FPMT http://fpmt.org Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition Sun, 05 Jul 2015 15:47:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 His Holiness the Dalai Lama Celebrated Around the Worldhttp://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/his-holiness-the-dalai-lama-celebrated-around-the-world/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/his-holiness-the-dalai-lama-celebrated-around-the-world/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:06:57 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=45323 ... Read full article]]> His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking during celebrations honoring his 80th birthday at the Main Tibetan Temple in Dharamsala, HP, India on June 21, 2015. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL via dalailama.com.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking during celebrations honoring his 80th birthday at the Main Tibetan Temple in Dharamsala, HP, India on June 21, 2015. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL via dalailama.com.

An inspiring number of celebrations of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday are taking place around the world.

On June 21 in Dharamsala, India, a huge long-life ceremony was offered to His Holiness. Dalailama.com wrote, “At 8 o’clock His Holiness was escorted from the gates of his residence up to the Tsuglagkhang [the main Tibetan temple], where he greeted the assembled guests and took his seat on the throne. Seated before on a line of thrones were the leaders of the Tibetan spiritual traditions: to the right, Sakya Daktri Rinpoche, Menri Khen Rinpoche, Gyalwang Karmapa, Drikung Chetsang Rinpoche, Taglung Shabdrung Rinpoche, and to the left Ganden Tri Rinpoche, Katok Getse Rinpoche and a representative of the Drukchen Rinpoche. Behind them sat abbots and retired abbots of the great monasteries.” 

Drolkar McCallum, FPMT North America regional coordinator, waits with others to be part of the procession of offerings during the long life ceremony for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dharamsala, India, June 21, 2015

Drolkar McCallum, FPMT North America regional coordinator, waits with others to be part of the procession of offerings during the long life ceremony for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Dharamsala, India, June 21, 2015

The long-life offering was presented by the Central Tibetan Administration, the Domay Community and the Gelug International Foundation and presided over by Sakya Daktri Rinpoche. “During the ceremony the Tse-ring Che-nga and Nechung Oracles appeared separately in trance. They each paid their respects to His Holiness and gathered spiritual and political leaders together in front of him to say prayers,” Dalailama.com reported, where you can also find photos of the event.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche attended the ceremony. FPMT North America regional coordinator Drolkar McCallum was also there and was part of the procession of offerings. Drolkar shared that she “had the honor of offering texts to His Holiness! What a thrill!”

You can watch a video of the ceremony, including dances and singing offered to His Holiness and His Holiness’ remarks.

Following the long-life ceremony in Dharamsala, there was the 1st Gelug International Conference, of which Lama Zopa Rinpoche attended the first day. Delegates to the meeting, which included many high lamas and other representatives of the Gelug tradition, discussed preserving the Gelug tradition in the future. His Holiness attended the final session of the conference.

Photos of the Gelug International Conference are on Dalailama.com. Radio Free Asia has a report on the conference in Tibetan and you can see video from the conference on Tibet Online TV.

Beginning of the Gelug international Conference in Dharamsala. Ganden Tri Rinpoche in the center, Ganden Jangtse Choje Rinpoche and Ganden Shartse Rinpoche. The Tibetan Prime Minister Lobsang Sangye on the right, Dharamsala, India, June 2015. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Beginning of the Gelug international Conference in Dharamsala. Ganden Tri Rinpoche in the center, Ganden Jangtse Choje Rinpoche and Ganden Shartse Rinpoche to left, and Tibetan Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay to the right, Dharamsala, India, June 2015. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Tibetan prime minister Lobsang Sangye addressing the Gelug conference, Dharamsala, India, June 2015. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Tibetan prime minister Lobsang Sangay addressing the Gelug conference, Dharamsala, India, June 2015. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

On June 28, His Holiness was in the UK and attended the Glastonbury Music Festival. His Holiness gave a talk to 8,500 and participated in a panel on climate change. He then went on the main stage with American singer Patti Smith and had a crowd of more than 120,000 sing him “Happy Birthday.” Geshe Tashi, the resident teacher at Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London, accompanied His Holiness on stage.

Video of His Holiness at Glastonbury

The International Campaign for Tibet is reporting that Tibetans in Tibet are also celebrating His Holiness’ birthday despite Chinese repression.

