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Dear Friends,

Rinpoche is in Sera Je Monastery, South India right now. This morning coming back from the long life puja (offered to the ex-Abbots and Abbot of Sera Je, as well as to the most senior lamas who were around from Tibet and Baxau, and to Lama Zopa Rinpoche) both Geshe Jinpa and Ven Sangpo and I were walking behind Rinpoche and watching with great interest the improvement in Rinpoche’s right leg … the walking action is definitely improving. Then last night I watched as Rinpoche was writing the mantra for putting above the rabbits’ cage here in Osel Labrang. Again you can see improvement. And the rabbits noticed as well.

Rinpoche’s blood pressure and diabetes have been ok the past year… and I think there has also been a little improvement in those areas too, although the blood pressure does have a tendency to go up and down.

We are no longer requesting and counting the specific practices which were recommended for Rinpoche’s health and long life back in April last year.

Thank you to everyone for the extensive suggestions and ideas, and especially for all the prayers and dedication of good karma … to improve our karmic view of Rinpoche.


(Ven Roger Kunsang, assistant to Lama Zopa Rinpoche and CEO of FPMT Inc)

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THANKS TO ALL who participated in the practices requested to be done for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s health and long life back in April this year.  On Dec 9th, an amazing total of practices will be offered to Rinpoche as part of the offerings to Rinpoche during the official long life puja.

Please rejoice!

Rinpoche offered thanks to those offering practices back in August.


Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Manali, India, July 2013. photograph by Ven Sarah Thresher

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Manali, India, July 2013. Photograph by Ven Sarah Thresher


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My very very dear friends,

From my heart I would like to express billions, zillions, trillions of thanks, I highly appreciate you doing practices for me. This is also puja for yourself. Even if you don’t think that it naturally happens like that as it is very powerful karma!

I highly appreciate all of you being good human beings practicing the Dharma – not only wanting to achieve temporary happiness in the future but also wanting to be free from the oceans of samsaric suffering and to free all sentient beings from the oceans of suffering and for them to achieve the highest peerless  happiness,  enlightenment, omniscient mind. This is so important, the utmost need. Generally to live life for others, to bring happiness to others.

Again my deep appreciation to all of you.

With much love and prayer,

Lama Zopa

List of practices specifically recommended for students to do

LZR Manali 0713st

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Dear Friends,

LZR after retreat 0713Lama Zopa Rinpoche has just finished retreat in a very holy place in northern India (see photo). Rinpoche is well and next stop is Mongolia for the 100,000,000 mani retreat.

I would like to thank everyone very much for all their efforts in helping to do the practices Khadro-la advised us to do for Rinpoche’s health and long life.

It is very important for us to continue doing these practices especially at this time when we know there are obstacles for Rinpoche in 2014 and 2015. Khadro-la (Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma) was very clear for students especially to help by doing as much of the practices as possible.

If you take a little time to think of how each of us has benefitted so much from Rinpoche’s teachings  and example … such a source of inspiration for practice! It is easy to make a little time with others or alone to generate a good motivation and do one of the practices requested. In fact dedicating any merit created from any virtuous action you do to purifying the karmic view of seeing the Guru as unwell is beneficial.

THANK YOU again,

Love Roger

 Practices Specifically Requested for Students of Lama Zopa Rinpoche to Do (see links above for more information about these practices): 

– Liberate many animals

– Hang Tendil Nyersel prayer flags in all FPMT centers, projects and services

– Recite Most Secret Hayagriva mantra

– Offer long life pujas to Rinpoche with the 5 dakinis

Khadro-la said “The most important is good samaya from the students’ side. Whoever is doing the puja, prayers or practice, it should be done well, with good motivation and meditation”.

Please send your count of practices done at the end of each month to FPMT Center Services

Rejoice at practices done so far!

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The prayer flags (one of of the Long Life practices requested for Lama Zopa Rinpoche – for full details see the post dated April 24) are now ready.

