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Lama Zopa: Once you know Buddhism you become wish fulfilling to the world.
– From Ven. Roger Kunsang’s Twitter page, posted on September 22, 2013
Ven. Roger is Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s assistant and CEO of FPMT Inc. He regularly shares Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s recent pith sayings on Twitter. (You can also read them on Ven. Roger’s Facebook page.)
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 for Lama Zopa Rinpoche News.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s recent pithy advice, reported by Ven. Roger Kunsang (@rogerkunsang) via Twitter:
“What makes death very difficult – worldly concerns, the 8 worldly dharmas , attachment! What helps – good heart!”
“Don’t let personal problems become center problems or other’s problems!”
”When someone is making you angry, don’t put the practice off to later, practice patience now! Later may never come.”
“Your Guru gives you teachings and then puts you in the situation so you have to practice that… lojong.”
Ven. Roger Kunsang recently requested that all FPMT centers need to begin, or continue, regularly offering animal liberations for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s health and long life. The Animal Liberation Fund sponsors weekly animal liberations as well as large animal liberations in Singapore and Hong Kong.
Animal liberation is a specific practice done for animals which would otherwise be killed. The practice involves taking the animals-in-danger around holy objects to leave positive imprints in their minds, reciting mantras for them, blessing water to sprinkle onto their bodies, and then releasing them. This differs from general animal blessings which involve blessing any animal with mantras or a holy object. Animal blessings are, of course, wonderful to do for animals, but this is not what is meant by “animal liberations.”
Please refer to Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s full advice for benefitting animals.
“Like yourself, all sentient beings want happiness and no not want suffering, problems or discomfort.” – Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Student Fred Cheong of Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore, has to-date organized the liberation of 181.2 million animals for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s long life. He plans to liberate 200 million animals by end of 2014 and has committed to liberate 10 million animals total for Rinpoche’s health ad long life! Please rejoice in this amazing effort and commitment!
You are also welcome to support the Animal Liberation Fund’s efforts to sponsor animal liberations around the world.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has been commenting very specifically this year about the need for FPMT students to actualize the lam-rim teachings and achieve realizations. Rinpoche’s main wishes are to organize a special group of lam-rim retreatants and to encourage others to follow a year-long lam-rim meditation schedule:
”Now what is needed are people who will sacrifice their lives, as they did in India, Tibet and Nepal, not just to study the Dharma like at a college or university, but to actualize the teachings in a monastery or isolated place. In Tibet, the mountains were full of caves like ants’ nests, where people would go to practice without distraction This is how Buddhism really comes alive – when it is not just words, not just scholars, but really living Buddhism. When study and realization come together, Buddhism will really last. Wow, then like an ocean in the heart and the mind, it will spread and be preserved. Otherwise, if it is just like learning in a college, it won’t last long. That’s like throwing tsampa on water: It stays on top and doesn’t sink – it is shallow. For Buddhism to really be preserved in the West as it was in Tibet and India, we need people who will sacrifice their lives to completely actualize in the heart what was explained by the Buddha We need to realize all of this in our hearts in the West.”
My very very dear friends,
From my heart I would like to express billions, zillions, trillions of thanks, I highly appreciate you doing practices for me. This is also puja for yourself. Even if you don’t think that it naturally happens like that as it is very powerful karma!
I highly appreciate all of you being good human beings practicing the Dharma – not only wanting to achieve temporary happiness in the future but also wanting to be free from the oceans of samsaric suffering and to free all sentient beings from the oceans of suffering and for them to achieve the highest peerless happiness, enlightenment, omniscient mind. This is so important, the utmost need. Generally to live life for others, to bring happiness to others.
Again my deep appreciation to all of you.
With much love and prayer,
List of practices specifically recommended for students to do
Webcasts of Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching this year (and before), including the teaching given on Oct 13 at Gyalwa Gyatso Buddhist Center (Ocean of Compassion), USA; and during the 100 Million Mani Retreat in Mongolia are available online 24/7 on FPMT’s livestreaming webpage.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche spent Saka Dawa, May 25, at Tushita Meditation Centre in Dharamsala, India, engaging in a variety of virtuous activities. In addition to feeding the monkeys that live in the area and extensive blessings for Tushita’s three dogs – Nying-je Chenmo (Great Compassion), Yeshe (Wisdom) and Dekyi (Happiness) – Rinpoche gathered staff and volunteers together in Tushita’s newly painted gompa to thank them for their service.
“Your service is amazing,” Rinpoche told the group. “Doing so much for sentient beings!”
Tushita Meditation Centre is an active FPMT center in McLeod Ganj village, seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile. You can find more photos of the center’s activities, including a Chenrezig initiation with Denma Locho Rinpoche, Glen Svensson’s introductory Buddhist course, and a recently completed set of nyung näs, on Facebook.
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On April 30 and May 1, Longku Center in Bern, Switzerland, performed some of the special practices recommended by Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma (Khadro-la) and other high lamas to support Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s health and long life. The center arranged the practices in accordance with FPMT CEO Ven. Roger’s April 24 request.
Spiritual program coordinator Regula Burri shared that students at the center “liberated 350 worms, recited the Golden Light Sutra nine times and recited the prayer of the Twenty-One Taras 108 times.”
For the animal liberation, students filled up pots with soil to make a comfy home for hundreds of worms. In the center’s gompa, trays were circumambulated around a table heaped with holy objects, mantras and texts collected by center members while students did practices for the worms.
Students and supporters of Rinpoche are encouraged to complete as many of the recommended practices as possible and report at the end of each month what has been done to director of Center Services Claire Isitt at International Office. These combined efforts will be offered to Rinpoche directly.
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The community at Nalanda Monastery in France recently completed 1,020 sessions of the 16 Arhat puja in order to benefit the health of Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
The monastery reports that they began doing the pujas after the Chenrezig retreat with Khadro-la in late August. They each did five daily sessions and recited the “Panacea of Pure Nectar” and long life prayers for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche after almost every session.
“It was very nice and an honor that we could do it for Rinpoche’s health,” said Ven. Tendar, monastery director. “[We] hope Rinpoche will fully recover very soon, and we hope he might be able to teach again as much as he wants, in the way that he wants and wherever he wants. And of course we hope he will have a very long life, and that we may be able to fulfill all his wishes.”
You can keep up-to-date on Rinpoche’s health by visiting the “Rinpoche’s Health – Official Updates and Practices” page.
With 158 centers, projects and services around the globe, there is always news on FPMT activities, teachers and events. Mandala hopes to share as many of these timely stories as possible. If you have news you would like to share, please let us know.
Rinpoche will offer a teaching and oral transmission of:
- The short Lam-Rim by Je Tsongkhapa
- Praise to Avalokiteshvara by Songsten Gampo
- The long Avalokiteshvara (Chenrezig) mantra
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