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Mandala Online: ‘Debate Is Analytic Meditation in Action’

“You can’t just repeat, ‘All phenomena lack inherent existence, all phenomena lack inherent existence’ and get a realization of emptiness! You have to see your own innate view and then use reasoning to discover what is really true.” So says ...

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Celebrate Lama Tsongkhapa Day on December 23

Lama Tsongkhapa Day, or Ganden Ngamchoe, is a celebration of the anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa’s parinirvana. It is celebrated on the 25th day of the 10th month in the Tibetan calendar. This year, Lama Tsongkhapa Day falls on Friday, December ...

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Safe Travels!

The holiday season has arrived and with it the prospect of traveling, whether to go home or away, to spend time with family and friends. The following advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche describes what to do before traveling in order ...

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New Temple Ceremony at Ngari Khangtsen at Sera Je Monastery

Ngari Khangtsen recently completed a project that was over two years in the making, a new temple for the monks. The Supporting Ordained Sangha Fund was pleased to offer a grant of support as one of the main sponsors of ...

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Kopan November Course Ends with a Birthday Celebration and Long Life Puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche

The 2016 one-month “November course” at Kopan Monastery came to an end in early December with a birthday celebration and a long life puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s birthday celebration was a fun and auspicious occasion. While ...

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Mandala Online: The Hardships and Joys of Community

Was the Buddha a community worker? In a reflection on life in community published online as part of the January-June 2017 issue of Mandala, Ven. Lozang Yönten says she was. Laughing about her everyday struggles with the afflicted minds that ...

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FPMT’s Inner Job Description: How to Be Real Professionals

What Is “Dharma Work?” Any work done with the teachings of the Buddha alive in the heart is “Dharma work.” Some of us share the precious and uniquely challenging opportunity of working or volunteering for a Dharma organization. We might ...

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Rizong Rinpoche Blesses Kopan with His Presence

In November 2016, Rizong Rinpoche, recently retired as the 102nd Ganden Tripa (spiritual head of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism), blessed Kopan Monastery and Nunnery with his presence over several days. Rizong Rinpoche came to Nepal for the consecration ...

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Rebuilding and Improving Lawudo Retreat Centre

The Lawudo Retreat Centre, situated high in the Himalayan mountains of eastern Nepal, holds particular significance for FPMT. Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the reincarnation of the Lawudo Lama, Lama Kunzang Yeshe, who lived and practiced in Lawudo until his passing ...

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Kopan Monastery

Lama Zopa Rinpoche was greeted with great excitement when he arrived at Kopan Monastery in Nepal in November. His first day of teaching there was November 26. “The teachings have been incredible,” reported Ven. Holly Ansett two days later. “Rinpoche ...

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Mandala Online: A Retreat Center Is Launched

As part of Mandala‘s January-June 2017 online content, long-time FPMT student Andy Wistreich reports on the founding of Land of Joy Retreat Centre in the UK, enthusing, “Creating Land of Joy has been a life-transforming experience for the key people ...

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Resources for Creating and Offering to Holy Objects

The creation of holy objects for world peace is a key priority among Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for the FPMT organization. FPMT Education Services makes available many resources related to creating and offering to holy objects. Holy objects purify ...

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