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December 2011: Geshe Jinpa from Kopan Monastery arranged for 120 yaks that were going to be killed to be purchased and taken to families who pledged to care for the yaks for the rest of their lives. The trip took over a week on foot and there will soon be a documentary released about the liberation. The fund offered US$7,715 to sponsor half of the 120 yaks, students from Singapore sponsored the other half. Lama Zopa Rinpoche blessed 120 giant pieces of cloth for the yaks to wear as blessing “strings.”
108 Yaks: A Journey of Love & Freedom, a 30-minute documentary, follows the project from its origins, from Geshe Jinpa receiving Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice to save the yaks, to the 19-day expedition driving the yaks across the Himalayan range of northeast Nepal to their remote sanctuary in the holy valley of Rolwaling.
October 2011: When Rinpoche heard how hundreds of thousands of animals in Nepal would be sacrificed during Dashain (a yearly, 15-day Hindu religious festival), Rinpoche immediately started to check what prayers and pujas should be done to help all the animals have a good rebirth as well as to help those who perform the sacrifices. Rinpoche then requested over 10,000 Sangha members from the three great monasteries and many other monasteries and nunneries to do extensive Medicine Buddha puja as well as nyung näs with strong dedications for all animals that are killed, especially those being sacrificed during Dashain as well as for those who do the killing. The cost of all the pujas was over US$15,000, which Lama Zopa Rinpoche and students sponsored.
April 2012: The Preserving the Lineage Fund sponsored initiations given by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin to many high lamas including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Dhakpa Rinpoche, Dagri Rinpoche and others from the Sakya tradition, as well as many of the Sangha of the Sakya Monastery and Nunnery.
This is the fifth year of a series of initiations given by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin at his monastery in Dehradun, India. This is a rare and utterly precious opportunity to receive the entire collection of initiations from His Holiness the Sakya Trizin called Wangya Norbu Tangwa (Garlands of Jewels of Hundreds of Initiations).
The Preserving the Lineage Fund offered breakfast, lunch and dinner to more than 800 Sangha (including about 65 Gelug lamas) attending these most critical initiations, as well sponsorship of His Holiness the Sakya Trizin’s household and attendants.
An elaborate long life puja for His Holiness the Sakya Trizin is part of the event and offered at the end of the teachings by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Preserving the Wangya Norbu Tangwa has become a matter of urgency as the lineage of the initiations had completely died out in the Gelug tradition. Initially, Rinpoche with other Gelug lamas, including Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche, received the first half of these initiations from His Eminence Chobgye Trichen Rinpoche in 1991, but age and poor health stopped him from giving the transmissions in their entirety.
Each year on Saka Dawa (Day 15 of Month 4: Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana), the Puja Fund sponsors these pujas and offerings all over the world, this is something amazing to rejoice in, to mentally offer and dedicate towards and also something you can also participate in by donating any amount … How amazing!
- Sera Lachi (6,000 monks): Druk Chu Ma, Namgyäl Tong Chö, Zangcho (King of Prayers)
- Ganden Lachi (3,400 monks): Druk Chu Ma, Medicine Buddha Puja, Zangcho
- Drepung Lachi (4,200 monks): Druk Chu Ma, Namgyäl Tsechog, Zangcho
- Gyurme Tantric College (650 monks): Recitation of the Prajnaparamita (three versions)
- Gyuto Tantric College (600 monks): Namgyäl Tong Chö, Zangcho.
- 20rs is offered to every monk at these monasteries.
- Kopan Monastery: Tukchuma Puja and Medicine Buddha Puja. Nrs. 50 offered to all the monks.
- Kopan Nunnery:100,000 recitations of praises to 21 Taras. Nrs. 50 offered to to approx. 380 nuns and lunch offered.
- Offerings to all of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s gurus (His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Sakya Trizen, Geshe Sopa Rinpoche, Choden Rinpoche, Dhakpa Rinpoche, Jhado Rinpoche, Khongla Rato Rinpoche, Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche).
- Offerings are made to all the Sangha at international Sangha communities: Nalanda Monastery, France; Thubten Shedrup Ling, Australia; Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy; Chenrezig Institute, Australia; and Sangha offering service at Rinpoche’s house, USA.
- White wash and four giant saffron flower petals are offered to Bouddhanath and Swayambunath stupas in Nepal, as well as offering new umbrellas to the stupas’ pinnacles.
- A new set of robes of the most precious material is offered to the Buddha inside the Bodhgaya Mahabodhi temple as well as the Jowo Buddha in Lhasa’s Jokang and also gold is offered to the holy face of the Jowo Buddha.
