FPMT http://fpmt.org Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition Fri, 22 May 2015 19:03:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Why We Need the Three Jewelshttp://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/why-we-need-the-three-jewels/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/why-we-need-the-three-jewels/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 18:30:32 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=44026 ... Read full article]]> Incense puja at Mount Taranaki in New Zealand, May 2015. Lama Zopa Rinpoche has been wanting to do puja here for some years as is a special place. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Incense puja at Mount Taranaki in New Zealand, May 2015. Lama Zopa Rinpoche has been wanting to do puja here for some years as is a special place. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

“So, why do we take refuge?,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche asked during a 2013 refuge ceremony at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore. “To be free from pervasive compounding suffering, from where the suffering of pain and the suffering of change arises – to be totally free from that, forever.

“To be able to help sentient beings, we have to be free from suffering. For example, if we are drowning in mud, how can we help others? If we are drowning in water, how can we help others? If we have no arms, how can we save others? To free ourselves from this suffering is not to achieve blissful peace for ourselves, but to help other sentient beings. The most important thing is to be able to help other sentient beings. We need to be free from suffering to do this.

“Just to be free from the lower realms, we don’t need to take refuge in Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. We don’t need these three. Even if we just remember a monk or nun – somebody we have devotion to – when we die, we will never get reborn in the lower realms at the time of death. Even if we remember one Sangha to whom we feel devotion, or if we think of the Heart Sutra, for example, or some mantra or prayer that we remember, we will never get reborn in lower realms.

“But to be free from samsara – from the pervasive compounding suffering – we need to take refuge. We need to take refuge in Buddha who revealed the path, who revealed the teaching, and the actual refuge. Buddha is like the doctor and Dharma is like the medicine. The actual refuge is Dharma, like the medicine for sickness. Then, the Sangha is like the nurse. The Sangha becomes an example, helping us actualize refuge, Dharma, within our heart. That is Sangha. We need all three to have refuge, to be free from the pervasive compounding suffering from where true suffering arises. Until we are free from this, we suffer in samsara constantly, endlessly, from beginningless rebirth. We can’t help sentient beings perfectly; we cannot help others perfectly without mistakes.”

Excerpted from “The Real Refuge” section of “Seeing How the I Exists” (http://bit.ly/seeing-how-the-i-exists) made available by the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

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Help Offered to 5,000 Families in Need in Rowaling, Nepalhttp://fpmt.org/nepal-earthquake/help-offered-to-5000-familes-in-need-in-rowaling-nepal/ http://fpmt.org/nepal-earthquake/help-offered-to-5000-familes-in-need-in-rowaling-nepal/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 18:00:51 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=44201 ... Read full article]]> Over US$50,000 worth of supplies have been offered to families and individuals in need in Rowaling, Nepal, following the earthquake devastation.

Over US$50,000 worth of supplies have been offered to families and individuals in need in Rowaling, Nepal, following the earthquake devastation.

Please rejoice that US$49,799 USD was raised to help those in need in Rowaling, Nepal. For this offering, FPMT’s Nepal Earthquake Support Fund offered US$17,543.18 (1,792,000.00 NPR), Kopan’s Helping Hands Project offered, US$11,502.92  and US$20,752.63 was raised locally. 

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This money was used for: 

  • 132,277 lb (60,000 kg) rice 
  • 1,135 tarpaulin tents
  • 13,228 lb (6,000 kg) dal
  • cooking oil 
  • transportation 

These supplies helped 5,000 families with their food supply, gave 1,135 families shelter, and provided food to 3,000 individuals. Additionally, drinking water was supplied to many parts of the city during the crisis, blankets were given to 500 families, clothing was offered to more than 1,800 people. 

Please rejoice in this incredible offering and help to those in need. Special thanks to Geshe Thubten Jinpa who is from Rowaling and helped organize this aid. With monsoon season fast approaching, help to those in need of food and shelter has become even more critical. 

You are welcome to offer any amount to the Nepal Earthquake Support Fund which is committed to continuing to offer much needed aid in Nepal during this ongoing crisis. 

