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Posts Tagged "bodhgaya"
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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.
“I think you are very fortunate to be able to come to Bodhgaya, where a thousand buddhas will descend, place their holy feet, display holy deeds, and achieve enlightenment. Guru Shakyamuni Buddha is the fourth of the thousand buddhas. The rest of the buddhas will descend here and will also display the twelve deeds, and the holy deed, achieving enlightenment.
“There is a place in Bodhgaya called the Vajra Seat. This ground is blessed. Before becoming enlightened, Buddha blessed this ground so it would not be destroyed or cracked, but would stay firm. It is said that there are no earthquakes in Bodhgaya because it is blessed by Buddha, and also that this will be the last place to exist when the world ends.
“On top of receiving the blessings from this holy place, where already four buddhas have descended, so many other enlightened beings, yogis, and great bodhisattvas have come here to do pilgrimage, to pray, and to bless this place.
“It is very good while you’re here to make as many circumambulations and prayers as you can under the bodhi tree and inside the temple in front of the Buddha. Even though it is said that the bodhi tree has been cut down three times, it has the same roots as at the time of the Buddha. …”
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Lama Zopa Rinpoche arrived in Bodhgaya this week. Bodhgaya is the location of the Mahabodhi Stupa, marking the location where Shakyamuni Buddha became enlightened.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), an organization dedicated to preserving Mahayana Buddhism through offering the Buddha’s authentic teachings and to facilitating reflection, meditation, practice and the opportunity to actualize and directly experience the Buddha’s teachings. 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 about this in Mandala magazine
To learn more about the Maitreya Project please visit their website at http://www.maitreyaproject.org.
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I feel like FPMT is taking off like a rocket this year! I’m so happy for Rinpoche and Lama and everyone who is working, helping, studying or operating any of the centers, study groups, etc. Amazing.
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