu-news/land-of-medicine-buddha-to-host-foundation-service-seminar/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:29:30 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=36371 ... Read full article]]> Gun Cisse and Erika Banszky presenting their Facilitator Training presentation. Foundation Service Seminar, Jamyang Buddhist Centre London, October 2013.  Photo by Violette Pliot.

Gun Cissé and Erika Banszky presenting their Facilitator Training presentation. Foundation Service Seminar, Jamyang Buddhist Centre London, October 2013. Photo by Violette Pliot.

From January 23-28, 2015, Land of Medicine Buddha, located in Soquel, CA, will host a Foundation Service Seminar.

FPMT service seminars provide support and training to those offering service within FPMT centers, services, and projects. The seminars help develop a shared understanding of the FPMT mission set out by Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and a firm basis to serve effectively and joyfully within the organization.

This seminar will explore our relationship to resources – both material and human; communication skills and conflict resolution; teaching according to the level of the student; ways to maintain and develop one’s personal practice in the midst of service, and methods to prevent and cure burnout. “Service” will be discussed in terms of guru devotion, karma, compassion, and emptiness, and how to draw strength, inspiration, wisdom, and guidance from these practices.

The seminar uses the Inner Job Description, a tool for developing what Lama Zopa Rinpoche calls the “inner professional” (read a teaching on the inner professional), and integrate the Dharma into our daily lives. The training includes group discussion and sharing of experiences, and includes daily meditations as well as group practice as advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

To learn more about this training opportunity, please visit Land of Medicine Buddha’s information page about this event.

You can learn more about FPMT Service Seminars including Inner Job Description Service Seminar, Rituals Service Seminar, Spiritual Program Coordinator Service Seminar and 16 Guidelines Training Programs.

 

 

 

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The Method for Water Charity Now Availablehttp://fpmt.org/edu-news/the-method-for-water-charity-now-available/ http://fpmt.org/edu-news/the-method-for-water-charity-now-available/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:30:09 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=36104 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche doing Dzambhala practice, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche doing Dzambhala practice, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

FPMT Education Services is pleased to announce the release of The Method of Water Charity which is a compilation by Lama Zopa Rinpoche containing many valuable practices including “Water Offering to Dzambhala,” “Water Charity to Preta Beings,” “The Dharani of Swallowing Obstacles,” and “The Dharani Protecting the Preta Beings with Fire Blazing Out of Their Mouths.”

This collection is available from the FPMT Foundation Store as a downloadable PDF.

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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The Golden Light Sutra: ‘The Whole World Benefits’http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/the-golden-light-sutra-the-whole-world-benefits/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/the-golden-light-sutra-the-whole-world-benefits/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:02:54 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=35931 ... Read full article]]>
Lama Zopa Rinpoche during retreat at Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Australia, October 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche during retreat at Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Australia, October 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

From September 26- October 10, 2014, Lama Zopa Rinpoche conferred an extremely rare lung (oral transmission) of the 21-chapter version of the Golden Light Sutra at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion in Australia to 250 people as part of the month-long Bodhicaryavatara and Rinjung Gyatsa retreat.

Rinpoche permitted watching the video as an authentic reception of the transmission. By having received an oral transmission of the sutra, it becomes more powerful when you recite it. You can watch the video recordings of the oral transmission of the Golden Light Sutra, and receive the lung yourself, on FPMT’s Livestream page.

FPMT Education Services has put together a resource page, including access to the sutra in 14 different languages. This resource page also provides information on how to report and dedicate recitations

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has taught extensively on the benefits of the Golden Light Sutra. During the oral transmission Rinpoche said, “You are taking care of your life – present and future up to enlightenment –by reading the Golden Light Sutra. The whole world benefits.”

When Rinpoche first read this precious sutra, he made a vow to spread it around the world. The sutra has now been recited by FPMT students in 74 countries. Please rejoice!

Recording of all the daily sessions with Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the retreat in Australia can be watched on the FPMT Livestream page. Audio MP3 recordings of the retreat sessions with Rinpoche are available for download with translation into French, Italian and Spanish.

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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