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Swiss Longku Center Celebrates 15th Anniversary [Video]

In December 2016, the students of Longku Center in Bern, Switzerland, celebrated their 15th anniversary. In attendance were a mix of old and new students, spanning Longku’s history. Director Jutta Mathä Dec shared the news with Mandala: Although we were ...

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Prayers and Practices for the Time of Death

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has given extensive advice and instruction for caring for ourselves and others during death and dying. FPMT Education Services would like to remind students of all the materials available to them for this critical time of transition. ...

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche Goes on Pilgrimage to Holy Sites

Lama Zopa Rinpoche visited some of Buddhism’s most important holy sites in January 2017, including Bodhgaya, where the Buddha attained enlightenment; Sarnath, where the Buddha gave his first teaching; and the ruins of the ancient Buddhist university of Nalanda, where ...

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Annual Winter Jang Debate at Drepung Monastery, India

Monks from various Gelug monasteries are currently participating in an extensive twenty-two day debate on Buddhist logic at Drepung Monastery, India, known as the Winter Jang Debate. There are two sessions daily: prayers for world peace, and debate. This annual ...

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has been in Bodhgaya, India, since late December, attending the Kalachakra initiation offered by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and himself offering teachings and initiations, as well as going on pilgrimage to many of Buddhism’s holiest sites, ...

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‘Educating the Heart’: Life Advice from Tenzin Ösel Hita

On January 28, the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom (FDCW) hosted a talk by Tenzin Ösel Hita on “Educating the Heart.” “And what a sweet treat it was,” said FDCW student Esther Garibay. “The last time I had the ...

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Vajrapani Institute Launches 5 Trillion Mantra Prayer Wheel Project [Video]

In December 2016, Vajrapani Institute, an FPMT retreat center in Northern California, launched the 5 Trillion Mantra Prayer Wheel Project. The prayer wheel will contain 5 trillion (5,000,000,000,000) copies of OM MANI PADME HUM, the mantra of Chenrezig, the Buddhist ...

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A Guide to Sanskrit Transliteration and Pronunciation

FPMT Education Services is pleased to offer a new resource for FPMT students, A Guide to Sanskrit Transliteration and Pronunciation. We will soon begin releasing texts using transliterated Sanskrit and this document will help students with the reading and pronunciation ...

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Teachings in Bangalore, December 2016

Choe Khor Sum Ling (CKSL) members in Bangalore, India, are rejoicing in their recent good fortune: hosting extensive teachings by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in December 2016. About 32 FPMT Sangha and 80 lay people from around the world attended the ...

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche Offered Long Life Puja on Behalf of Sera Je Monastery

A long life puja was offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche on behalf of Sera Je Monastery on the Maitreya Project land in Bodhgaya on January 2, 2017. The puja was to thank Rinpoche for twenty-six years of support offered through ...

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How to Bless Tea Sold at a Center: Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Lama Zopa Rinpoche was offered tea recently by Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Centre in Australia, which was selling the tea as a fundraiser. He responded with the following advice on how to “really” bless the tea. My most dear, most kind, ...

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Dieter Kratzer on Becoming a Teacher

In an interview with Mandala now published online, FPMT registered in-depth teacher Dieter Kratzer, 75, talks about his life in the Dharma, and particularly the process of becoming a teacher. Dieter met the Dharma in 1973 and was among the ...

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