They report Tibetan man in Amdo saying: “In the summer, Tibetans often take picnics out to the grasslands, away from the urban areas where they are more easily observed by the authorities. So most of the celebrations of the birthday took place in these areas, with friends, family, the local community gathering with large photographs of His Holiness or thangkas of the Bodhisattva of compassion displayed on makeshift thrones with offerings of seasonal fruit, with songs and dances connected to the 80th birthday year.” For more, including photos, see ITC’s report

ITC also reports that Germany has issued a commemorative postage stamp recognizing His Holiness’ 80th birthday.

Former U.S. President George W. Bush offered His Holiness a birthday cake during a luncheon, which was part of His Holiness’ visit to Texas, U.S., on July 1. 

Many video tributes have been created for His Holiness’ birthday, including a short video by the Central Tibetan Administration and the Cambodian Children’s Fund.

 

Shambala Sun magazine is creating a commemorative issue for His Holiness’ 80th birthday. And there are many more activities and event schedule for this weekend and the following weeks and months of the next year. 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, along with Patti Smith, waving to the crowd of over 120,000 at the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in Glastonbury, Somerset, UK on June 28, 2015. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL via dalailama.com.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, along with Patti Smith, waving to the crowd of over 120,000 at the Pyramid Stage at the Glastonbury Festival in Glastonbury, Somerset, UK on June 28, 2015. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL via dalailama.com.

Next week, we’ll share stories on how FPMT centers, projects and services are celebrating His Holiness’ 80th birthday. We’ll also look back at the history of His Holiness and FPMT.

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Kopan Helping Hands Work Continues Despite Danger and Difficultyhttp://fpmt.org/nepal-earthquake/kopan-helping-hands-work-continues-despite-danger-and-difficulty/ http://fpmt.org/nepal-earthquake/kopan-helping-hands-work-continues-despite-danger-and-difficulty/#comments Fri, 03 Jul 2015 16:30:04 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=45245 ... Read full article]]> Recent efforts of Kopan Helping Hands has been in the Dolakha District in Northeast Nepal. This district has been most affected by the earthquake and is very difficult to obtain access to. Photo courtesy of Kopan Facebook page.

Recent efforts of Kopan Helping Hands have been in the Dolakha District in Northeast Nepal. This district has been most affected by the earthquake and is very difficult to obtain access to. Photo courtesy of Kopan Facebook page.

Kopan Monastery and Nunnery have been actively involved since the very beginning with relief efforts for those devastated by the Nepal earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. The Nepal Earthquake Support Fund, set up by FPMT International Office at the request of Ven. Roger Kunsang immediately following the earthquake, has been offering grants to the work of Kopan Helping Hands which continues to offer ongoing aid to those in need, despite danger and difficulty. 

Geshe Thubten Jinpa continues to help with the relief efforts and keep up on updates regarding the work of Kopan Helping Hands. In a recent report, he outlined that 66 pounds of rice, cooking oil and salt was offered to families from 481 collapsed households in Dolakha District, Northeast Nepal. He reported that individuals walked twelve miles to the distribution center to collect this aid. Kopan Helping Hands was also able to offer each family 300 Nepalese Rupees for traveling expenses. 

Recently Kopan Helping Hands has been able to help families from over 3,705 households in the Kathmandu surrounding districts, offering bulk food items such as rice, cooking oil, salt and mattresses and also covering traveling expenses for the families to get the aid.

Birds-eye view of the devastation of the Dolakha District f Nepal where Kopan Helping Hands is currently focusing relief efforts toward. Photo courtesy of Kopan Facebook page.

Birds-eye view of the devastation of the Dolakha District of Nepal where Kopan Helping Hands is currently focusing relief efforts toward. Photo courtesy of Kopan Facebook page.

