FPMT » Projects http://fpmt.org Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition Mon, 20 Apr 2015 23:40:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Practicing 108 Nyung Näs to Become a Trillion, Billion Times Greater than an Olympic Championhttp://fpmt.org/projects/lzrbf-news/practicing-108-nyung-nas-to-become-a-trillion-billion-times-greater-than-an-olympic-champion/ http://fpmt.org/projects/lzrbf-news/practicing-108-nyung-nas-to-become-a-trillion-billion-times-greater-than-an-olympic-champion/#comments Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:07:26 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=42113 ... Read full article]]> IVY students have completed 580 nyung näs since November 2014.

IVY students have completed 580 nyung näs since November 2014.

One of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for the FPMT organization is to sponsor others to complete 1,000 nyung nä retreats. Institute Vajra Yogini (IVY), France, upon hearing this incredible vision of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, immediately started hosting 108 nyung näs retreats a year. Now halfway into the fourth set of 108 retreats there is so much to rejoice in. Currently six people are committed to completing the whole 108 nyung näs. Nine people have so far done eight nyung näs or more. 66 people have done at least one nyung näs. 81 different participants in total have participated in one or more nyung näs and an incredible 580 individual nyung näs have already been accumulated.

On average, there are between 7 to 15 people participating in each single session of the nyung näs.

The Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund is sponsoring a number of the people to do the 108 nyung näs and recently sent over US$8,000 toward the sponsorship of food and lodging for individuals undertaking this practice.  The students are dedicating the merits of their practice to Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s long life, good health, and for the immediate fulfillment of all of Rinpoche’s wishes.

This practice is a trillion, billion times greater than becoming an Olympic champion. Doing so many nyung näs you become an unbelievable champion. This is what makes numberless buddhas and bodhisattvas most happy and brings sentient beings to enlightenment as quickly as possible.

—Lama Zopa Rinpoche, May 2007

In 2008 Lama Zopa Rinpoche wrote a letter to a student who had just completed 200 nyung näs and was continuing on to complete 1,000. Please enjoy an excerpt from that letter:

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Washington, USA, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Washington, USA, July 2014. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

Thank you for doing so many nyung näs….

What you have accomplished is really unbelievable, unbelievable, unbelievable! I wish I could do this some time, I think I have to meditate more on impermanence and death and on the lower realms and karma.

If you can finish these 1,000 it will be unbelievable, unbelievable. Shine [calm abiding] is just one small aspect of the path, but the nyung näs are a cause to achieve the path to enlightenment and to achieve all the qualities of Buddha, also so many eons of negative karma gets purified, 40,000 eons of negative karma are purified by just doing one nyung näs, then depending on how much compassion you generate and of course if you generate bodhichitta, then you can purify much more than that.

What you have done, the nyung näs, wow!! That is just amazing! A miracle, unbelievable, most unbelievable gift to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, to numberless buddhas and bodhisattvas, you can’t imagine how many hundreds of thousands of millions of many eons of negative karma that have gone by doing this, so many, many eons of negative karma have gone.

I hope you don’t feel you are missing the negative karma. I hope that you don’t fall asleep at night time and miss all those negative karmas. Sooner or later you will become a bodhisattva. So just like when someone wins soccer, when all the people jump up, clapping their hands, many tens of thousands of people clapping their hands, so in the same way all the buddhas and bodhisattvas are clapping their hands, from the ten directions, even from the pure lands.

This is your best offering, best service to sentient beings; this is how you collect most extensive merit. Doing all those practices, prostrations it is unbelievable purification, by reciting the names of the 35 Buddhas, Chenrezig meditation, recitation, by making offerings to Chenrezig, you collect the same amount of merit as having made offerings to all the buddhas, and then by taking the 8 Mahayana precepts on top … wow!!! Amazing, gorgeous!

Please download a free PDF, Praise and Prayer to Noble Avalokiteshvara in celebration of these amazing accomplishments by so many dedicated students who wish to support Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Vision.

Tremendous thanks to Francois and Violette and all at Institute Vajra Yogini for all they are doing to make the 108 nyung näs Vast Vision a reality, and also for supporting all the nyung näs participants, which is creating more bodhichitta in the world.

You can learn more about Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Vision for the FPMT organization, or about other beneficial activities of the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund.

 

The dedicated nyung näs participants of IVY.

