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Rinpoche speaking at ABC’s 20th Anniversary Dinner.
Photo by Yew Kim Guan
- February –
- , Jakarta, Indonesia
- 6 – 9 Solitary Hero Yamantaka initiation
- 13 – 15; 20 – 22 Lama Chöpa commentary
- 25 – Public talk, “How to Be Happy”
- 26 – Public talk at the University
May 5 – June 6 1000-Arm Chenrezig Great Initiation and 100 million Mani Retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Institut Vajra Yogini, France
September (exact date not set) Teachings on Light of the Path, Kadampa Center, Raleigh, USA
I know nothing about economies, but how you spend money, you have to decide what is meaningful. What is meaningful, you spend; what is meaningless, you cut down. In this way, other sentient beings get a lot of benefit, you get a lot of benefit. [By making offerings to the Triple Gem], you collect unbelievable benefit, happiness in this life and future lives, up to liberation and enlightenment.
When the economy goes down, that means we should practice more good heart in our daily lives towards sentient beings, develop more compassion, practice more patience. We don’t know who’s a buddha or bodhisattva, but if you get angry with a buddha or bodhisattva, then one thousand of eons of merit that you have created in the past gets destroyed in one second. And even if you dedicated for the enlightenment of all sentient beings, if you don’t seal it with emptiness, the merit can be weakened even when it is not destroyed.
We need to collect a lot of merit in our day to day life, to practice kindness everyday towards sentient beings, all the time as much as possible, from the heart – so this is Dharma. Each act of kindness becomes the cause for success not just in this life but hundreds of thousands of lifetimes. From one act of kindness all your wishes for happiness get fulfilled. Why? Because you fulfill the wishes of human beings, animals, other sentient beings. That is very, very important. Then you don’t experience economic recession.
Everyday, practice with joyfulness. Whatever good thing you see or hear of others, whatever good thing happens, always rejoice: ‘How wonderful!’ – like a mother rejoicing [in the praise] for her child whom she cherishes more than her life. If you do like this, then psychologically, your mind is kept in happiness all the time – no depression, unhappiness … And you collect the most extensive cause of success and happiness when you rejoice. In one second you collect limitless skies of merit – the easiest way to collect good luck, merit, and fulfill your wishes for happiness, and you too fulfill the wish of all sentient beings for happiness.
Then third, patience. You may collect a lot of merit, but without patience, all gets destroyed.
Then next is when someone harms you, you practice forgiveness, instead of harboring it in your heart. And so you bring peace from one to world peace. Then if you made some mistake, said some bad words, became angry, or whatever, immediately apologize. Then again there’s no grudge holding in you or others and you bring world peace.
Then another one, contentment – especially so that one does not get addicted to alcohol, drugs, that kind of thing, and live in non-virtue.
Another one is courage – develop courage in practicing Dharma: any good action that brings so much peace and happiness to you, the world and others.
These are what you can do as antidotes to recession. Do something other than worry. It makes you crazy, it doesn’t help.”From an address at ABC’s 20th Anniversary Dinner, January 28, 2009, Singapore (transcribed and lightly edited by Doris Low)
Enjoy brief glimpses of Rinpoche on our streaming videos page, including Rinpoche and the young Tenzin Phuntsok Rinpoche at a ribbon cutting ceremony!
From Helen Patrin, National Coordinator of FPMT Australia Ltd.:
“I would like to commend you and all the others for all of the effort and hard work that has been dedicated to revamping the Handbook. It must have been a mammoth job, and from the little that I have managed to read, it is so informative, easy to read and digest.
I am writing this now, as it will take me a long time before I can get through it all, but what I have read is great!”
For more inspiration, please enjoy other statements of appreciation!
Note to all Spanish speaking centers: a great deal of Discovering Buddhism materials in Spanish are now available on the DB updates page in the Members Area. Please also always remember to send us your DB retreat dates so we can add them to the retreats page accessed by DB at Home students.
Note: Exact dates for the Light of the Path retreat are still changing! Retreat will be in September, and a CPMT message will circulate when exact dates are chosen. Keep an eye on Light of the Path’s information page for updates.
A CPMT message will be going out any moment regarding the Death Box that Rinpoche is advising all centers have prepared and ready for when the need arises. The Death Box should contain the essential advice on death (now available in Heart Practices for Death and Dying), mantras, a stupa, a blessing string, Kalachakra sand, and the Liberation Card for a Dying Person (now also available Chinese, French, and Spanish). Rinpoche has said it is good if every center has such a box, so when someone is dying you just grab the box and go to the hospital!
As the Center Directory page on the FPMT website becomes more embellished, please remember to send your images of your center to us and beautify your address listing! For an example, see Gendun Drubpa in Canada.
Institut Vajra Yogini, France
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A week later, on the first day of Chinese New Year, more than 500 people turned up at the Amitabha Buddhist Center to offer their greetings to Rinpoche. The crowd spilled over three floors of the building, and one could gain entrance into the Gompa only if another person left the sizeable room – as someone said, like what happens at a Louis Vuitton sale!
At ABC’s 20th Anniversary Dinner, Rinpoche and students raise their good luck with the traditional new year salad toss-up.
Photo by Yew Kim Guan
Where Rinpoche was the guest of honor, the ABC 20th Anniversary Dinner attracted a turnout of 560 people. Rinpoche gave a one and a half hour talk on the incredible benefits gained by making offerings to the Three Jewels, and incisive advice on how to create the cause for success amid the current economic gloom.Thanking the ABC students and supporters “from the bottom of [his] heart on behalf of Lama Yeshe, and all the buddhas and bodhisattvas,” he commended them for their generous offerings to the Triple Gem, and for creating opportunities for Dharma study and practice, the result of which is happiness and enlightenment.
Opportunities include Marketing Coordinator for LKPY (consult their homepage for details), construction volunteers for Atisha Centre, Australia, and volunteer positions at the FPMT International Office, USA.
NB: center details are always most up to date in the directory on the FPMT website.
Bengungyal Center, Mexico
New spiritual program coordinator – Diana Romero
With grateful thanks to outgoing coordinator – Sergio Grimaldo
Guhyasamaja Center, USA
New spiritual program coordinator – Rebecca Freeman
With grateful thanks to outgoing coordinator – Dina Li
New acting director – Harvey Horrocks
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – Ven. Robina Courtin
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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