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Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave a talk to the recent European Regional Meeting in Italy which included this teaching on the benefits of offering service to the guru. We invite you to read the edited transcript of Rinpoche’s talk and watch Rinpoche giving this teaching on video.

An excerpt from the talk follows:

“Our reason to be here in Italy, at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, where the director, the SPC [spiritual program coordinator], all the staff here, with FPMT Italy arranged to receive His Holiness to give all the different teachings. Everything went so well. Unbelievable, unbelievable accomplishment, service. Wow. People have really enjoyed. The happiness they normally achieve is just external, sensual, attachment, just like that, nothing new, just the same story, from beginningless rebirths. His Holiness is sooo extremely pleased. It went extremely well, and so I want to say from my heart, billions, zillions, trillions, numberless thanks! Billions, zillions, trillions, numberless thanks! It’s really wonderful, the best accomplishment, as an individual and as an organization.

“So of course, body and mind is under the control of karma and delusion, in the nature of suffering, so of course [we have] tiredness, feel worn out – these things happen. During beginningless rebirths we did not achieve liberation from samsara; we created the cause of these contaminated aggregates. But what I want to tell you, what you have to understand, is that many eons of negative karma have been purified. Sooo many eons of negative karma, heavy negative karma has been purified through bearing much hardship, serving the teachings of the Buddha, sentient beings, the guru, or Compassion Buddha. Sooo many eons, from beginningless rebirths, so many years of negative karma is purified. You have to understand, you have to rejoice about that. So the more you feel difficulty, the more you feel tiredness, whatever happens – oh, it’s great purification.”

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Lama Zopa Rinopche and Ven. Roger Kunsang, Livorno, Italy, June 16, 2014. Photo by Matteo Passigato.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Lama Zopa Rinopche and Ven. Roger Kunsang, Livorno, Italy, June 16, 2014. Photo by Matteo Passigato.

Several years ago FPMT Spiritual Director Lama Zopa Rinpoche offered the following verses to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Losar:

Your Holiness,
Your example of morality in not harming but only benefiting sentient beings is incomparable in this universe.

Your compassion is the source of all sentient beings’ development of the good heart.

Your power is the source of all sentient beings’ happiness and peace.

Your wisdom is the source of all sentient beings’ hope and of opening the Dharma wisdom eye, of learning to discriminate what is right, which is to be practiced, and what is wrong, which is to be abandoned.

If you are not the actual Compassionate-Eyed Buddha, there is no other compassionate Buddha guiding us sentient beings.

To you, the wish-granting jewel, embodiment of all the merit field, devotedly with body, speech, and mind, I, the students of the FPMT, and all sentient beings pay homage forever and seek your guidance forever.

– Lama Zopa Rinpoche, from the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive’s page “Praise to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.”

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.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Pomaia, Italy, June 13, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Pomaia, Italy, June 13, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

Lhungtok Choekhorling Monastic Project, which was named by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is an FPMT project to create an ideal environment conducive to study, meditation and a lifestyle based on the vinaya. The meaning of the name is “place where the Dharma is transmitted and realized.”

On Friday, June 13, His Holiness visited the project site in Pomaia, not far from Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, to bless the grounds. During the program, His Holiness “expressed his appreciation to the people of Italy for their warm welcome. He praised the efforts of Zopa Rinpoche, for his foresightedness in keeping the Nalanda tradition alive in his institutes,” DalaiLama.com reported.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the future site of Lhungtok Choekorling Monastery where he blessed the grounds and took part in a formal program, Pomaia, Italy, June 13. Photo by Olivier Adam.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the future site of Lhungtok Choekorling Monastery where he blessed the grounds and took part in a formal program, Pomaia, Italy, June 13. Photo by Olivier Adam.

The idea for the monastery began in Nepal in 1980 with Lama Yeshe and Geshe Jampa Gyatso envisioning the construction of a monastery in the West for both monks and nuns. The project has been able to acquire 30 hectares (74 acres) of land to build upon that was a former quarry. Currently the project is working with local government for approval of its building plans.

