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Lama Zopa Rinpoche's News:
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April 2 – 30 Teaching on Bodhicaryavatara and Heruka, Yamantaka, Guhyasamaja and Rinjung Gyatsa initiations in retreat hosted by Atisha Centre, The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion and Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery, Bendigo, Australia
May 4 – 5 Great Chenrezig initiation at Buddha House, Australia
May 15 Stupa consecration at De-Tong Ling, Australia
May 20 – 24 at Vajrayana Institute, Australia
20 Public teaching
21 Vajrasattva initiation
22 – 23 Teaching on the Benefits and Practice of Purification
24 White Mahakala initiation
May 27 – June 5 at Potowa Center, Indonesia
May 27 – 29 and June 3 – 5 Commentary on Lama Chöpa (continuation from last year)
June 2 Public teaching: Cultivating Happiness: Big Heart, Peaceful Mind
June 17 – 26 Teaching, long life initiation and trek through the Khumbu hosted by Lawudo Retreat Centre, Nepal
July 17 Teaching on Kalachakra Six Session Guru Yoga organized by Guhyasamaja Center, Virginia, USA
September 1 – 5 Joy of Compassion retreat at Tubten Kunga Center, Florida, USA
4 Chenrezig jenang
September 8 Teaching at Kadampa Center, North Carolina, USA
September 10 – 25 Light of the Path retreat, including a long life initiation, North Carolina, USA
November Teaching for part of the one-month course at Kopan Monastery, Nepal
August – 100 million mani retreat in Mongolia, details to be announced
New Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Actualizing the Path is the Solution
On April 2, Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave the inaugural teaching of the month-long retreat being held in Bendigo, Australia in the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion. This extremely current advice is excerpted below for the benefit of all who are unable to attend the retreat:
"All the students who are coming here seek liberation
Rinpoche with Cherry Rattue, director of Atisha Centre during the FPMT Australia National Meeting, April 2011.
Photo by George Manos
and the ultimate peerless happiness of full enlightenment. Everybody is gathering here for sentient beings, for Dharma, to subdue one's own mind and to actualize bodhichitta, the most important thing in life, the most important project in life. On the basis of that, to actualize the resultant vehicle – the Secret Vajrayana – and to liberate numberless sentient beings from oceans of samsaric sufferings and bring them to full enlightenment, that is the ultimate goal of our life. I don't have any qualities to help with that, but I know two or three words – the Buddha's words. We will see what happens, maybe something crazy. You never know where it leads.
First, I want to say thank you to all the old students who I have met many times in the past who are gathered here. I want to express thank you very much for that. Life is not long, life is short, so it is very good to do something most worthwhile in life. Death is definite and the actual time when it will occur is uncertain and nothing at all will benefit at the time of death except Dharma. Nowadays, in the world, it is over-degenerated. Due to degeneration of the mind, there is degeneration of life and life becomes shorter and shorter. There are so many sicknesses happening, so many people dying from cancer – millions and millions of people – and then there are other sicknesses, life-threatening diseases. Then there is the degeneration of sentient beings, degeneration of time, and so many wars, tsunamis, earthquakes. Just referring to recent times, there was New Zealand and then Japan [where there was the] most unimaginable tsunami. They cannot find out how many people died. And a few days ago an earthquake happened in Burma. There are so many dangers happening – danger of the four elements: earth, water, fire, wind. This is happening more and more; you can't really tell in which country it will happen next. Nowadays, there are so many people dying due to that. Therefore, it is time to do the best in your life … to do the best in our life, do the most worthwhile, most beneficial thing in our life.
Therefore, what we are going to do here is the answer: listening to teachings, doing meditation, actualizing the path, living in morality – the basis of all realizations – by taking the Eight Mahayana Precepts. This is the solution for world problems, global warming and all that. This is the solution to global problems and individual problems. What we are going to do here is the solution."
Colophon: Teaching given on April 2, 2011 at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Bendigo, Australia. Typed simultaneously as Lama Zopa Rinpoche taught by Ven. Joan Nicell, edited by Claire Isitt and Michael Jolliffe.
Go to Rinpoche's Advice page and to the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive for lots more advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Life on the Road with Lama Zopa Rinpoche: In the Aussie Bush
Excerpted from Ven. Roger Kunsang's blog Life on the Road with Lama Zopa Rinpoche (posted on April 2, 2011). Ven. Roger's very entertaining blog enables us all to keep up with Rinpoche's activities:
"We are on the road in Australia, 45 minutes from arriving at Atisha Centre. When we arrive, we will go straight to the gompa which is the first floor of the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion! Those already there say the space is big and already has a powerful vibe. This morning we
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Ven. Lhundrup (director of Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery), Ven. Gyatso, and George Manos (director of Buddha House) on the "yellow brick road" built by Ven. Gyatso to connect the monastery with Atisha Centre.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang
spent time in the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne
, Rinpoche's second visit in three days! This is unusual as Rinpoche hardly ever does the "tourist thing." Rinpoche said in all his world travels he has never seen anything like it and it is a great place for practice! It is an amazing
place. The design and layout is really something. So we spent most of the time in the cactus area. So many there! Rinpoche explains the meditation: the designs of the flower petals, the patterns in the plants, etc., this all comes from the mind, based on karma, intention. Rinpoche kept repeating to be mindful how everything comes from the mind. Then we sat on the lawn, visualized a pure land, offered it to the merit field and dedicated extensively. Now we're still driving in the bush, Rinpoche is doing prayers out loud. Galahs on the road, a kangaroo racing through the fields … it is near sunset."
