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Rejoicing in Long-Term Retreat Cabin Rebuild

Out of control wildfires ravaged many parts of the United States’ Pacific Northwest during the Summer of 2015. Several fires occurred in Okanogan County, Washington, where Buddha Amitabha Pure Land (BAPL) is located. Among the damage done, a retreat cabin ...

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche Explains Tormas

What exactly are tormas? The word is Tibetan (the Sanskrit is balingta) and refers to an offering cake used in rituals. There are various different types of tormas for different purposes. Tormas can be ornamented in many ways, such as ...

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Schedule

September 29 Teaching on refuge, Panchen Losang Chogyen, Vienna, Austria September 30 – October 1 Great Medicine Buddha initiation, Panchen Losang Chogyen, Austria

Kopan Community Celebrates Annual Monlam

During March 9-13, Kopan Monastery hosted its annual Monlam, a prayer festival first founded by Lama Tsongkhapa in 15th-century Tibet that has survived the Tibetan diaspora. Kopan hosts the annual event for all of the Gelug monasteries and nunneries in ...

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March FPMT International Office e-News Out Now

We invite you to read our March FPMT International Office e-News. This month you’ll find: How to Prepare for the 2017 Light of the Path Retreat, Updates to Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Schedule, Rejoicing in Friends Old and New, New from ...

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Verses for Success

The “ Verses for the Eight Auspicious Noble Ones,” or “Tashi Gyepa” in Tibetan, is one of Mipham Rinpoche’s most well-known compositions and is recited daily by practitioners from a variety of traditions. In these verses one pays homage to ...

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‘The Kindness of the Enemy—Wow, Wow, Wow’ [Video]

Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave a concise teaching last April at Losang Dragpa Centre in Malaysia on “the kindness of the enemy,” now available in a 20-minute video or in a transcript (see below for both). “What is the advice?” asked ...

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Supporting Land of Joy, a UK Retreat Center

Land of Joy is an FPMT-affiliated Buddhist retreat center located in the Northumberland National Park in the north of England. We are pleased to report that due to the kindness of a generous benefactor, the Practice and Retreat Fund was ...

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Vajrapani Founders’ Retreat Participants Record Early History

Long-time student and Vajrapani Institute co-founder Elaine Jackson shares some early Vajrapani Institute history and reports on the January 2016 Vajrapani Institute’s founders’ retreat: It was 1977. Two hundred or more baby Dharma students gathered in Yucca Valley, California for ...

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Mandala Online: How Does Mindfulness Relate to Middle Way Philosophy?

We hear about mindfulness everywhere, it seems. Many of us practice it. But what is it doing? And how does it relate to Buddhist teachings on the emptiness of the self? If both mindfulness and Madhyamaka are methods to transform ...

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An Eventful Visit: Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Kopan Monastery

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has been staying at Kopan Monastery since late February. Rinpoche first celebrated Tibetan New Year (Losar) at Kopan. He also circumambulated and made offerings at stupas in Boudhanath and Swayambu. As well, he presided over the enthronement ...

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Dharma Resources Available to You

In this year’s annual review, Lama Zopa Rinpoche mentioned two practices that he’s asking students to focus on: The Method to Transform a Suffering Life into Happiness (Including Enlightenment) and How to Make Life Most Beneficial for Sentient Beings, Even ...

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