You can learn more about Lhungtok Choerkorling on their website and also see more photos from His Holiness’ visit to the project site.

For more detailed news on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s activities, visit His Holiness’ website at DalaiLama.com. You can also read Mandala’s coverage of His Holiness.

Learn more about FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche and his beneficial activities by visiting Rinpoche’s homepage, where you will find links to Rinpoche’s schedule, new advice, recent video, photos and more.

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the Chenrezig empowerment, Livorno, Italy, June 15, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the Chenrezig empowerment, Livorno, Italy, June 15, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrapped up his visit to Italy with two days of well attended public events on June 14-15 at Modigliani Forum in Livorno.

On the morning of June 14, His Holiness spoke on how on a basic level all human beings are the same. “His Holiness then remembered the great contributions from the learned scholars of Nalanda University in India such as Shantarakshita, Kamalashila and Dharmakirti,” DalaiLama.com reported. ”He said that Nalanda was not just a monastery but a great learning center. He expressed happiness that Tibetans have kept the Nalanda tradition alive having translated all major Nalanda teachings and commentaries into Tibetan. Buddhists from all around the world including China, Sri Lanka and Burma have shown recognition of this work and now many Buddhists are discussing and studying Buddhist philosophy.” 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama during afternoon teaching with Fabrizio Palliotti interpreting, Livorno, Italy, June 15, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the afternoon teaching with Fabrizio Palliotti interpreting, Livorno, Italy, June 15, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

In the afternoon, His Holiness spoke to a gathering of more than 200 Tibetans and then taught in the larger main venue on Nagarjuna’s “Letter to a Friend” and Tsongkhapa’s “Praise of Dependent Origination.” 

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Children asking questions at end of His Holiness’ talk, Livorno, Italy, June 15, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

On June 15, His Holiness offered a Chenrezig empowerment during the morning session. In the afternoon, he gave a talk on “Compassionate Ethics,” attended by more than 6,000 people. The talk was followed by an hour-long question and answer period.

“Lama Zopa Rinpoche concluded the program with thanks to His Holiness for blessing Lama Tzong Khapa Institute with his presence and he also thanked all concerned for making His Holiness’s visit a success. The Director of Lama Tzong Khapa Institute Mr. Fillipo [Scianna] thanked His Holiness for the teachings, the Avalokitesvara Empowerment and his public talk on compassionate ethics. His Holiness then offered scarves to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Mr. Fillipo and all the interpreters,” reported DalaiLama.com.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama offering a khata to Filippo Scianna, director of Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Livorno, Italy, June 15. Photo by Olivier Adam.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama offering a khata to Filippo Scianna, director of Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Livorno, Italy, June 15. Photo by Olivier Adam.

In total, His Holiness spent a week in Italy, participating in events organized by Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa (ILTK), the FPMT center located in Tuscany region of Italy. During the visit, His Holiness spent several days at ILTK in the village of Pomaia, where he gave a talk and blessed a restored Chenrezig statue. Filmmakers have documented the visit in many beautiful short videos available on the Dalai Lama Italy YouTube channel

VIDEO: Day 5 of His Holiness’ Visit to Italy

“I had a very memorable visit here in Italy. It is now time to say goodbye, not just to Italy, but to this heat,” His Holiness said, as reported by DalaiLama.com. “We are separating for the time being but in spirit we are together. We will remain friends until our death. Everyone please realize that the ultimate source of our happiness is within oneself, and does not depend on outside sources. So please pay more attention to inner moral values. Please keep this in mind.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama descending from throne, Livorno, Italy, June 15, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama descending from throne, Livorno, Italy, June 15, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

His Holiness traveled next to Leh, Ladakh, in mountainous northern India. His Holiness will be conferring the Kalacharkra initiation in July in Ladakh.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche also was present for the events with His Holiness and remains in Italy through the end of the month. Rinpoche is attending the FPMT European Regional Meeting, which is taking place June 17-18 at ILTK, and will also give teachings there on June 28-29.

