FPMT » Projects http://fpmt.org Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:33:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Monthly Offering to Stupas in Nepalhttp://fpmt.org/projects/sf-news/monthly-offering-to-stupas-in-nepal/ http://fpmt.org/projects/sf-news/monthly-offering-to-stupas-in-nepal/#comments Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:30:09 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=39700 ... Read full article]]> Bouddhanath Stupa, Nepal.

Bouddhanath Stupa, Nepal.

 

Swayambunath Stupa, Nepal.

Swayambunath Stupa, Nepal.

Every month, on the full moon, the Puja Fund sponsors offerings of white wash, four giant saffron flower petals and the best quality cloth to the umbrellas at the pinnacles of Bouddhanath and Swayambunath Stupas in Nepal. Please rejoice in this incredible ongoing offering.

“All those who offer whitewash, saffron, and offering cloth14 will achieve perfect brightness and glory, overpowering all devas, spirits, and human beings with magnificence.”

—Padmasambhava’s Instruction on Offerings to Stupas

Lama Zopa Rinpoche translated Padmasambhava’s Instruction on Offerings to Stupas and the complete text is available as a PDF download.

You are welcome to contribute to this monthly offering or learn more about the monthly activities of the Puja Fund

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Sponsorship of Annual Gelug Winter Debatehttp://fpmt.org/projects/ltktf-news/sponsorship-of-annual-gelug-winter-debate/ http://fpmt.org/projects/ltktf-news/sponsorship-of-annual-gelug-winter-debate/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:30:37 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=39465 ... Read full article]]> An amazing assembly of top scholars from Sera, Drepung, Gaden, Tashi Lhunpo, Gyuto, Gyudme, Rato and Dhakpo Shedrup Dhargeyling monasteries participate in the annual winter debate at Sera Je Monastery.

An amazing assembly of top scholars from Sera, Drepung, Gaden, Tashi Lhunpo, Gyuto, Gyudme, Rato and Dhakpo Shedrup Dhargeyling monasteries participate in the annual winter debate at Sera Je Monastery.

Monks from various Gelugpa monasteries participated in the extensive month-long debate on Buddhist logic at Sera Je Monastery, India, this January known as the Winter Jang Debate.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche enjoyed dinner with the Abbot of Sera Je Monastery during a break from the winter debate.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche enjoyed dinner with the Abbot of Sera Je Monastery during a break from the winter debate.

This annual debate dates back to the time of Lama Tsongkhapa and was continued each year until 1959. In 1981 the present and former Abbots of the 3 great monasteries met to revive the annual winter debate, however due to costs the monasteries were only able to sponsor about 200 monks to attend the annual winter debate.

Seeing the incredible importance of the winter debate, where the best scholars gather to hone their understanding of the Buddha’s highest teachings, due to the kindness of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fund, became the primary sponsor for this debate. In January 2015 Lama Zopa Rinpoche was able to attend part of this debate and enjoy dinner with the Abbot of Sera Je Monastery.

Tremendous thanks to the many donors who support the Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fund and enable FPMT to sponsor this powerful annual debate. This is something very incredible in which to rejoice. You are welcome to participate in this offering at any time.

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You can learn more about the activities of the Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fund or the many Charitable Projects of FPMT.

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Support Offered to Young Mongolian Tulku Entering Sera Je Monasteryhttp://fpmt.org/projects/lzrbf-news/support-offered-to-young-mongolian-tulku-entering-sera-je-monastery/ http://fpmt.org/projects/lzrbf-news/support-offered-to-young-mongolian-tulku-entering-sera-je-monastery/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:30:57 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=39195 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Lama Jamyang Garpo. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang, September 2014.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Lama Jamyang Garpo. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang, September 2014.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, through the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund, recently made a substantial offering toward the costs associated with a young Mongolian tulku, Lama Jamyang Garpo, said to be an emanation of White Manjushri, entering Sera Je Monastery.

Traditionally, on the first day that a tulku enters Sera Je Monastery, offerings and food and tea are given to all the 2,500 monks of Sere Je. This offering from the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund, was put toward those costs.

Please rejoice that this auspicious offering has been made. This is an incredible opportunity for this young tulku to study at Sera Je Monastery.

