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Occasionally Ösel shares his thoughts and experiences on his Facebook page. In this update, he gives us a potent reminder about how special each day is.
Today is such an amazng day because it is 12-12-12! But apart from that, it is still an amazing day! Why? Because we’re alive! Just like every day! If we meditate every day like today, then every day is amazing!
So don’t wait for a special date, just being the self is enough to call it a special day. Big love, Family! Wish you all the best, don’t worry, be happy and love every moment, because it is magic!
Hoy es un dia increíble! Porque es el 12-12-12! Pero aparte de eso, aun así es un día increíble!! Porque estamos vivos! como cada día!! Si meditamos cada día como hoy, entonces cada día es maravilloso!
Así que no espereis para una fecha especial, solo siendo el Ser, es suficiente para llamarlo un día especial. Grande amor familia!! Deseando a todos lo mejor, no os preocupéis, sed felices y amad cada momento, porque es magia!
A new film by Osel Hita and Matteo Passigato, Being Your True Nature, will be available for viewing on December 8, 2012. Filmed in France in August 2011, Being Your True Nature introduces a new form of education, Universal Education, that enables people of all ages, cultures and traditions to lead a happy and meaningful life and be of service to others.
First of all I would like to say hello to everybody working so hard every day for the benefit of sentient beings through the organization of FPMT. I understand that many of you have extra jobs in order to maintain your family and basic needs in life. Also many of you work as volunteers part time, apart from all the other work you have to cope with. It is very hard, and inspiring. I truly admire every one and each of you for all the effort, dedication and consistency that keeps the organization going.
Around a month ago, I attended an FPMT board meeting in California. This is the fourth Board meeting I have attended in the last three or four years. Each time of participation, I gain a deeper insight and understanding of the incredible scope of activity that FPMT is undertaking around the world every day.
In the last few days I have had the privilege to attend the highly professional and inspiring FDCW (Foundation for the Development of Compassion and Wisdom) meeting in Kuala Lumpur. FDCW’s mission is to help children, youth and adults of all cultures and traditions to develop their innate capacity to be kind and wise, and contribute to peace in the world.
As I learn more about FPMT from these perspectives, my respect, and profound appreciation for Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the whole community grows exponentially.
What has taken place since Lama Yeshe’s passing in 1984 in my view is completely miraculous and inspiring.
I have nothing but the greatest admiration and gratitude for everyone that has taken part in this wonderful and positive development.
It will take me some time to really grasp everything that Rinpoche accomplishes with the tireless support of Venerable Roger who works to handle all the tasks 24/7/365 days a year every year supported by Venerable Holly, and the amazing International Office staff.
Most people cannot possibly realize the myriad activities IOF undertakes in support of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. IOF develops multi language education programs, practices, and prayers, translates sutras, trains translators, finds Geshes and western teachers, and develops policies and guidelines based on 40 years of experience. IOF helps Rinpoche guide international projects, like the Amdo Eye Hospital in Tibet, the building of statues and stupas. IOF manages Sera Je Food Fund, supports young tulkus, and the expenses of 650 monks for the annual Gelug Exams. IOF manages the Lama Tsongkhapa Teacher Fund assisting 110 main teachers, and providing allowances for Abbots and ex Abbots. IOF publishes Mandala magazine and newsletter updates on FPMT global activities.
The list goes on and on and the above is just a small taste of the way IOF closely follows Rinpoche and supports Rinpoche’s every wish as much as possible.
My admiration for, and thanks to them have no bounds.
Similarly I thank most deeply and sincerely all the directors, the board and committee members, the volunteers, and everyone who helps past, present, and future, in all the centers and projects – activities as diverse as teaching and organizing teachings, leading retreats, providing hospice care, preparing educational materials, archiving, providing
monastic education, secular universal education, publishing, translation, media and communications, and the solid governance, finance, and administration that such a global scale demands.
I have already been able to visit many centers and recently was able to participate in the European Regional FPMT meeting. My intention is to keep on doing so. I hope to spend as much time as possible with Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Venerable Roger, as well as deepening my traditional philosophical studies, and learning more about media communications and finance.
Whilst the positive aspect of what has been achieved in 30 years is overwhelming, there are some areas that I find concerning. I have mentioned before the importance of recognizing, appreciating, and showing respect and concern for everyone who has made today’s success possible. Again I would like to stress that in my view every center and project should clearly display the names of everyone who has carried the load in some way whether it be as a director, manager, cook, gardener, or some other position, a donor, or volunteer. These people are the real Foundation and truly the “F” in FPMT.
