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The Puja Fund recently offered US$2,843.49 for six months of monthly Medicine Buddha pujas performed by the monks of Sera Mey Monastery, South India.
This monthly puja is offered on the Tibetan 8th day of every month. 2,000 monks attend and are offered tea, bread and a small money offering for their participation. The cost of light offerings and torma offerings for the puja is also offered. This month, the puja will be performed on November 10th.
Extensive dedication prayers are made for the success of the entire FPMT organization; FPMT centers, projects, services; all students who are ill or having life obstacles; benefactors of The Puja Fund and to all beings.
Please rejoice in this monthly puja which helps support the monks of Sera Mey Monastery and has immense benefit for the entire FPMT organization.
You can donate any amount to these ongoing efforts.
For over ten years the Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fund has sponsored a special annual oral examination of Sera Je Monastery’s top scholars who have shown incredible aptitude for memorization. 223 students were awarded new robes and khatas (cost of US$3,268) for their accomplishments of memorization.
Memorizing any of these texts is considered an incredible feat, two of the scriptures were memorized by just a few scholars. The Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fund is very happy to be able to recognize and support these monks in this way.
- 83 students memorized The Essence of Eloquence on the Art of Interpretation (Dang-Nge)
- 98 students memorized The Clear Meaning of the Paramita (Drelpa-Don-Sel)
- 7 students memorized Skab Dangpoi Spyi Don by Jetsun Chokyi Gyaltsen
- 1 student memorized Collection of the Six Treaties on the Middle Way
- 25 students memorized Shantidava’s The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
You can catch a glimpse of the effort needed to memorize texts like these listed above, as well as the incredible dedication needed for scholars at this level, by reading an account published in Mandala from Ven. Tenzin Gache (Brian Roiter) who became one of the very few Westerners to participate in the rik chung debate held at Sera Je Monastery.
If you would like to contribute to the offerings to these top scholars:
In July the Animal Liberation Fund was very happy to donate SGD$ 2500 (US$2051) toward larger animal liberations that are organized by Fred Cheong and Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore. Prayers and dedication were included for all the donors of the Animal Liberation Fund, as well as those who have requested prayers and are ill.
On His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s birthday, July 6, Amitabha Buddhist Centre liberated 11,000 kg (24,250 lbs) of sea shell, an estimated 1 million lives. On Chokor Duchen, July 12, when merit is multiplied 100 million times, Amitabha Buddhist Centre liberated another 700,000 animals.
Strong prayers and dedications were made for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s long life and to stay with us and guide us, and for all of His Holiness’s prayers and wishes to come true. Dedications were also made for the long life and perfect health of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and for all of Rinpoche’s wishes and prayers to succeed.
Animal Liberation practice is one of the practices that have been recently advised as important to do for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s health and long life.
Please rejoice in all the lives saved and thank you to all the kind donors, Fred Cheong and the students of Amitabha Buddhist Center who help to make all this possible.
The Animal Liberation Fund continues to support smaller weekly animal liberations, with strong prayers, by the Sangha at Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s house.
If you would also like to participate in future animal liberations:
The following is an extensive list of all the pujas and offerings sponsored by the FPMT Puja Fund. A description of these pujas follows below.
Annual: Four Buddha Days
Losar (Tibetan New Year and the 15 days of miracles)
Saka Dawa (Day 15 of Month 4: Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana)
Chokhor Duchen (Day 4 of Month 6, commemorating Lord Buddha’s first teaching)
Lha Bab Duchen (Buddha’s Descent from Tushita)
Prayers and Offerings:
- Sera Lachi (6,000 monks): Druk Chu Ma, Namgyäl Tong Chö, Zangcho (King of Prayers)
- Ganden Lachi (3,400 monks): Druk Chu Ma, Medicine Buddha Puja, Zangcho
- Drepung Lachi (4,200 monks): Druk Chu Ma, Namgyäl Tsechog, Zangcho
- Gyurme Tantric College (650 monks): Recitation of the Prajnaparamita (three versions)
- Gyuto Tantric College (600 monks): Namgyäl Tong Chö, Zangcho.