- 16 x Nyung Näs and offering to the nuns at Potawa Nunnery, Tibet.
- Making and filling of stupas and lunch offering to participants at Chenrezig Institute, Australia.
To donate toward these and all other ongoing pujas of the Puja Fund:
One of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for FPMT is to build 100,000 stupas around the world. The following advice was given by Rinpoche regarding this vision:
“Since there is unbelievable benefit such as liberating sentient beings, then I thought that the whole organization could aim to build 100,000 stupas (minimum size of one storey up to the distance from the earth to the moon) in different parts of the world and for FPMT to do this as a whole.
“[I would] especially [like] to build in countries where there are no holy objects and in countries where people have no opportunity to see holy objects. Just by seeing holy objects it purifies the mind and one collects extensive merits.
“We can still build in countries where there are alot of holy objects and monasteries like Nepal and India, but [I would] especially [like] to build them in the countries, where they have no holy objects. It is very important every time a stupa is built that it has the Four Dharmakaya Relic mantras inside, as well as the Namgyalma mantra.
“The plan is to build stupas all over the world, individual people or centers [can do this], no matter how many years one puts effort into building stupas, the benefit that this gives to sentient beings every day in so many ways is unimaginable. For instance, when wind touches a stupa that has the Four Dharmakaya Relic mantras inside, when that same wind touches sentient beings it liberates them. Or dust that lands on the stupa then falls off and touches the earth, then the earth is blessed. Rain that touches the stupa and then flows into the ground, this purifies all sentient beings that come in contact with that ground, including the worms. Even if someone sees the stupa from the distance, it purifies them and plants the seed of enlightenment. So this is unbelievable. Everyday the stupa liberates so many beings and brings them to enlightenment. So making the effort for the stupa, even after you die, then wherever you are in the six realms, still you are creating merit because the stupa continues to liberate so many sentient beings and bring them to enlightenment .
“Each stupa must have, as many as possible, The Four Dharmakaya Relic mantras, also 100 Stainless Pinnacle mantras … if possible, even more like 100,000.”
-Lama Zopa Rinpoche on his Vast Vision for FPMT, Kachoe Dechen Ling, Aptos, CA, March 2007
Lama Zopa Rinpoche translated, “Padmasambhava’s Instruction on Offerings to Stupas” which details the benefits of prostrating to, circumambulating, making offerings, and offering service to stupas.
Stupas Completed/In Progress
To date (as of October, 2013), forty-nine stupas have been completed, or are in progress, at FPMT centers and by FPMT students toward this goal of 100,000 stupas around the world.
Northern & Central America
- Kadampa Stupa (10 feet) at Kachoe Dechen Ling, California, USA
- Lama Yeshe Cremation Stupa (6 feet) at Vajrapani Institute, California, USA
- Lama Yeshe’s Enlightenment Stupa (16 feet) at Vajrapani Institute, California, USA
- Kadampa Stupa (6 feet) at Land of Medicine Buddha, California, USA
- Kalachakra Stupa (15 feet) at Kurukulla Center, Massachusetts, USA
- Kadampa Stupa (18 feet) at Kadampa Center, North Carolina, USA (in process)
- Auspicious Stupa of Many Doors at (14 feet) Milarepa Center, Vermont, USA
- Enlightenment Stupa (16 feet) at Pamtingpa Center, Tonasket, Washington, USA, in progress
- Enlightenment Stupa (9 feet) at Ganden Drubpa, Canada
- Enlightenment Stupa (16 feet) Canada
- Turning of the Dharma Stupa (20 feet), Mexico
- Kalachakra Stupa for World Peace at Serlingpa Retreat Center, Mexico
- Institut Vajra Yogini, France Kadampa Stupa built for Lama Yeshe and International Year of Tibet (1991) at
- Enlightenment Stupa at Nalanda Monastery, France
- Descent from Tushita Stupa at Kopavogur, Iceland
- 1 Enlightenment Stupa built for Lama Yeshe Geshe Rabten, Geshe Yeshe Tobden, and Gomo Tulku, at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy
- 1 Reconciliation Stupa built for Lama Yeshe Geshe Rabten, Geshe Yeshe Tobden, and Gomo Tulku, at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy
- Kadampa Stupa at Kushi Ling Retreat Centre, Italy
