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To find more information as it becomes available, and for details of how to contact the center and register for these events, please go to Rinpoche’s Schedule.
September 2 – 5 Milarepa initiation and retreat at Milarepa Center, Vermont, USA
September 8 Blessing the stupa at Kurukulla Center, Boston, USA
September 11 Teachings on Shakyamuni Buddha’s mantra and the four immeasurables at Kadampa Center, North Carolina, USA
POSTPONED (was Oct. 1-3) – Teaching and retreat at Tubten Kunga Center, Florida, USA
2011April 2 – 30
- Teachings on
- and Rinjung Gyatsa initiations at
- , Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery and the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Bendigo, Australia.
Ven Roger Kunsang reports that Rinpoche has mentioned several times in the last few months:
“Within the FPMT organization we are doing well studying the words. Now students need to experience the lam-rim.”
His Holiness the Dalai Lama Expresses His HappinessExcerpted from Ven. Roger Kunsang’s blog Life on the Road with Lama Zopa Rinpoche (posted on July 23, 2010). Ven. Roger’s very entertaining blog enables us all to keep up with Rinpoche’s activities.
His Holiness with Rinpoche, Ven. Kunsang and Ven. Sangpo, Dharamsala, India, July 2010.
“Rinpoche is in retreat which started about 10 days ago. Prior to the retreat, Rinpoche met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. It was a relaxed meeting (meetings with His Holiness in recent times are quite brief and to the point because of the very demanding schedule that His Holiness has, but, the occasional more-relaxed appointments do occur) and His Holiness expressed his happiness with Rinpoche and the activities of FPMT.”
Living in the Path: If you are attending the Light of the Path (LOP) retreat in September 2010 in North Carolina, USA, the best way to honor the effort that Rinpoche put into teaching in 2009 is to review what was taught as completely as possible prior to the start of this year’s teachings.
At the end of the teachings in 2009, Lama Zopa Rinpoche reflected on their importance as a preparation for the teachings in 2010:
“What I spoke about this time is mindfulness. Next time, this is the beginning that everyone has to know. This is what retreat is. Then, on the basis of that, there is renunciation, bodhichitta and right view. This is what I want to say. Next time, I will go straight through the commentary.
These talks are the preparation. Because this time I spoke about this subject, next time I don’t need to speak about it. These talks have been the preparation. Next time, I can start without preparation – of course, there is the motivation. Next time, somebody can explain the way of doing retreat, ‘This is the foundation of retreat, the fundamental practice of retreat.’ At the beginning, they can introduce how you should practice mindfulness. They can introduce this at the beginning as the beginning preparation, so that I can go straight through the commentary.”
There are three ways to prepare:
- BEST – Review Modules 1-3 of Living in the Path (LP) Online. Go through the reading packets of each module and review the meditations and mindfulness exercises. Both Module 1 and Module 2 have compiled all the relevant practices into convenient booklets.
NB: The advantage to following LP Online is that it packages the teachings in the practice-oriented way that Rinpoche presented them, with meditations and mindfulness exercises. To really understand the mindfulness that Rinpoche was encouraging us all to cultivate, LP Online is your best option.
Note: We hope to make available a brief introduction to the root text, Lamp of the Path, by mid-August.
- BETTER – Review Module 1, acquire a copy of the glossy booklet Taking the Essence and read the 2009 transcripts.
Note: Module 1 is free. Just login and use enrollment key: motivation03.
- GOOD – Simply read the 2009 transcripts.
On the Online Learning Center:
- NEW! Discovering Buddhism Module 2 in French! Click the Français tab on the homepage of the Online Learning Center and there it will be: en français!
- NEW! Heart Advice for Death and Dying: five teachings and five meditations by Ven. Sangye Khadro
- NEW! Buddhism in a Nutshell: five teachings and five meditations by Ven. Amy Miller
- COMING SOON! Basic Program Module 1, Awareness and Knowers, Mind and Cognition Part 1
Encouragement to centers to offer DB completion certificates!
Newsflash from Ven. Glenda Gyalmo in Mongolia: “We recently completed DB Module 1 at the Golden Light Sutra Centre and we managed to do the one-day retreat having a good attendance considering it was the last Sunday before
For all those asking how to consecrate your Samantabhadra Protection Card (or other holy objects), a short consecration ritual advised by Rinpoche is now available under the section “Protection from Harm.”
COMING SOON! Revised and updated Intermediate Practices of Vajra Yogini
Meditation 101 now available in Portuguese!
From Mandala Publications:
Please enjoy the latest Mandala eZine, Guru Devotion As The Source Of All Happiness. This issue takes advantage of video and audio content to deliver various teachings and perspectives on the importance of establishing a healthy relationship with a qualified spiritual guide.
Sherri Rita has resigned as Development Director, and we wish her well in her new job.
Heather Drollinger joined the International Office team on August 2 as Donor Services Coordinator, working on Friends of FPMT, the International Merit Box Project and other projects. Heather has offered service for five years in many ways to many of International Office’s departments, including Education Services, Center Services (Heather was one of the key editors of the revised FPMT Handbook), Finance and the Foundation Store. International Office is very happy to welcome Heather back into the team!
Osel Hita was an invited guest at the board meeting, and stressed the importance of gratitude. He made the following suggestion:
“It is really important for each center to make a display about its history that can be seen by everyone who visits the center. The display should include the names of the key people who have contributed to the development of the center: at the beginning, and on the [center’s] board.”
Check the latest Foundation Store Newsletter for new product arrivals and monthly specials!
This means that there are now 159 centers, projects and services in 37 countries worldwide under the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the FPMT.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche wrote and sent gifts to thank Geshe-la for his service on behalf of the entire FPMT organization.
“I have been studying the FPMT Handbook regularly for the last five years. Especially to be able to introduce it to new board members, etc. For us, the Handbook is a very well used and helpful tool on a daily basis.
My mission for the time I will be director is to create a closer sense of relation to FPMT within TNL. It is already good, but can always be better. I have discussed this with the board and everybody agrees on this.”
Please check out the many exciting opportunities to offer service in FPMT centers, projects and services around the world!
Tushita Meditation Center in Dharamsala, India is looking for a financial assistant and a kitchen supervisor.
Maitreya Project Relic Tour is looking for a happy, energetic and grounded person to travel with the holy relics in the USA and South America beginning September 15, 2010.
Aryatara Institut , Germany
New director – Eva März
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – Harald Weichhart
Chenrezig Institute, Australia
New SPC – Nathalie Meriaud
With grateful thanks to outgoing SPC – Lisa Perry
Longku Center, Switzerland
New (and first!) SPC – Ute Eggert
Maitri Charitable Trust, India
Land of Calm Abiding, USA
Tel: +1 303-945-4977
Losang Dragpa Centre, Malaysia
New SPC – Yuyin Khor
With grateful thanks to outgoing SPC – Yeo Puay Huei
Pamtingpa Center, USA
Shantideva Meditation Group, USA
New coordinator – Mary Esbjornson
With grateful thanks to outgoing coordinator – Ven. Yangchen
Tekchen Chö Ling, Spain
Tse Chen Ling, USA
New SPC – Charles Smith
With grateful thanks to outgoing SPC – Ven. Chokyi
Yeshe Norbu Study Group, Sweden
Tel: +46 0707 321 793
FPMT International Office
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…
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