FPMT » Projects http://fpmt.org Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition Fri, 06 Mar 2015 11:49:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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You can keep up on all the news from the Sera Je Food Fund or learn more about the other Charitable Projects of FPMT.

 

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Gold Offered Every Month to Holy Jowo Statue in Tibethttp://fpmt.org/projects/pf-news/gold-offered-every-month-to-holy-jowa-statue-in-tibet/ http://fpmt.org/projects/pf-news/gold-offered-every-month-to-holy-jowa-statue-in-tibet/#comments Tue, 10 Feb 2015 20:30:26 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=39925 ... Read full article]]> Every month, the Puja Fund offers gold to the most precious Jowo Buddha statue in Lhasa, Tibet. Said to have been blessed by Shakyamuni Buddha himself, the Jowo Buddha statue is one of the most sacred statues in all of Tibet. Originally crafted in India, the Jowo was brought to China, and then brought to Tibet by the daughter  of the Chinese emperor, Princess Wenchen Kongjo, upon her marriage to Songsten Gampo.  The Jowo Buddha statue resides in the central chapel of the Jokhang, among the most holy temples in Lhasa.

Gold is offered every month to the precious Jowo Buddha statue in Lhasa, Tibet.

Gold is offered every month to the precious Jowo Buddha statue in Lhasa, Tibet.

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. 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. So by offering gold, then wow, wow, wow. Can you imagine the result! From only a tiny offering (of a flower or rice) so much benefit is received due to that statue, etc. So really, holy objects are wish-fulfilling gems – so unbelievably precious.

—Lama Zopa Rinpoche, in a letter to a student who offered gold to 1,000 buddha statues at Kopan Monastery in Nepal

Please rejoice in this monthly offering that is so precious. You are welcome to contribute to this by contributing to the Puja Fund at any time.

You can learn more about the extensive pujas, practices and offerings sponsored by the Puja Fund or about any of the other Charitable Projects of FPMT.

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Please Rejoice in Incredible Year of Benefiting Animalshttp://fpmt.org/projects/alf-news/please-rejoice-in-incredible-year-of-benefiting-animals/ http://fpmt.org/projects/alf-news/please-rejoice-in-incredible-year-of-benefiting-animals/#comments Fri, 06 Feb 2015 17:30:56 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=39793 ... Read full article]]> Animal Liberation at Kachoe Dechen Ling, CA, USA.

Animals being circumambulated around the stupa at Kachoe Dechen Ling, CA, USA.

Benefiting animals in any way possible is a high priority for FPMT and one of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for the organization. The Animal Liberation Fund helps carry forth this work.

In 2014, approximately 77,100 animals were liberated by Sangha at Rinpoche’s house in USA. Not only were the animals saved from untimely death but they were also taken around an incredible amount of holy objects, mantras were recited and blown on them and they were carefully placed where they could live out the rest of their life. Please rejoice!

Additionally:

  • US$2,000 was offered toward a large animal liberation in Hong Kong where over 14,500 animals where liberated
  • Sangha at Rinpoche’s house in California engage in weekly blessing for the sentient beings in the Pacific Ocean with large Namgyälma mantra boards
  • Weekly blessing and charity to at least 17 ant nests in Washington State, USA are offered
  • US$3,000 was offered to MAITRI Charitable Trust in Gaya, India to help feed 45 goats and 25 chickens that had been saved from death.

Please rejoice in the different ways we were able to benefit animals in 2014. This is an incredible service to all sentient beings that FPMT sponsors every year.

Animal liberation practice is an incredible practice for anyone who has illnesses or is experiencing life obstacles. Anyone who donates to the Animal Liberation Fund is contributing directly to the saving of animals and dedications and prayers are made for all donors during the animal liberation practice.

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You can learn more about the activities of the Animal Liberation Fund or about the many Charitable Projects of FPMT.

 

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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 cloth 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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