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Official annual long life puja offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, December 29, 2012.
Photo Ven. Roger Kunsang.
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Lama Zopa Rinpoche is about to begin a private retreat in Taiwan before beginning a teaching tour in Asia (details below).
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Shakyamuni Center, Taichung, Taiwan
February 16 White Dzambhala initiation
February 17 Black Mahakala and Trukchuma puja
Jinsui Farlin, Taipei, Taiwan
February 23 1000-arm Chenrezig initiation
February 25 Long life puja offering to Rinpoche
Heruka Center, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
March 2 Twenty-one Taras initiation
March 3 Hayagriva Hundred Torma Offering
Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore
March 9 Medicine Buddha initiation
March 10 Long life puja offering to Rinpoche
Losang Dragpa Centre, Malaysia
March 16 – 17 Teaching on either 8 Verses of Thought Transformation or Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga, and long life puja offering to Rinpoche
Mahayana Buddhist Association (Cham Tse Ling), Hong Kong
March 23 Teaching on “How to Face Death without Fear”
March 24 Vajrasattva initiation
April – June Ongoing health checks and rest
August Main retreat with Rinpoche – 100 million mani retreat, Mongolia (awaiting confirmation from FPMT Mongolia)
May 11 – 25 Light of the Path retreat, Kadampa Center, USA
Late 2014 Retreat with Rinpoche and CPMT meeting, Australia
Lama Zopa Rinpoche offering a mandala in Pennsylvania, USA, July 2008.
Photo by Klaus Liu.
Imagine a world where our teachers live long, healthy lives; where we have the resources needed to accomplish all of our virtuous goals; where we are able to support thousands of Sangha engaging in beneficial activity on auspicious days of the year. This is precisely the aim of the FPMT Puja Fund.
Monthly and annual pujas, offerings, prayers and practices are sponsored by this fund, under the direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and dedicated to the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to the success of all the FPMT centers, projects, services, students, benefactors and those serving the organization in any way. The annual cost of this fund is currently estimated at US$45,000.
The FPMT Puja Fund is scheduled to sponsor an incredible array of auspicious activities this Losar (February 2013) when the merit created is multiplied 100 million times. You can contribute to these incredible offerings and share the wealth of merit created by donating any amount!
New Retreat Program! As a result of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s expressed wish for FPMT students to actualize the lam-rim, especially to attain shiné (calm abiding) and bodhichitta, we are pleased to announce a new retreat program being developed in conjunction with Vajrapani Institute, to be held March 16 – 30, 2013. We hope that these retreats will become an annual event designed to encourage and support keen meditators to advance in their meditation practice. We are very happy that Ven. René Feusi, a highly experienced meditator and skillful guide, has agreed to lead the first retreat of this new program! Please visit the Vajrapani Institute website for more information.
New Basic Program Online Course! A new subject for Basic Program Online, Mahayana Mind Training – Wheel of Sharp Weapons is now available. The course is available from the FPMT Foundation Store or to Friends of FPMT at the Dharma Supporter and Patron levels.
Did you know that every issue of Mandala offers new stories and interviews online to supplement our print edition? As part of our new January-March 2013 online edition, we’ve collected contributions from a dozen of Geshe Lhundup Sopa’s students, celebrating their precious teacher and the publication of his autobiography Like a Waking Dream. Plus don’t miss a new interview with Geshe Thubten Sherab; a story from Mexico on the Movement for Peace and Justice with Dignity; and photo galleries of FPMT’s activities in Nepal and His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Kurukulla Center. Visit mandala.fpmt.org for these stories and much more!
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(This advice is specifically for those offering service in the roles listed above.)
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with the incarnation of Bakula Rinpoche, who the other monks say is very shy but extremely intelligent, Drepung Monastery, India, December 2012.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Did you know that your center can advertise any retreats via the FPMT website? This is a service designed to help students find the retreat they need wherever it is being offered in the world.
We strongly encourage each FPMT center, project and service to make regular donations to the FPMT Puja Fund (see above) as these pujas provide amazing spiritual support for your work.
The Foundation Store is offering FPMT centers, projects and services a 40% discount on The Preliminary Practice of Dorje Khadro. The burning puja to Dorje Khadro (Vajradaka) is one of the nine preliminary practices (ngöndro) of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Chombey, India, November 2012. In Buxa Duar, when Chombey was a monk, he was the one who pushed Rinpoche to meet Lama Yeshe, introduced Rinpoche to Lama and made the request for Lama to teach Rinpoche. Chombey later disrobed and became the main cook at Kopan Monastery.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Please join us in welcoming another new study group (probationary center) in Italy.
There are now 165 FPMT centers, projects, services (and probationary centers, projects and services) in
Available to watch! A beautiful video made by Matteo Passigato of the long life puja offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Bodhgaya, India in January 2012, offered by FPMT and all the monks of Sera Je Monastery and Kopan Monastery.
Please check out these and other exciting opportunities to offer service in FPMT centers, projects and services around the world!
Ganden Yiga Chözin Buddhist Meditation Centre in Pokhara, Nepal needs an FPMT-registered resident teacher; Karuna Hospice Services, Australia is looking for a CEO; Milarepa Center in Vermont, USA is looking for a part-time spiritual program coordinator; and Root Institute in Bodhgaya, India needs a center manager and school manager.
Gyalwa Gyatso Buddhist Center, USA
We welcome new SPC – Sunitha Bhaskaran
With grateful thanks to outgoing SPC – Donna Briggs
Ksitigarbha Center, USA
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