For more detailed news on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s activities, visit His Holiness’ website at DalaiLama.com. You can also read Mandala’s coverage of His Holiness. Visit Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa online at www.iltk.org/en.

Mandala brings you news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and of activities, teachings and events from over 160 FPMT centers, projects and services around the globe. If you like what you read on Mandala, consider becoming a Friend of FPMT, which supports our work.

 

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche offering thanks and praise to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Livorno, Italy, June 15, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche offering thanks to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Livorno, Italy, June 15, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

On the last day of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Italy, Lama Zopa Rinpoche offered His Holiness thanks during the final public event. DalaiLama.com reported, “Lama Zopa Rinpoche concluded the program with thanks to His Holiness for blessing Lama Tzong Khapa Institute with his presence and he also thanked all concerned for making His Holiness’s visit a success.”

His Holiness at the conclusion of teaching in Livorno, Italy, June 15, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

His Holiness at the conclusion of teaching in Livorno, Italy, June 15, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

His Holiness spent a week in Italy, participating in events organized by Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa (ILTK), the FPMT center located in Tuscany. Lama Zopa Rinpoche also was present for the events and will remain in Italy through the end of the month. Rinpoche will offer teachings at ILTK on June 28-29 and also attend the FPMT European Regional Meeting, which is taking place at ILTK on June 17-18.

For more detailed news on His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s activities, visit His Holiness’ website at DalaiLama.com. You can also read Mandala’s coverage of His Holiness.

Learn more about FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche and his beneficial activities by visiting Rinpoche’s homepage, where you will find links to Rinpoche’s schedule, new advice, recent video, photos and more.

 

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche offering His Holiness the Dalai Lama a khata, Livorno, Italy, June 15, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche receiving a khata from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Livorno, Italy, June 15, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

“I thought that it would be important especially for Western people who had become Buddhist to remember the great kindness they had received from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Padmasambhava, the Dharma Kings, Shantarakshita and the Tibetan people as a whole,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche said, explaining his motivation for composing the prayer “Remembering the Kindness of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan People.” Rinpoche wrote the short prayer in Australia in June 2011, while recovering from manifesting a stroke. Rinpoche has advised that the prayer be recited following the “Prayer that Spontaneously Fulfills All Wishes” (Tong nyi nying je …) at the end of dedication prayers.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the conclusion of teachings organized by Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Livorno, Italy, June 15, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the conclusion of teachings organized by Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Livorno, Italy, June 15, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

“While thinking how important it is, in addition to providing whatever help to Tibet that they can give, for these Westerners to at least direct their thoughts and wishes to the welfare of the Tibetan people, this prayer came to my mind,” Rinpoche said. “I composed it especially for the success of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s wishes, and in particular for the Tibetan people, and for there to be perfect peace and happiness in the world and for all sentient beings to achieve enlightenment.”

The prayer concludes:

“Our Refuge and Savior, the Supreme One: His Holiness the Dalai Lama
And the Tibetan people have been so kind to us!
Remembering this we make the following dedicating prayers:
May all His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s wishes be successful immediately;
May the Snow Land of Tibet achieve pure freedom
And develop the Buddha Dharma even more than before in Tibet;
And may all mother transmigratory beings achieve enlightenment quickly!”

You can find this prayer and others in the booklet “Prayers for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibet.”

His Holiness the Dalai Lama teaching in Livorno, Italy, June 14, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama teaching in Livorno, Italy, June 14, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

For more detailed news on His Holiness’ activities, visit His Holiness’ website at DalaiLama.com. You can also read Mandala’s coverage of His Holiness.

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.

 

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Pomaia, Italy, June 13, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Pomaia, Italy, June 13, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave a teaching on Saka Dawa, Friday, June 13, at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa (ILTK) in Italy. He also blessed a newly restored 16-foot (5-meter) tall Chenrezig statute. The statue had been part of the set for the movie Kundun and was beautifully restored by community members at ILTK.

