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His Holiness the Dalai Lama arriving at Sera Monastery in Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India on December 24, 2013. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

His Holiness the Dalai Lama arriving at Sera Monastery in Bylakuppe, Karnataka, India on December 24, 2013. Photo/Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL

In November 2012, on the very auspicious occasion of the 610th Anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa’s composition of his masterpiece Lam-rim Chen-mo (The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment) and the 600th Anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa’s teaching of this text at Gaden Monastery for the first time, His Holiness the Dalai Lama began offering teachings and transmissions on eighteen classic Lam-rim commentaries at the request of His Eminence Ling Rinpoche. His Holiness continued the incredibly rare teachings and transmissions this past year as well. The teaching event took place December 25, 2013 – January 3, 2014 at Sera Je Monastery.

Over 40,000 Sangha attended the Jangchup Lam-rim teaching event including many high lamas. Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be seen with Choden Rinpoche in the fourth row of this photo.

Over 40,000 Sangha attended the Jangchup Lam-rim teaching event including many high lamas. Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be seen with Choden Rinpoche in the fourth row of this photo.

During the teachings, Lama Zopa Rinpoche requested prayers from all of the Sangha attending (over 40,000), dedicated to the Maitreya Project and to the entire FPMT organization.

On behalf of all FPMT centers, projects, services, students, benefactors and volunteers Lama Zopa Rinpoche was able to make offerings totaling USD$27,805.49 to the Sangha.

In Tibetan Buddhism, disciples are considered the extensions of their teachers, the “pores of the guru.” Generosity in relation to the disciple is considered as meritorious as generosity to the teacher. Lama Zopa Rinpoche has explained:

Making offerings to the Sangha is a way of collecting unbelievable merit because all the sangha are the pores of the Guru. They are all disciples of the same Guru – His Holiness the Dalai Lama. By offering to pores of the Guru one collects more merit than offering to Buddha, Dharma, Sangha, as well as numberless statues, stupas. If you offer with the recognition that they are the Guru’s pores then that is an unbelievable way to collect merit. When you offer to many Sanghas who have the same Guru then you are making offerings to that many pores of the Guru. So this is the easiest way to collect skies of merit by offering. By offering even just one candy, flowers or even one grain of rice to a statue of Buddha or even a visualized Buddha you collect skies of merit but here it is much more powerful than offering to the 3 jewels (Buddha, Dharma, Sangha) as well as all the statues, stupas and scriptures existing in all directions, so no question if offering to really the same Guru’s disciple. These benefits should be understood so that when you make offerings to the Guru’s pores you think correctly. This is the best business.

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Texts distributed for the 2012 teachings on the 18 Great Lam-Rim Commentaries. The Preserving the Lineage Fund sponsored 50,000 copies of five different texts needed for the teaching event. Photos courtesy of the Jangchup Lam-rim Teachings website.

In November 2012, on the very auspicious occasion of the 610th Anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa’s composition of his masterpiece Lam-rim Chen-mo (The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment) and the 600th Anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa’s teaching of this text at Gaden Monastery for the first time, His Holiness the Dalai Lama began offering teachings and transmissions on eighteen classic Lam-rim commentaries at the request of His Eminence Ling Rinpoche. His Holiness is continuing the incredibly rare teachings and transmissions this year. The teaching event will take place December 25, 2013 – January 3, 2014 at Sera Je Monastery. More details can be found on the event’s website.

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The Preserving the Lineage Fund sponsored 50,000 copies of five different texts needed for the teaching event. Photos courtesy of the Jangchup Lam-rim Teachings website.

In 2012 the Preserving the Lineage Fund sponsored the printing of the 50,000 copies of five different texts needed for the teaching event, as well as the bags for all the texts and a sound system for the event. The texts will be utilized again this year. 

These incredible teachings are being streamed  via live webcast.

You may also download the texts used in the event.

Please rejoice in this incredibly precious and historic event. Sincere thanks to all who have contributed.

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50,000 participants attended this event in 2012 including many high lamas. Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be seen with Choden Rinpoche in the fourth row of this photo.

 

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