The prayer flags are available in strings of 25 flags,(about 8 meter long), or 10 flags per string (about 3.20 long) .
The size of each flag is 30 x 50 cm.
The flags and the shipping charge are free.

Instruction for ordering the flag:

Click on this link to view the flag:
Find a detailed description there on how to order.

Delivery is by normal postal parcel and will take up to three weeks. Please note that to receive the free shipping, you have to click on ‘ Free Shipping’ in the shipping page.

You can ask for express delivery for the flag – Express Delivery:
Please mention in the comment box of the order For express delivery, please make a donation of a minimum of 20 US$ through the PayPal link on the Kopan web site.
This will cover the additional cost for express delivery of about 2 rolls of 25 flags or three rolls of 10 flags.
Please add 20 US$ for each additional 2 rolls of 25, or 3 rolls of 10 flags.

With many thanks to Ven Fran and the team at Kopan Monastery.

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Dear Friends,

Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s health still continues to improve very gradually, there is still no interest from Rinpoche’s side to do any exercise but that seems to be the way Rinpoche has chosen.

At the beginning of every year I usually check with one or two high Lamas if there are any prayers or pujas we need to do to remove obstacles for Rinpoche’s health and long life. This year I have received the advice to do many prayers and pujas. These are being organized at Kopan Monastery, Sera Je Monastery, Ganden Shartse Monastery, Jangchup Choling Nunnery, Kopan Nunnery and also Ganden Jangtse Samlo Kamsen.

Khadro-la (Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma) is advising FPMT centers, projects, services and students to also help. I would like to support Khadro-la’s request for students and centers to do the following as much as you can so that we can continue to have Rinpoche with us for a very long time to come.

Khadro-la specifically mentioned the following: “as much as possible if FPMT centers and students can please do”:

– Liberate many animals

– Hang Tendil Nyersel prayer flags in all FPMT centers, projects and services

– Recite Most Secret Hayagriva mantra

– Offer long life pujas to Rinpoche with the 5 dakinis

Khadro la said “The most important is good samaya from the students’ side. Whoever is doing the puja, prayers or practice, it should be done well, with good motivation and meditation”.

Please see the full list of pujas and practices to do below, and then please can you send in what you have done to Claire at International Office at the end of each month and we will offer that to Rinpoche.

These prayers and pujas done sincerely from the heart do make a difference … please help.

Love roger

The full list of pujas and practices to do and which are being done:

  1. Animal Liberation – do as much as possible, either yourselves or by donating online to Amitabha Buddhist Center, who does substantial animal liberations every two weeks. Text available here and in Essential Buddhist Prayers, vol 2.
  2. Tendil Nyersel prayer flags should be hung in all FPMT centers, projects and services. Kopan Monastery are kindly making these prayer flags and once they are ready (in about a month’s time) will send out information on how to order the prayer flags.
  3. Recite Hayagriva mantras as much as possible.
  4. Offer long life puja(s) to Rinpoche through the 5 Dakinis. FPMT will request Khadro-la to offer a long life puja to Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Also when Rinpoche visits FPMT centers during the year, good to offer a long life puja with the 5 dakinis.

Practices being done at monasteries (can be done personally too):

5. Read the longest version of the Golden Light sutra x 67
6. Recite 100,000 praises to Tara within Tara pujas
7. Dor.de Kelsang x 67
8. Dukchuma as much as possible
9. Dukka x 1000
10. Mamo Trukung x 2
11. Gyal sod Tsen sod


(Mensaje de Roger, asistente de Lama Zopa Rimpoché.

Traducción al español por Alejandro García)


Queridos amigos,

La salud de Lama Zopa Rimpoché aún continúa mejorando muy gradualmente. Rimpoché todavía no tiene ningún interés en hacer ejercicio, peroparece que eso es lo que Rimpoché ha decidido.

Por lo general, a principio de cada año consulto con uno o dos Lamas superiores si hay oraciones o puyas que debamos hacer para eliminarobstáculos para la salud y larga vida de Rimpoché. Este año recibí el consejo de hacer muchas oraciones y puyas. Éstas se han organizado en elMonasterio de Kopan, el Monasterio de Sera Je, el Monasterio de Ganden Shartse, el Convento de Jangchup Choling, el Convento de Kopan ytambién [el Colegio Monástico de] Ganden Jangtse Samlo Kamsen.