The dedicated nyung näs participants of IVY.

 

 

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Robes Offered to Buddha Statue in Mahabodhi Temple Every Monthhttp://fpmt.org/projects/pf-news/robes-offered-to-buddha-statue-in-mahabodhi-temple-every-month/ http://fpmt.org/projects/pf-news/robes-offered-to-buddha-statue-in-mahabodhi-temple-every-month/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 16:30:53 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=41976 ... Read full article]]> Beautiful Buddha in Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya. The Puja Fund offers best quality robes to this statue every month. Photo by Thubten Kunsang.

Beautiful Buddha in Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya. The Puja Fund offers best quality robes to this statue every month. Photo by Thubten Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche blessing robes before they are offered to Buddha statue in Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche blessing robes before they are offered to Buddha statue in Mahabodhi Temple, Bodhgaya.

Every month the Puja Fund sponsors a new set of robes to be offered to the precious Buddha statue inside the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodhgaya, India.

In 2014 Lama Zopa Rinpoche visited the market in Bodhgaya and personally chose the best quality cloth for the robes.

The offering is kindly done by Root Institute with prayers including:

In order to purify my mind,
I offer an exquisite precious garment,

Multicolored like Indra’s variegated bow,
That when touched becomes the cause of bliss
May I be adorned with the holy garment of patience.

OM VAJRA VASTRAYE AH HUM SVAHA

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has taught extensively on the benefits of offering to statues of Buddha. “If someone offers a small flower or rice to a Buddha statue, a stupa, or scripture then the benefit extends from then up to enlightenment. Amazing, amazing,” Rinpoche has said. “It is said in the sutra Piled Flowers, on top of that benefit, you achieve ultimate happiness, liberation from the causes of delusion and karma, and on top of that full enlightenment, all the realizations and omniscient mind. After this, then you liberate numberless hell beings, pretas, animals, humans, suras and asuras from the ocean of samsaric sufferings and bring them to full enlightenment. When all beings are brought to enlightenment, only then are all the results of offering achieved.”

Please enjoy this video that was filmed by Bill Kane during the robes offering in March 2015. In this video the robes that are sponsored are being respectfully offered to this precious statue while Sangha and students from Root Institute are offering the appropriate prayers.

You are welcome to offer any amount, at any time, to this precious offering of robes occurring every month.

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In addition to offering robes every month to the Buddha statue in Bodhgaya, The Puja Fund also offers gold to the Jowo Buddha in Tibet and offer saffron flower petals, white wash, and material for umbrellas to Bouddhanath and Swayambunath stupas in Nepal.

 

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A Personal Account of the Benefits of the Sera Je Food Fundhttp://fpmt.org/projects/sjff-news/a-personal-account-of-the-benefits-of-the-sera-je-food-fund/ http://fpmt.org/projects/sjff-news/a-personal-account-of-the-benefits-of-the-sera-je-food-fund/#comments Tue, 24 Mar 2015 16:30:38 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=41614 ... Read full article]]> Recently Ven. Roger Kunsang accompanied Lama Zopa Rinpoche when Rinpoche met with Geshe Gelong, a Sera Je Monastery monk, in southern India. Ven. Roger made notes of the conversation, in which Geshe Gelong expressed the importance of the Sera Je Food Fund from his personal experience.

There are 2,500 monks benefiting from the Sera Je Food Fund (3,300 for breakfast) and the annual cost is US$280,000.

There are 2,500 monks benefiting from the Sera Je Food Fund (3,300 for breakfast) and the annual cost is US$280,000.

Geshe Gelong was living and studying at Sera Je Monastery prior to the establishment of the Sera Je Food Fund. He easily recalls stories of the hardships faced by the Sangha members living at Sera Je Monastery before FPMT started offering three healthy vegetarian meals every day. This offering is due to the kindness of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the generous donations of his students and benefactors.

“Monks would have to pay for their own meals before the Sera Je Food Fund started because the monastery couldn’t afford to offer them free food. Many monks arrived at Sera Je having fled from Tibet so they had no, or very little money. They arrived unable to pay for food, some were not eating for up to a week at a time,” recalls Geshe Gelong. A lack of food inevitably led to malnutrition and high rates of TB (tuberculosis) in the monastic community. “I would drive so many monks who had TB, due to poor nutrition, to the local hospitals acting as translator for the many who didn’t speak Hindi. It was a very, very difficult life for many. With the monastery unable to offer free food and the monks unable to pay for it, many had to give up their education and leave, some having to disrobe and risk returning to Tibet. I would like to thank Lama Zopa Rinpoche for the care and opportunity the Sera Je Food Fund has brought to the monastery and the monks.”