Geshe Jinpa explains: 

Our current major working area is in Dolakha District. It is the most affected area and road access to whole region was disrupted for a very long time after the earthquake. As soon as the road accessibility was possible the monsoon season began and the delivery of the relief became tough. We had to find the needed materials in local markets and some needed to place orders from outside the city and even from India. Things are then imported to Kathmandu in bigger lorries and shifted to the affected area. Not all destinations can be reached by road so items are transported by smaller vehicle up to where there is the accessibility of the road. Road to the villages are very primary it can be disrupted at any moment. If we have rain for a day landslides will occur everywhere and the vehicles get stuck in the mud. So we must load and unload the things, pushing and pulling of trucks is needed for every single delivery. The trucks, which carry the supply, got stuck in the landslide for two days and we managed to clear the road using another dodger. Four of our monks are stationed in one of most dangerous places since last week and they keep on work of distribution despite heavy rain and fear of landslides and flood. They have to be on the field to collect the data of affected people and find a most effective place for the distribution and called people from villages to the distribution center. Some people even have to walk for days to receive the relief materials. Our volunteer monks on the ground are struggling to make distributions swift and effective while coordinating with  local people and authorities.

Despite all of this, Kopan Helping Hands continues to offer this much needed support to those in dire need. Please rejoice in this inspiring and courageous effort by the monks and nuns of Kopan who are working extremely hard and tirelessly for the benefit of others. 

Thank you also to all the kind donors who are helping to make this aid possible.


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

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

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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Dharma Teachings in Russianhttp://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/dharma-teachings-in-russian/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/dharma-teachings-in-russian/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:45:05 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=45289 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching in a park in Moscow, Russia, June 2015. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching in a park in Moscow, Russia, June 2015. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Many Russian FPMT students are meeting Lama Zopa Rinpoche for the first time, while he is in Moscow. Others are only seeing him again after many years. Rinpoche’s teachings there, which began on June 30, have been well attended.

As interest in Buddhism continues to grow in Russia, resources in Russian are also increasing. The Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive offers several teachings by Lama Yeshe and other Tibetan Buddhist masters translated into Russian. Links to these free PDFs can be found on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive Russian translations page. FPMT currently offers Russian translations of the Vajra Cutter Sutra and also the Sutra of Golden Light.

Live streaming and recordings of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings from Moscow, organized by Ganden Tendar Ling, can be found on FPMT’s Livestream page.

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

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Tenzin Ösel Hita: ‘Lama Yeshe Is My Best Friend’http://fpmt.org/fpmt-community-news/news-around-the-world/tenzin-osel-hita-lama-yeshe-is-my-best-friend/ http://fpmt.org/fpmt-community-news/news-around-the-world/tenzin-osel-hita-lama-yeshe-is-my-best-friend/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:06:22 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=41933 ... Read full article]]> Tenzin Ösel Hita, Losang Dragpa Centre, Sengalor, Malaysia, February 2015. Photo courtesy of Ldc Fpmt Facebook.

Tenzin Ösel Hita, Losang Dragpa Centre, Sengalor, Malaysia, February 2015. Photo courtesy of Ldc Fpmt Facebook.

On February 19, Tenzin Ösel Hita, the recognized reincarnation of FPMT founder Lama Yeshe, made a surprise visit to Malaysian center Losang Dragpa Centre to participate in its Guru Puja for Losar, Tibetan New Year. Just before the puja began, Ösel gave a short talk and answered a few questions, which were transcribed by Carolyn Chan and edited by Yeo Puay Huei and Mandala for publication on FPMT.org. He began the question and answer portion saying, “I will try to answer as best as I can and if you have opposing views, then better still as we can then debate and understand better.”

Malaysia went through a lot of difficulties last year that affected a lot of young people too. The world is also seeing more terrorists. We get upset at all this, but at the same time, we are supposed to be like our guru. How do we gain a positive mind towards such harmful people?

Ösel: Very, very modern, ah. (Laughter) Very, very good question. To tackle this question, one point of view is the absolute bodhichitta mind. You slap me and I offer the other cheek. Then both of my cheeks will get red. Just joking.

One side is the bodhichitta mind where you give love even if you are beaten up. I think on the one hand, this is very good to do, but the extreme is not good. So, one has to put a limit. You can take the abuse up to one point and if you keep accepting this abuse, then it is not good for the abuser either. They might think they have the right to abuse people, and this will not help them. You are not really creating the cause for them to see their mistakes. If you always go, “OK, OK,” they keep doing the same. You have to cut the vicious pattern.