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You can learn more about the Nepal Earthquake Support Fund, and keep up on Updates from Nepal After the Earthquake

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Escape Problems Foreverhttp://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/escape-problems-forever/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/escape-problems-forever/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 18:30:38 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=44004 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Geshe ? and Geshe Jampa Tharchin at Chandrakirti Centre for consecration of Guru Rinpoche statue, Nelson, New Zealand, May 2015. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Geshe Thubten Wangchen and Geshe Jampa Tharchin at Chandrakirti Centre for the consecration of a Guru Rinpoche statue, Nelson, New Zealand, May 2015. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

“The wisdom realizing emptiness gives us the possibility to escape from problems forever,” said Lama Zopa Rinpoche in a 1990 teaching in Florence, Italy. “Achieving this ultimate happiness mainly depends on this realization. As I mentioned before, only the wisdom realizing emptiness can directly eradicate the ignorance which is the root of the whole samsaric suffering.Therefore, we should feel extremely fortunate and attempt to learn more, to listen, reflect and meditate more. As much as possible, in our everyday life we should attempt to meditate on emptiness even for a minute or a few seconds, especially once we have heard teachings that reveal the unmistaken view and we have some basic understanding of what ultimate nature means. Realizing emptiness gives us the opportunity to be free from the whole of samsara and all suffering.

“So, we should not waste time, we should not waste the opportunity. We must meditate as often as possible, even for a few seconds. We must meditate. Not meditating on emptiness, or not even remembering it for even one day is a great loss. Meditating on emptiness itself becomes great purification. For example, when it comes to purification methods in tantra and sutra, reading the Prajñaparamita teachings is one of the methods. Meditating on emptiness is one of the most powerful purifications.

“Even if you are doing Vajrasattva meditation, you are still advised to remember emptiness. The Vajrasattva recitation-purification becomes very powerful by remembering emptiness. Making offerings to these scriptures or copying them and meditating on them, are all regarded as very powerful purification practices. Anyway, you should not waste the opportunity, especially if you have studied these teachings and have some basic understanding of them. Even rising doubts about emptiness has a great effect – it shatters samsara into pieces.”

Excerpted from “Meditation on Emptiness and Tong-len (Taking and Giving)” (http://bit.ly/meditation-on-emptiness-and-tong-len) made available by the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

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Fourth Round of 108 Nyung Näs at Institut Vajra Yoginihttp://fpmt.org/fpmt-community-news/news-around-the-world/fourth-round-of-108-nyung-nas-at-institut-vajra-yogini/ http://fpmt.org/fpmt-community-news/news-around-the-world/fourth-round-of-108-nyung-nas-at-institut-vajra-yogini/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 17:05:48 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=41949 ... Read full article]]> Participants in Institut Vajra Yogini's fourth round of 108 nyung näs, Marzens, France, March 2015. Photo courtesy of Institute Vajra Yogini.

Participants in Institut Vajra Yogini’s fourth round of 108 nyung näs, Marzens, France, March 2015. Photo courtesy of Institut Vajra Yogini.

“Following up on the success of previous rounds of 108 nyung näs at Institut Vajra Yogini in France, the center started a fourth round in November 2014,” said director François Lecointre. “Midway through this fourth round, almost 600 nyung näs, an intensive two-day fasting retreat associated with Chenrezig, have already been accumulated by more than 80 different people. 

“Five people still intend to do the full 108 nyung näs. To make it possible for people to commit to the whole seven months of this intense practice, each year Lama Zopa Rinpoche, through the Practice and Retreat Fund, is personally sponsoring up to 10 people willing to do 100 nyung näs.

“By starting this yearly retreat, Institut Vajra Yogini wished to help in making one of Rinpoche’s Vast Visions come true – that some practitioners might succeed in this life to complete 1,000 nyung näs.

“The nyung näs are open to anyone who wishes to join them. Some people come for eight nyung näs, some for one, some for just one session. Ven. Charles, who has guided the previous rounds, leads in French, but several people follow simultaneously in English.

“This year, we hope to accumulate at least 1,000 nyung näs by the end of this seven-month retreat. It is great to have such an opportunity to rejoice! Wherever you are in the world, any day and anytime until the end of June 2015, you can visualize the retreatants at Institut Vajra Yogini generating bodhichitta, prostrating, fasting, accumulating mantras, praying for peace, and you can rejoice in that intense purification and accumulation of merit.”

To learn more or offer to sponsor a retreatant, contact Institut Vajra Yogini.

A fifth round will be organized from mid-November 2015 to the end of June 2016. Please contact Institut Vajra Yogini if you are interested in participating in any way.

