FPMT http://fpmt.org Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:23:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Lama Zopa Rinpoche and all at Kopan are Fine After Earthquakehttp://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/lama-zopa-rinpoche-and-all-at-kopan-are-fine-after-earthquake/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/lama-zopa-rinpoche-and-all-at-kopan-are-fine-after-earthquake/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 12:22:43 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=42535 ... Read full article]]> Updates from Ven. Roger Kunsang at Kopan Monastery:

27 April 2015, 10am (Kathmandu time) Lama Zopa Rinpoche, all the Kopan monks and nuns (approximately 800) and about 25 foreigners who are at Kopan slept outside for a second night, tremors continued, many people piled in tents and outside, trying to keep dry from the rain. No one wants to stay inside the buildings while tremors are still happening. The situation is unclear, so we are conserving water and food.

Many of the 800 monks and nuns are very young (7-15 years old) so the older sangha are trying to look after them, help them not to be scared and try to answer their questions on why the earth moves.

Please continue to do prayers for all those affected. 

From Ven.Sarah Thresher: From shortly after the earthquake began the main center at Kopan has been the garden of enlightenment where the big stupas of Geshe lama Konchog and Lama lhundrup are built. Rinpoche has been living there, daytime and nighttime, leading prayers, teaching, greeting people who come up, keeping people relaxed and in a positive state of mind. The very first day Rinpoche told us there is no point being worried and afraid, we must pray. So we have been doing prayers to control the earthquake, prayers for the people who have died, prayers to destroy the self-cherishing and self-grasping minds from where the negative karma as arise that cause all the suffering. With Rinpoche always present and the two great stupas as well, it feels like we are in a tranquil oasis of calm protected by all the BUDDHAS.

Last night was cold and wet and many more people slept in the tents. I heard they could hear Rinpoche chanting mantras loudly all night for sentient beings, for all sentient beings. 

Tents around the stupa at Kopan Monastery

Tents around the stupa at Kopan Monastery


 

26 April 2015,  7pm (Kathmandu time) Lama Zopa Rinpoche and all the monks, nuns and students staying at Kopan are still sleeping outside (some in tents) as there continue to be aftershocks, some as big as 6.7.

There is still no internet, phone lines jammed and no electricity (although once a day generator at Kopan is turned on so phones can be charged). 

Rinpoche is well and has been in the Kopan garden all day doing prayers, right now doing the  King of Prayers dedicated for all those who have died in the earthquake.

Earlier today Rinpoche requested the monks and nuns to recite the Golden Light Sutra many times to prevent the continuing aftershocks and also the recitation of the Kangyur.

There is substantial damage to Kopan Monastery and Nunnery, a number of buildings are seriously damaged.

Ven.Sarah Thresher reports: The earthquake happened yesterday around lunchtime. It was Saturday and a holiday. Many people were gone. We were in the dining room when everything started to shake and most people ran out. In Rinpoche’s room there are many things and they were falling down. Rinpoche was sitting in the main room doing tonglen, taking the suffering of others and giving happiness. Rinpoche said this is the best practice, lojong, using whatever negative situation arises to destroy the self cherishing. After a while the attendants carried Rinpoche down to the stupa garden and everyone gathered around him. For hours Rinpoche led us in prayers. We did the prayers for earthquakes and we did tonglen. As we prayed the earth was shaking, sometimes quite strongly. Then Rinpoche began to teach and also give lungs for thought transformation practice. We were all so fortunate that Rinpoche, Osel and Khen Rinpoche were here along with the senior monks who took full control of the situation. Amongst the damage at Kopan is broken pipes. The internet also became very scarce and electricity off. We were fortunate we could get dinner and then many people slept outside. Rinpoche also was outside.
This morning again people were outside. The monks did prayers and also relaxed a bit. Rinpoche had lunch out in the garden and we listened to chanting and spent time with him. This evening Rinpoche led prayers for all the people who died until it started to rain heavily. There are still tremors and there has been a lot of destruction and deaths. But at Kopan we are all safe. Now it is raining and people are outside. Thankyou all for your concern and prayers.

Please continue to do prayers for all those affected.

