Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund

His Holiness the Dalai Lama arriving at Sera Monastery in Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India on December 24, 2013. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

His Holiness the Dalai Lama arriving at Sera Monastery in Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India on December 24, 2013. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

In November 2012, on the very auspicious occasion of the 610th Anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa’s composition of his masterpiece Lam-rim Chen-mo (The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment) and the 600th Anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa’s teaching of this text at Gaden Monastery for the first time, His Holiness the Dalai Lama began offering teachings and transmissions on eighteen classic Lam-rim commentaries at the request of His Eminence Ling Rinpoche. His Holiness continued the incredibly rare teachings and transmissions this past year as well. The teaching event took place December 25, 2013 – January 3, 2014 at Sera Je Monastery.

Over 40,000 Sangha attended the Jangchup Lam-rim teaching event including many high lamas. Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be seen with Choden Rinpoche in the fourth row of this photo.

Over 40,000 Sangha attended the Jangchup Lam-rim teaching event including many high lamas. Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be seen with Choden Rinpoche in the fourth row of this photo.

During the teachings, Lama Zopa Rinpoche requested prayers from all of the Sangha attending (over 40,000), dedicated to the Maitreya Project and to the entire FPMT organization.

On behalf of all FPMT centers, projects, services, students, benefactors and volunteers Lama Zopa Rinpoche was able to make offerings totaling USD$27,805.49 to the Sangha.

In Tibetan Buddhism, disciples are considered the extensions of their teachers, the “pores of the guru.” Generosity in relation to the disciple is considered as meritorious as generosity to the teacher. Lama Zopa Rinpoche has explained:

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 3 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.

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Sangha from all four traditions of Tibetan Buddhism participated in this year’s Rime Chirim Tendo Chenmo festival at Tharlam Sasang Namgyal Ling Monastery, Bouddhanath, Nepal.

In 2006, for the first time in the history of the Nalanda Tradition, Nyingma, Kagyü, Sakya and Gelug traditions have formed an umbrella organization called Nepal Buddhist Federation (NBF). Since then, NBF has been engaging in many activities, including organizing the Rime Chirim Tendo Chenmo Monlam, a prayer festival for Saka Dawa dedicated to the healthy and long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the heads of the four Tibetan Buddhist schools, all other great masters, as well as for world peace.

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The Sangha enjoyed three meals together.

The festival, now in its sixth year and taking place at Tharlam Sasang Namgyal Ling Monastery, Bouddhanath, Nepal, is a great historic achievement and a sign of growing harmony within the four schools of the Tibetan Buddhism. Four hundred Sangha members were invited from each of the four schools. In addition to the pujas and prayers offered, breakfast, lunch and dinner was also offered to each Sangha member as well as a small offering.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, through the Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fund, was happy to offer US$6,187 toward this year’s festival.

You are welcome to donate any amount to support this project which directly supports the teachings of Lama Tsongkhapa.

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The site of the new temple for Ngari Khangtsen.

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Khensur Rinpoche Jampa Thegchok.

Ngari Khangtsen, the khangtsen of Khensur Rinpoche Jampa Thegchok in south India, has recently begun their new Temple Project.

In their own words, “We have outgrown the old 1983 prayer/ assembly hall made to house a maximum of 50 persons. In the new quarters, there is room for a brand new spacious prayer hall. Today, we have over 150 monks ranging from the very young to the very old. And we have definitely outgrown the old prayer hall. On hot summer days, the hall just does not accommodate enough oxygen for the number of praying and reciting participants!”

The Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund recently offered support to this important project. Lama Zopa Rinpoche was inspired to support this project and help it achieve fruition.

US$100,000 was offered to this project which has an estimated budget of over US$500,000.

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Geshe Ngawang Sangye, one of the main teachers of Sera Je Monastery.

Nagri Khangtsen also has a school in Ladakh and The Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodchitta Fund is also sponsoring, for the second year, the entire cost of a year’s food offering for the children studying at Ngari Institute of Buddhist Dialectics.

Please rejoice in the building of this new temple for the monks of Ngari Khangtsen.

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Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore, has a beautiful 50 feet high thangka that they unfurl for celebrations.

Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore, has a beautiful 50 feet high thangka that they unfurl for celebrations.

Amitabha Buddha Centre (ABC), Singapore, has undertaken several projects which are in alignment with Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s vast visions for the FPMT organization. 

Recently, they commissioned a 50 feet high x 30 feet wide large thangka depicting Amitabha Buddha in Sukavati pure land accompanied by the eight great bodhisattvas. Sewn entirely by hand by Tibetan artists in south India, it took over one year to complete the detailed applique work. Rinpoche requested ABC to arrange this thangka so the center could hold regular festival days where many offerings and practices could be done in front of the thangka as an incredible way to create merit and for people to connect with Amitabha Buddha.

Other centers are also contributing to Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s vast vision for FPMT centers to display large thangkas and host festival days where these thangkas can be enjoyed. Please rejoice in the incredible large thangkas currently being utilized in FPMT centers around the world!

