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The Mind is the Measure of All Things

Jampa Jaffe, FPMT registered teacher, answers in the April-June 2014 issue of Mandala the question: why does Buddhism place so much emphasis on the mind? In emphasizing the mind, Buddhism is stressing that when we look to a person, a thing ... Read full article

We Don’t Want Suffering, We Want Happiness

Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave a teaching to the young children, teachers and parents of students at the Maitreya School, which is a project of Root Institute. Ven. Roger Kunsang, Rinpoche’s assistant, shared that Rinpoche said to the children that we don’t want suffering, we want happiness, so then, we should not give harm to others; this is the very, very basic education! This is the basic principle of the education in this school. Rinpoche also said that the Maitreya School is special because it has additional education showing how suffering and happiness do not come from outside, but from inside – from one’s own mind. After the talk, Rinpoche offered rucksacks to all of the ... Read full article

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche Visits MAITRI Charitable Trust

Lama Zopa Rinpoche visited MAITRI Charitable Trust, an FPMT project in Bodhgaya, India that offers a wide array of health and education programs to the very poor in the area as well as care to animals. Children from the villages surrounding Bodhgaya lined ... Read full article

Khadro-la Offers Teaching at Tushita Meditation Centre

Tushita Meditation Centre is a bustling FPMT center in Dharamsala – the seat-in-exile of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. Tushita staff recently wrote Mandala, sharing news about a visit from Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma (Khadro-la), an extraordinary Tibetan woman and teacher ... Read full article

Living with Compassion

“… On the basis of [reflecting on the lam-rim], we should generate the good heart, bodhichitta, the thought of benefiting others. This is our best refuge, especially for those of us whose lives are very busy, who don’t have much ... Read full article

Weekly Ocean Blessings with Namgyälma Mantra Boards

In addition to the weekly animal liberations offered by the Sangha at Kachoe Dechen Ling – Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s California residence, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has requested the Sangha to also make weekly trips to the Pacific Ocean in order to ... Read full article

Photo Gallery: Pamtingpa Center Builds a High Desert Stupa

On a smaller scale than the Maitreya Projects and the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, dozens of FPMT centers, projects and services have built or are in the process of creating their own stupas, often representing a true community effort. Each one of these ... Read full article

Extraordinary Aspirations

“… May my pure activities be endless, My good qualities boundless, And through abiding in immeasurable activity, May I actualize infinite emanations. “Limitless is the end of space, Likewise, limitless are living beings, Thus, limitless are karma and afflictions. May ... Read full article

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Khunu Lama Rinpoche’s Attendant

While in Bodhgaya, Lama Zopa Rinpoche met with the attendant of the previous Khunu Lama Rinpoche. Known as the Ladkhi Gen-la, he has been teaching in Mumbai for the past 20 years. Khunu Rinpoche, who passed away in 1977, was as a great teacher and scholar, called by His Holiness the Dalai Lama “the Shantideva of our time.” He authored Vast as the Heavens, ... Read full article