FPMT http://fpmt.org Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition Thu, 05 Mar 2015 14:08:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tips for Memorizationhttp://fpmt.org/edu-news/tips-for-memorization/ http://fpmt.org/edu-news/tips-for-memorization/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 21:56:23 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=41151 ... Read full article]]> Memorization becomes increasingly important to Buddhist practice and study as one learns, and commits to memory, many prayers, practices, mantras, sutras, lineage details and much more.

Recently, Mandala magazine published an online article about memorization by Ven. Tenzin Gache (Brian Roiter), an American monk and top memorizer and debater, who just finished his seventh year of study in Sera Je’s geshe program.

Here we include Ven. Gache’s memorization tips with the hopes that students can benefit from this valuable advice.

Tips for Memorization:

Ven. Tenzin Legtsok memorizing at Sera IMI House, India, November 2013. Photo by Sandesh Kadur|www.felis.in.

Ven. Tenzin Legtsok memorizing at Sera IMI House, India, November 2013. Photo by Sandesh Kadur|www.felis.in.

  • Set aside some time each day, preferably early in the morning for new material and late in the evening for re-reciting what you memorized in the morning.
  • Sit up straight or gently pace in an open area, preferably somewhere where your recitation won’t disturb others.
  • Before memorizing, “warm-up” with recitations like Praise of Manjushri, Prayer to Achieve Inner Kalarupa, and Chanting the Names of Manjushri.
  • Start by reciting one half a line. When you can recite this five times without looking at the book, recite the second half. Then recite them together. Then do another line. Then add the two together. Continue in this way, gradually adding to the total, until you finish a verse or a few lines of prose. If you are able, start again with a second verse. Then recite the two together. Over time, you may be able to increase the number of verses you can do in a day
  • Once you have something committed to memory, continue to recite it once or more a day until it becomes stable. Then gradually decrease your recitation to once every two days, three days, etc. If you have something very well memorized, you may only need to recite it once a month, but getting to that point will take time.
  • During your daily activities, minimize distraction and stimulation, especially loud music. Just as when meditating, keeping your mind clear will enhance your practice sessions.

Some Additional Suggestions (optional):

  • Before beginning to memorize something, simply recite it every day for one month.
  • When you have memorized something well, stop reciting it for some time. When you start again, it will take a little time to bring it back, but it will become more stable.
  • Ask a friend or teacher to examine you on what you have memorized – preparing for an exam can enhance your focus.

Through comprehensive study programs, practice materials, training seminars, and scholarships, FPMT Education nourishes the development of compassion, wisdom, kindness, and true happiness in individuals of all ages

 

 

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Others Are Only Objects of Compassionhttp://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/others-are-only-objects-of-compassion/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/others-are-only-objects-of-compassion/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:00:24 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=40907 ... Read full article]]> Up close photo of the relics altar at Kachoe Dechen Ling, Aptos, California, 2014. Photo by Chris Majors.

Up close photo of the relics altar at Kachoe Dechen Ling, Aptos, California, 2014. Photo by Chris Majors.

In late November and early December 2014, Lama Zopa Rinpoche taught as part of the annual month-long Kopan course at Kopan Monastery in Nepal. Rinpoche’s teachings covered a variety of subjects. What follows is an excerpt from a lightly edited transcript and video extract:

So you can see now – your life came from your mind. In essence, your life, happiness, problems, whatever happiness, whatever problems, how much problems and how much happiness you have, the whole thing came from your mind. It came from your mind.

Others who are angry with you, who kill you, who steal your possessions, who cheat you, who do the ten nonvirtuous actions, those who do those to you, those who harm you, they are purely, purely objects of compassion, your objects of compassion, because if you hadn’t harmed them in the past, if you hadn’t done those different harms, there would be no reason AT ALL for them to harm you in this life. There is no reason AT ALL! So it is a dependent arising; it all depends on how you treated them in the past. So it is the result… How they treat you, good or bad, it is the result of how you treated them in the past.

So whatever harm they give you, they are just a condition, they are purely an object of your compassion. You treated them badly in a past life, so as a result, the karmic result is that they cheat you, that they harm you. It is just the result of your past negative karma of harming them. So it all comes from your mind, it comes from your negative mind in the past, so they are just objects of your compassion. …

Watch “Others Are Only Objects of Compassion” on YouTube.

