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How to Make a Million Mantras

When someone tells you a prayer wheel contains so many millions or billions of mantras, do you ever stop and think, “How can they all fit in there?” In the latest online feature from Mandala, Donna Lynn Brown shares the ...

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Practicing 108 Nyung Näs to Become a Trillion, Billion Times Greater than an Olympic Champion

One of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for the FPMT organization is to sponsor others to complete 1,000 nyung nä retreats. Institute Vajra Yogini (IVY), France, upon hearing this incredible vision of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, immediately started hosting 108 nyung ...

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An Easy Way to Benefit Animals

“When Lama Zopa Rinpoche was traveling from Gaya airport to Root Institute on the day of his arrival in early February 2015, he noticed the roadside shops that sell live chickens,” said long-time student Ven. Sarah Thresher. “The chickens are ...

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A Hundred Eons Is Nothing

“How can you recover completely from the heavy disease of the disturbing, unsubdued mind, which has been there from beginningless previous lifetimes?” Lama Zopa Rinpoche asked during the 12th Kopan course in 1979. “How can you recover within one month, ...

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FPMT North America Representatives Find Inspiration at Land of Medicine Buddha

By Laura Miller, Mandala managing editor In late January, I had the pleasure to be among the more than 40 people who attended the FPMT Foundation Service Seminar held at Land of Medicine Buddha (LMB) near Santa Cruz, California. The ...

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Rinpoche’s Pillar Altar

“When Rinpoche’s room at Root Institute in Bodhgaya, India, was expanded, a support pillar was left exposed in the middle of the room,” said long-time student Ven. Sarah Thresher, who has been sharing news of Rinpoche’s activities in Bodhgaya. “Rinpoche ...

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche Visits Lawudo

On April 4, Ven. Roger Kunsang shared via Twitter that FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche was boarding a helicopter bound for Lawudo Gompa and Retreat Centre, located in the mountainous Solu Khumbu region of Nepal. Lawudo is where Rinpoche’s ...

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Update on Maitreya Buddha Kushinagar Project

The Maitreya Buddha Kushinagar Project, a project to build a very large statue of Maitreya Buddha in Kushinagar, India, continues to make steady progress. In December 2013, the State Government of Uttar Pradesh commemorated the project with a

New eBook Series of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Teachings from Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive

Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive (LYWA) is in the midst of publishing a four-volume set of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings at the 24th Kopan meditation course, 1991. LYWA editors Gordon McDougall and Sandra Smith have adeptly conveyed the feeling of receiving ...

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The Base, the Label and the Mind

During the 25th Kopan course in 1992 Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave a concise explanation of dependent arising, the way in which things exist: Lama Tsongkhapa says, “By seeing the meaning of the dependent arising, emptiness, it stops the root of ...

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Root Institute [Video]

While staying at Root Institute in Bodhgaya, India, Lama Zopa Rinpoche explained a verse from Lama Chöpa that he had written out to be put in front of the large Nagarjuna statue at the center. The verse Rinpoche wrote out ...

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Robes Offered to Buddha Statue in Mahabodhi Temple Every Month

Every month the Puja Fund sponsors a new set of robes to be offered to the precious Buddha statue inside the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodhgaya, India. In 2014 Lama Zopa Rinpoche visited the market in Bodhgaya and personally chose the ...

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