Posts Tagged "bodhgaya"
There are 3 results found
Lama Zopa Rinpoche visited MAITRI Charitable Trust, an FPMT project in Bodhgaya, India that offers a wide array of health and education programs to the very poor in the area as well as care to animals.
Children from the villages surrounding Bodhgaya lined up to greet Rinpoche upon his arrival. The children attend schools overseen by MAITRI. Rinpoche came to give a talk and advice to the children.
During his visit, Rinpoche also thanked Adriana Ferranti, who founded and directs MAITRI, and the project’s skilled staff who do all the incredible good work helping poor, uneducated mothers and children, those with leprosy and tuberculosis, and animals as well as doing HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns and providing humanitarian aid to those most in need.
MAITRI began its work in 1989 helping people with leprosy and working towards its eradication. Since then, the project has expanded greatly to meet the needs of the people in the Bodhgaya-area in Bihar, one of the poorest, most depressed and most populated states in India.
At present, MAITRI has 105 stray dogs they care for, most arriving with severe injuries and sickness. The staff does their best to provide them with the medical attention they need. Usually they are able to roam the entire property of MAITRI, but on the day of Rinpoche’s visit, with so many visitors, including so many children, they were tied up.
The project also cares for rescued goats. In addition, MAITRI has a veterinarian clinic to which local people can bring their animals.
More information, photos and updates about FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be found on Rinpoche’s homepage. If you’d like to receive news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche via email, sign up to Lama Zopa Rinpoche News.
While Rinpoche has been staying in Bodhgaya, he visited Maitreya Project land and offered prayers with members of the Maitreya team. Rinpoche has written a letter explaining that there are now two Maitreya Projects. For more, see this announcement.
Learn more about Lama Zopa Rinpoche, spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), and Rinpoche’s vision for a better world. Sign up to receive news and updates.
It is Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s wish to build 1000 statues of Maitreya Buddha.
At present there are two Maitreya Projects, both in India. One Maitreya Project is based in Bodhgaya, the other in Kushinagar.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche wrote a letter in February 2014 explaining how this came about, the focus of each Maitreya Project and the benefits. Read Rinpoche’s letter.
Read the recent article in Mandala magazine
To learn more about the Maitreya Project please visit their website at http://www.maitreyaproject.org.