You can find more MP3 recordings, transcripts and short video excerpts of Rinpoche’s teachings from the Kopan course on FPMT.org.

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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Rinpoche’s Heartfelt Wish to Help Othershttp://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/rinpoches-heartfelt-wish-to-help-others/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/rinpoches-heartfelt-wish-to-help-others/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 19:05:27 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=41046 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche talks to staff and patients of Shakyamuni Buddhist Health Care Centre, Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India, March 2015. Photo by Ven. Sarah Thresher.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche talks to staff and patients of Shakyamuni Buddhist Health Care Centre, Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India, March 2015. Photo by Ven. Sarah Thresher.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche arrived at Root Institute in Bodhgaya, India, on February 2. Ven. Sarah Thresher recently shared news of some of Rinpoche’s beneficial activities during the first 15 days of Tibetan New Year:

Following another all-night prayer session, Rinpoche went early to bless the patients in the Shakyamuni Buddha Community Health Care Centre, Root Institute’s free clinic that takes care of over 3,300 patients a month and provides a mobile clinic to serve the poor villages around Bodhgaya.

Invited by clinic coordinator Dr. Sanjay to bless all the clinic’s medicines, Rinpoche brought with him a short medicine blessing prayer by Panchen Lama Chokyi Gyaltsen that he has recently translated. Rinpoche began with a talk to the patients and workers at the clinic, made prayers for all those who come to the clinic now or will come in the future, and then blessed each person present with powerful mantras and prayers while blessed water and protection cords were distributed.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche holds a bag filled used to bless the chickens at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India, March 2015. Photo by Ven. Sarah Thresher.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche holds a bag filled used to bless the chickens at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India, March 2015. Photo by Ven. Sarah Thresher.

Dr. Sanjay expressed how very excellent Rinpoche’s visit was and described how delighted the patients were to have seen him: “In my 20 years at the clinic, I have come to see how heartfelt is Rinpoche’s wish and caring to help others. Many people come to this clinic as a last resort. They have been suffering for a long time and already seen other doctors, but when they come here, they get the help they need and recover. We believe this is because Rinpoche has blessed the medicine.

“Today, Rinpoche explained to the people how all their problems can be solved by having a good mind and a good heart. Often people think their suffering comes from outside, but Rinpoche explained how by purifying and collecting merit they can achieve happiness. When we are happy, we can make others happy, so it is very important to think positively. If we hurt others, this only results in suffering for ourselves and is not the purpose of this human life, which is to bring happiness to others. The patients who came today expressed how fortunate they felt to have come to the clinic today, to see Rinpoche and receive his blessing.”

Behind the clinic is the new chicken house with over 60 chickens. After exiting the clinic, Rinpoche went to bless all the birds. Following Rinpoche’s instruction, mantras have been pasted all over the roof of the chicken coop so that the birds are continually being blessed. Both the clinic and animal houses on the property have sutras and mantras playing aloud round the clock as an additional continual blessing. Each bird was blessed with a bag full of mantras while Rinpoche recited powerful mantras and prayers.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche spent time blessing the chickens at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India, March 2015. Photo by Ven. Sarah Thresher.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche spent time blessing the chickens at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India, March 2015. Photo by Ven. Sarah Thresher.

FPMT Education Services offers many prayers and practices that can be done during Monlam, which continues through March 5 this year, as free PDF downloads. You can find Rinpoche’s advice on Monlam collected here (on Rinpoche’s Advice page, under Buddha Multiplying Days), specific advice for practices to do on the Buddha Multiplying days here, and a calendar of all the dates here.

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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Please Rejoice for Pujas and Offerings Sponsored During Fifteen Days of Losarhttp://fpmt.org/projects/pf-news/please-rejoice-for-pujas-and-offerings-sponsored-during-fifteen-days-of-losar/ http://fpmt.org/projects/pf-news/please-rejoice-for-pujas-and-offerings-sponsored-during-fifteen-days-of-losar/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:30:19 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=41066 ... Read full article]]> Every year during Losar (Tibetan New Year and the 15 days of miracles) the Puja Fund sponsors these pujas and offerings all over the world, dedicated to the success of the entire FPMT organization. This is something amazing to rejoice in. 

Sera Je Monastery monks performing pujas sponsored by the Puja Fund.

Sera Je Monastery monks performing pujas sponsored by the Puja Fund.