There are 2,500 monks benefiting from the Sera Je Food Fund (3,300 for breakfast) and the annual cost is US$280,000.

“Previously thin and malnourished monks are now a healthy size with rates of TB now much lower,” Geshe Gelong explained. “Healthier bodies and minds mean the monks are now able to focus on their studies and practices and are much happier and healthier thanks to the three daily provided by the Sera Je Food Fund.”

Buckets of soup about to be offered to the 2,500 monks of Sera Je Monastery.

Buckets of soup about to be offered to the 2,500 monks of Sera Je Monastery.

A heartfelt thanks goes out to all of the past, present and future donors who make this offering possible. You are welcome to offer any amount to this fund. Here is how your offering will be used:

  • US$10: Provides three vegetarian meals a day to one monk for one month
  • US$120: Provides three vegetarian meals a day to one monk for one year
  • US$780: Provides three vegetarian meals a day to all 2,500 monks for one day
  • US$5,460: Provides three vegetarian meals a day to all 2,500 monks for one week
  • US$280,000: Provides three vegetarian meals a day to all the 2,500 monks for one year

DONATE

You can learn more about the Sera Je Food Fund, or see details of a typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner offered to the monks.

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Continuous Light Offerings to Holy Objects in Mongoliahttp://fpmt.org/projects/lzrbf-news/continuous-light-offerings-to-holy-objects-in-mongolia/ http://fpmt.org/projects/lzrbf-news/continuous-light-offerings-to-holy-objects-in-mongolia/#comments Tue, 17 Mar 2015 20:12:26 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=41473 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche showing respect to a Hayagriva statue on the altar at Idgaa Choizinling College in Mongolia.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche showing respect to a Hayagriva statue on the altar at Idgaa Choizinling College in Mongolia.

The Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund sponsors the electricity for lotus light offerings to all the holy objects on the altar at Idgaa Choizinling College in Mongolia. The lights are offered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Among the holy objects on this altar is an incredible Hayagriva statue (pictured on the right).

The annual 100 Million Mani Retreat, which is one of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions, is also held in the Idgaa Choizinling gompa.

Please rejoice in this daily offering of light to these incredible holy objects in Mongolia. Anyone is welcome to think of this continuous light offering and offer it in their daily practice. You are also welcome to offer any amount to the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund to contribute to the costs of this daily offering.

 

Light Offering Prayer

The Idgaa Choizinling gompa, which houses the 100 Million Mani Retreats sponsored by the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund.

The Idgaa Choizinling gompa, which houses the 100 Million Mani Retreats sponsored by the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund.

Composed by Lama Atisha

May the light of the lamp be equal to the great three thousand worlds and their environments,
May the wick of the lamp be equal to the king of mountains – Mount Meru.
May the butter be equal to the infinite ocean.
May there be billions of trillions of lamps in the presence of each and every buddha.
May the light illuminate the darkness of ignorance of all sentient beings
From the peak of samsara down to the most torturous hell,
Whereby they can see directly and clearly all the ten directions’
Buddhas and bodhisattvas and their pure lands.
OM VAJRA ALOKE AH HUM E MA HO
I offer these beautifully exalted clear and luminous lights
To the thousand buddhas of the fortunate eon,
To all the buddhas and bodhisattvas of the infinite pure lands and of the ten directions,
To all the gurus, meditation deities, dakas, dakinis, dharma protectors,
and the assembly of deities of all mandalas.

From “Extensive Offering Practice,” by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Available through the FPMT Foundation Store

You can learn more about the many beneficial activities of the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund or other Charitable Projects of FPMT.

 

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Beautiful Extensive Offerings at Kachoe Dechen Ling in California USAhttp://fpmt.org/projects/lzrbf-news/beautiful-extensive-offerings-at-kachoe-dechen-ling-in-california-usa/ http://fpmt.org/projects/lzrbf-news/beautiful-extensive-offerings-at-kachoe-dechen-ling-in-california-usa/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 16:30:26 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=41214 ... Read full article]]> Every day at Kachoe Dechen Ling in California, USA, four ordained Sangha members currently dedicate their time to making extensive offerings and doing practices requested by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to benefit the entire FPMT organization, benefactors, students, and all beings.

