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FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche returned to Kopan Monastery on November 22. Since arriving, Rinpoche has offered teachings to students attending the month-long November course on lam-rim, circumambulated at Swayambhunath and received many visitors among other activities. FPMT Education Services director Tom Truty and translation coordinator Joona Repo visited Rinpoche in late November. This is a particularly fruitful time for FPMT Education Services as Merry Colony, former director and who continues to work for the department, is also at Kopan, affording them all the opportunity to connect and discuss FPMT Education’s past and future.
FPMT Education Services materials are all produced under the guidance of Rinpoche. This includes practice books, education programs like Discovering Buddhism and Living in the Path, translations of important texts and much more.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), an organization dedicated to preserving Mahayana Buddhism through offering the Buddha’s authentic teachings and to facilitating reflection, meditation, practice and the opportunity to actualize and directly experience the Buddha’s teachings. Sign up to receive news and updates.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche translated Padmasambhava’s Instruction on Offerings to Stupas, which details the benefits of prostrating to, making offering, circumambulating , and offering service to stupas.
We are happy to offer this in:
One of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for FPMT is to build 100,000 stupas around the world. The Stupa Fund was established in 1992 with the aim of providing the resources needed to fulfill Rinpoche’s wishes.
If you would like to contribute to the Stupa Fund, you may donate any amount.
All those who with virtue help the stupa will, in all lives, enter into the perfect path of the ten virtues, never be separated from the support of virtuous friends, and achieve all the realizations they wish.
Since 1999, the Liberation Prison Project has produced the Liberation Calendar, a Tibetan lunar calendar which includes dates and information about more than thirty kinds of practice days and auspicious and inauspicious days for each month.
The calendar is prepared by astrologer Ngawang Thartho based on the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institutes calendar, with additional advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Spiritual Director of FPMT, and Geshe Ngawang Dakpa, astrologer lama of FPMT’s Tse Chen Ling in San Francisco.
The 2008-2013 class of the FPMT Masters Program have “just completed their final exams with the intention to enter retreat in 2014,” Olga Planken, Basic Program and Masters Program coordinator for FPMT Education Services, reported to Mandala this week.
Mandala recently featured an interview with five students from the 2008-2013 cohort before their exams had taken place, answering questions about the challenges and benefits of completing the extensive program and what they were looking forward to in the future:
What do you hope to gain from the culminating one-year retreat?
Marina: I really hope to be able to integrate some of the things we’ve learned during the Masters Program into myself, to gain deeper understanding of the Dharma and of myself, and to set the basis to stabilize and start transforming my mind at a deeper level, a task that I hope will not only be done during the retreat but will continue for the rest of my life. As I see it, it’s the only way to effectively be of benefit to others.
Yumi: I hope to be able to develop some inner qualities that can be really used to help others.
Ven. Tiziana: I feel the need now to have more time to reflect on what I have been studying. Reflection and meditation are essential to gain experience of what we have learned. I am feeling very fortunate to have this rare opportunity.
Jacob: The opportunity to really be in a perfect environment for meditation, and the chance to try and really become this Dharma that we’ve been studying.
Hans: The integration at a deeper level of some of the subjects we’ve studied, and an increased wish to do long retreats.
Masters Program students are now making preparations for their one-year retreat. As part of the preparations, seven of the students have created a fundraising campaign to make it possible for them to be supported during their retreat. So far they have raised €37,800 (US$50,800).
After Masters Program students successfully complete their retreat, they graduate from the program and are then eligible to apply to become FPMT registered teachers. As reported in “The Need for Qualified Teachers” (Mandala April-June 2013), FPMT registered teachers serve as much-needed instructors at FPMT centers around the world, offering authentic Dharma instruction and helping fulfill the wishes of Lama Zopa Rinpoche for education within FPMT. Several resident teachers in FPMT centers today were trained in the FPMT Masters Program’s first cohort, including Don Handrick, Thubten Norbu Ling, US; Sixte Vinçotte, Institut Vajra Yogini, France; Emily Hsu, Gyalwa Gyatso Buddhist Center, US; and Wai Cheong Kok, Vajrayana Institute, Australia.
Masters Program graduates also serve in various other roles to support FPMT education programs, such as teaching assistants, tutors, and coordinators for Masters and Basic Programs, both residential and online, and several teach Discovering Buddhism.
To learn more about the fundraising campaign to finance Masters Program students on their one-year retreats, visit their webpage: Support the rEvolution. You can also connect with the students on their Facebook page.
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This sutra from the “Vinaya Basket, ” Sutra on What is Most Precious to a Monk, discusses the meaning of and motivations for monastic engagement, exploring what kind of mind constitutes one of monastic practice. It explains why that which a monk holds most dear is his mind of renunciation and commitment to his vows.