Pujas Offered by Over 15,650 Sangha

  • Recitation of the Prajnaparamita (three versions) offered by the 650 monks of Gyurme Tantric College
  • Druk Chu Ma (64 offerings to Kalarupa to eliminate obstacles), Namgyäl Tong Chö (One thousand sets of offerings to Buddha Namgyälma) and Zangcho (King of Prayers) offered by the 6,000 monks of Sera Je and Sera Mey Monastery
  •  Druk Chu Ma, Medicine Buddha Puja and Zangcho offered by the 3,400 monks of Gaden Jangtse and Shartse Monastery
  • Druk Chu Ma, Namgyäl Tsechog (puja offered to Buddha Namgyälma) and Zangcho offered by the 4,200 monks of Drepung Gomang, Loseling and Deyang Monastery 
  •  Namgyäl Tong Chö and Zangcho offered by the 600 monks of Gyuto Tantric College

 

Offerings Made to Holy Objects in Nepal, India and Tibet

Offerings to Gurus and Sangha

  • Offerings are made to all of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s gurus including His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
  • Small money offering to 15,650 Sangha of Sera Je, Sera Mey, Gaden Jangtse, Gaden Shartse, Drepung Gomang, Loseling, Deyang, Gyuto Tantric College, Gyurme Tantric College  and Kopan Monastery and Nunnery
  • Small money offerings are made to all the Sangha at IMI international Sangha communities (Nalanda Monastery, France;  Thubten Shedrup Ling, Australia;  Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy;  and Chenrezig Institute, Australia)
  • A full set of robes is offered to all FPMT geshes and resident teachers

Descriptions of Pujas Offered

  • Druk Chu Ma: 64 offerings to Kalarupa to eliminate obstacles to one’s activities or projects that are bringing benefit to others
  • Namgyäl Tong Chö: One thousand sets of offerings to Buddha Namgyälma
  • Namgyäl Tsechog: Is performed to Buddha Namgyälma is performed to remove all obstacles to one’s life and to have a long life. This puja is specifically dedicated to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to all beings who are benefiting others and practicing virtue
  • Medicine Buddha Puja: To bring success to all one’s activities, for long life, and for when someone has passed away

Please rejoice in all of this virtuous activity. You are welcome to participate by mentally offering and dedicating all of these activities, or by donating any amount toward their completion.

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You can learn more about the ongoing activities of the Puja Fund or about the other Charitable Projects of FPMT.

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Ganden Buddhist Meditation Centre Celebrates First Gelug Prayer Book in Latvianhttp://fpmt.org/news-around-the-world/ganden-buddhist-meditation-centre-celebrates-first-gelug-prayer-book-in-latvian/ http://fpmt.org/news-around-the-world/ganden-buddhist-meditation-centre-celebrates-first-gelug-prayer-book-in-latvian/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:50:57 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=39972 ... Read full article]]> Many volunteers worked together to publish the first Gelug prayer book in Latvian, Riga, Latvia, December 2014. Photo by Daina Jakobsone.

Many volunteers worked together to publish the first Gelug prayer book in Latvian, Riga, Latvia, December 2014. Photo by Daina Jakobsone.

Center director Agnese Bishofa from Ganden Buddhist Mediation Centre in Latvia sent Mandala some exciting news about their 10th anniversary and the completion of the first Gelug prayer book in Latvian:

We are happy to announce the release of the first ever compilation of prayers and practices used in the Gelug tradition in Latvian, a language of approximately 2.5 million people. This is the first publishing project done by Ganden Buddhist Meditation Centre and was done in cooperation with Happy Monks Publications.

The first stack of Latvian prayer books produced in part by Ganden Buddhist Meditation Centre, Riga, Latvia, December 2014. Photo by Sigita Pudane.

The first stack of Latvian prayer books produced in part by Ganden Buddhist Meditation Centre, Riga, Latvia, December 2014. Photo by Sigita Pudane.

The publishing project of a Latvian prayer book started with the idea and encouragement of Aryatara Institut’s resident teacher Ven. Fedor Stracke, who has been coming to teach at Ganden Centre on a regular basis since 2010.

Step by step the 70-page booklet was put together to include many essential prayers such as the Heart Sutra, Eight Verses of Thought Transformation, Three Principal  Aspects of the Path and The Source of All Good Qualities. The work was done by a group of volunteers: Aija Skrastina, Edgars Celms, Gunita Kakteniece, Helmuts Ancans, Inese Zelmane, Jana Gavare, Maija Seja, Rita Veilande, and Uldis Balodis, all who worked on translations and editing; and Ilze Isaka, who did design and layout.