- Rs 20 is offered to every monk at these monasteries
- Offerings made to all of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s gurus: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, His Holiness Sakya Trizen, Khensur Denma Locho Rinpoche, His Holiness Sakya Trizin, Kyabje Choden Rinpoche, Ven. Dhakpa Tritul Rinpoche, Geshe Sopa Rinpoche and Khyongla Rato Rinpoche
- Offering are made to all the Sangha at international Sangha communities: Nalanda Monastery, France; Thubten Shedrup Ling, Australia; Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy; Chenrezig Institute, Australia; Sangha doing service at Rinpoche’s house, USA
In addition to the prayers and offerings listed above, the following are additionally offered on the following Buddha Days respectively:
- Kopan Monastery and Nunnery (370 monks, 400 nuns): offering lunch and money offering, NPR 100 offered to all Kopan monks and nuns
- A full set of robes is offered to all FPMT geshes and resident teachers
- Monetary offerings to the 700+ monks and nuns of Kopan Monastery and Nunnery during the annual Monlam festival
- Making and filling of stupas and lunch offering to participants at Chenrezig Institute, Australia
- Kopan Monastery (370 monks):Tukchuma puja and Medicine Buddha puja, NPR 50 offered to all of the monks
- Kopan Nunnery (400 nuns): 100,000 recitations of praises to 21 Taras, NPR 50 and lunch offered to all of the nuns
- Kopan Monastery (370 monks): Namgyal Tsechok, Rs 50 offered to each monk
- Kopan Nunnery (400 nuns): Kangyur recitation, Rs 50 offered to each nun over three sessions
Lha Bab Duchen
- Kopan Monastery (370 monks): Druk chu ma, Medicine Buddha Puja, Tsang Cho, Rs 50 offered to each monk
- Kopan Nunnery (400 nuns): Druk chu ma, Medicine Buddha Puja, Tsang Cho, Rs 50 offered to each nun
Prayers and Offerings:
- Offering of white-washing, Bouddhanath and Swayambunath Stupa, Nepal
- Offering new umbrellas to the stupas’ pinnacles, Bouddhanath and Swayambunath Stupa, Nepal
- Saffron flowers offered in each of the four directions. Bouddhanath and Swayambunath Stupa, Nepal
- 16 Arhant puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s long life, Kopan Monastery, Nepal
- A new set of robes of the most precious material with meditation practice is offered each month to the Buddha inside the Bodhgaya Mahabodhi temple, Bodhgaya, India
- A new set of robes of the most precious material is offered monthly to the Jowo Buddha in Lhasa’s Jokhang, Lhasa Jokhang, Tibet
- Gold is also offered to the holy face of the Jowa Buddha, Lhasa Jokhang, Tibet
- Robes offered to special Chenrezig statue inside Potala palace (when possible), Tibet
Tibetan 8th day
Prayers and Offerings:
- Extensive Medicine Buddha puja on the 8th day of the Tibetan month to bring success to all one’s activities, and for long life and also when anyone has passed away, Sera Me Monastery, India
- Rs 20 offering to approx. 2000 monks, Sera Me Monastery, India
Tibetan 29th day
Prayers and Offerings:
- Hayagriva Tsog Kong: all-day puja to Hayagriva with extensive offerings offered by 40 senior monks at Sera Je Monastery
- Rs 150 offering to approx. 40 monks, Sera Je Monastery, India
May- June: Tibetan 10th – 25th of the 5th month
One week before Saka Dawa
Prayers and Offerings:
- 100,000 Tsog Offerings to Padmasambhava offered by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Dagri Rinpoche, Khadro-la, Sangha and high lamas from Gelug, Nyingma and Kagyu monasteries
- Offerings and meals for all the sangha for that week
While this is intended for each year, Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s and Khadro-la’s schedule may not always allow for this.
Anniversary of His Holiness Trijang Rinpoche’s passing
Location: Ganden Lachi, India
Prayers and Offerings:
- Lama Chopa, and tsog and light offerings offered
- Druk Chu Ma: 64 offerings to Kalarupa to eliminate obstacles to one’s activities or projects that are bringing benefit to others
- Namgyäl Tong Chö: One thousand sets of offerings to Buddha Namgyälma
Namgyäl Tsechog: Is performed to Buddha Namgyälma is performed to remove all obstacles to one’s life and to have a long life. This puja is specifically dedicated to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to all beings who are benefiting others and practicing virtue.
- Medicine Buddha Puja: To bring success to all one’s activities, for long life, and for when someone has passed away
Since the pujas are to be performed for as long as the monasteries exist, somebody can, if they want to participate, put in one dollar. This goes into many of the funds and benefits all the monasteries including Kopan, Nalanda and wherever there are large groups of sangha as well as the [FPMT] organization and the Maitreya Buddha statue. I thought these things might help for that. We need to create good karma for success.