Making offerings to the Sangha is a way of collecting unbelievable merit because all the Sangha are the pores of the Guru. They are all disciples of the same Guru – His Holiness the Dalai Lama. By offering to pores of the Guru one collects more merit than offering to Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, as well as numberless statues, stupas. If you offer with the recognition that they are the Guru’s pores then that is an unbelievable way to collect merit. When you offer to many Sanghas who have the same Guru then you are making offerings to that many pores of the Guru. So this is the easiest way to collect skies of merit by offering. By offering even just one candy, flowers or even one grain of rice to a statue of Buddha or even a visualized Buddha you collect skies of merit but here it is much more powerful than offering to the three jewels (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha) as well as all the statues, stupas and scriptures existing in all directions, so no question if offering to really the same Guru’s disciple. These benefits should be understood so that when you make offerings to the Guru’s pores you think correctly. This is the best business.

—Lama Zopa Rinpoche

 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Lama Jamyang Garpo. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang, September 2014.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Lama Jamyang Garpo. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang, September 2014.

About Lama Jamyang Garpo

Lama Jamyang Garpo’s twenty-first reincarnation, Dorjsuren Dashbaljir, was born August 24, 2005 in Asaat, Jargalant sum, Arkhangai Province, Mongolia.

On April 2, 2014, His Holiness the Dalai Lama recognized Dorjsuren Dashbaljir as Lama Jamyang Garpo’s twenty-first reincarnation.

You can learn more about the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund, the Sera Je Food Fund which supports the monks of Sera Je Monastery every day with three nutritious meals, or the other Charitable Projects of FPMT.

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New Update on the Stupa to Minimize Harm from the Elementshttp://fpmt.org/projects/smh-news/new-update-on-the-stupa-to-minimize-harm-from-the-elements/ http://fpmt.org/projects/smh-news/new-update-on-the-stupa-to-minimize-harm-from-the-elements/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 17:30:35 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=39210 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Khadro-la, November 2011, India. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Khadro-la, November 2011, India. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

 

Example of an Enlightenment Stupa. De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre, South Australia.

Example of an enlightenment stupa. De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre, South Australia.

Recently, Lama Zopa Rinpoche met with Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma (Khadro-la) in India. As a result, a number of details regarding the Stupa to Minimize Harm from the Elements have changed. According to what is most beneficial now, the type of the stupa to be built is an enlightenment stupa and the material must very strong, such as concrete or stone. The stupa will be built off-site and then assembled and blessed all at the same time. The blessing and filling of the stupa is extremely important and utmost detail is being paid to collecting the correct substances.

Khadro-la has been checking many different areas in San Francisco to make sure this stupa is located in the most beneficial area and Teresa Mia Navarro has been working diligently for many months to help locate the correct property and the wish is that this aspect of the process will be established very soon.

You can learn more about the Stupa to Minimize Harm from the Elements as well as the other Charitable Projects of FPMT. 

Please keep this hugely important project in your prayers. You are also welcome to donate any amount toward this stupa’s completion.

 

 

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Dakini Dances for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Long Lifehttp://fpmt.org/projects/llpf-news/dakini-dances-for-lama-zopa-rinpoches-long-life/ http://fpmt.org/projects/llpf-news/dakini-dances-for-lama-zopa-rinpoches-long-life/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:30:45 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=39189 ... Read full article]]> The dance of the five dakinis was offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche during both long life pujas offered at the conclusion of the 2014 CPMT meeting.

The dance of the five dakinis is offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche during long life pujas.

Khadro-la (Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma) advised that FPMT centers include the dakinis’ request to the lama in the long life pujas arranged for Rinpoche

In the January-March 2015 print edition, Mandala magazine published a piece about the two long life pujas offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche following the 2014 CPMT meeting in Australia this past September.

A tremendous amount of work, supplies and service goes into the organization of a long life puja and Mandala has done a wonderful job capturing some of the behind-the-scenes effort involved. In particular, you can read about what is needed for the dakinis’ request to the lama, which is offered with five dancers in full costume. Following Lama Zopa Rinpoche manifesting a stroke in 2011, Khadro-la (Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma) advised that FPMT centers include the dakinis’ request to the lama in the long life pujas arranged for Rinpoche.

Please enjoy this piece, complete with photos, from Mandala magazine.

You can follow the news of other long life pujas offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, or offer any amount to future pujas offered to His Holiness the Dalai Lama or Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

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Ambulance, Mosquito Nets and Blankets Offered to Villagers in Kushinagarhttp://fpmt.org/projects/lzrbf-news/ambulance-mosquito-nets-and-blankets-offered-to-villagers-in-kushinagar/ http://fpmt.org/projects/lzrbf-news/ambulance-mosquito-nets-and-blankets-offered-to-villagers-in-kushinagar/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 17:30:00 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=39060 ... Read full article]]> Blankets were offered to 30 children in a local Kushinagar orphanage by Maitreya Project Kushinigar.