The cover image by Jane Seidlitz and some drawings by Andy Weber as inside art makes this precious book even more wish-fulfilling.

Happy Monks Publications fully supported the project financially, and it was printed in Nepal and delivered to us for Lama Tsongkhapa Day (December 16, 2014), accompanied by another precious present from Ven. Fedor, a copy of the 8,000-Line Perfection of Wisdom Sutra, for Ganden’s altar.

The center was founded in 2004 and our 10th year was blessed by many auspicious events: His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s and His Eminence Choden Rinpoche’s visits; Sera Je monks staying in Riga for three weeks during their “Tour for Compassion and Harmony;” and of course, teachings from our FPMT visiting teachers – Geshe Ngawang Thugje, Geshe Thubten Sherab, Ven. Angie Muir, Ven. Lobsang Namgyel, Ven. Lobsang Tony, Andy Wistreich, Andy Weber, Stephan Wormland and Ven. Lobsang Tendar, who offered three nyung näs for the New Year.

Rejoicing in the merits created by all supporters, we offered Lama Chöpa with tsog and more than 108 candle lights for the further flourishing of Losang Dragpa’s teachings, world peace and the well-being of all sentient beings and long lives of our teachers.

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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Lama Zopa Rinpoche Showers Blessings on Choe Khor Sum Linghttp://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/lama-zopa-rinpoche-showers-blessings-on-choe-khor-sum-ling/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/lama-zopa-rinpoche-showers-blessings-on-choe-khor-sum-ling/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:45:33 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=40851 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche with monks and nuns, Choe Khor Sum Ling, Bangalore, India, January 2015. Photo by Deepthy Shekhar.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with monks and nuns, Choe Khor Sum Ling, Bangalore, India, January 2015. Photo by Deepthy Shekhar.

Choe Khor Sum Ling in Bangalore, India welcomed the new year with showers of blessings from Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche and his retinue of venerable monks and nun,” wrote student Deepthy Shekhar. “Lama Zopa Rinpoche visited our little center and taught students in Bangalore January 9-17. The center transformed into a hub of festive activity with prayers, pujas and sutra readings in the auspicious presence of our esteemed precious and pure guru. Choe Khor Sum Ling welcomed students of Rinpoche from South Africa, Singapore, Sweden, Argentina and other states in India. 

“Rinpoche’s teachings began with a public talk on the topic of ‘Transforming Problems into Happiness.’ During this talk, Rinpoche advised all students to develop an attitude of bodhichitta, which was crucial for transforming any problem with a positive attitude: 

“‘Even if you don’t believe in reincarnation and karma, if you want to have success in this life and all future lives up to liberation and enlightenment, don’t harm others and instead fulfill others’ wishes as much as you can in everyday life. Fulfilling others’ wishes, whether humans or animals, should be our main practice.

“‘In Buddhism, happiness comes from the mind; suffering also comes from the mind. If you want to change your reality, change your mind. This is the most important thing. Not external change, but changing the mind. Meditation means keeping the mind positive and pure. Do those things that bring happiness to others. This is the essence of the Buddha’s message to numberless beings from his own omniscient wisdom and compassion: subdue your mind. If that is happening, you are practicing Dharma.’

“On the same day, Rinpoche released a publication of Praises to 21 Taras in Sanskrit. This was published by Choe Khor Sum Ling as a two-part book containing The Heart Sutra and Praises to the 21 Taras. The publication of the text completed one of many pieces of advice that Choe Khor Sum Ling had received from Rinpoche. Choe Khor Sum Ling was also able to fulfill Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s wish for the installation of statues of the Twenty-One Taras, Guru Padmasambhava, Manjushri and Four-Arm Chenrezig in the center. These statues came to our center through the benevolent donations of its many students, teachers and friends from all over the world. They were filled with mantras, sutras and other holy objects. Rinpoche expressed his happiness at these accomplishments. 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with the students of Choe Khor Sum Ling, Bangalore, India, January 2015. Photo by Deepthy Shekhar.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with the students of Choe Khor Sum Ling, Bangalore, India, January 2015. Photo by Deepthy Shekhar.