You can watch a short documentary of day four of the events at ILTK, including the blessing of the Chenrezig statue. Dalai Lama Italia has produced several beautiful videos of His Holiness’ visit. 

His Holiness taught on the importance of developing love and compassion as well as on the value of philosophical study and of educating children. Education is a central aspect of ILTK’s program. FPMT’s seven-year Masters Program has been offered twice at the center. The intensive residential study program will be offered again at ILTK beginning in 2015.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Father Laurence Freeman, Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Pomaia, Italy, June 13, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Father Laurence Freeman, Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Pomaia, Italy, June 13, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

During the talk, His Holiness had his friend Father Laurence Freeman, a British Benedictine monk, join him on stage. At the press conference on June 12, “His Holiness stressed the need for religious harmony. He mentioned that he always maintains contact with the practitioners of other faiths and traditions, who carry the same practice of love, compassion, tolerance and forgiveness,” DalaiLama.com reported.

Audience members at His Holiness the Dalai Lama's talk at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy, June 13, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

Audience members at His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s talk at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy, June 13, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

His Holiness will continue his visit to Italy in Livorno, where he teaches on “The Wisdom of Compassion” June 14-15. 

For more detailed news on His Holiness’ activities, visit His Holiness’ website at DalaiLama.com.

Mandala brings you news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and of activities, teachings and events from over 160 FPMT centers, projects and services around the globe. If you like what you read on Mandala, consider becoming a Friend of FPMT, which supports our work.

 

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama during a press conference at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Pomaia, Italy, June 12, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama during a press conference at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Pomaia, Italy, June 12, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

During His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa (ILTK) this week, filmmakers have created beautiful videos documenting the event. The short videos, available on the Dalai Lama Italy YouTube channel, show an up-close view of His Holiness during his stay at the center and a behind-the-scenes look at the event preparations.

His Holiness arrived at ILTK on Tuesday, June 10, and is giving a teaching there on compassion and the importance of philosophical study in spiritual practice on Saka Dawa, June 13. His Holiness then teaches in nearby Livorno on the “Wisdom of Compassion” on June 14-15. 

Press conference with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, June 12, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

Press conference with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, June 12, 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

The video “Backstage-Day 3″ shows the preparations that went into creating the press conference with His Holiness on Thursday, June 12. (You can also watch the video of the entire press conference on YouTube.)

The short video on Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, which was founded in 1977 and is the oldest FPMT center in Europe, offers an informal tour of the stunning center and its picturesque surroundings in the Tuscany region of Italy. Organizers have also posted photos from the events at ILTK on Flickr.

Perhaps more than anything else, these videos illustrate the amazing amount of work, love and joy that go hand-in-hand with hosting an event with His Holiness. For that, we can rejoice in what is being offered and experienced by all who come into contact with the events and teachings.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with event volunteers at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Pomaia, Italy, June 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with event staff and volunteers at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Pomaia, Italy, June 2014. Photo by Olivier Adam.

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.

 

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, June 10, 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, June 10, 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

During His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa (ILTK), he had an audience with Lama Zopa Rinpoche and others. You can watch their touching and affectionate interaction in this short video produced by Dalai Lama Italia and shared on their YouTube channel.

Video: His Holiness the Dalai Lama at ILTK–day 2

You can see photos from His Holiness’ visit to ILTK on Flickr.

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.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche offering His Holiness the Dalai Lama a khata, Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Pomaia, Italy, June 10, 2014

Lama Zopa Rinpoche offering His Holiness the Dalai Lama a khata, Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Pomaia, Italy, June 10, 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa (ILTK) on Tuesday, June 10. During his six-day visit, His Holiness will teach on compassion at ILTK on Saka Dawa, June 13. His Holiness will also be consecrating a restored Chenrezig statue. Lama Zopa Rinpoche arrived at ILTK the day before His Holiness and welcomed His Holiness when he arrived at the FPMT center in Pomaia, Italy.

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.

 

 

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