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April 2 – 30 Teaching on Bodhicaryavatara and Heruka, Yamantaka, Guhyasamaja and Rinjung Gyatsa initiations in retreat hosted by Atisha Centre, The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion and Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery, Bendigo, Australia
First, I want to say thank you to all the old students who I have met many times in the past who are gathered here. I want to express thank you very much for that. Life is not long, life is short, so it is very good to do something most worthwhile in life. Death is definite and the actual time when it will occur is uncertain and nothing at all will benefit at the time of death except Dharma. Nowadays, in the world, it is over-degenerated. Due to degeneration of the mind, there is degeneration of life and life becomes shorter and shorter. There are so many sicknesses happening, so many people dying from cancer – millions and millions of people – and then there are other sicknesses, life-threatening diseases. Then there is the degeneration of sentient beings, degeneration of time, and so many wars, tsunamis, earthquakes. Just referring to recent times, there was New Zealand and then Japan [where there was the] most unimaginable tsunami. They cannot find out how many people died. And a few days ago an earthquake happened in Burma. There are so many dangers happening – danger of the four elements: earth, water, fire, wind. This is happening more and more; you can’t really tell in which country it will happen next. Nowadays, there are so many people dying due to that. Therefore, it is time to do the best in your life … to do the best in our life, do the most worthwhile, most beneficial thing in our life.
Therefore, what we are going to do here is the answer: listening to teachings, doing meditation, actualizing the path, living in morality – the basis of all realizations – by taking the Eight Mahayana Precepts. This is the solution for world problems, global warming and all that. This is the solution to global problems and individual problems. What we are going to do here is the solution.”
Colophon: Teaching given on April 2, 2011 at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Bendigo, Australia. Typed simultaneously as Lama Zopa Rinpoche taught by Ven. Joan Nicell, edited by Claire Isitt and Michael Jolliffe.
Life on the Road with Lama Zopa Rinpoche: In the Aussie Bush
International Office News:
A new Living in the Path module, Happiness of Dharma, is now available online! In this course, Lama Zopa Rinpoche inspires us to recognize the opportunity that is our perfect human life and to take full advantage. We are reminded that while life is short, we can still ensure success in obtaining all levels of happiness.
Program NewsBasic Program‘s newest graduate is Alan Carter, currently resident teacher at Chandrakirti Centre, New Zealand. Congratulations!
Chenrezig Institute will begin Supplement to the Middle Way (Madhyamakavatara), a subject of the Masters Program in mid-2012.
Thanks to all who have sent in their Discovering Buddhism course and retreat dates! The Discovering Buddhism Retreats page is being updated to reflect this new information.
Practice Materials NewsCharity for Ants: This short practice specifically designed to benefit ants was compiled by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and is inspired by a text written by Ngulchu Dharmabhadra. Available now!
As per the March 23 advice from Rinpoche on how to protect against radiation, the White Umbrella Deity text to wear as a protection is now available on the Advice page (under Natural Disasters). Also new on the page is a short practice on how to stop rain.
An updated comprehensive list of all materials available from Education Services is now available!
A new protection is now available in hard-copy and electronic formats. This image is said to have been worn by Lama Atisha as protection against physical harm. Lama Zopa Rinpoche says the image can be put on the body of a person who is dying, put in the house to protect against pollution or disharmony, or worn on the body.
Service as a Path to Enlightenment: A new booklet featuring advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Although the booklet is being sent out with the FPMT Annual Review 2010, copies will soon be available from the Foundation Store for the general public.
The Sanghata Sutra is now available in e-reader format suitable for iPad and Kindle.
Translation News108 Names of Tara, translated by Corey Jackson, is now available.
A Guide to the Most Sacred Five-Peaked Mountain of China (Wutaishan Mountain), translated by Tenzin Bhuchung, is coming soon!
Thirty-two people are registered to attend FPMT’s first translation conference at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in May with Yangsi Rinpoche as keynote speaker. Look out for the July-September 2011 issue of Mandala for a full report.