“Rinpoche also conferred the Five Deity Heruka initiation to some of his students at Choe Khor Sum Ling, over seven days. During these teachings, Rinpoche explained the need for students to practice the three principal aspects of the path and gave us good advice on the actual tantric path. During the mornings of these teachings, the assembled monks and nuns organized the collective reading of the Sutra of Golden Lightthe Sixteen Arhat puja and a Medicine Buddha puja. They encouraged all members in participating in collectively writing out the Arya Sanghata Sutra and Amitayus Long Life Sutra for the long and healthy life of Rinpoche. 

“During the second public teaching  ‘How to Make Life Happy’ – Rinpoche encouraged students to complete the path, saying, ‘Only Buddha doesn’t make mistakes, right? That’s why we need to become Buddha!’

“Choe Khor Sum Ling celebrated the harvest festival of Sankranti, which coincided with one of the days Rinpoche was in the center and the night of the tsog, by decorating the center with sugar cane and plantain leaves and flowers. The center bore a festive look and spirit during the teachings. Choe Khor Sum Ling prays and hopes Rinpoche comes to the center again and again and again.”

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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‘The Best Business’http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/the-best-business/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/the-best-business/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:42:53 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=41012 ... Read full article]]> Mahabodhi Stupa, Bodhgaya, India, February 2015. Photo by Ven. Sarah Thresher.

Mahabodhi Stupa, Bodhgaya, India, February 2015. Photo by Ven. Sarah Thresher.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche arrived at Root Institute in Bodhgaya, India on February 2. Ven. Sarah Thresher recently shared some of Rinpoche’s advice for practice during the first 15 days of Tibetan New Year:

We are now in the 15 days of Tibetan New Year, Losar, when Buddha performed miracles and any virtue created increases 100 million times. Rinpoche has been reminding us daily how important it is to use this opportunity to create merit.

“One prostration is 100 million prostrations, one light offering is 100 million light offerings, one flower offering is 100 million flower offerings, one Tara puja is 100 million Tara pujas!” Rinpoche will say raising his voice to stress the enormity of the increase. “This is the best business.” Why do we need to create extensive merit? “The more merit we have, it is that much quicker to achieve enlightenment and free all sentient beings from the oceans of samsaric suffering and bring them to peerless happiness, enlightenment.”

For more than two weeks now, days and nights at the center have been filled with prayers, pujas, practices and offerings, offerings, offerings. This is the time of Root Institute’s Festival of Lights and Merit when the center decorates the Mahabodhi Stupa with close to 100,000 multi-colored lights every night in addition to the 50,000 lights offered on a daily basis at the center throughout the year. Supplementing these offerings are hundreds of water bowls surrounding the Nagarjuna statue and on Rinpoche’s roof, where even Rinpoche’s prostration board has become a makeshift altar. Since every water bowl offering becomes 100 million, how is it possible to leave even one bowl empty?

In the evenings, when we go to circumambulate the stupa, Rinpoche will buy trays of heaped-up flowers and flower garlands to offer to the stupa in addition to the lights, and robes for the statue of Buddha inside the stupa. “First dedicate for all His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s holy wishes to be fulfilled immediately,” Rinpoche explains, “that is the most important dedication.” Then Rinpoche guides us in developing a bodhichitta motivation and offering mantras, prayers and extensive dedications for all the centers, students and six realm sentient beings as incense burns and the sound of the gyaling music plays. “Think that all the holy objects are in essence the manifestation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” Rinpoche explains. “By offering to the guru we collect the most extensive merit.”

FPMT Education Services offers many prayers and practices that can be done during Monlam, which continues through March 5 this year, as free PDF downloads. You can find Rinpoche’s advice on Monlam collected here (on Rinpoche’s Advice page, under Buddha Multiplying Days), specific advice for practices to do on the Buddha Multiplying days here, and a calendar of all the dates here. 

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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Please Rejoice for New Large Padmasambhava Statue at Osel Linghttp://fpmt.org/projects/ppp-news/please-rejoice-for-new-large-padmasambhava-statue-at-osel-ling/ http://fpmt.org/projects/ppp-news/please-rejoice-for-new-large-padmasambhava-statue-at-osel-ling/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 17:30:05 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=40970 ... Read full article]]> The newly completed 6.5 ft Padmasambhava statue at Osel Ling, Spain.

The newly completed 6.5 ft Padmasambhava statue at Osel Ling, Spain.

