Join the Global Community of Friends Supporters

Becoming a Friend of FPMT supporter means joining others from around the world to contribute to the success of FPMT International Office’s work in:

  • education programs, publications, translations and support to FPMT-registered teachers
  • managing FPMT charitable projects
  • providing daily assistance to FPMT communities and coordinating FPMT service seminars
  • sharing the Dharma digitally through FPMT.org, the Online Learning Center, livestream teachings of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and creating a treasury of teaching archives
  • sustaining Mandala Publications, FPMT’s official source for daily news, magazines and ebooks

By funding all of these activities, your Friends of FPMT donations have a tremendous and far-reaching impact in preserving the Mahayana tradition and benefiting beings.


Benefits for Your Dharma Study and Practice

As a Friend of FPMT you also receive complimentary access to exactly what you are supporting!

  • lots of downloadable materials from FPMT Education, such as ebooks, prayers, meditation practices and more
  • complimentary access to the FPMT Online Learning Center courses from programs like Discovering Buddhism, Living in the Path, Basic Program and more
  • a year subscription to Mandala Publications’ magazine and ebooks, plus other gifts

With most of these benefits being offered digitally, we are very happy to provide our Friends supporters with so many resources, while making sure your generous contributions are being used in the most effective and beneficial way.


Some Words from Our Friends


I’m a Friend of FPMT because I cherish education and making Buddhist wisdom available to so many people around the world via online learning.

—Dmytro, Ukraine

 

 

I choose to be a Friend of FPMT because FPMT brings so much meaning to my life.

—Sara, Sweden

 


I have chosen to support FPMT because I am inspired by Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s untiring efforts and his holy visions in bringing the precious Buddha’s Dharma for the benefit of all sentient beings.

—Amala, Singapore

 




There are a variety of giving levels (and a free level), each with their own package of gifts

(all subscriptions last one year and are renewable)

0e-Friends

a host of digital gifts…

 

US$30 per year


Benefits include:

  • Year digital subscription to Mandala eZine & ebooks
  • Complimentary FPMT Education courses in the Online Learning Center
  • Downloadable PDFs and ebooks for practice and study


0Foundation Friends

a print subscription to Mandala, and more…

 

US$5+ monthly or US$60+ per year


Benefits include:

  • Print issues of Mandala magazine & ebooks.

  • Complimentary FPMT Education courses in the Online Learning Center
  • Downloadable PDFs and ebooks for practice and study
  • Two new PDFs and ebooks for download throughout the year

  • Meditation 101 Online Learning course


0Dharma Supporters

every Online Learning Center course, over 150 downloadable FPMT Education materials, and more…


US$30+ monthly
or
US$360+ per year


Benefits include:

  • Complete access to every course in the Online Learning Center
  • Instant access to over 150 downloadable prayers, pujas, practice and study texts from FPMT Education
  • Print issues of Mandala magazine & ebooks
  • New PDFs or ebooks offered periodically throughout the year


0Patron Friends

total access to FPMT Education materials and online programs, complimentary ebooks, and a special puja sponsored at Kopan…

 

US$100+ monthly or US$1,200+ per year


Benefits include:

  • Complete access to every course in the Online Learning Center
  • Instant access to all downloadable prayers, pujas, sadhanas, practice and study texts published by FPMT Education (more than 200 files!)
  • Print issues of Mandala magazine & ebooks
  • New PDFs or ebooks offered periodically throughout the year
  • A special puja sponsored on your behalf at Kopan Monastery


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All levels

Would you like to give the gift of a Friends of FPMT subscription? Click here to give Friends to your friends!


0IMI Sangha Friends

$30 per year

Are you an ordained Sangha member?


0International Friends

$30 per year (discounted Foundation Friends level)

Do you live in a country with low to medium international currency exchange rates?


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You will receive: monthly FPMT e-news, access to free courses on FPMT’s Online Learning Center, and links to other free resources





The Four Harmonious Friends

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In the Vinayavastu (“Foundation of Discipline”), the Buddha tells the story of the Four Harmonious Friends – a pheasant, a rabbit, a monkey, and an elephant – who lived together in harmony. Each of the younger animals showed respect for the older animals’ life-experience and knowledge by carrying the older on his back.

Later, the eldest (the pheasant) taught the practice of ethical conduct to the others, who then taught the same practice to the rest of the forest creatures. Because of this, happiness and comfort increased greatly in the world.

It is said that wherever a picture of the Four Harmonious Friends is displayed, the ten virtues will increase, the minds of all will become harmonious, and many auspicious events will occur.

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