Please enjoy this video of ABC hoisting up their large thankga for the 2014 Vesak Celebration.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Maitripa College, Portland, OR, April 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Maitripa College, Portland, OR, April 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche recently offered a series of teachings at Maitripa College in Portland, OR. These teachings were streamed live and are now available to watch at any time.

Rinpoche was very inspired by the work being done at Maitripa College, which has a strong focus on community service in addition to an impressive academic program. To help Maitripa continue this valuable work, Rinpoche offered, through the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund, US$10,000 to the college.

Please rejoice in this offering and in the incredible work being done by Yangsi Rinpoche and his team at Maitripa College.

 

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Some of the nuns of Bigu Nunnery.

The building site of the new ten rooms for the nuns of Bigu Nunnery.

The building site of the new ten rooms for the nuns of Bigu Nunnery.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche recently raised US$20,000 for the Bigu Nunnery, Nepal, for the building of ten rooms for the nuns’ accommodation.

The offering was made from a number of extremely kind benefactors in Singapore.

Providing quality housing for Sangha is a priority for Rinpoche, he also recently offered $US50,000 toward the building of rooms for monks at a monastery in East Asia.

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Building is underway for the nuns the new accommodation.

In addition, very year since 2009, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has sponsored the nuns of Bigu Nunnery to complete one and now two 100 Million Mani Retreat (100 million recitations of the mantra OM MANI PADME HUM). In addition to the 100 Million Mani Retreats, Rinpoche is offering all the cost of food to all the nuns for this period as well as the cost of a very qualified geshe to stay during the retreat in order to give lam-rim teachings. One of these retreats is offered through the kindness of a benefactor, and the other through the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund.

In addition to this, Kopan Monastery has offered robes to all of the nuns of Bigu Nunnery.

Please rejoice in this continued support to the nuns of Bigu Nunnery.

You are welcome to offer any amount to the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund

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In this touching video, Lama Zopa Rinpoche meets the children of the Ngari Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Ladakh, India. Rinpoche is listening to the children reciting many prayers that they have memorized. Lama Zopa Rinpoche, through the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund, is sponsoring all the food for the children this year. This is the second year that Rinpoche has offered this.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche making an offering to a beggar on the way up to Vulture’s Peak, India, March 2014. Photo by Andy Melnic.

The sheer volume of compassionate activity undertaken by Lama Zopa Rinpoche every year, day in and day out, is astounding. The Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund was established to enable Rinpoche’s kindness and generosity to flourish around the world.

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IVY Nyung-Na participants with the beautiful altar set up for this special practice.

One of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s vast visions for the FPMT organization is to sponsor 1,000 Nung-Nä retreats. About this retreat practice Rinpoche commented, “Nyung-Näs take such a short time, but bring strong purification. So many eons can be purified in this life; it makes it so easy to have attainments.”

Nyung-Nä practice is an intensive 2-day purification retreat that includes fasting, precepts, prostrations, prayers, mantra recitation, and offerings. Nyung-Nä is a practice based on the deity, 1,000 armed Chenrezig, the Buddha of Compassion, and is extremely powerful for healing illness, purifying negative karma, and opening the heart to compassion.

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1,000 Armed Chenrezig by Peter Iseli

O Arya Compassionate-eyed One
Who is the treasure of compassion
I request you please listen to me.
Please guide myself mothers and fathers
In all six realms to be freed quickly
From the great ocean of samsara.
I request that the vast and profound
Peerless awakening mind may grow.
With the tear of your great compassion
Please cleanse all karmas and delusions.
Please lead with your hand of compassion
Me and migrators to fi elds of bliss.
Please, Amitabha and Chenrezig,
In all my lives be virtuous friends.
Show well the undeceptive pure path
And quickly place us in Buddha’s state.

—- From the Concluding Ceremony, Nyung-Na Practice Manual

Institut Vajra Yogini (IVY) in France is now hosting the third set of 108 Nyung-Näs, with four people trying to do the full 108, some of them being sponsored by Lama Zopa Rinpoche himself through the Bodhichitta Fund. From November through the beginning of March, an amazing 73 participants have accumulated 572 individual Nyung-Näs. This is something incredible in which to rejoice!

You can read commentary from Lama Zopa Rinpoche about this powerful practice courtesy of the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

FPMT Education Services has published a Nyung Nä practice manual with everything you need to complete this retreat. It can be purchased on the FPMT Foundation Store.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche and one of the beautiful Namgyälma boards being used to bless sentient beings in the Pacific Ocean and all who come into contact with it.

