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PRESERVING THE DHARMA NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE
- through studying and actualising the path
- through effective leadership and management
- through supporting the vision of HH The Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche
September 13 – 19 2014 at The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Bendigo, Australia
CPMT stands for the Council for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, and CPMT meetings are the organization’s international meeting. For nearly 40 years, CPMT meetings have been the essential glue of the organization, bringing the FPMT family together from all around the world. With FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche in attendance, CPMT meetings offer a special opportunity for inspiration and to learn from each other.
“It is a good idea for us to meet together. Why? Because we are all working together, putting our energy together,” Lama Yeshe explained at the 1980 CPMT, addressing the importance of regular meetings. “We are doing the same job with the same end. That’s why it is important. We need harmony and good understanding of each other, and of each other’s work. We need to respect what each of us is doing. That is the way to build one mandala. Our aim is to spread good vibrations, giving our body, speech and mind to others. We should share with each other and learn from each other. Until we open our hearts to each other, we’ll be unable to learn. Culturally we are quite different, but we all want to find the best way to lead others to enlightenment. Our actions show what we are.”
The purpose of CPMT meetings is to refocus on the FPMT Mission Statement and on how we offer service to fulfill our vision. This alignment enables us to preserve the Mahayana tradition through planning, coordinating and implementing the skillful transmission of the teachings through the establishment of Dharma communities and centers.
The Spiritual Director is always requested to attend the meeting, in order that participants may have the benefit of his advice.
CPMT meetings enable invited participants to meet together to help learn from each other’s successes and mistakes, and to become re-energized so that we may continuously improve our work.
There have been 24 CPMT meetings – held in Europe, the United States, Australia and Asia – since the first meeting in 1975.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche will give an introductory and closing talk, and will host an informal ‘Ask Lama Zopa Rinpoche’ session – plus Rinpoche is sure to give additional advice during the meeting.
The FPMT Inc. Board have put forward the idea of a new FPMT Advisory Council, and hope for your input at CPMT (and afterwards!) to make this idea a succesfull reality.
The agenda has been developed in response to questions submitted to FPMT International Office since the last CPMT meeting in 2009, issues coming up via regional and national meetings, and strategic planning by the FPMT Board.
Agenda (updated July 10 2014)
Who can Participate?
CPMT 2014 is looking at the future of FPMT – how we can preserve the Dharma now and into the future – so we are extending the invitation to participate to everyone who has an interest in serving the FPMT and helping to manifest its vision.
In the past, CPMT meetings have only been open to FPMT directors, SPCs, teachers, board members and coordinators.
If you are a current FPMT director, spiritual program coordinator, co-ordinator, board member or registered teacher – please book now.
If you are not currently offering service in any of those roles and would like to participate, please begin the booking process here »
A range of accommodation is available to book either on the Great Stupa stupa site, or in Bendigo.
The directions for how to get to the Great Stupa have been improved – and the team is happy to help answer any questions or concerns you might have about getting there.
Statements of Appreciation
First of all, congratulations on the successful launch of the DB Online programme, its fantastic!!! Second, I’ve long meant to comment on how amazed I am by all resources of the FPMT Education Department, and the breadth of the Education Program worldwide (and accessibility) from DB to the Masters Program. Its all first-rate, from the teachings, the resources and materials, all the booklets, audio and video FPMT offers are quite fantastic, and such an important support for anyones practice at any level. The love that’s gone into all of it is abundant and obvious.
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