Blankets were offered to 30 children in a local Kushinagar orphanage by Maitreya Project Kushinigar. In December 500 blankets were offered to poor villagers.

An ambulance was offered

An ambulance was offered to help very poor villagers in Kushinigar with basic medical help.

In early 2014 Lama Zopa Rinpoche, via the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund, offered approximately US$16,000 to Maitreya Project Kushinagar to be used toward the incredible humanitarian work they are now undertaking.

Some of the money was used for a much needed ambulance that helps villagers in very poor areas of Kushinagar with basic medical help. Other funds were used to distribute mosquito nets in the Summer to villagers to protect them from malaria, which is spread by mosquitoes, and was a big problem in the area during Summer months.

Mosquito nets were distributed to villagers.

Mosquito nets were distributed to villagers to help with the spread of malaria.

Currently Maitreya Project Kushinagar is fundraising for a blanket drive so they can offer blankets to very poor villagers who suffer in the Winter. In December, the first 500 blankets were distributed. This past week, 30 blankets were distributed to a local orphanage which is home to children who were mostly picked up from the streets and very desperate. These children had no decent blankets to protect them from the Winter cold.

Please rejoice in this amazing humanitarian work being offered by Maitreya Project Kushinagar. You can offer directly to this beneficial work.

You can learn more about the work of  Maitreya Project Kushinagar as well as other beneficial activities being supported by the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund.

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Giant 21 Taras Thangka by Peter Iseli Making Progresshttp://fpmt.org/projects/lzrbf-news/giant-21-taras-thangka-by-peter-iseli-making-progress-2/ http://fpmt.org/projects/lzrbf-news/giant-21-taras-thangka-by-peter-iseli-making-progress-2/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 17:30:52 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=39011 ... Read full article]]> 21 Taras thangka is 14 meters (46 feet) high and 9 meters (30 feet) wide. This thangkha is being painted by artist Peter Iseli at a workshop at Institut Vajra Yogini, France.

21 Taras thangka is 14 meters (46 feet) high and 9 meters (30 feet) wide. This thangkha is being painted by artist Peter Iseli at a workshop at Institut Vajra Yogini, France.

The Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund sponsored the creation of a workshop where large thangkas can be created at Institut Vajra Yogini in France. One of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for FPMT is to create many large thangkas around the world.

Artist Peter Iseli with the amazing 21 Tara thangka.

Artist Peter Iseli with the amazing 21 Tara thangka.

The workshop is 8.5 meters (28 feet) tall. Rinpoche’s first order was a 21 Taras thangka that is 14 meters (46 feet) high and 9 meters (30 feet) wide which is being painted by artist Peter Iseli.

The first third of the giant 21 Taras thangka is now finished, the canvas has been rolled up, and Peter Iseli has already started to draw on the second third of the canvas. This giant 21 Tara thangka is going to go to Tara Institute in Australia when it is finished.

“My wish is for the big centers in FPMT to have these large thangkas.” Rinpoche explained. “This is a way to leave imprints for all these people [who see them], for enlightenment.”

Please rejoice in the amazing work of Peter Iseli manifesting incredible holy objects that can be used by all to make merit.

You can learn more about the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund or Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for FPMT.

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Please Rejoice in Daily Offering of Three Meals to Monks of Sera Je Monasteryhttp://fpmt.org/projects/sjff-news/please-rejoice-in-daily-offering-of-three-meals-to-monks/ http://fpmt.org/projects/sjff-news/please-rejoice-in-daily-offering-of-three-meals-to-monks/#comments Tue, 06 Jan 2015 17:30:02 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=38834 ... Read full article]]> 8,300 meals are offered every day to all of the monks studying at Sera Je Monastery.

8,300 meals are offered every day to all of the monks studying at Sera Je Monastery.

The Sera Je Food Fund offers 8,300 meals every single day to the monks studying at Sera Je Monastery. 3,300 monks are offered breakfast and 2,500 monks are offered lunch and dinner.

pounds of rice is needed every year to offer lunch and dinner to 2,500 monks.

65,900 pounds of rice is needed every year to offer lunch and dinner to 2,500 monks.