Some people say that the way to cut the cycle is to get more aggressive than the aggressor, in order to wake him up. But the solution to violence can never be violence. And even if you use aggressiveness to help the aggressor, it should come with love. It should be just a wake-up call for the aggressor. Everybody has their own point of view, but I think I would say that the solution to violence can never be violence. It leads to more suffering. My advice to you is to pray for the aggressor’s bad karma to clear away and for her to be able to recognize the fact that making other people suffer is bringing on more suffering for herself. For the one receiving the aggression, be aware of the need for balance. Don’t go to extremes. It is the middle path. That is what the lam-rim teaches.

Tenzin Ösel Hita at Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore, November 2012. Photo courtesy of Amitabha Buddhist Centre.

Tenzin Ösel Hita at Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore, November 2012. Photo courtesy of Amitabha Buddhist Centre.

Could you please share some insight about your predecessor? Have you seen your predecessor in your dreams?

Ösel: Actually, Lama Yeshe is my best friend. If it were not for him, I would probably work in a bar and be a singer. Thinking about life, “OMG, life is so complicated. What should I do? Should I try to read a book or search for a teacher? I am confused.” At least, I have some information due to my education. I have some answers to my questions. I have the luck and the blessing to be in contact with Buddhism and with some people.

I have only seen Lama Yeshe in photos and videos. And I love him very much. He is my best friend. He helps me a lot. Thanks to him, I have the luck to return.

What are your future plans?

Ösel: Right now, I am organizing a pilgrimage to India with Beatrix. [The pilgrimage took place in April 2015.] She is the work designer and also the organizer for the pilgrimage. Please, if any of you want to know, this is publicity time. (Laughter) We are organizing a pilgrimage to India, starting with Delhi, then to Dharamsala. In Dharamsala, we will be staying at Tushita Meditation Centre, then visiting Norbulingka and proceeding to the mountains. We will be going to Bodhgaya, Mahabodhi Stupa, Vulture’s Peak, Nalanda, Varanasi, Sarnath, Lumbini, Kathmandu, Kopan Monastery and Kopan Nunnery and thereafter Boudhanath and Swayambunath and Mahakala Caves. There will be talks along the way. The website is there and it is available for anyone who wants to join in.

The group will be small. Because it is the first time I’m doing this, I want it to be as smooth as possible. But I also want to warn you, it will be hard practice and not just happy, happy. You have to do some hard work and put your mind into practice. It is going to be a practical way and will last for a total of 15 days.

And this is the first pilgrimage I am organizing, and I do not know whether it will be the last. Hopefully, it won’t be the last. But you never know. So, this is the opportunity to invite you and also to tell your friends. That is my project now. I think it will be a practical way to help people and at the same time form part of my practice, to donate to monasteries and to other projects we have.

Beatrix also knows Ayurvedic therapy. We hope to start an Ayurvedic school because medicine is important education for people. Ayurveda is one of the early medical systems dating back thousands of years. The other thing for me is to create an education system to not only teach you how to work, but also teach you how to live, basically. That’s my future idea. And maybe do a movie. I want to do a good movie, that is why I want to take my time. It will be about quantum mechanics, quantum physics, and emptiness coming together, through graphics. I don’t know. That’s an idea for the future. Thank you, Thank you. I am leaving Malaysia very soon but I feel very strong connection with the center. I want to thank everyone. 

The Big Love Fund supports Ösel‘s educational endeavors. You can follow news and updates about Ösel on the Ösel Hita news feed.

Mandala brings you news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and of activities, teachings and events from nearly 160 FPMT centers, projects and services around the globe. If you like what you read on Mandala, consider becoming a Friend of FPMT, which supports our work.

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Shantideva Meditation Center Offers New Video Serieshttp://fpmt.org/edu-news/shantideva-meditation-center-offers-new-video-series/ http://fpmt.org/edu-news/shantideva-meditation-center-offers-new-video-series/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 18:00:50 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=45275 ... Read full article]]> Geshe Ngwang Tenley teaching at Shantideva Meditation Center, New York. Photo courtesty of SMC's Facebook page.