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The Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive Now Offering Audio Bookshttp://fpmt.org/edu-news/the-lama-yeshe-wisdom-archive-now-offering-audio-books/ http://fpmt.org/edu-news/the-lama-yeshe-wisdom-archive-now-offering-audio-books/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 21:30:20 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=44107 ... Read full article]]> BYMY-audible copy
The Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive has begun offering audio books through Audible.com! Audio books are a powerful way to make the Dharma more accessible to anyone who can understand spoken English. Narrator Brian Nishii offers an accessible presentation of Illuminating the Path to Enlightenment by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Becoming Your Own Therapist / Make Your Mind An Ocean by Lama Yeshe. You can listen to five minute audio samples of both and even consider enrolling in a free trial membership. Coming up next: Audio versions of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s How Things Exist and How to Practice Dharma: Teachings on the Eight Worldly Dharmas.  
The Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive (LYWA) is the collected works of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. You can learn more about the activities of the archive
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Watch Lama Zopa Rinpoche Teach in New Zealand Live!http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/watch-lama-zopa-rinpoche-teach-in-new-zealand-live/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/watch-lama-zopa-rinpoche-teach-in-new-zealand-live/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 18:45:43 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=44057 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Geshe Thubten Wangchen from Dorje Change Institute blessing water with students to pour into the strait from the boat between the north and south islands of New Zealand, May 2015. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang. 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Geshe Thubten Wangchen from Dorje Chang Institute blessing water with students to pour from the boat into the strait between the north and south islands of New Zealand, May 2015. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche returns to New Zealand’s North Island to continue his teaching tour. Rinpoche’s teachings in Auckland at Dorje Chang Institute will be webcast LIVE on FPMT’s Livestream page:

  • May 22: Teaching on How to Have a Happy, Meaningful Life, schedule to start at 7 p.m. New Zealand time
  • May 23: Teaching on How to Have a Happy, Meaningful Life, scheduled 4 – 7 p.m. New Zealand time
  • May 25: A Chat about Death, approximately 3 – 5 p.m. New Zealand time

Recordings of Rinpoche’s teachings at Mahamudra Centre and Chandrakirti Centre can be watched now on Livestream.

Higher quality recordings will be made available at a later date on Rinpoche Available Now.

See Rinpoche’s Schedule for more details on upcoming teachings.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service.

 

 

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Using Our Whole Life for the I That We Can’t Findhttp://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/using-our-whole-life-for-the-real-i-that-we-cant-find/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/using-our-whole-life-for-the-real-i-that-we-cant-find/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 18:30:00 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=44013 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Geshe Wangchen and Geshe Tharchin blessing the large Buddha statue at Chandrakirti Centre, Nelson, New Zealand, May 2015. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Geshe Wangchen and Geshe Tharchin blessing the large Buddha statue at Chandrakirti Centre, Nelson, New Zealand, May 2015. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

“First, the I from beginningless rebirths – the way the I is perceived by us, it appears to us as truly existent, existing from its own side,” taught Lama Zopa Rinpoche at a refuge ceremony at Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore in March 2013. “The real I appears like that. The real I is not in the head, not in the legs, not in the toes, not in the head, not in the brain, not in the nose, not in the ears, not in the fingers. The real I is not in the toes, not in the legs, not in the stomach, and not in the kaka. You are not living in the kaka. The real I is not living in your throat; it’s not in the beating heart. What else is there? The real I is not in the lungs. We can’t find it; we can’t find any details; we can’t find it in any detailed place. When we check, the real I is not anywhere. Normally we think it is here, we point here [to the chest]. Happy or sad, we point here. Or if somebody says: “Are you telling me? Me!” We always point there.

“When we don’t examine, when we are not aware, it is like that. We are following the wrong concept, ignorance, holding I, action, object, everything, as truly existent, in particular, somewhere in the chest, somewhere there. But when we look for it; when we check in the heart, liver, lungs, the real I is nowhere to be found.

“For this real I to be happy, we do all kinds of things. If we have power, we make wars and kill millions, millions, millions of people. This has happened already, many times in this world. That is in a big way. Then in a small way, we kill the enemy to get happiness for this I, for the real I. But when we look for it, if we go through an x-ray or we are in the hospital and our body is cut open, we cannot find it. But believing it is there, we kill many millions of people in the world, or we kill just one person, the enemy. Killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, telling lies, all the alcohol – all this is to get happiness for this real I, which is not there. From the hair down to the toes, it cannot be found at all.

“In daily life, the hallucination is there, somewhere there, in the chest, one hundred percent, no question. No question, we believe it one hundred percent. Then we do everything for that, to get happiness for that – even negative karma, anything, telling lies, cheating. Our whole life is spent like that, to get happiness for this I. Even in business, we cheat others to get happiness for this I. If somebody criticizes us or blames us, then we make a court case and we put them in prison. We spend so much money on court cases, to put others in prison, we do anything we can to the person we don’t like or who harms us.

