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Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Hong Kong, March 2008.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang
Rinpoche’s visits to Brazil and Colombia have been postponed until 2009.
- June – Crestone, Colorado, USA
- 6 – 8 Mahamudra teachings and Medicine Buddha initiation
- June – Kunsang Yeshe Center and FPMT Australia
- 17 – 22 Retreat on Bodhicitta
- 21 Manjushri initiation
- 22 Vajrayogini initiation
July 29 – 2 Aug Teachings at Kadampa Center, North Carolina, USA
Sept 16 – 28 Teachings at Do Ngak Sung Juk Centre, Japan
Dec – Teaching at November Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal
May 5-June 6 Twenty One Tara and Yamantaka Retreat, Institut Vajra Yogini, France
In Shantideva’s Bodhisattvacharyavatara, Shantideva mentions that the outside enemy never ends, however many you are able to kill. Shantideva used the example that if the whole earth is covered by thorns so that you want to cover the whole earth with leather, there is not enough leather to do that. However if you have leather under your foot, it’s as if the whole earth is covered by leather. Shantideva said the meaning is that once the inner enemy, delusions, are destroyed, it’s as if all outside enemies are destroyed.”
“What happened to your grandfather is a great teaching for us, it shows the reality of life, it is telling us what we need to do with our life. There is nothing more beneficial than holy Dharma.
That doesn’t mean just talking about Dharma texts, it means transforming one’s mind into virtue and especially transforming it into the path to liberation and enlightenment, which means liberating all sentient beings from the oceans of suffering and its causes. Bringing sentient beings to enlightenment, which is peerless happiness. This is something for which they have been longing and is their most important need. This is what everyone is longing for but is not really aware of. Not many are aware that such a thing as highest peerless happiness can be achieved.”
Enjoy new brief glimpses of Rinpoche on our streaming videos page.
Many, many thanks and heartfelt appreciation to all of you around the world who have included Kim in your prayers – the power and the support of the FPMT family at times like these is truly wonderful. We here at International Office will miss Kim very much, and we know that his friends around the world will miss him too.
This alone is such a precious gift of Dharma that Rinpoche has enabled me to learn through serving him. Shantideva gave so much excellent advice on this; if I do get a dent or two I take time out with him.
For a Centre to grow we have to accept that it is unlikely that any of us are perfect yet have a lot to learn from each other. So if something is not working we need to try and fix it in a manner that allows everyone involved to have that opportunity to grow.
This and other helpful advice will be used to update FPMT’s Center Director Helpbook – dear center directors, please keep sending Claire tips and comments which you would like to share with fellow center directors!
“We of Chenrezig Institute would firstly like to offer to you every moment of merit accumulated during the Mani Retreat held here at Chenrezig Institute this year, in which a dedicated group of Sangha and lay people completed 3,153,000 recitations of Om Mani Padme Hum. In accordance with your holy wishes we dedicate this merit to the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to you, our precious Guru. May all your holy wishes be instantly fulfilled and may you remain long with us, turning the wheel of dharma for the sake of all migrators while ever cyclic existence remains.
My most very dear students,
I am very happy to hear of what you have done…this is really “GREAT!” I will dedicate the merits and pray for everyone of you who participated in the Mani (not money) Retreat. Please I offer my thanks and greetings to all of you from here in Mexico.”
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang
Dharma and the Art of Motorcycle, Car, and Travel Maintenance….
Is there a link between mindfulness, travel, and the wellbeing of indigenous communities? The amount of fuel our travel consumes, and the “footprint” of the fuel used, both have a direct and indirect effect on people in faraway parts of the globe. Millions of people are already being affected by food price increases, not only as a result of shortages caused by climate change droughts and floods, but also as a result of subsidies diverting food-crop land to biofuels – which often use more fossil fuel to produce than they embody! Finding ways to reduce our harmful impact on others is a wonderful meditation on mindfulness and compassion.
To explore these and other ideas, join www.buddhistecologylink.org
lots of love, Elaine –
Shen Phen Thubten Choeling, Study Group for Socially and Ecologically Engaged Buddhism
Opportunities include various volunteer positions and work exchange programs, and two USA centers looking for chefs!
Fred Lemstra and Maya Toledano would like to offer service (as a couple) to an FPMT center or project. They have been helping at Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamsala, and are highly recommended by Drolkar, Tushita’s director!
Fred is mainly interested in supervising building projects, but is open to all other suggestions. He says “I love working with people and organizing teams and projects”. He has a background in successfully running his own construction company.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche would like to feed all beings…! Hong Kong, April 2008.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang
Maya says “I would be happy to do any kind of administrative work (reception, book keeping, website) but I am more than happy to do whatever is needed (gardening, kitchen etc…)”
Fred is fluent in English/Dutch/German, basic Hebrew. Maya is fluent in English/Hebrew, basic Dutch. They would prefer a position with a stipend since they can’t cover all expenses on their own. If you have positions which you would like to discuss with Fred and Maya, please contact Claire!
Atisha Centre, Australia
New spiritual program coordinator – Gen Blades
With grateful thanks to outgoing SPC – Ruby Karmay
Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds, England
New director – Wendy Ridley
New spiritual program coordinator – Ven. Mary Reavey
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – Gabrielle Hamilton and SPC – Bob Charlton
Khamlungpa Center, Mexico
New director – Ana Paula Perez
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – Gandhi Magana
Losang Dragpa Centre, Malaysia
New director – Dr. Hock Bee Lee
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – Lillian Too
Mahamudra Centre, New Zealand
New spiritual program coordinator – Hannah White
With grateful thanks to outgoing SPC – Ven. Tenzin Desal
Rinchen Zangpo Study Group, Mexico
Filmon Garza 231
Col. Las Margaritas
Torreon, Coah CP 27130
Tel: (52) (871) 717 1522
Shedrup Ling, Mongolia
New director – Batsaikhan Baldandorj
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – Gunjiimaa Ganbat
FPMT International Office
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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