Photos from Kopan, 26 April 2015

Some of the damage at Kopan, 26 April 2015

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche leading prayers at Kopan

Emergency relief set up at Kopan

Emergency relief set up at Kopan


 

26 April 2015, 10.30am: Last night everyone slept outside, there were many aftershocks. There is substantial damage to a number of buildings at both Kopan Monastery and Nunnery (the Chenrezig gompa, guest house, Norbalinka, Nunnery old gompa and kitchen) exact details will come later. Kopan Monastery and Nunnery will need our support soon. Currently there is no electricity, no internet and limited lines open for calls.  So this is just a short update.


 

25 April 2015, 4pm: Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Tenzin Osel Hita and all at Kopan Monastery and Nunnery are fine after the strong earthquake that hit Nepal today. There has been some damage in Kopan (to buildings). Rinpoche’s sister –  Ani Ngawang Samten and those in Lawudo are also fine (also some damage).

Please hold all those who have been affected by the earthquake in your prayers.


Prayers that can be done:

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has given advice on practices to do after earthquakes and also always recommends Medicine Buddha practice, Golden Light Sutra and King of Prayers.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Root Institute in Feb 2015. Photo by Ven.Thubten Kunsang

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Root Institute, Feb 2015. Photo by Ven.Thubten Kunsang

 

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Practice Patience!http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/practice-patience/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/practice-patience/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:24:22 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=42495 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India, January 2015. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India, February 2015. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche was at Root Institute in Bodhgaya, India, during February and March 2015.  On March 20, Ven. Roger Kunsang shared this on his Twitter page: 

Lama Zopa; we need to cherish the one who is causing us most difficulties, see as most kind! … practice patience!

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 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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Tenzin Ösel Hita: ‘Think About the Person Next to You’http://fpmt.org/news-around-the-world/tenzin-osel-hita-think-about-the-person-next-to-you/ http://fpmt.org/news-around-the-world/tenzin-osel-hita-think-about-the-person-next-to-you/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:54:25 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=41913 ... 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, which was transcribed by Carolyn Chan and edited by Yeo Puay Huei and Mandala for publication on FPMT.org:

“I just wanted to mention something quickly. The prayers that you are reciting refer to emptiness. I read somewhere not so long ago that quantum mechanics actually says 99.999% of atoms are empty. When we talk about material things, that which we can really touch or is tangible is only 0.001% of the atom. This means that if only the tangible parts of all the atoms of human beings were put together, all 7 billion humans would fit in a single sugar cube. Can you imagine that? Scientists are saying that all 7 billion humans could fit in a sugar cube. That is how ‘empty’ we are.

“It is very funny how in this age, spirituality and quantum mechanics are coming together. Their paths have finally crossed. We are living in an age, a very, very big crystal age where thousands of years have passed and people have evolved a little bit. Times have changed: science has evolved, spirituality has evolved, but people are not ready for this kind of information.

“Three thousand years ago in Egypt, there was a pharaoh called Akhenaten. He started a revolution because he could not agree that there were many gods. He tried to explain to the people that the real god is within yourself. You possess the path within yourself. He was way ahead of his time. People did not understand. People were not prepared for that. So there was a huge revolution. Now here, 3,000 years later, we are actually ready for this kind of thinking. We have passed the Dark Ages, we went through the Middle Stone Age, we have been through World Wars. Now, finally people have the means to see all of these and learn from past mistakes. So, we are very lucky to be here at this age, today, everyday; this moment is very lucky. Of course, we think of the time as it is. Time has changed as it is. 

“When talking about spirituality, we say that time is precious. We are here, with the precious human rebirth, possibly only once because they say human rebirth is like a turtle which comes up from the ocean bed only once every 100 years. In that vast ocean is a floating ring and this turtle comes up only once every 100 years. What are the chances of it placing its head through that ring? That is how difficult it is to get the precious human rebirth. That is the metaphor Tibetan Buddhism gives us to understand how lucky we are. This is something for us to cherish all the time.

“But then, we live in a society where the education system teaches us always to cherish ourselves and to think about ourselves, ‘me, me, me,’ right ? Capitalism is based on that. If people stop thinking like that, capitalism will fall apart. So, I am not saying this is good or bad, I am only saying it is good to be aware of this. Because the moment we stop only cherishing ourselves, we can actually start cherishing other people. When it really happens, it really starts feeling good. If everybody did that, thinking about the person next to you before you think about yourself, what a beautiful, lucky place. There will be no war, no famine, no hardship. You should really think about this and check it out. The more you think about yourself, the more you are going to suffer. If you think about the person next to you more than yourself, all you have is happiness. Your well-being will be linked to the universe, linked to karma and linked to human mind. Buddhism says this, so I do not have to say it. All of you know it. I think this important point should be put into practice and not just doing meditation or reading a book or coming to a puja, although these are also very good in making imprints and keeping us on the right path.  