This commentary was based on the commentary by Ngulchu Dhamabadhra called the A Bouquet of Utpala Flowers Captivating Minds, and other sources.
It was later supplemented with passages from the First Dalai Lama’s commentary on the Twenty-one Taras, called Precious Garland, as well as some additional quotes from Ngulchu’s commentary.
You may download the eBook version from the FPMT Foundation Store.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has been diligently working on a complete daily practice for students for several years. FPMT Education Services is very pleased to announce that this advice, Daily Meditation, is now available. This practice is the basis of what students, from new to advanced, will be advised to undertake as daily practice. This is an essential practice for all students.
Every day we have the opportunity to set our aspirations clearly before we engage with the world. As Lama Zopa Rinpoche advises, “In everyday life after the eyes open [on waking] set a Dharma intention and especially bodhichitta [motivation] by thinking, ‘Until I achieve enlightenment and until I die, especially today, may the activities of my body, speech and mind—listening, reflecting, meditation practice, walking, sleeping, eating, sitting, working and so forth not become the cause of suffering and become the cause of happiness, especially the cause of full enlightenment, i.e. the method to bring happiness to sentient beings.’”
In this essential practice, Daily Meditation, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has carefully and kindly compiled, and in many cases provided translation for, the prayers, practices, and meditations needed to start one’s day, or activities, with a perfect Dharma intention and bodhichitta motivation. While mornings are an ideal time to set up one’s aspirations for the day, students are encouraged to engage in this practice at any time, whenever one is able.
The new Daily Meditation is a revision of the Morning Prayers included in Essential Buddhist Prayers V1. This meditation includes a new version of the prayer A Direct Meditation on the Graduated Path, Containing all the Important Meanings translated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, as well as a new translation of selected verses from Shantideva’s Bodhisattvacharyavatara by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Other additions and new arrangements have been made to this meditation – it is a unique new practice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Available now as an eBook (non-reflowable PDF), a small beautiful hard-copy is forthcoming soon.
You may also read Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s most recent advice for Actualizing Realizations on the Path.
The existence of the complete Buddhist path to enlightenment in our world depends solely upon those who have generated both the intellectual understanding of the teachings and the realizations of the path within their minds. Those who have done this are the lineage lamas.
During the practice of Lama Chopa, we invoke all the lamas of the graduated path lineage beginning with Shakyamuni Buddha himself, extending to our present direct teachers who have shown us the path. We pay homage to them, make offerings, and request each of them to please bless our minds with the same realizations that they themselves have generated. By offering sincere, heartfelt requests, we make our minds ripe to receive the full blessings of this precious lineage and quickly actualize the realizations we need to attain enlightenment. If we wish to experience realizations quickly, the practice of Lama Chopa is indispensable.
We are pleased to announce a new eBook edition of the Lama Chopa without the Jorcho practices. It contains the essential additional prayers recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
You can also read Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s commentary on this important practice.
Publishing Dharma books and materials is a central mission of FPMT Education. Eight publishers have taken this mission to task and we are thrilled to announce that FPMT’s oldest publisher, Wisdom Publications, has launched a new content-rich website.
The clean new design makes it easier than ever for readers to find the books and information they want and to share it with others.
New site features include:
- Expanded book pages, complete with excerpts and tables of contents. Browse before you buy.
- In-depth author pages containing biographies, photos, and social media links.
- Books organized into special interest collections including Wisdom Academics, Mindful Living, Tibetan Buddhism, Theravada, Zen, Buddhism and Psychology and Children’s, making browsing simpler than ever.
- The Wisdom Blog, packed with book excerpts, quotes, interviews, original posts, and more to engage the audience.
Additionally, Wisdom Publications is now offering DRM-free ebooks for sale on the site. The books are delivered simultaneously in three formats (PDF, ePub, and Mobi), allowing readers to download them onto multiple devices and preserve them in their personal libraries for future device migration.
Shakyamuni Buddha Puja – The Source of Good Collections: A Rite of Homage, Worship, and Prayer to the Teacher, the King of Sages, Remembering His Previous Lives and Biography by Ngawang Paldan is an extensive puja including elaborate offerings, praises to Shakyamuni Buddha, and homage to Shakyamuni Buddha’s previous lives and detailed biography. Translation by Martin Willson.
Statements of Appreciation
First of all, congratulations on the successful launch of the DB Online programme, its fantastic!!! Second, I’ve long meant to comment on how amazed I am by all resources of the FPMT Education Department, and the breadth of the Education Program worldwide (and accessibility) from DB to the Masters Program. Its all first-rate, from the teachings, the resources and materials, all the booklets, audio and video FPMT offers are quite fantastic, and such an important support for anyones practice at any level. The love that’s gone into all of it is abundant and obvious.
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