Training NewsA two-day Foundation Training will follow FPMT’s first translation conference at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, May 21-22.
Mandala Publications – Road to Kopan Stories NeededCall for submissions!
“The Road to Kopan,” a new feature of Mandala Publications, wants to hear from you.
For 40 years, thousands of students from across the globe have made their way to Nepal and up to Kopan Hill. Some paths were long and winding, some direct and clear. Mandala is collecting these stories and you can help us. Have you attended one of the annual lam-rim Kopan retreats? How did you find your way there? What about the experience felt like coming home?
Check out the latest issue of Mandala (April-June 2011) for Karuna Cayton’s remembrance, “Like So Many Roads.” Karuna attended the 1975 November course and writes, “I remember vividly someone putting a picture of a smiling lama on the altar and I was transfixed. I started to cry whenever I looked at the picture. I didn’t know then, but it was a picture of Lama Yeshe.”
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For Center, Project and Service Directors, SPCs, Teachers and Board Members(This advice is specifically for those offering service in the roles listed above.)
Advice Regarding Spiritual Teachers Now Available in FrenchThanks to the French Translation Service for translating this essential and informative booklet into French. You can download it from the “Teachers” section of the FPMT Members Area.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Osel in California, March 2011.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang
Rejoice! – We Welcome A New Study Group!Saraswati Study Group
Elm Grove, East Street, Drayton, Nr Langport, Somerset, TA10 0JZ
Tel: +44 1458 252463
Coordinator: Neil Atkinson
This brings the total number of FPMT centers, projects and services to 160 in 39 countries!
We Welcome Two New Resident GeshesGeshe Drakpa Tsundue is teaching at Centre Kalachakra, France.
LRZTP 6 Start Date AnnouncedThe sixth Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Program will begin on March 15, 2012 in Dharmasala, India.
The LRZTP is FPMT’s interpreter training program, training people to interpret for geshes resident in FPMT centers around the world.
Happy 30th Birthday to Atisha Centre and 10th Birthday to the Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Relic Tour!Atisha Centre celebrated its 30th birthday day this year – a significant milestone for a center dedicate to benefiting and serving all of living beings. Congratulations!
On March 14, 2011, the Maitreya Project Heart Shrine Relic Tour turned 10 years old. The tour began in Taipei a decade ago, and today – 58 countries, 571 events and 6 continents later – it continues to bring blessings and inspiration to people all over the world.
Opportunities to Offer Service in FPMTPlease check out these and other exciting opportunities to offer service in FPMT centers, projects and services around the world!
FPMT International Office, USA is looking for a Chief Operating Officer; Root Institute, India is looking for a spiritual program coordinator and Mahamudra Centre, New Zealand is looking for a centre manager, a vegetarian cook, a housekeeper and a groundsperson.
Impermanence at Work
Centro Ewam, Italy
Centro Nagarjuna de Granada, Spain
Kadam Sharawa Center, Australia
Thubten Norbu Ling, USA
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Statements of Appreciation
A few days ago I completed a year of retreats….at two FPMT centres (though I have visited and am very familiar with several others). The staff of the two centres could not have been kinder and more supportive. It is especially through appreciating their cultures of care and support for retreatants that I have renewed my admiration for the FPMT, and thereby for your [Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s] extraordinary holy activity for sentient beings. I have reflected on how marvelous it is in the world of suffering, war, depression, social dissatisfaction and spiritual denial, to have these oases of perfection, the FPMT centers. Moreover I have witnessed some unfortunate, unethical activities in other Buddhist organizations that make one feel so sad. Also the FPMT is generating study in the tradition of Je Rinpoche and yogic practice leading to enlightenment in a unique way. Compared to other organizations, the FPMT shines with virtue and a deep harmony. Of course there are superficial problems that come and go within FPMT – this is only to be expected – but I recognize that these are insignificant compared with the tremendous benefits to all beings generated through FPMT activities.
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