Khadro-la (Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma) aconseja que también los centros, proyectos, servicios y estudiantes. Me gustaríarespaldar la petición de Khadro-la de que los estudiantes y los centros realicen las siguientes prácticas tanto como puedan para que podamoscontinuar teniendo a Rimpoché con nosotros por mucho tiempo.

Khadro-la específicamente mencionó que “por favor los centros y los estudiantes realizaran las siguientes prácticas tanto como fuera posible”:

ñ Liberación de animales

ñ Colgar banderas Tendil Nyersel en todos los centros, proyectos y servicios de la FPMT

ñ Recitar el mantra de Hayagriva Muy Secreto

ñ Ofrecer puyas de larga vida para Rimpoché con las cinco dakinis

Khadro-la dijo “Lo más importante es el buen samaya de parte de los estudiantes. Quienquiera que esté haciendo puyas, oraciones o prácticas,debe hacerlo bien, con buena motivación y meditación”.

Hacer estas oraciones y puyas sinceramente y de corazón sí marca una diferencia… por favor ayuden.

Con amor,


La lista completa de puyas y prácticas a realizar y que se están realizando:

1. Liberación de animales: realícenla tanto como sea posible, ya sea ustedes mismos o por medio de un donativo en línea al Amitabha Buddhist Center, donde quincenalmente se realizan importantes liberaciones de animales. El texto está disponible aquí y en el Libro de oraciones, vol. 2.

2. Banderas de oración Tendil Nyersel: deben colgarse en todos los centros, proyectos y servicios de la FPMT. El Monasterio de Kopan amablemente está produciendo estas banderas de oración. Una vez que estén listas (aproximadamente dentro de un mes) les enviaremos información de cómo ordenarlas.

3. Recitar tantos mantras de Hayagriva como sea posible.

4. Ofrecer puya(s) de larga vida a Rimpoché a través de las cinco Dakinis.

La FPMT le pedirá a Khadro-la que ofrezca una puya de larga vida a Lama Zopa Rimpoché. También es bueno que cuando Rimpoché visite los centros de la FPMT a lo largo del año, se le ofrezca una puya de larga vida con las cinco dakinis.

Prácticas que se están realizando en los monasterios (también pueden hacerse de manera personal):

5. Leer la versión más larga del Sutra de la luz dorada x 67

6. Recitar 100,000 alabanzas a Tara dentro de las puyas de Tara

7. Dor.de Kelsang x 67

8. Dukchuma tanto como sea posible

9. Dukka x 1000

10. Mamo Trukung x 2

11. Gyal sod Tsen sod



Cari Amici,

la salute di Lama Zopa Rinpoce continua a migliorare gradualmente pur non esistendo ancora un interesse da parte di Rinpoche di fare qualsiasi esercizio tra quelli prescritti… ma questa sembra essere la via che Rinpoche ha scelto.

All’inizio di ogni anno, di solito controllo con uno o due grandi Lama se ci sono delle preghiere o puje che dobbiamo fare per rimuovere gli ostacoli alla salute e alla lunga vita di Rinpoche. Quest’anno ho ricevuto il consiglio di fare molte preghiere e puje. Queste sono state organizzate al Monastero di Kopan, di Sera Je, Ganden Shartse, Jangchup Choling Nunnery, a Kopan e anche a Ganden Jangtse Samlo Kamsen.

Khadro-la (Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma) consiglia ai Centri, Progetti e Servizi FPMT e anche agli studenti di impegnarsi anch’essi in queste pratiche. Vorrei quindi appoggiare la richiesta di Khadro-la agli studenti e ai Centri di fare quanto è possibile in modo di continuare a beneficiare della presenza di Rinpoche per molto tempo a venire.