- Lama Yeshe Enlightenment Stupa at Jamyang Buddhist Centre, London, UK (Built in 1988, contains, Lama Yeshe’s bone relic, and was consecrated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche)
- Kadampa Stupa at Centro Nagarjuna Valencia, Spain
- Kadampa Stupa with Geshe Thubten Tsering’s ashes at Centro Nagarjuna Valencia, Spain
- Enlightenment Stupa built for Lama Yeshe at Osel Ling, Spain
- The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion (50 meters, 164 feet), Atisha Center, Victoria, Australia, in progress
- Enlightenment Stupa (9 meters, 29.5 feet) at De Tong Ling Retreat Centre, Kangaroo Island, Australia
- Stupa (12 feet) at Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Centre, New South Wales, Australia
- Victory Stupa at Vajrayana Institute, New South Wales, Australia
- Garden of Enlightenment Stupa at Chenrezig Institute, Queensland, Australia
- Victory Stupa at Chenrezig Institute, Queensland, Australia
- Auspicious Stupa with Many Doors at Dorje Chang Institute, Auckland, New Zealand
- Long Life Stupa (5.2 meters) at Chandrakirti Buddhist Meditation Centre, Nelson, New Zealand
- Enlightenment Stupa at Mahamudra Center, New Zealand
- Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, India Enlightenment Stupa built for Lama Yeshe at
- Auspicious Stupa of Many Doors built for Geshe Rabten at Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, India
- Parinirvana Stupa built for Geshe Wongdu at Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, India
- Stupa at IMI House (1 meter, 3 feet) in Sera Je Monastery, India
- Kadampa Stupa (21 feet with 8 smaller stupas) at Root Institute in progress
- Enlightenment Stupa built for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s mother (20 feet), located between Lawudo and Namche Bazaar in a village called Samshing, Nepal
- Stupa for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s mother’s incarnation, Nawang Zhimay, (10 feet), located below Lawudo in a village called Teshok
- Eight Stupas at Kopan Monastery, Nepal
- Geshe Lama Konchog’s Dharmachakra Stupa (35 feet) at Kopan Monastery, Nepal
- Thousand Buddha Relics Stupa for Geshe Lama Konchog’s relics, a row of 8 stupas and a golden stupa for Lama Yeshe’s relics, at Kopan Monastery, Nepal
- Lama Lhundrup’s Stupa (25 feet), Kopan Monastery, Nepal
- Lama Lhundrup’s Stupa at Kopan Nunnery, Nepal, in progress
- Lama Yeshe’s Stupa at Kopan Monastery, Nepal
- Enlightenment Stupa (3 meters) in Boudhanath, Nepal at one student’s house
- Namgyalma Stupa, Losang Drakpa Center, Malaysia
- Victory Stupa at Golden Light Sutra Center, Mongolia
- Enlightenment Stupa at Shakyamuni Buddhist Center, Taiwan
- Geshe Sengye’s stupa in Tibet (20 feet)
Smaller Stupas inspired by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
- (2) Kadampa Stupas at Guhyasamaja Center, Virginia, USA
- Stupa Memorial Garden (stupas are 1.5 feet tall), Root Institute, Bodghaya, India
Offerings Made to Build Stupas
- Chogyey Trichen Rinpoche’s Stupa (105 feet tall with a 54 feet diameter dome), Nepal, US$7,700 offered.
- Benefits and Practices Related to Statues and Stupas, Part 1
- Benefits and Practices Related to Statues and Stupas, Part 2
- Benefits and Practices Related to Statues and Stupas, Part 3
- Microfilm for Stupas and Prayer Wheels
- FPMT’s Stupa Resources Page
- Stupas in Everyday Life by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
- Gallery of some stupas inspired by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
How Can I Make a Donation?
To make a tax-deductible donation generally to the Stupa Fund
Or simply send your check in US dollars payable to FPMT Inc. and write “Stupa Fund” on the memo line.
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The Stupa Fund is a project of FPMT Inc. and is administered by FPMT International Office located in Portland, Oregon, United States. All donations made to this fund are tax-deductible within the United States in accordance with IRS Code article 501(c)(3) to the extent allowed by law.
For more information please contact: Holly Ansett, Charitable Projects Coordinator.
A Typical Day’s Food Offering for the 2,600 monks of Sera Je Monastery through the Sera Je Food Fund
1-2 pieces of large bread (10-12 inches in diameter and 1/2 inch thick)
Choice of Tibetan or Chai Tea
More photos of SJFF breakfast.
Rice or Bread
More photos of SJFF lunch.
Rice and curried vegetables
or noodles and vegetables
or thukpa (Tibetan noodle soup)
More photos of SJFF dinner.
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