These ongoing worldwide pujas and offerings are something amazing to rejoice in, to mentally offer and dedicate towards and also something you can also participate in by donating any amount … How amazing!
You may donate any amount to help ensure these pujas and offerings continue long into the future.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has requested the Sangha at his house to do the practice of animal liberation every week dedicated to anyone who is sick or having life obstacles.
Each week the Sangha liberate up to 1,000 animals with the animal liberation practice, taking the animals around the stupa or holy objects atRinpoche’s house, reciting mantras and blessing them with mantra water before they are carefully liberated in a safe place.
Extensive prayers are made for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche and all our kind teachers, the Sangha and anyone who is sick and requesting prayers.
This is something amazing to rejoice in, and something you can make offerings toward, especially if you are sick or would like to offer on behalf of someone else who is sick. Any extra money remaining in the fund is offered toward larger animal liberations held in Singapore and Hong Kong.
How Can I Make a Donation?
To make a tax-deductible donation:
Or simply send your check in US dollars payable to FPMT Inc. and write “Animal Liberation Fund” on the memo line.
1632 SE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214-4702
The Animal Liberation Fund is a project of FPMT Inc. and is administered by FPMT International Office located in Portland, Oregon, United States. All donations made to this fund are tax-deductible within the United States in accordance with IRS Code article 501(c)(3) to the extent allowed by law.
April 2013: The Lama Tsong Khapa Teachers Fund offered US$22,396.26 for the 2012 Winter Debate (Jang Gun-choe). 635 of the top debaters from Sera Je traveled to Drepung Monastery to participate with 8,000 monks from 11 different monasteries. The main participating Institutes were Sera, Drepung, Gaden, Tashi Lhunpo, Gyuto, Gyudme, Rato and Dhakpo Shedrup Dhargeyling monasteries and they met to debate two sessions a day for a minimum of seven hours. Many monks debated until the wee hours of the night.
The Lama Tsong Khapa Teachers Fund covered the cost of travel and food for the 635 monks from Sera Je Monastery to attend the month-long debate.
The Great Winter Debate has been an integral part Tibet Buddhism and dates back to the time of Lama TsongKhapa. The debate mainly consists of the most earnest and competent scholars from the great monasteries. The primary course of study during the Winter Debate is Pramanavartika (Tsema Namdrel) by Acharya Dharmakirti on subjects such as epistemology, valid cognition, dialectics, and the Art of Liberation.
Learn more about the Winter Debate.
The Lama Tsong Khapa Teachers Fund also offered a full set of monk’s robes to 27 top scholars who memorized Shantidava’s The Bodhisattva’s Way of Life and an additional full set of robes to another 196 monks: 94 who successfully memorized The Essence of Eloquence (Dang-Nge), 91 who memorized The Clear Meaning of Paramita (Drelpa-Don-Sel), 10 who memorized Skab Dangpoi Spyi Don by Jetsun Chokyi Gyaltsen, and one who successfully memorized The Collection of Six Treaties on the Middle Way.
April 2013: The Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fund is very happy to be able to offer US$11,500 towards 2013 Special debate held in Nepal in August 2013.
This year the special debate will be held at Kopan Monastery for fifteen days. There will be 450 monks attending from ten different Gelugmonasteries in Nepal. These are the top debating students from each monastery. In addition this is the first time ever that nuns are participating in the special debate and there will be 90 nuns participating from two Gelug nunneries in Nepal, one of them being Kopan’s own Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery.
This is the fifth year the special debate has been held in Nepal for the Gelug monasteries. Each year a different monastery hosts the actual debate.
For more information on the annual winter debate, its history, the texts debated and the overall incredible importance of the debate please read more here.
Please rejoice that we can make this offering and thank you to all the kind donors of the Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fund. The support given by FPMT’s Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fund ensures that the Mahayana teachings are preserved for the benefit of all sentient beings and is critical to FPMT’s mission of transmitting and preserving the Mahayana Buddhist teachings worldwide.
In order to minimize harm caused by possible earthquakes in California, USA; a stupa is being built near the Golden Gate Bridge, under the advice of Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma (Khadro-la).*
Why a Stupa to Minimize Harm?
After receiving news that scientists were forecasting a huge earthquake and possible tsunamis on the West Coast of the United States, Lama Zopa Rinpoche asked Khadro-la what could be done to minimize the damage to people and property.