International Office News:
Three short teachings by Lama Zopa Rinpoche have been added regarding the purpose and importance of practicing Lama Chöpa
and the meaning of tsog. You'll find these teachings in "Commentary on Lama Chöpa" under Special Commentaries.
A new Living in the Path module, Happiness of Dharma, is now available online! In this course, Lama Zopa Rinpoche inspires us to recognize the opportunity that is our perfect human life and to take full advantage. We are reminded that while life is short, we can still ensure success in obtaining all levels of happiness.
's newest graduate is Alan Carter, currently resident teacher at Chandrakirti Centre, New Zealand. Congratulations!
Chenrezig Institute will begin Supplement to the Middle Way (Madhyamakavatara), a subject of the Masters Program in mid-2012.
Thanks to all who have sent in their Discovering Buddhism course and retreat dates! The Discovering Buddhism Retreats page is being updated to reflect this new information.
Practice Materials News
Charity for Ants
: This short practice specifically designed to benefit ants was compiled by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and is inspired by a text written by Ngulchu Dharmabhadra. Available now!
As per the March 23 advice from Rinpoche on how to protect against radiation, the White Umbrella Deity text to wear as a protection is now available on the Advice page (under Natural Disasters). Also new on the page is a short practice on how to stop rain.
An updated comprehensive list of all materials available from Education Services is now available!
A new protection is now available in hard-copy and electronic formats. This image is said to have been worn by Lama Atisha as protection against physical harm. Lama Zopa Rinpoche says the image can be put on the body of a person who is dying, put in the house to protect against pollution or disharmony, or worn on the body.
Essential Buddhist Prayers, Vol. 1 has been updated and is available in hard-copy and e-reader formats.
Service as a Path to Enlightenment: A new booklet featuring advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Although the booklet is being sent out with the FPMT Annual Review 2010, copies will soon be available from the Foundation Store for the general public.
The Sanghata Sutra is now available in e-reader format suitable for iPad and Kindle.
108 Names of Tara
, translated by Corey Jackson, is now available.
A Guide to the Most Sacred Five-Peaked Mountain of China (Wutaishan Mountain), translated by Tenzin Bhuchung, is coming soon!
Thirty-two people are registered to attend FPMT's first translation conference at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in May with Yangsi Rinpoche as keynote speaker. Look out for the July-September 2011 issue of Mandala for a full report.
A two-day Foundation Training
will follow FPMT's first translation conference at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, May 21-22.
Mandala Publications – Road to Kopan Stories Needed
Call for submissions!
"The Road to Kopan," a new feature of Mandala Publications, wants to hear from you.
For 40 years, thousands of students from across the globe have made their way to Nepal and up to Kopan Hill. Some paths were long and winding, some direct and clear. Mandala is collecting these stories and you can help us. Have you attended one of the annual lam-rim Kopan retreats? How did you find your way there? What about the experience felt like coming home?
Check out the latest issue of Mandala (April-June 2011) for Karuna Cayton's remembrance, "Like So Many Roads." Karuna attended the 1975 November course and writes, "I remember vividly someone putting a picture of a smiling lama on the altar and I was transfixed. I started to cry whenever I looked at the picture. I didn't know then, but it was a picture of Lama Yeshe."
With every issue of Mandala, we'll share another story and feature many more on our website. If you have a story or know someone else who does, please e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Advice Regarding Spiritual Teachers Now Available in French
Thanks to the French Translation Service for translating this essential and informative booklet into French. You can download it from the “Teachers”
section of the FPMT Members Area.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Osel in California, March 2011.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang
Rejoice! – We Welcome A New Study Group!
Saraswati Study Group
Elm Grove, East Street, Drayton, Nr Langport, Somerset, TA10 0JZ
Tel: +44 1458 252463
Coordinator: Neil Atkinson
This brings the total number of FPMT centers, projects and services to 160 in 39 countries!
We Welcome Two New Resident Geshes
Geshe Drakpa Tsundue is teaching at Centre Kalachakra
Geshe Losang Khedup is teaching at Khamlungpa and Bengungyal Centers in Mexico.
LRZTP 6 Start Date Announced
The sixth Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Program
will begin on March 15, 2012 in Dharmasala, India.
The LRZTP is FPMT’s interpreter training program, training people to interpret for geshes resident in FPMT centers around the world.
Happy 30th Birthday to Atisha Centre and 10th Birthday to the Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Relic Tour!
celebrated its 30th birthday this year – a significant milestone for a center dedicated to benefiting and serving all living beings. Congratulations!
On March 14, 2011, the Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Relic Tour turned 10 years old. The tour began in Taipei a decade ago, and today – 58 countries, 571 events and 6 continents later – it continues to bring blessings and inspiration to people all over the world.
Opportunities to Offer Service in FPMT
Please check out these and other exciting opportunities
to offer service in FPMT centers, projects and services around the world!
FPMT International Office, USA is looking for a Chief Operating Officer; Root Institute, India is looking for a spiritual program coordinator and Mahamudra Centre, New Zealand is looking for a centre manager, a vegetarian cook, a housekeeper and a groundsperson.
Impermanence at Work
Centro Ewam, Italy
We welcome new SPC – Bruno Vannucchi
With grateful thanks to outgoing SPC – Valentina Dolara
Centro Nagarjuna de Granada, Spain
C/ Manuel de Falla, 12 - 4º D
Chenrezig Study Group, USA
123 NW Fourth Street, Suite 1
Evansville, IN 47708
Tel: +1 812 425 2100
Coordinator: Christian Lenn
Kadam Sharawa Center, Australia
PO Box 4015
Copacabana, NSW 2251
Tel: +61 402 688 620
Thubten Norbu Ling, USA
1807 Second Street, #35
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Tel: +1 505 660 7056
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