“The most important moment is when you put this cherishing others into practice, then it is like the phrase, ‘When the shit hits the fan,’ it spreads everywhere; it’s a strong metaphor! Keep the middle path. Think about the other person more than yourself. Even if you are suffering, forget about that. Think about the person next to you. For me, it is very easy to say, but very difficult to do. I also have a lot of suffering, difficulties and many frustrations. When these happen, I would do my best to think about the other person. But even then, it is so hard. After I make all the mistakes and mess up everything, I sit down and think, ‘Ah! I wish I had thought about it before. Now it is too late.’ Still, you can learn from your mistakes and slowly, slowly make an effort to be a better person and try to make the person next to you happier. This is my advice from my experience and difficulties that I have gone through. We are all going through this in the same way. So it is not like I am speaking and you think I am enlightened – blah, blah, blah – because I am not. (Laughter) I am of the worst quality.  

“You know we cannot change the world, but what we can do is change ourselves. And that is the first step. So, we focus on that, OK? That’s the first step.”

Find a short video excerpt taken from this talk on YouTube, made available by Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

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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Motivation Is More Important than Korwahttp://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/motivation-is-more-important-than-korwa/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/motivation-is-more-important-than-korwa/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 18:45:29 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=42419 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the Mahabodhi Stupa, Bodhgaya, India, February 2015. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the Mahabodhi Stupa, Bodhgaya, India, February 2015. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

When Lama Zopa Rinpoche stays at Root Institute in Bodhgaya he frequently goes to circumambulate the Mahabodhi Stupa. Long-time student Ven. Sarah Thresher recounts an excursion to the stupa in 2014 when Rinpoche’s actions taught an important lesson.

“The day before Losar we had a lot of rain on and off all day. Rinpoche mentioned in the early morning that he would like to go to the stupa to offer robes,” Ven. Sarah wrote. “Twelve hours later when the driver and everyone else had given up on the trip, Rinpoche got up and started walking to the car. With just over an hour till the stupa closed and everyone caught by surprise, we drove off.

“Rinpoche gave a teaching to the driver, who is Spanish, about how to solve the problems in Spain – people have to change their minds and realize happiness does not come by changing things outside but from the mind, by changing the mind.

“When we arrived, Rinpoche took a few steps towards the stupa and then began to teach on the importance of generating a bodhichitta motivation. By this time it was raining again, but a small group began to gather around Rinpoche standing in the middle of the walkway still a short walk from the stupa entrance. Rinpoche gave a beautiful and inspiring teaching on how we simply do not realize how amazing bodhichitta is, how amazing it is to take responsibility for the happiness of every single ant, mosquito, fly, bug, etc., for all living beings. Not just saying blah blah blah, but really feeling this bodhichitta in the heart.

“Then Rinpoche moved to the subject of emptiness and the correct view according to the Prasangika school. Then back to bodhichitta again as more people joined to listen – Tibetans, Westerners, Indians, Chinese, Vietnamese, Mongolians and so on, monks, nuns and lay people.

“As the talk continued I had the feeling we were not actually going to do any korwa (circumambulation); the bodhichitta motivation and intention were more important. But with 20 minutes left till the stupa closed, Rinpoche began walking towards the main gate, which by now was closed. A Vietnamese nun asked the security guards to let us in for five minutes. Miraculously they pulled back the gate. We walked in at high speed and around the stupa with Rinpoche pausing from time to time in the prayers to lead us in chanting or give some more teaching.

“As we finished the korwa and Rinpoche stood by the gate to dedicate, Tsoknyi Rinpoche appeared and came up to greet him. They chatted for a while and walked out together. Tsoknyi Rinpoche accompanied Rinpoche and entourage to the car and then watched as they all drove off.”

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.

 

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Online Learning Center Découverte du Bouddhisme en Françaishttp://fpmt.org/edu-news/online-learning-center-decouverte-du-bouddhisme-en-francais/ http://fpmt.org/edu-news/online-learning-center-decouverte-du-bouddhisme-en-francais/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 21:39:54 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=42405 ... Read full article]]> 06Karma-Gdlines aug07-1

Le Service de traduction francophone de la FPMT est heureux de vous proposer d’étudier en ligne sur le les modules de Découverte du bouddhisme.