While our goal is to benefit as many living beings as possible, and while the scope of that is so vast, we must not allow that to blind us to our immediate responsibility of showing appreciation, kindness, and concern for each other and each other’s welfare within our own community. Unfortunately sometimes our rapid growth has caused a number of situations where we haven’t measured up in this respect.
It is my intention to make sure that in the next phase of FPMTs growth we focus on looking after each other. Some of our teachers and students who pioneered the early days of our development are now in their 60s and 70s. While one of our priorities is education for the youth of our world today, as our organization matures, we also have to take care of those who have contributed so much and who are now reaching the stage where they require care and consideration.
For a long time I have also been concerned that so far the organization has relied almost exclusively on donations. The generosity that has been responsible for where we are today is mind blowing and beyond words. Without it FPMT would not be what it is today. However I feel strongly that for the long-term ever expanding development that must take place, we have to think strategically about also generating additional sources of income through business and other commercial activity. This can also provide jobs and employment opportunities so people can earn a living and still have time for practice and study.
I believe it is possible to develop a business model on a positive and moral basis that ensures that business to benefit all parties – owners, management, staff, customers, and the wider community.
I have been spending a lot of time thinking about how to do this and I am trying in my way to explore a number of possibilities along these lines. Like creating Eco lodges where there is available very healthy vegetarian food, Eco friendly and organic grown vegetables, yoga and non-religious courses and meditation, for people outside our community, as a window of introduction to Buddhism. It is essential to have a healthy body in order to fully practice dharma. So we would make that opportunity available, and in exchange have a solid income to support the centers. It is now becoming very fashionable today, to eat healthy organic foods, spend time in nature, and exploring inside oneself through yoga and meditation.
When we are involved day-to-day work with all the difficulties and challenges we face, it is hard to step back and see the big picture and take pride in what we have achieved together. Attending Board meetings and the European Regional meeting has given me the luxury of beginning to see what an incredible job Lama Zopa Rinpoche has done. This in turn is based on the perfect inspiration His Holiness the Dalai Lama provides everybody, which helps us to learn about the true nature in each and every one of us.
The lineage from which we draw our understanding and inspiration is unsurpassable. The real scope of Mahayana in the widest sense is so vast and really can bring such benefit that the potential is almost incomprehensible. That gives us an equally huge responsibility to execute this task to the absolute best of our ability.
Within our FPMT community there is a vast pool of talent and skills that is equal to this task. We have to find better ways to draw more on the expertise that is available, to focus it where it can do the greatest good.
We have to approach this task practically continuously, untiringly and yet from time to time we must pause to measure the way in which we act to ensure that we don’t leave anyone behind.
I really look forward to meeting everyone as my travels allow, and I am really looking forward to the next Board meeting and another chance to learn and hopefully in a small way input into the plans for the next 30 years of our development.
Sorry if this became long – my main point is to thank everybody so much from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you so very much everyone!!
Take care, and keep up the good work!!
November 2012: Osel Hita gave a talk called “Satisfaction and Challenging Your Limits” at ABC in Singapore.
Please enjoy this selection of books and articles about Tenzin Ösel Hita.
- BBC News, “Ösel Hita: The Reluctant Lama.”
- Reincarnation: The Boy Lama, by Vicki Mackenzie
- Reborn in the West, by Vicki Mackenzie
- Man’s Work, From Telegraph Magazine, London, England
- 1987 TV3 issued a documentary entitled Osel: the petit Lama
- 2010 RTVE issued a documentary entitled Osel, Granada Lama
- Ösel playing guitar, 2010.
- 2013 video interview with Tenzin Ösel’s mother, Maria, which includes some rare footage of Ösel as a child.
- Ösel in Mandala- all Articles.
November 2012: Osel visited Losang Drakpa Center in Malaysia.
Occasionally Osel Hita shares his thoughts and experiences on his Facebook page. In this update, he details his recent visit to California, USA, where he attended an FPMT Board of Directors meeting.
Just got back home last night after a very long 24 hour journey across the planet! Went to Santa Cruz, California, for two weeks to attend the FPMT board meeting. It has been a great reunion and the result is huge! Many things are moving on very positively and we are hoping that this starts to expand throughout the organization. We appreciate so much all the work done by every single person in the organization. They are the “F” for “Foundation” in the FPMT.
