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Teachings and Advice
In 2007, Lama Zopa Rinpoche shared what he and some FPMT students did to benefit the millions of turkeys that are killed in the U.S. for Thanksgiving Day. Rinpoche has long been a proponent of vegetarianism and thanks anyone who works to reduce the amount of meat they eat. Rinpoche suggests two practices that are beneficial for our friends the turkeys.
“I made a divination as to what would be the most beneficial thing to do for the turkeys and found that Medicine Buddha puja came out best, so the Sangha at Kachoe Dechen Ling, Fabrizio Pallotti and I did an extensive Medicine Buddha puja for them.
“Another possibility could have been for us to do prostrations to the Thirty-five Buddhas, reciting these buddhas’ names with prostrations, to purify the negative karma of the turkeys and all other sentient beings, including the people who killed the turkeys, but in this case it came out better to do Medicine Buddha puja.”
From Mandala February-March 2008.
Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma first appeared to the international FPMT community through “Interview with a Dakini.” She’s since become known through the assistance she has been offering Lama Zopa Rinpoche since he manifested a stroke in 2011 and also through serving as an oracle at the Kalachakra initiation given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Bodhgaya, India, in January 2012. Here she talks about integrating lam-rim into daily life.
“In ordinary life, gaining wealth, food and shelter brings some pleasure at a physical level but not at a mental level. The worst suffering is mental suffering. Therefore, we have no choice but to learn how to transform such suffering. To do this, one needs to transform the mind. Wealth, rank and position can never handle or deal with mental suffering. Even having a large number of friends or guardians does not help because when faced with mental suffering, nothing can help except for mind-training.”
From Mandala October-December 2009.
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Lama Yeshe gave a teaching on the nature of the mind at Latrobe University, Melbourne, Australia, in March, 1975 called “Everything Comes from the Mind.” Published in Mandala, May 1998, edited by Nicholas Ribush.
An introduction to the concept of “karma” by Lama Yeshe. From Mandala, February 2004.
The last group of teachings Lama Yeshe were at the end of the 1983 Kopan meditation course on December 9th and 10th. They covered refuge, the five lay precepts and bodhicitta. This teaching extracts from the teaching on bodhicitta. From Mandala July 1996.
“Dying is Better than this Flower,” by Lama Yeshe. From Lama Yeshe’s last teaching given in the West, Geneva, Switzerland, September 1983. Excerpted from Life, Death and After Death, edited by Nicholas Ribush and published by the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. Previously published in Mandala, July-Sept 2010.
“Teachings: Karma, Reality, and Belief” by Lama Yeshe. From Mandala April 2004.
“The Unimaginable Qualities of Lama Yeshe’s Body, Speech and Mind” is a touching tribute to Lama Yeshe’s qualities from Lama Zopa Rinpoche. From Mandala, March-April 2000.
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German artist Andy Weber started studying Tibetan art in 1975, mainly with the great Thargye-la in Boudhanath, Nepal. “I want you to teach painting!” Lama Yeshe exhorted him at Kopan in 1982 – and he has been doing so, throughout Europe and elsewhere, ever since.
In “Giving Life to a Statue of a Buddha,” Andy explains how to consecrate a statue in order to transform it into a holy object. From Mandala, January-February 2000.
Statements of Appreciation
No words can really completely capture the joyous feelings in my heart when I think of how Rinpoche and FPMT has benefited so many thousands of people these past twenty, thirty years. …Thank you everyone and most of all thank you to Rinpoche for opening my eyes and my mind to the true meaning and purpose of my life.
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