 

Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) is perhaps the most universally cherished realized being in all of Tibetan Buddhism. Padmasambhava came to Tibet from India in the 8th century and helped establish a pure lineage which is still practiced today by all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism around the world.

Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) is perhaps the most universally cherished realized being in all of Tibetan Buddhism. Padmasambhava came to Tibet from India in the 8th century and helped establish a pure lineage which is still practiced today by all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism around the world.

One of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for FPMT is for many large statues of Padmasambhava to be built around the world. To date, nineteen statues have been built in accordance with Rinpoche’s  wishes.

Please rejoice in the completion of the most recent statue, at Osel Ling in Spain. This beautiful statue measures 6.5 ft (2 meters).

Listen, beautiful one having the form of a goddess,
For those sentient beings who have not met me,
Statues of me in the future
Will become the light eliminating the darkness of ignorance.
Whoever builds such statues of me, Which become objects of offering and so forth,
All their future lives will become meaningful
And they will establish the banner of the teachings.

– Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche)

You can learn more about Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for the FPMT organization, or about the many Charitable Projects of FPMT which contribute to Rinpoche’s vision.

 

 

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Protecting Your Mind by Protecting Karma [Video]http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/protecting-your-mind-by-protecting-karma-video/ http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/protecting-your-mind-by-protecting-karma-video/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:59:27 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=40898 ... Read full article]]> Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, December 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, December 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

In late November and early December 2014, Lama Zopa Rinpoche taught as part of the annual month-long Kopan course at Kopan Monastery in Nepal. Rinpoche’s teachings covered a variety of subjects. What follows is an excerpt from a lightly edited transcript and video extract:

Everything, every trouble, is due to something that you did wrong in the past. You harmed others in the past, so it is the result of that. Whatever you experience in this life, any problem, any problem from other sentient beings, all is the result of how you treated sentient beings in the past. It is all a result of that: you harmed sentient beings. You didn’t practice good heart, you harmed them. You didn’t practice good heart to free them from suffering and cause them happiness. You didn’t practice that and instead you harmed others in the past.

So whatever problem you experience in life, it aaaaaaaaaaaall came from your own negative karma, the harm that was done in the past to other sentient beings, which came from your own mind. So aaaaaaaaaaaall the happiness that you experience in this life and aaaaaaaaaaaall the suffering that you experience in this life, aaaaaaaaaaaall came from your own mind. You see?

We think, “Oh, others did harm to me, destroyed me. Oh, oh, oh, it came from others.” No, that is tooooooooootally, that is toootally wrong. Because you never think, either you don’t know reincarnation and karma or you even if you know them intellectually, so when problems come, “Oh, they come from outside. Oh, I have to kill and smash others. Oh, suffering came from others.” You don’t think of past lives, you don’t think of your negative karma, that it came from your negative karma. You don’t think of karma. You don’t know karma, you don’t think of karma.

Even if you know it intellectually, but when problems come, you don’t think of it. So all the blame goes to others; the blame doesn’t go to the selfish mind.

Watch “Protecting Your Mind by Protecting Karma” on YouTube.

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News from Jamyang Mindrol-ling Study Grouphttp://fpmt.org/news-around-the-world/news-from-jamyang-mindrol-ling-study-group/ http://fpmt.org/news-around-the-world/news-from-jamyang-mindrol-ling-study-group/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:34:32 +0000 http://fpmt.org/?p=39993 ... Read full article]]> The Revd. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury with Sikh representative Kulwant Singh Dhesi and Ven. Dawa. Photo courtesy of Jamyang Mindrol-ling.

The Revd. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury with Sikh representative Kulwant Singh Dhesi and Ven. Lobsang Dawa. Photo courtesy of Jamyang Mindrol-ling.

Staff from Jamyang Mindrol-ling, a study group in Coventry, United Kingdom reports:

With the current interest in mindfulness meditation growing, Jamyang Mindrol-ling has launched a new meditation group which meets twice a month in Coventry. The aim is to root the practice firmly in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition while giving anyone who is interested a chance to try out or practice this ancient technique for calming the mind and body. 

Meeting on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, the group is led by Jamyang Mindrol-ling’s resident teacher Ven. Lobsang Dawa, who is also continuing the ongoing Discovering Buddhism course with classes on karma and refuge in 2015.

Venerable Dawa was amongst a group of Coventry Faith representatives who were invited to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Revd. Justin Welby on his recent January 2015 visit to Coventry.

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