So again, I wanted to thank all of you for your hard work, your perseverance, and your Big Love!
Very happy to be part of this amazing movement for humanity’s improvement as a whole, starting from each individual!
Occasionally Osel Hita shares his thoughts and experiences on his Facebook page. In this update, he discusses the evolution of our specials and updates us on the condition of his mother, Maria.
Hello, Everybody! Long time no talk! So here we are! It has been a great full moon, and the energies are so strong! We can all feel how change is moving faster. We are evolving at incredible speed as a species in this last century, and now in this decade, even faster. Technology has surpassed expectations since the industrial revolution.
And where are we as individuals? Is this a turning point in history?
I’m just glad to be alive, even though I don’t fully understand the big picture. Just being here and having the capacity to decide over my actions, is enough to learn and improve.
Whatever is going to happen, will happen.
So let us learn to be better people while we are at it, and if the world has to implode, at least we tried!
My mother, Maria, is already walking and enjoying her new life after 24 years with a kidney tumor. When they took it out, it weighed around 1 kilo (750 grams). It is crazy! The tumor had veins the size of a thumb!
Now she is so much better, it is quite a difference. She is already gaining weight, has a lot of energy, and is much happier than before. We are all so glad she finally decided to go through with the operation.
And she definitely felt the energies coming from all over the world. It went very smoothly, thank you all so very much!
Well take care family, and talk soon!
Occasionally Osel Hita shares his thoughts and experiences on his Facebook page. In this update, he discusses the meaning of happiness.
Many times i ask myself, “What is happiness?” Why is it so important? But you know… it is a bit of a metaphor. If it existed as we imagine, it would be a state of mind, right? Being continuously happy … is that possible for small potatoes like ourselves? It reminds me a bit of the carrot on a stick held by a guy on the donkey, and the poor animal goes after the carrot thinking it will reach it soon. Happiness as we know it, comes to us when we are satisfied with our actions, it is like a present from life that rewards us because we’ve worked hard for that satisfaction, and it lasts the duration of that sensation. But what next? What I see more possible for us to achieve is: Non-unhappiness. It can be continuous, it can spread and create harmony. Stable and easier to reach.. And once we find Non-unhapiness as a state of mind, we can start seeing happiness as a more possible equation. Emaho!!
The following, from Osel, was included in FPMT’s Annual Review, February 2011:
2011 was a great year for me. I was able to travel so much and had the opportunity to become involved in many FPMT activities.
I was thrilled to be able to meet many old friends and to make so many new friendships too.
From my home in Ibiza, Spain, I traveled to California for an FPMT Board meeting in March.
In April together with Gomo Tulku I traveled to Australia to visit Lama Zopa Rinpoche who was in the initial stages of recovering from his stroke.
In July I traveled to Kopan with Karuna Cayton. I very much wanted to visit Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup whose health was declining.
It turned out to be a great visit. Lama Zopa Rinpoche requested me to speak to the assembly of nuns at the nunnery and then to all the monks at the monastery. I was very happy with the visit and connected very well with the monks and nuns.
In August I was able to direct the filming of a documentary on Universal Wisdom Education (UWE) along with Matteo Passigato and other crew members. The filming took place at Vajrayogini Institute in France during the first international gathering of UWE which was attended by individuals and families from all over the world. The documentary is currently in the stage of “director’s final cut.”
In November I traveled with my partner Mai, and brother Kunkyen to India. We stayed in my former home Osel Labrang at Sera Monastery.
I was invited to address the Kopan monks at Sera and was able to spend time with my teacher, Geshe Genden Chomphel, and thoroughly enjoyed the visit. From Sera we traveled onto Bodhgaya to attend the Kalachakra initiation given by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in January 2012.
In between my travels, I have been developing a number of business concepts I hope will contribute to FPMT’s long-term sustainability.
So many people welcomed and helped me everywhere I went and I really thank everyone especially those I didn’t get to thank personally. I am looking forward to being much more in touch with everyone who has been helping me over the years, and I am so happy to be available to help wherever I can in the future.
Statements of Appreciation
No words can really completely capture the joyous feelings in my heart when I think of how Rinpoche and FPMT has benefited so many thousands of people these past twenty, thirty years. …Thank you everyone and most of all thank you to Rinpoche for opening my eyes and my mind to the true meaning and purpose of my life.
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