Geshe Ngwang Tenley teaching at Shantideva Meditation Center, New York. Photo courtesy of SMC’s Facebook page.

Shantideva Meditation Center in New York has recently started to offer short online videos to bring the wisdom of its visiting teachers to people outside of its geographic area.  Unlike recorded teachings, which could be a few hours long and more likely appeal to seasoned students, these concise clips are designed to engage newcomers who are curious about the fundamentals of Buddhism and how it might benefit their lives.

Following the FPMT’s practical and integrative approach to education, subjects include: How Can We Stay Patient When Dealing With Difficult People? by Geshe Ngawang Tenley and How Does One Begin a Meditation Practice? by Ven. Amy Miller.

Special attention has also been made to create aesthetically pleasing videos to mirror the philosophical beauty of the teachings, invoking the help of students who wish to channel their professional skills as an offering to the Dharma.  

Shantideva Meditation Center explains this new series, “In a rapidly developing world where attention spans are short and there is saturation of media fueled by consumerism, the hope is to offer to people all over the world concise teachings packed with wisdom and compassion, so that they may be inspired to discover their inner potential for happiness and cultivate all the positive qualities of an awakened being.”

 

You can watch more videos, learn about Shantideva Meditation Center or explore other opportunities for Dharma teachings and study from FPMT Education Services

 

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‘Think Far’http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/think-far/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/think-far/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:45:18 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=45222 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching in Moscow, Russia, June 30, 2015. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching in Moscow, Russia, June 30, 2015. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

On June 27, Ven. Roger Kunsang shared this from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who is currently teaching in Moscow, on his Twitter page 

“Lama Zopa; Kadampa Geshe’s say … Think far, long term, very extensive study with big mind, at same time relaxed, not squeezed.”

Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings from Moscow, Russia, organized by Ganden Tendar Ling, can be watch live and recorded on FPMT’s Livestream page.

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.)

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

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Pujas for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Long Life Sponsoredhttp://fpmt.org/charitable-activities/projects/retreats-and-practices/pf-news/pujas-for-lama-zopa-rinpoches-long-life-sponsored/ http://fpmt.org/charitable-activities/projects/retreats-and-practices/pf-news/pujas-for-lama-zopa-rinpoches-long-life-sponsored/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:30:43 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=45203 ... Read full article]]> Kopan Sangha performing the pujas that high lamas recommended for Lama Zopa Rinpoche's long life. Photo courtesy of Kopan Monastery Facebook.

Kopan Sangha performing the pujas recommended for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s long life. Photo courtesy of Kopan Monastery.

Every year, Ven. Roger Kunsang, Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s faithful assistant for 29 years and CEO of FPMT Inc. checks with high lamas about any pujas that are needed to be done for the health and long life of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. 

In March Ven. Roger Kunsang checked for 2015 and based on the advice received a number of pujas were arranged such as:

  • Sixteen Arhats  Long Life Puja
  • Namgyäl Tong Chö (One thousand sets of offerings to Buddha Namgyälma)
  • Dartok Sersum
  • Tse Drub
Extensive offerings carefully arranged for the pujas offered for Lama Zopa Rinpoche's long life.

Extensive offerings carefully arranged for the pujas offered for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s long life.

These pujas were sponsored by the Puja Fund and the Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Long Life Puja Fund and offered on behalf of the entire FPMT organization. 

Thanks to the Kopan Sangha for offering these pujas. 

May these pujas create the cause for Lama Zopa Rinpoche to have perfect health and a very long life. 

All are welcome to participate in the offering of these pujas by donating any amount to the Puja Fund or the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Long Life Puja Fund.

You can learn more about the Puja Fund the activities of the Long Life Puja Fund or any FPMT’s Charitable Projects.

 

 

 

 

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche Teachings in Russia To Be Webcast Livehttp://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/lama-zopa-rinpoche-in-russia-to-be-webcast-live/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/lama-zopa-rinpoche-in-russia-to-be-webcast-live/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 18:11:38 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=45218 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche offering impromptu teaching to students in park, Moscow, Russia, June 2015. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche offering impromptu teaching to students in park, Moscow, Russia, June 2015. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is teaching at Ganden Tendar Ling, the FPMT center in Moscow, Russia, beginning with a public talk “How to Find Peace” on June 30. 