Amazingly, approximately 65,900 pounds of rice are needed for one year of daily lunches and dinners. Additionally, 1,300 pounds of tea are required for breakfast for one year. An incredible amount of other fruits, vegetables, starches and other ingredients are also required to offer this ongoing commitment o three nutritious meals daily. You can see more details about what the monks are offered for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The cost of offering all the food to all the monks is currently US$280,000 yearly. If you would like to contribute to the Sera Je Food Fund, you may offer any amount you are able.

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You can learn more about the Sera Je Food Fund or the other Charitable Projects of FPMT which offer support to many beneficial activities around the world.

 

 

 

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Long Life Puja Offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the Conclusion of the 47th Kopan Coursehttp://fpmt.org/projects/llpf-news/long-life-puja-offered-to-lama-zopa-rinpoche-at-the-conclusion-of-the-47th-kopan-course/ http://fpmt.org/projects/llpf-news/long-life-puja-offered-to-lama-zopa-rinpoche-at-the-conclusion-of-the-47th-kopan-course/#comments Sun, 04 Jan 2015 17:30:53 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=38801 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche reciting the Names of the 35 Buddhs during the Long Life Puja this morning at Kopan Monastery. Photo by Ven.Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche reciting the Names of the 35 Buddhs during the Long Life Puja this morning at Kopan Monastery. Photo by Ven.Roger Kunsang.

From Novemeber 29 – December 7, 2014, Lama Zopa Rinpoche taught at the  lam-rim retreat at Kopan Monastery, known as the November Course. The November Courses have been taking place at Kopan for more than 40 years. Many of FPMT’s senior students first met Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche attending one of these retreats. For three years in the seventies, two courses were offered every year and this year’s course was number 47!

The Kopan gompa was packed with participants in the long life puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Photo by Bill Kane.

The Kopan gompa was packed with participants in the long life puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Photo by Bill Kane.

At the conclusion of the course, Kopan Monastery offered Lama Zopa Rinpoche an elaborate long life puja, including the traditional five dakini offering, on behalf of the entire FPMT organization. You can enjoy many beautiful photos of this joyous occasion at Bill Kane’s Facebook gallery of this event.

Thank you to all the kind donors who made this offering possible.

The Long Life Puja Fund always contributes to long life pujas offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche. You are welcome to contribute at any time. You can also learn about the many Charitable Projects of FPMT and discover the many ways the various funds and projects are benefiting others.

 

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Puja Offered for Peace in Israel and Palestinehttp://fpmt.org/projects/pf-news/puja-offered-for-peace-in-israel-and-palestine/ http://fpmt.org/projects/pf-news/puja-offered-for-peace-in-israel-and-palestine/#comments Sat, 27 Dec 2014 17:30:13 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=38719 ... Read full article]]> The monks of Sera Je Monastery offering extensive Medicine Buddha puja dedicated to peace between Palestine and Israel.

The monks of Sera Je Monastery offering extensive Medicine Buddha puja dedicated to peace between Israel and Palestine.

In November, Lama Zopa Rinpoche recommended for Shantideva Study Group, located in Israel, to arrange an extensive Medicine Buddha puja and to sponsor recitation of the Sutra of Golden Light to help the bring peace to the escalating situation between Israel and Palestine and bring peace to the world. 

Due to the kindness of many who contributed, as well as the FPMT Puja Fund which offered US$1,000,  the Medicine Buddha puja was offered by the monks of Sera Je Monastery  successfully and the monks of Gaden Shartse Monastery recited the Sutra of Golden Light and tea and lunch were offered to the Sangha.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche had said: “To be able to make offerings to the monks, who are living in the higher vows, there will be unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable good results and happiness that you will experience and if the offering is made with bodhichitta, then it becomes the cause of enlightenment.

Every single offering or service done then, becomes the cause of enlightenment –  to be able to free numberless sentient beings from the oceans of samsaric sufferings and achieve the state of omniscient mind.”

Ven. Thekchok Tenzin, Coordinator of Shantideva Study Group, offered the following prayer for all who contributed:

By the virtue of our merits
May all beings everywhere,
Plagued by sufferings of body and mind,
Obtain an ocean of happiness and joy, and live in peace and harmony

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has also advised what we as individuals can do for ongoing peace, especially regarding the situation between Israel and Palestine.

Thank you to all who all made offerings that enabled Shantideva Study Group to follow Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice for ending the conflict between Israel and Palestine. May peace prevail in the world.

You can learn more about the pujas and practices offered through the FPMT Puja Fund or read about the many  Charitable Projects of FPMT.

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