The extensive offerings at Kachoe Dechen Ling consist of hundreds of saffron-filled water bowls that are offered daily, thousands of light offerings as well as an extensive flower garden. Photo by Chris Majors.

The extensive offerings at Kachoe Dechen Ling consist of hundreds of saffron-filled water bowls that are offered daily, thousands of light offerings as well as an extensive flower garden. Photo by Chris Majors.

We are not aware of the limitless skies of benefits we achieve from the practice of offering, what we can achieve and enjoy from life to life. Even while we are in samsara, we will enjoy good rebirths, wealth, and every happiness. Even just the samsaric perfections are amazing, without adding all those incredible realizations that allow us to off er deep benefit to sentient beings, liberating them from oceans of samsaric suffering and its cause, delusion and karma.

—Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Extensive Offering Practice

All of these practices and offerings are dedicated to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s students, and all beings who are sick or are experiencing life obstacles. Photographer Chris Majors recently took a series of photos which wonderfully capture this daily activity. It is incredible that these offerings and practices are happening every single day. Please remember these beautiful offerings in your own practice. This is an incredibly easy way to create merit.

Every month Medicine Buddhas and large Padmasambhava tsa tsa is made and dedicated to the success and removal of all obstacles for all FPMT centers, projects, and services. Photo by Chris Majors.

Every month Medicine Buddha and large Padmasambhava tsa-tsas are made and dedicated to the success and removal of all obstacles for all FPMT centers, projects, and services. Photo by Chris Majors.

 

An extensive and beautiful garden in maintained at Kachoe Dechen Ling. Photo by Chris Majors.

An extensive and beautiful garden in maintained at Kachoe Dechen Ling. Photo by Chris Majors.

 

Sangha make three Kadampa stupas with prayers and filled with mantras for every person who has passed away, as well as 13 Mitukpas and three long life deity tsa tsas dedicated to anyone who is sick or is experiencing obstacles.

Sangha make three Kadampa stupas daily with prayers and filled with mantras for every person who has passed away, as well as 13 Mitukpa and three long life deity tsa-tsas dedicated to anyone who is sick or is experiencing obstacles. Photo by Chris Majors.

There is no difference between offering to a statue of Buddha or a visualized Buddha. Even if there is no statue, but you think of Buddha and make offerings, it has incredible inexhaustible benefits. Why? Because Buddha has inconceivable qualities; he completed the two types of merit and ceased all the mistakes of the mind.

—Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Extensive Offering Practice

You can enjoy an entire gallery of the extensive offerings at Kachoe Dechen Ling and Buddha Amitabha Pure Land in Washington state. You are also welcome to offering any amount to these daily practices and offerings.

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Investing in the Future and Preservation of the Gelug Traditionhttp://fpmt.org/projects/lzrbf-news/investing-in-the-future-and-preservation-of-the-geluk-tradition/ http://fpmt.org/projects/lzrbf-news/investing-in-the-future-and-preservation-of-the-geluk-tradition/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 17:30:36 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=41199 ... Read full article]]> His Holiness the Dalai Lama meeting with senior monks on his arrival at Gaden Monastery in Mundgod, Karnataka, India on December 22, 2014. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama meeting with senior monks on his arrival at Gaden Monastery in Mundgod, Karnataka, India on December 22, 2014. Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL.

At a meeting held in South India in December 2014, His Holiness the Dalai Lama stressed the extreme importance of establishing the Geluk International Foundation and offices for the long term preservation of the Gelug tradition. Lama Zopa Rinpoche immediately responded to this advice from His Holiness and pledged to offer US$100,000, through the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund, toward the construction of the building needed for this project. This offering was sent out in February. Specifically, this donation will be used for:

  • Office of Gaden Tri Thog Khang – the headquarters of the Gelug tradition of Tibetan Buddhism
  • Office of Gaden Tri Thog Khang – secretary and other staff quarters
  • Office of Geluk International Foundation
  • Training and research center
  • First floor – assembly hall
  • Second floor – photang for the Gaden Tri Rinpoche

Please rejoice in this incredible offering. May it create the causes for Buddha’s teachings to be accessible to all, far and wide, through the preservation of the lineage of Lama Tsongkhapa.