In addition to the weekly animal liberations offered by the Sangha at Kachoe Dechen Ling – Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s California residence, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has requested the Sangha to also make weekly trips to the Pacific Ocean in order to bless all the beings living in the ocean, by using large  Namgyälma mantra boards. This practice benefits all sentient beings in the ocean as well as all who touch the ocean, swim in the ocean, surf, etc. The Pacific Ocean is the world’s largest ocean (69,375,000 square miles) so by blessing this ocean, the benefit spreads far and wide. As well as blessing the sentient beings in the ocean and those who interact with the ocean, extensive practice involving visualization and mantra recitation is also done in accordance with advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche. An excerpt from this beautiful practice, the abbreviated Yeshe Kadra practice:

From the introduction:

Pretas suffer heavily of hunger and thirst – not finding even a drop of water or a spoonful of food for hundreds of thousands of eons; incredible exhaustion; disappointment; heat and cold, etc.  In particular, the pretas experience three types of obscurations: outer, inner, and obscurations related to food and drink. This practice of  “Yeshe Karda” is a practice whereby every single preta, of all the different types of pretas, receives drink.

From the actual practice:

For all pretas, whom the Omniscient Mind sees, this ocean of water appears as nectar. All pretas see it as an ocean of milk; they drink it and are fully satisfied. It liberates them from all sufferings, defilements, and the causes of sufferings – karma and delusions, including the specific sufferings of pretas.  All these are purified and they actualize the whole path to enlightenment.

The practice is dedicated to all beings, especially for the long life of our precious gurus and and with Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s recommended dedication practices.

Here you can see Rinpoche doing this very practice with Sangha

 About the Namgyälma mantra, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has said:

“Namgyälma is one of the five powerful deities that manifested to purify negative karma. The benefits of reciting the five powerful mantras are mind blowing. If you recite the mantras for anyone who has been born in the lower realms, it has the power to liberate them into a pure land and so forth. That’s an incredible thing. The mantra when written can be put on the head of a person or animal who has passed away. Or you can chant this mantra and then blow on water or sand, which you throw over the body to purify. These mantras are very important and powerful in the jangwa prayers.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Sangha and students using the Namgyälma boards to bless all who come into contact with the Pacific Ocean.

“Before reciting the mantra one can do the seven-limb prayer. Then make a request to Namgyalma for oneself and all sentient beings to be completely purified of all negative karmas and all those who are already in the lower realms to be immediately born in the pure land, where they can attain enlightenment, or to receive perfect human rebirth, meet the pure Mahayana teachings and be guided by perfectly qualified Mahayana gurus. Also, all the different negative karmas of sentient beings causing war, earthquakes, famine, disease, etc. to be purified, to not happen again in the future.

“Generate strong compassion. Recite the long mantra several times and then the short mantra. As you recite the mantra, visualize nectar beams are emitted, purifying the negative karmas of every sentient being since beginningless rebirth. They all receive the blessings of Namgyälma.”

Extracted from advice given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche following the tsunami tragedy, Kachoe Dechen Ling, December 28th 200.

Long Namgyälma Mantra

 

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OM NAMO BHAGAVATE / SARVA TRAILOKYA
PRATIVISHISHTAYA / BUDDHAYA TE NAMA TADYATHA /
OM BHRUM BHRUM BHRUM SHODHAYA SHODHAYA /
VISHODHAYA VISHODHAYA / ASAMA SAMANTA / AVABHASA
SPHARANA GATI / GAGANA SVABHAVA VISHUDDHE /
ABHISHINCHANTU MAM / SARVA TATHAGATA SUGATA / VARA
VACHANA AMRITA ABHISHEKAIRA / MAHAMUDRA / MANTRA
PADE / AHARA AHARA / MAMA AYUR SAMDHARANI /
SHODHAYA SHODHAYA / VISHODHAYA VISHODHAYA /
GAGANA SVABHAVA / VISHUDDHE USHNISHA VIJAYA /
PARISHUDDHE SAHASRA RASMI SANCHO DITE / SARVA
TATHAGATA AVALOKINI / SHAT PARAMITA PARIPURANI /
SARVA TATHAGATA MATE DASHA BHUMI PRATISHTHITE /
SARVA TATHAGATA HRIDAYA / ADHISHTHANA ADHISHTHITE /
MUDRE MUDRE / MAHA MUDRE / VAJRA KAYA / SAMHATANA
PARISHUDDHE / SARVA KARMA AVARANA VISHUDDHE
PRATINI VARTAYA / MAMA AYUR VISHUDDHE / SARVA
TATHAGATA SAMAYA / ADHISHTHANA ADHISHTHITE / OM
MUNI MUNI MAHA MUNI / VIMUNI VIMUNI MAHA VIMUNI /
MATI MATI MAHA MATI / MAMATI / SUMATI / TATHATA BHU
DHA KOTI PARISHUDDHE / VISPHUTA BUDDHE SHUDDHE /
HE HE JAYA JAYA VIJAYA VIJAYA / SMARA SMARA /
SPHARA SPHARA / SPHARAYA SPHARAYA / SARVA BUDDHA
ADHISHTHANA ADHISHTHITE / SHUDDHE SHUDDHE / BUDDHE
BUDDHE / VAJRE VAJRE / MAHA VAJRE / SUVAJRE / VAJRA

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