Découverte du bouddhisme est un programme d’étude de la FPMT composé de 14 modules. Chaque module est composé de fichiers audio et vidéo d’enseignements, de méditations guidées (audio et PDF), de lectures, de forums de discussions (entre étudiants et avec un aîné) et d’une évaluation.

Ce programme n’est pas destiné à offrir une simple étude académique du bouddhisme mais vise à vous aider à transformer votre vie.

Nous sommes heureux de vous proposer les modules français sur la base d’une donation libre.

Un nouveau module vient d’être créé : n° 6 “Tout sur le karma”. Apprenez ce qu’est le karma et comment fonctionne la loi de cause à effet. Découvrez des solutions pour vivre votre vie de la façon la plus positive possible!

Les autres modules sont en cours de développement et seront progressivement mis en ligne.

Découvrez les autres activités et ressources offertes par le Service de traduction francophone de la FPMT: Site internet, Liste de diffusion, Facebook, Twitter.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche Gives Long-life Initiation to 1,000 Sherpashttp://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/lama-zopa-rinpoche-gives-long-life-initiation-to-1000-sherpa/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/lama-zopa-rinpoche-gives-long-life-initiation-to-1000-sherpa/#comments Wed, 22 Apr 2015 18:45:15 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=42385 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Lawudo, Solu Khumbu, Nepal, April 2015. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Lawudo, Solu Khumbu, Nepal, April 2015. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave the Amitabha long-life initiation to about 1,000 Sherpa people at Lawudo Gompa and Retreat Centre on Tuesday, April 21. Before the initiation, Sherpa women offered a dance to Rinpoche. Lawudo is in the Solu Khumbu region of Nepal, which is home to the Sherpa, and Lama Zopa Rinpoche was born not far from Lawudo. Rinpoche’s previous incarnation Lawudo Lama Kunsang Yeshe meditated in a cave at Lawudo for 20 years. Rinpoche’s last visit to Lawudo was in 2008.

Sherpa women offering dance to Rinpoche, Lawudo, Nepal, April 2015. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Sherpa women offering dance to Rinpoche, Lawudo, Nepal, April 2015. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

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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When the Mind Gets in the Wayhttp://fpmt.org/osel-news/when-the-mind-gets-in-the-way/ http://fpmt.org/osel-news/when-the-mind-gets-in-the-way/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 23:27:38 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=42138 ... Read full article]]> Ösel at Amitabha Buddhist Center in Singapore Nov 2012. Photo by Tan Seow Kheng and Stephen Ching.

Ösel at Amitabha Buddhist Center in Singapore Nov 2012. Photo by Tan Seow Kheng and Stephen Ching.

A message from Ösel Hita

What to do when our mind gets in the way of finding peace of mind and comfort with oneself? Even though the circumstances are amazing, if our mind is unhappy then it makes no difference. The same is true if we have horrible circumstances. If our mind is happy, then everything becomes positive. The more we desire the less we have. The more we have the more we desire. The less we desire the more we have. When we let desire get in the way, forget about keeping your peace of mind.

¿Qué hacemos cuando nuestra mente nos impide encontrar paz mental y bienestar con uno mismo? Aunque las circunstancias sean increíbles, si nuestra mente es infeliz entonces no hay diferencia. Lo mismo pasa si tenemos circunstancias horribles, pero nuestra mente es feliz, entonces todo es positivo. Cuanto más deseamos, menos tenemos. Cuanto más tenemos, más deseamos. Cuanto menos deseamos más tenemos. Cuando permitimos que el deseo se interponga en tu camino, olvídate de mantener paz mental.

The Big Love Fund helps support the educational endeavors of Ösel. You can learn more about this project, follow Ösel’s news or discover other Charitable Projects of FPMT.

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Reading Sutras Has So Much Meaninghttp://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/reading-sutras-has-so-much-meaning/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/reading-sutras-has-so-much-meaning/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 18:31:56 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=42372 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the Mahabodhi Stupa, Bodhgaya, India, March 2015. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the Mahabodhi Stupa, Bodhgaya, India, March 2015. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

“I am very happy to hear that you immediately rushed to read the sutras. That made me so extremely happy. That means you are truly a very devoted student, maybe not quite truly existent. Please keep reading the sutras, even one line or one page a day. It has so much meaning,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche wrote to a student, who had written to Rinpoche after he sent her three sutras (the Sutra of Golden Light, the Sanghata Sutra, and Vajra Cutter Sutra). 