You can learn more about the beneficial activities sponsored by the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund or about the many Charitable Projects of FPMT.

 

 

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Please Rejoice for Pujas and Offerings Sponsored During Fifteen Days of Losarhttp://fpmt.org/projects/pf-news/please-rejoice-for-pujas-and-offerings-sponsored-during-fifteen-days-of-losar/ http://fpmt.org/projects/pf-news/please-rejoice-for-pujas-and-offerings-sponsored-during-fifteen-days-of-losar/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:30:19 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=41066 ... Read full article]]> Every year during Losar (Tibetan New Year and the 15 days of miracles) the Puja Fund sponsors these pujas and offerings all over the world, dedicated to the success of the entire FPMT organization. This is something amazing to rejoice in. 

Sera Je Monastery monks performing pujas sponsored by the Puja Fund.

Sera Je Monastery monks performing pujas sponsored by the Puja Fund.

Pujas Offered by Over 15,650 Sangha

  • Recitation of the Prajnaparamita (three versions) offered by the 650 monks of Gyurme Tantric College
  • Druk Chu Ma (64 offerings to Kalarupa to eliminate obstacles), Namgyäl Tong Chö (One thousand sets of offerings to Buddha Namgyälma) and Zangcho (King of Prayers) offered by the 6,000 monks of Sera Je and Sera Mey Monastery
  •  Druk Chu Ma, Medicine Buddha Puja and Zangcho offered by the 3,400 monks of Gaden Jangtse and Shartse Monastery
  • Druk Chu Ma, Namgyäl Tsechog (puja offered to Buddha Namgyälma) and Zangcho offered by the 4,200 monks of Drepung Gomang, Loseling and Deyang Monastery 
  •  Namgyäl Tong Chö and Zangcho offered by the 600 monks of Gyuto Tantric College

 

Offerings Made to Holy Objects in Nepal, India and Tibet

Offerings to Gurus and Sangha

  • Offerings are made to all of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s gurus including His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
  • Small money offering to 15,650 Sangha of Sera Je, Sera Mey, Gaden Jangtse, Gaden Shartse, Drepung Gomang, Loseling, Deyang, Gyuto Tantric College, Gyurme Tantric College  and Kopan Monastery and Nunnery
  • Small money offerings are made to all the Sangha at IMI international Sangha communities (Nalanda Monastery, France;  Thubten Shedrup Ling, Australia;  Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy;  and Chenrezig Institute, Australia)
  • A full set of robes is offered to all FPMT geshes and resident teachers

Descriptions of Pujas Offered

  • Druk Chu Ma: 64 offerings to Kalarupa to eliminate obstacles to one’s activities or projects that are bringing benefit to others
  • Namgyäl Tong Chö: One thousand sets of offerings to Buddha Namgyälma
  • Namgyäl Tsechog: Is performed to Buddha Namgyälma is performed to remove all obstacles to one’s life and to have a long life. This puja is specifically dedicated to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to all beings who are benefiting others and practicing virtue
  • Medicine Buddha Puja: To bring success to all one’s activities, for long life, and for when someone has passed away

Please rejoice in all of this virtuous activity. You are welcome to participate by mentally offering and dedicating all of these activities, or by donating any amount toward their completion.

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You can learn more about the ongoing activities of the Puja Fund or about the other Charitable Projects of FPMT.

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Please Rejoice for New Large Padmasambhava Statue at Osel Linghttp://fpmt.org/projects/ppp-news/please-rejoice-for-new-large-padmasambhava-statue-at-osel-ling/ http://fpmt.org/projects/ppp-news/please-rejoice-for-new-large-padmasambhava-statue-at-osel-ling/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:30:05 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=40970 ... Read full article]]> The newly completed 6.5 ft Padmasambhava statue at Osel Ling, Spain.

The newly completed 6.5 ft Padmasambhava statue at Osel Ling, Spain.

 

Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) is perhaps the most universally cherished realized being in all of Tibetan Buddhism. Padmasambhava came to Tibet from India in the 8th century and helped establish a pure lineage which is still practiced today by all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism around the world.

Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) is perhaps the most universally cherished realized being in all of Tibetan Buddhism. Padmasambhava came to Tibet from India in the 8th century and helped establish a pure lineage which is still practiced today by all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism around the world.