Can you imagine, how we use our whole life is like that, to get happiness for the real I which we can’t find there? This real I is not there. We can’t find it anywhere. Life is like that, a hallucination, a total hallucination. It is very interesting to really check the life.”

Excerpted from “Seeing How the I Exists” (http://bit.ly/seeing-how-the-i-exists) made available by the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

Learn more about Lama Zopa Rinpoche, spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), and Rinpoche’s vision for a better world. Sign up to receive news and updates.

Video of Rinpoche’s teachings from New Zealand, both live and recorded, can be found on FPMT’s Livestream page


To learn more and offer support to FPMT’s Nepal Earthquake Support Fundwhich will be used for immediate relief and rebuilding, visit:
https://my.fpmt.org/donate/socialservicesfund

For “Prayers and Practice for Earthquake in Nepal,” see:
http://fpmt.org/edu-news/prayers-and-practices-for-earthquake-in-nepal/

For continuing updates and news from Kopan Monastery and other FPMT centers and projects in Nepal affected by the earthquake, please visit our “Updates from Nepal after the Earthquake” page:
http://fpmt.org/nepal-earthquake/

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Food Offered to Students and Teachers of Ngari Institute in Ladakh, Indiahttp://fpmt.org/charitable-activities/projects/social-services/food-offered-to-students-and-teachers-of-ngari-institute-in-ladakh-india/ http://fpmt.org/charitable-activities/projects/social-services/food-offered-to-students-and-teachers-of-ngari-institute-in-ladakh-india/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 16:30:35 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=43992 ... Read full article]]>  

Young students of Ngari Institute are offered three meals a day through a food offering made by the Social Services Fund.

Young students of Ngari Institute are offered three meals a day through a food offering made by the Social Services Fund.

For the third year, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, through the Social Services Fund, has offered food to the school children of Ngari Institute in Ladakh, India. This year, forty children, fifteen teachers, and 15 young monks will benefit from this offering. The cost is $US19,926. 

Ngari Institute is located  in the Himalayan Kingdom of Ladakh in a small village called Saboo. The campus is spread over 20 hectares of deserted land. The main aim of this school is to empower and enrich the poor and needy remote area students by imparting a combined learning of both modern scientific knowledge and ancient Buddhist wisdom. It was founded by the Ladakh alumni of Sera Jey Monastery in South India. In 2007 Geshe Tsewang Dorje was invited to take full responsibility for this project.

In 2010 Geshe Tsewang Dorje appointed a group to search out children who would otherwise miss educational opportunities, especially orphans and extremely poor children in the remote area, which runs between Tibet and Ladakh. These children will now be able to receive a modern education as well as learn about Tibetan Buddhism and their own culture.

The  children at the Ngari Institute are orphans or have come from very poor families.

The  children at the Ngari Institute are orphans or have come from very poor families.

In the future, plans are underway to build a monastery at the institute. Young monastics will receive a traditional education along with monastic debate classes. There is currently no monastery in Ladakh which preserves Tibetan Buddhisms’ long tradition of debate. 

The students follow the standard government educational curriculum during the day and learn about Tibetan Buddhism and culture during after-school hours.

The students follow the standard government educational curriculum during the day and learn about Tibetan Buddhism and culture during after-school hours.

All are welcome to contribute to this precious offering of food to these students and their kind teachers. 

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FPMT’s Charitable Projects include beneficial initiatives such as: offering food to ordained Sangha; providing scholarships to study Buddhist philosophy; offering grants for social services such as schools, hospitals and monastic institutions; providing comprehensive Dharma programs; sponsoring holy objects: statues, stupas and prayer wheels, and saving animals. Keep up on the news and updates from FPMT’s Charitable Projects. 

 

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Kopan’s Thousands of Helping Handshttp://fpmt.org/fpmt-community-news/news-around-the-world/kopans-thousands-of-helping-hands/ http://fpmt.org/fpmt-community-news/news-around-the-world/kopans-thousands-of-helping-hands/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 18:50:53 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=43972 ... Read full article]]> In Manthali Gaun, Raemchhap District, Nepal, May 2015. Photo courtesy of Kopan Monastery School on Facebook.

In Manthali Gaun, Raemchhap District, Nepal, May 2015. Photo courtesy of Kopan Monastery School on Facebook.

While the ground continues shaking in Nepal, Kopan monks and nuns continue their emergency relief work in several districts in Nepal. Since the April 25 earthquake, there have been well over 100 magnitude 4.0+ earthquakes. Kopan teams are delivering relief aid on trucks to remote villages and communities in many districts, including people of the Dalit (Untouchable) caste.