Khadro-la ha espressamente detto: “è importante che i centri FPMT e gli studenti possano eseguire il più possibile”:

– Liberazione di molti animali

– Appendere le bandiere di preghiera Tendil Nyersel in tutti i centri FPMT, progetti e servizi.

– Recitare il mantra molto segreto di Hayagriva

– Offrire puje di lunga vita a Rinpoche con le 5 dakini

Khadro la ha aggiunto “La cosa più importante è mantenere buoni i samaya (impegni) da parte degli studenti. Chi sta facendo le puje, le preghiere o le pratiche, dovrebbe farle bene, con una buona motivazione e buone meditazioni “.

Si prega di consultare l’elenco completo delle puje e pratiche da fare al link sotto indicato, e poi per favore potete inviare quello che avete fatto a Claire presso l’Ufficio Internazionale FPMT alla fine di ogni mese in modo da poterle offrire a Rinpoche.

Queste preghiere e puje fatte sinceramente dal cuore fanno la differenza …Vi preghiamo di aiutare in tutto questo.

Con amore


Santé de Rinpoché – Dernières nouvelles et pratiques

Le 24 avril 2013

Chers amis,

La santé de Rinpoché continue de s’améliorer très progressivement. Rinpoché ne montre toujours pas d’intérêt pour faire des exercices mais cela semble être ce qu’a choisi Rinpoché.

Habituellement, au début de chaque année, je vérifie avec un ou deux grands lamas s’il y a des prières ou des pratiques à faire pour lever les obstacles à la santé et la longue vie de Rinpoché. Cette année, ils m’ont conseillé que soient faites de nombreuses prières et poujas. Celles-ci sont organisées dans les monastères de Kopan, Séra Djé et Ganden Shartsé, dans les nonneries de Jangchoup Choling, Kopan et également à Ganden Jangtsé Samlo Kamsèn.

Khadro-la (Rangjoung Néljorma Khadro Namsél Drolma) conseille également aux étudiants, centres, projets et services de la FPMT d’apporter leur aide. Je souhaite exprimer mon soutien à la demande de Khadro-la d’effectuer les pratiques suivantes aussi souvent et autant de fois que possible afin que nous puissions garder Rinpoché près de nous pendant encore très longtemps.

Khadro-la a spécifiquement mentionné les pratiques suivantes « autant de fois que possible si les centres FPMT et les étudiants veulent bien le faire » :

– libérer de nombreux animaux,

– accrocher les drapeaux de prières Tendil Nyersel dans tous les centres, services et projets FPMT,

– réciter le mantra d’Hayagriva Extrêmement secret [HRIH VAJRA KRODA HAYAGRIVA HOULOU HOULOU HOUM PÈ],

– offrir à Rinpoché des poujas de longue vie avec les 5 dakinis.

Khadro-la a dit : « Le plus important est un bon samaya du côté des étudiants. Quelle que soit la personne qui les fait, les prières et pratiques doivent être bien faites, avec une bonne motivation et une bonne méditation. »

Vous trouverez ci-dessous la liste des poujas et pratiques. S’il vous plaît, veuillez indiquer chaque mois à Claire, au Bureau international, celles que vous avez faites et nous les offrirons à Rinpoché.

Ces prières et ces poujas faites du fond du coeur font vraiment une différence. S’il vous plaît, apportez votre aide.

Avec amour,



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From Kopan Monastery

Dear Friends

Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s health is good. The doctors seem satisfied with the blood pressure and sugar levels. Over the past couple of months Rinpoche hasn’t exercised as much (due to the busy schedule) so that has been disappointing and so not any noticeable improvement in the walking action. Now in Nepal Rinpoche has started again to do circumambulations of the stupa, which is very good and I hope this continues regularly while here.

While in India Rinpoche attended an Ayurvedic clinic for 7 days, this seemed to help his health in a general way. The doctor wanted Rinpoche to attend a full treatment program which would be for 21 days. Rinpoche was very reluctant to do for that length of time. The doctor there and the staff were very good. Maybe sometime in the future this can happen.