Reading the sutras will help you so much. It is the easiest way to direct your life toward enlightenment and toward enlightening all sentient beings, so it has so much benefit, even benefit for your nose.”

FPMT Education Services has created the “Sutras” webpage, which is full of links to various sutra texts and advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche on reading sutras plus other resources: http://fpmt.org/education/teachings/sutras/ 

Read more advice from Rinpoche on sutras in “Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Online Advice Book,” part of the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. The text above can be found at: http://bit.ly/various-sutras

Learn more about FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche and his beneficial activities by visiting Rinpoche’s webpage, where you will find links to Rinpoche’s schedule, new advice, recent video, photos and more.

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Destroying Delusionshttp://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/destroying-delusions/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/destroying-delusions/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 18:10:44 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=42318 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche describing some of his ideas for Lawudo Gompa and Retreat Centre, Nepal, April 2015. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche describing some of his ideas for Lawudo Gompa and Retreat Centre, Nepal, April 2015. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche offered the following advice on the value of retreat during lunchtime at one of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s teachings on “The Wheel of Sharp Weapons”:

You should always remember retreat means making war on delusions. You have to always remember this – this is inner war, but this is a one-time war. Once you defeat delusion by eliminating the cause, the seed of delusion, by actualizing the remedy, the path, it doesn’t come back again; once the seed is removed, delusion never comes back, so this is just a one-time war. The outside, external wars are endless, because you have to fight them again and again.

In Shantideva’s Bodhisattvacaryavatara, he mentions that the outside enemy never ends, never finishes, however much you are able to kill him or her. Shantideva used the example that if the whole earth is covered by thorns, there is not enough leather to cover the whole earth with leather, but if you have leather under your foot, it’s like the whole earth is covered by leather. Shantideva said that the meaning of this is that once the inner enemy, the delusions are destroyed, all the outside enemies are destroyed.

You can read more about this topic from Lama Zopa Rinpoche on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive‘s “Retreat Advice” page: http://www.lamayeshe.com/index.php?sect=article&id=326#sthash.Y9xAoI1w.dpuf/.

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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News from Milarepa Centerhttp://fpmt.org/news-around-the-world/news-from-milarepa-center/ http://fpmt.org/news-around-the-world/news-from-milarepa-center/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 17:08:02 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=40998 ... Read full article]]> Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi led a three-day retreat on the bodhisattva vows, Milarepa Center, Vermont, January 2015. Photo courtesy of Milarepa Center.

Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi led a three-day retreat on the bodhisattva vows, Milarepa Center, Vermont, January 2015. Photo courtesy of Milarepa Center.

“During the past few months Milarepa Center has had the honor of hosting an array of teachers that have benefited the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont in the United States greatly,” said office assistant Tommy Nimrod. “Geshe Konchog from Florida visited in November and held our concentration with the seven-point mind training. Members from Tubten Kunga Center, Geshe Konchog’s place of residence, flew in to attend a four-day Medicine Buddha retreat. Geshe-la’s last teaching left us with a unique representation of Mount Meru, using fruits from the kitchen.

“Transitioning into the holiday spirit, it was only appropriate for Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi to deck the halls with a Big Love day retreat. Ven. Chogkyi also led a beautiful five-day New Year’s Vajrasttava retreat. We ended the retreat by letting biodegradable lanterns, decorated with mantras and positive thoughts for the new year, into the crisp, winter night. In January, Ven. Chogkyi also led a three-day bodhisattva vows retreat which gave insight into the origination of the vows and how to implement them in daily life. She finished her teachings with a visit to the Kellogg Public Library in Montpeliar, the capital of Vermont, and spoke about dealing with emotions.

“At the end of January, director Felicity and kitchen manager Devon visited Land of Medicine Buddha for a delightful Foundation Service Seminar and the FPMT North American Regional Meeting. Felicity and Devon had a wonderful time learning more about the FPMT and exploring ways to keep a strong connection to Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. They loved connecting with the FPMT sangha from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

“In the upcoming Tibetan New Year we hope to continue to actualize the mission of FPMT in ‘creating a harmonious environment and helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion.’ We hope to see you at Milarepa Center soon for a personal or a group retreat. We are looking forward to serving you.”

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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