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New Online Feature Story from Mandala!

“Memorization: Beneficial Exercise for the Mind,” our online feature story for February, has just been published! American monk Ven. Tenzin Gache (Brian Roiter), who just finished his seventh year at Sera Je Monastic University, writes about the history and role ...

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Life Is Short

Lama Zopa Rinpoche wrote a letter, posted in 2012 on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, thanking a student for his concern regarding Rinpoche’s health and giving advice about the essence of lam-rim practice: My dear Sam, Life is very short. ...

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Another Successful Year for the Sera Je Food Fund

Over the past year we have reported details about the incredible amount of food required to offer three nutritious meals daily to all of the monks studying at Sera Je Monastery (3,300 for breakfast, 2,500 for lunch and dinner). The ...

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Rinpoche at Root Institute: ‘Your Whole Life Is Lived in Total Hallucination’

Lama Zopa Rinpoche arrived at Root Institute in Bodhgaya, India on February 2. Ven. Sarah Thresher recently shared some of Rinpoche’s beneficial activities with Mandala: Much work has been done on improving Rinpoche’s house [at Root Institute]. A library has ...

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Geshe Kelsang Wangmo Visits Jamyang Buddhist Centre London

“We were very honored to welcome Geshe Kelsang Wangmo last November,” said Jamyang Buddhist Centre London’s Natascha Sturny. “She kindly agreed to visit us as part of her first UK tour at the invitation of FPMT UK. “On the evening ...

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Practicing Patience for World Peace

“If you are patient, you don’t get angry at sentient beings,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche wrote in a letter to a student who was experiencing the impact of his anger. “In that way, sentient beings only receive peace and happiness from ...

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Lawudo, Nepal, 1969 [Video]

Alexis Benelhadj, an FPMT student at Institut Vajra Yogini in France, recently helped digitize an old roll of film donated by Georges Luneau, who in 1969 recorded Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the home of his previous incarnation in Lawudo, located ...

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche on ‘Calling the Guru from Afar’

“‘Calling the Guru from Afar’ was composed by Pabongka Dechen Nyingpo, the great yogi of Heruka Chakrasamvara, which is a manifestation of the kind, compassionate Shakyamuni Buddha,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche instructed during a teaching on guru devotion given in Singapore ...

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Mantra Recitations from Lama Zopa Rinpoche

In this free collection of studio recordings, Lama Zopa Rinpoche chants several deities’ mantras at different speeds, allowing students to become familiar with Rinpoche’s pronunciation and also Rinpoche’s preferred tunes. This collection of MP3 recordings include: Green Tara mantra , ...

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Gold Offered Every Month to Holy Jowo Statue in Tibet

Every month, the Puja Fund offers gold to the most precious Jowo Buddha statue in Lhasa, Tibet. Said to have been blessed by Shakyamuni Buddha himself, the Jowo Buddha statue is one of the most sacred statues in all of ...

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche Visits Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre

Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave teachings and an oral transmission of the Golden Light Sutra at Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre in New Dehli, India, between January 25-31. Ven. Sarah Thresher, who was there, shared the following: “Rinpoche gave five teachings on ...

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‘Bodhisattvas Learn Anything to Benefit Sentient Beings’: The Benefits of Knowing How to Cook

“At the beginning, when the Sangha was flourishing, Lama Yeshe got all the monks and nuns to take turns to cook for the other Sangha members. Ven. Pemo didn’t know how to cook, so when it was her turn, she ...

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