Rinpoche’s speech in Tibetan is very clear,  His Holiness Ling Rinpoche made this comment as well as other Lama’s. English language is also clearer.

Thank you,


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From Nalanda Monastery:

Yesterday we have finished 1020 times the sixteen arhat pujas (about 920 were done by the monks).

We started immediately after the Chenrezig retreat with Khadro-la, and it took us almost two weeks of mostly five daily sessions.

We recited the Panacea of Pure Nectar and long life prayers for His Holiness and Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche after almost every session.

It was very nice and an honour that we could do it for Rinpoche’s health.

Hope Rinpoche will fully recover very soon, and we hope He might be able to teach again as much as He wants, in the way that He wants and wherever He wants.

And of course we hope He will have a very long life, and that we may be able to fulfil all His wishes.

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Dear Friends,

Rinpoche is doing well, progress is still slow but seems normal for this situation. The main thing is that there is still progress. Rinpoche is more independent, using the right hand more and the right leg is stronger we just need to focus on getting the action more correct. Rinpoche’s speech is very clear when speaking Tibetan, in English if he doesn’t make effort there is a slight slur. But when teaching and Rinpoche focuses on the pronunciation it is clear. Blood pressure and sugar levels are good for Rinpoche’s situation, and the doctors are pleased. Long term Rinpoche doesn’t want to have to take western medicine if possible, so in the long term we have to find other methods combined with a good lifestyle!

Thank you everyone for all your support and kindness. 


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March 8th 2012

Dear Friends,

Ven Roger recently checked with Ven. Denma Locho Rinpoche whether there was anything FPMT centers, projects and services and students can do to help with Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s quick recovery. Denma Locho Rinpoche kindly advised a few pujas, which we are arranging now, and then gave the following advice:

“The students and centers really need to work according to Rinpoche’s wishes. Whatever Rinpoche has advised for the them to do, it’s important to follow Rinpoche’s advice. The main thing is that everyone in the organization should really strive to fulfill Rinpoche’s advice.

In order to be harmonious, generally, you should not look for any faults in others, but look for the positive, the inner qualities. Thinking negatively like, “He is bad, she is bad”, will not lead to harmony. Try to see the qualities in others and try to work harmoniously.

Recite the prayer Losang gyal tan ma – The Prayer for the Flourishing of Je Tsongkhapa’s Teachings – well [for links to the prayer see below]. Please recite it well. If students can do that, that’s really great.

But the most important thing is not looking at each others’ faults but looking at the qualities of others.

Then, whatever responsibility you have in the center [project or service], do the work from your heart, put all your energy into that, take the difficulties/hardships upon yourself and do the work wholeheartedly. If the work is done well, this will benefit the teachings of the Buddha, and also it will bring about happiness and joy to all sentient beings.”


The Prayer for the Flourishing of Je Tsongkhapa’s Teachings – letter booklet pdf

The Prayer for the Flourishing of Je Tsongkhapa’s Teachings – A4 booklet pdf

This prayer is also in Essential Buddhist Prayers, an FPMT Prayer Book, Volume 1.

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Dear Friends,

Rinpoche’s condition has been steadily improving. Recently Rinpoche’s brother Sangay offered Rinpoche an exercise bike. Rinpoche rides nearly every day 3 kms. I am hoping soon we can increase that to 5 kms. The right leg now is quite strong, the right arm still needs more effort to increase its functionality. Rinpoche’s writing has improved and he can write short notes quite well.

The doctors are comfortable with Rinpoche’s control of blood pressure and sugar levels, still not ideal but for Rinpoche’s present condition they feel quite ok.

Thank you,


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Rinpoche meeting His Holiness the Dalai Lama in December 2011

Lama Zopa Rinpoche during long life puja held at Tushita

Lama Zopa Rinpoche using right hand to write the long Amitayus mantra, for exercise

Lama Zopa Rinpoche walking without assistance, very carefully around Lama Yeshe stupa at

Please enjoy this recent video of a teaching from Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Nalanda Monastery, 26 Oct 2011

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