Kopan Monastery nuns loading a truck bound for Rasuwa District, Nepal, May 2015

Kopan nuns loading a truck bound for Rasuwa District, Nepal, May 2015

One team was on a four-day excursion to Rasuwa District, when the 7.3 earthquake struck on May 12. Kopan Monastery shared on Facebook that the team saw landslides and more destruction to homes. A medical team was traveling with the group. After returning, a medical team member said, “I think what they really need at this moment is proper shelters. Most of them plant their own food and get water from the waterfall, but difficult to get the shelter.” She concluded by saying, “There was too little that we could do for them. I wish we can do more to help.”

Providing medical aid in Rasuwa District, Nepal, May 2015

Providing medical aid in Rasuwa District, Nepal, May 2015

On May 16, the team returned to Rasuwa with two truckloads of tarpaulins and food, traveling 12 hours to arrive at their destination over very difficult roads.

Kopan Monastery School wrote on Facebook, “We saw so many relief team with huge loaded trucks heading toward this place. We were so relieved that now all the villagers around this area will get the relief supplies.

“What we learned is that Nepali people are so resilient. They looks sad, but much less worries than they supposed to be.”

A road in the Rasuwa District, Nepal, May 2015

A road in the Rasuwa District, Nepal, May 2015

Ven. Sarah Thresher shared, “To date the monks and nuns of Kopan Helping Hands have distributed:

List of aid for May 17, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, May 2015

List of aid for May 17, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, May 2015

  • Food to 5,000 families
  • Shelter to 1,135 families
  • 3,000 meals
  • Blankets to 500 families
  • Clothing to 1,800 people
  • Water distribution to many parts of the city…”

The Namgyal Rinpoche Foundation, which is the organization of Losang Namgyal Rinpoche, a Kopan monk and a high lama for the Tamang people, is coordinating with Kopan on relief work. They have most recently been sending supplies to Nuwakot District.

Geshe Thubten Jinpa, a senior Kopan Geshe, shared last week on his Facebook page, “Today we were traveling more than 18 hour on the road to deliver the relief package to the most affected area, every house along the road is completely down. It’s heartbreaking to witness these all with your own eyes. It’s 2 a.m. here. We just arrived back home. The road was so bad and the heavy rain made it extremely difficult. We sent for the people whom the relief package is targeted for and hand it over in the middle of jungle and head back, but have no other choices.”


Kopan Monastery is accepting donations directly for their relief work, mention “Kopan Helping Hands” in the comments: http://www.kopanmonastery.com/earthquake

To learn more and offer support to FPMT’s Nepal Earthquake Support Fundwhich will be used for immediate relief and rebuilding: https://my.fpmt.org/donate/socialservicesfund

For “Prayers and Practice for Earthquake in Nepal,” see:
http://fpmt.org/edu-news/prayers-and-practices-for-earthquake-in-nepal/

For continuing updates and news from Kopan Monastery and other FPMT centers and projects in Nepal affected by the earthquake, please visit our “Updates from Nepal after the Earthquake” page:
http://fpmt.org/nepal-earthquake/

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Nothing Happens by Itselfhttp://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/nothing-happens-by-itself/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/nothing-happens-by-itself/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 18:45:08 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=43971 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche blessing the sentient beings in the ocean before Auckland flight to Nelson, New Zealand, May 2015. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche blessing the sentient beings in the ocean before Auckland flight to Nelson, New Zealand, May 2015. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

On May 15, Ven. Roger Kunsang shared this from Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings at Chandrakirti Centre on his Twitter page: 

Lama Zopa: Nothing happens by itself without causes and conditions. Outside is a condition, not the principal cause. Most think outside.

Ven. Roger Kunsang, Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s assistant and CEO of FPMT Inc., shares Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s recent pith sayings on Ven. Roger’s Twitter page. (You can also read them on Ven. Roger’s Facebook page.)

Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings at Chandrakirti Centre can be watched now on FPMT’s Livestream page. 


For continuing updates and news from Kopan Monastery and other FPMT centers and projects in Nepal affected by the earthquake, please visit our “Updates from Nepal after the Earthquake” page: 
http://fpmt.org/nepal-earthquake/

To learn more and offer support to the Nepal Earthquake Support Fund visit: 
https://my.fpmt.org/donate/socialservicesfund

For “Prayers and Practice for Earthquake in Nepal,” see: 
http://fpmt.org/edu-news/prayers-and-practices-for-earthquake-in-nepal/


More information, photos and updates about FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be found on Rinpoche’s homepage. If you’d like to receive news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche via email, sign up to Lama Zopa Rinpoche News.

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