One of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for FPMT is for many large statues of Padmasambhava to be built around the world. To date, nineteen statues have been built in accordance with Rinpoche’s  wishes.

Please rejoice in the completion of the most recent statue, at Osel Ling in Spain. This beautiful statue measures 6.5 ft (2 meters).

Listen, beautiful one having the form of a goddess,
For those sentient beings who have not met me,
Statues of me in the future
Will become the light eliminating the darkness of ignorance.
Whoever builds such statues of me, Which become objects of offering and so forth,
All their future lives will become meaningful
And they will establish the banner of the teachings.

– Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche)

You can learn more about Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for the FPMT organization, or about the many Charitable Projects of FPMT which contribute to Rinpoche’s vision.

 

 

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Please Rejoice in the Activities of the Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fundhttp://fpmt.org/projects/ltktf-news/please-rejoice-in-the-activities-of-the-lama-tsongkhapa-teachers-fund/ http://fpmt.org/projects/ltktf-news/please-rejoice-in-the-activities-of-the-lama-tsongkhapa-teachers-fund/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 17:30:49 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=40668 ... Read full article]]> The Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fund offers food to top scholars participating in the annual Winter Debate.

The Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fund offering food to the top scholars who are participating in the recently held Annual Winter Debate.

The Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fund is one of FPMT’s longest running charitable projects. Established in 1997 at the request of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this fund has three main objectives:

  • Offering stipends to the 150 most senior teachers of the Lama Tsongkhapa tradition

In December 2014, US$20,296 was offered to senior teachers at  Sera Je, Sera Mey, Drepung Loseling, Ganden, Gyume, Gyuto, Tashi Lhunpo, and Rato monasteries.

  • Supporting the annual Gelugpa Exam

652 students took part in this annual exam. The Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fund covers the basic expenses for all participants including food.

  • Supporting the annual Winter Debate in India and Nepal

The Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fund is the primary sponsor of this debate where the best Buddhist scholars gather to sharpen their understanding of the Buddha’s highest teachings. The annual Winter Debate in Nepal also includes debates with nuns.

Preserving the Mahayana tradition is the primary objective of the entire FPMT organization and the Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fund is one substantial way to help continue this work.

Participants in the 2014 Gelugpa Exam.

Participants in the 2014 Gelugpa Exam.

Tremendous thanks to all the donors who make these offerings possible. You are welcome to offer any amount to the Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fund to contribute to the support being offered to the current and future teachers of the Mahayana tradition.

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

 

 

 

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Another Successful Year for the Sera Je Food Fundhttp://fpmt.org/projects/sjff-news/another-successful-year-for-the-sera-je-food-fund/ http://fpmt.org/projects/sjff-news/another-successful-year-for-the-sera-je-food-fund/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:30:51 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=40480 ... Read full article]]> It takes a tremendous amount of food and collective work to offer 8,300 meals every day to the monks of Sera Je Monastery.

It takes a tremendous amount of food and collective work to offer 8,300 meals every day to the monks of Sera Je Monastery.

Over the past year we have reported details about the incredible amount of food required to offer three nutritious meals daily to all of the monks studying at Sera Je Monastery (3,300 for breakfast, 2,500 for lunch and dinner).

The Sera Je Food Fund thrived in 2014. An incredible 3,029,500 meals were offered . This is due to the kindness of many who contribute to the US$280,000 needed every year to continue this project.

In 2014, interest amounting to 4% of the annual budget was accumulated from fixed term deposits and this interest was put back into the Sera Je Food Fund to help offset 2015 food expenses. Additionally, an annual wealth vase puja was offered and dedicated to the continued success of the project.

In December, 125 monks were not able to attend His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings in Mundgod, but dry food was left for these monks so they would still have food even though the typical meal service was not offered during his Holiness’s teachings.

Please rejoice in this incredible offering that is provided every single day to the monks of Sera Je Monastery. You are welcome to offer any amount to this beneficial project.

  • US$10: Provides three vegetarian meals a day to one monk for one month
  • US$120: Provides three vegetarian meals a day to one monk for one year
  • US$780: Provides three vegetarian meals a day to all 2,500 monks for one day
  • US$5,460: Provides three vegetarian meals a day to all 2,500 monks for one week
  • US$280,000: Provides three vegetarian meals a day to all the 2,500 monks for one year

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