In response, Khadro-la had visions of a particular landscape and a stupa that could be of benefit. On hearing this, Rinpoche took on the responsibility to actualize this stupa, for the benefit of those who could be affected by any natural disasters. It was determined that Khadro-la would come to the USA in 2012, in order to locate the land from her visions. As she was flying into the United States, landing in California, she says, “I fell asleep. Then all of the sudden I woke up and looked through the airplane window and saw the area that I had had a vision of before when I was in India. So later on, we investigated that area and found that it is on government land, like in a park.”
Locating the land and building this stupa is now a priority for FPMT, as Khadro-la has indicated that the stupa should be built as quickly as possible.
Rinpoche mentioned recently, “We do have a way that we can reduce the effect of a big earthquake on the west coast of the USA and therefore it is wise to do something about it before it is too late. Otherwise it is like trying to prevent your death after you die.”
Khadro-la also explains, “To be clear, the building of the stupas will not stop the earthquakes and tsumanis. They are just to benefit a little bit for sentient beings. It’s not to fight against the forces of nature or eliminate all those things. Rinpoche asked me to help. Since Rinpoche is always thinking about benefiting others at all times, it is all being done in this light.”
The above quotes from Khadro-la are from a recent interview with Mandala magazine, where she discussed this project, the history and her vision in more detail.
The cost to actualize this important project is currently estimated at US$200,000. As the project’s needs become clearer this will likely change due. Donations of any amount are welcome.
Advice From Lama Zopa Rinpoche Regarding this Stupa
Lama Zopa Rinpoche recently released a statement regarding the incredible importance of building these stupas.
“This is a very important project that we have started, it has incredible importance. We all know there will be another earthquake on the west coast of the USA, it is overdue and it could be a huge earthquake where so many people could die and there could be huge damage to buildings, houses and structures. There is also the danger of a tsunami and the serious effects that will have.
“If people were told it was going to happen beforehand, in many cases it would be hard for them to believe. In many respects the mind is not familiarized in the nature of impermanence and karma, or in change that is happening all the time: rising and ceasing, birth and death, collecting and dispersing. Everything is continuously in a state of change but mostly we are unaware and when it happens it is a great shock and surprise.” More…
Details about the Stupa to Minimize Harm
According to Khadro-la, this stupa should be 30 feet high and built on a high, square base. Around the central stupa in the four corners of the square platform, there should be four stupas, one in each corner. The stupa is being built near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, CA, USA.
In the East corner will be an Enlightenment Stupa (janchub chorten). In the South corner, a Victory Stupa (namgyel chorten), in the West corner a Recocilliation Stupa (yin.dom chorten), in the North corner a Miraculous Feats stupa (doo.dul chorten).
The central stupa will have three floors – representing the three Buddha bodies (Dharmakaya, Sambhogakaya and Nirmanakaya).
The central stupa should be shaped similar to the Bodhgaya Stupa, but not exactly, the design will be different. Inside the main stupa will be a statue.
We are currently creating an estimated budget for this project pending several factors that are not yet determined.
Benefits of Building or Contributing to the Building of Stupas
According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, “Building stupas helps develop so much peace and happiness for numberless sentient beings. As a result, wars, disease, and desire will all be pacified. Instead of feeling hopeless, people will gain courage.”
For more information about the benefits of stupas, what is needed to build them, and recommended practices related to these amazing holy objects, please explore this resource guide dedicated to the topic.
As both Khadro-la and Lama Zopa Rinpoche have indicated, the completion of this project has the potential to save many lives. Khadro-la recently commented that the stupa is going to be hard to actualize but we MUST do everything we can, as quickly as we can, and make every effort to build the stupa for the benefit of all beings.
Who is Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma (Khadro-la)?
You can learn more about Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma in this interview from 2008.
5th February 2014… Read full article
How Can I Make a Donation
We are accepting donations of any amount to help actualize this critical project as quickly as possible. To make a tax-deductible donation:
Or simply send your check in US dollars payable to FPMT Inc. and write “Stupa to Minimize Harm from the Elements” on the memo line.
1632 SE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214-4702
The Stupa to Minimize Harm From the Elements Fund is a project of FPMT Inc. and is administered by FPMT International Office located in Portland, Oregon, United States. All donations made to this fund are tax-deductible within the United States in accordance with IRS Code article 501(c)(3) to the extent allowed by law.
For more information please contact: Holly Ansett, Charitable Projects Coordinator.
*NOTE: Originally Khadro-la gave advice for another stupa to be built in Washington state. According to updated advice from Khadro-la (December 2012), the first priority is the stupa in San Francisco, California. Khadro-la is advising that this project be dedicated entirely to the completion of the San Francisco stupa as the first, most urgent priority.
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