You can watch Rinpoche teach live on FPMT’s Livestream page for the teachings in Russia:
http://livestream.com/FPMT/russia2015

Rinpoche’s teaching on July 1-2 on the “Three Principles of the Path” will also be webcast live. And the preliminary teachings before the Great Medicine Buddha initiation on July 3-5 are also tentatively planned to be webcast.

Details on the specific schedule for these teachings will be posted as soon as possbile on the FPMT Livestream page for the Russia events.

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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Spain’s Tushita Retreat Center Celebrates 20 Yearshttp://fpmt.org/fpmt-community-news/news-around-the-world/spains-tushita-retreat-center-celebrates-20-years/ http://fpmt.org/fpmt-community-news/news-around-the-world/spains-tushita-retreat-center-celebrates-20-years/#comments Mon, 29 Jun 2015 17:38:31 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=45234 ... Read full article]]>  

Tushita Retreat Centre, Arbúcies, Montseny, Spain. Photo courtesy of Tushita Retreat Centre.

Tushita Retreat Centre, Arbúcies, Montseny, Spain. Photo courtesy of Tushita Retreat Center.

In the recently published online edition for Mandala July-December 2015, you can read about the achievements of Tushita Retreat Center:

“In 2015, Tushita Retreat Center in Spain celebrates 20 years in the FPMT. Tushita is located at the heart of the Montseny Natural Park, a region in southern Europe characterized by its extraordinary biodiversity, distinctive Mediterranean beauty and rich cultural history. However, for those of us who know the center, Tushita is simply Tushita, a place that many of us consider enchanted, where we find the peace and beauty that nourishes the hope and joy we need for a good life. For those who are part of Tushita, whether as students, teachers, volunteers, employees, managers or simply as friends, the center is, in many ways, a home, a place to return after the difficult day-to-day struggles, a refuge where we can rediscover those truths that inspire and move us.

“Due to its proximity to the cities of Barcelona and Girona and its accessibility, and because it’s located in a relatively isolated place suitable for contemplative practices, the center offers to many students a privileged space to deepen their meditations and practices. …”

Read the entire article “Spain’s Tushita Retreat Center Celebrates 20 Years” on FPMT.org/mandala.

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Grants for Shelter and Food in Remote Nepal Villages Offeredhttp://fpmt.org/nepal-earthquake/grants-for-shelter-and-food-in-remote-nepal-villages-offered/ http://fpmt.org/nepal-earthquake/grants-for-shelter-and-food-in-remote-nepal-villages-offered/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:30:02 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=45116 ... Read full article]]> An additional US$50,000 was recently sent to help support several Nepal villages devastated by the April 25 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.

An additional US$50,000 was recently sent to help support several Nepal villages devastated by the April 25 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.

The Nepal Earthquake Support Fund was pleased to offer an additional US$50,000 toward essential relief to several Nepal villages. 

Initial aid had been offered to these areas last month, but the need was underestimated and this additional grant continues to provide essential food necessities and basic shelter to many individuals and families who desperately need it. This and the previous grant was used to buy tarpaulins (tent material used for the many who are without shelter) for those in the Khumjung area (made up of four different villages), as well as for those in Thame (Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s birthplace).

The grant was also used for the cost of transportation, renting air cargo planes from Kathmandu to Lukla and then renting helicopters to bring the aid from Lukla to Khumjung and Thame.  Charok Lama also went along to deliver some of this aid, demonstrating his extraordinary compassion in action.

Between this recent aid and that previously offered, 346 families and 3,000 individuals have been offered essential relief. 

 

Air cargo will go from Kathmandu to Lukla and then helicopters will bring packages of aid from Lukla to Khumjung and Thame.

Air cargo will go from Kathmandu to Lukla and then helicopters will bring packages of aid from Lukla to Khumjung and Thame.

Thanks to all the very kind donors who have helped make this essential aid possible through your generosity. If you would like to contribute toward this ongoing support to those in need in Nepal, you are welcome to offer any amount to the Nepal Earthquake Support Fund.


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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