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Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Light of the Path organizers, Black Mountain, North Carolina, US, May 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Light of the Path organizers, staff and volunteers, Black Mountain, North Carolina, US, May 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

The Light of the Path, a two-week retreat in North Carolina, US, led by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, was by all accounts a huge success. The root text for Light of the Path is Lama Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment. Rinpoche’s teachings were webcast live and now are available as recorded video. Participants were invigorated by Rinpoche’s enthusiasm and animated teachings. And the more than 200 participants from 20 countries created lasting personal connections with each other, engendering Lama Yeshe’s idea of “family feeling” and growing and strengthening the international FPMT mandala.

In addition, the teachings from the 2009 and 2010 Light of the Path retreats have been organized into the Living in the Path online education program. Module 01 “Motivation for Life,” Module 05 “Introduction to Atisha’s Text,” and Instruction 01 “Diamond Cutter Meditation” are freely available to all interested students. Also available are all of the materials from the three years of retreat, including the root text, audio and video of teachings and meditations, and recordings of Lama Chöpa tunes. This amazing resource makes the benefit of the retreat available to all.

Light of the Path, Black Mountain, North Carolina, US, May 2014. Photo by Cristiano Cambresy.

Light of the Path, Black Mountain, North Carolina, US, May 2014. Photo by Cristiano Cambresy.

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.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Light of the Path, Black Mountain, North Carolina, US, May 2014. Photo by Roy Harvey.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Light of the Path, Black Mountain, North Carolina, US, May 2014. Photo by Roy Harvey.

The Light of the Path concluded on Sunday, May 18, in North Carolina. If you were unable to attend, you can still watch recordings of teachings.

Rinpoche offered the concluding teaching for this year’s retreat during the evening session on Saturday, May 17, which you can watch here. 

All Light of the Path retreat resources from 2009, 2010 and 2014 are available on the Online Learning Center.

The Living in the Path online program has been created from the Light of the Path retreat teachings of 2009 and 2010. Organized into structured modules you will find this, and other, programs on the FPMT Online Learning Center.

Light of the Path, Black Mountain, North Carolina, US, May 2014. Photo by Roy Harvey.

Light of the Path, Black Mountain, North Carolina, US, May 2014. Photo by Roy Harvey.

More information, photos, schedule 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 and Mayra Rocha Sandoval, Light of the Path, Black Mountain, North Carolina, USA, May 2014. Photo by Sarah Brooks.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Mayra Rocha Sandoval, Light of the Path, Black Mountain, North Carolina, USA, May 2014. Photo by Sarah Brooks.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche continues teaching at the Light of the Path, the two-week lam-rim retreat series hosted by Kadampa Center in Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States. Students attending the retreat, like Mayra Rocha Sandoval (right), have been rejoicing that they have been able to hear Rinpoche’s animated and energetic lam-rim teachings every day. For those not at Light of the Path, teaching sessions continue to be webcast live as well as made available as recorded video. 

Mayra flew from Mexico to attend Light of the Path and holds the honorable distinction of having completed a three-year lam-rim retreat, a rare accomplishment, at Rinpoche’s request. If three years’ devotion to practice weren’t inspiring enough, Mayra completed the retreat at home, in bustling Mexico City. You can read more about her fascinating story in Mandala‘s October-December 2013 interview, now available on mandala.fpmt.org.

The retreat concludes on Sunday, May 18. Rinpoche travels next to Italy for the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama hosted by Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa. 

For more on the teachings, visit the Living in the Path course resource page, where materials from all three years of Light of the Path events are being made available.

More information, photos, schedule 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 being offered tsog by Ven. Chantal, director of International Mahayana Institute, during Light of the Path Retreat, May 2014. Photo by Kalleen Mortensen.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche being offered tsog by Ven. Chantal, director of International Mahayana Institute, during Light of the Path retreat, May 2014. Photo by Kalleen Mortensen.

The Media Team for the Light of the Path retreat has been doing tireless work on the ground in North Carolina, making the best of some challenging technical issues and streaming Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings live over the internet.

For the rest of the retreat, which concludes on May 18, Rinpoche’s teachings will be streamed live in English and Spanish. Each day a live webcast will be done for the 10 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. EDT sessions – to date Rinpoche has usually come to some of the 4 p.m. sessions and most of the 7:30 p.m. sessions. 

A delayed live webcast of Rinpoche’s teachings translated into French is also available. Webcasts of Rinpoche’s earlier teachings during the retreat are available also in English, Spanish and French. 

Light of the Path Media Team members Antoine Janssen and Harald Weicharrt, North Carolina, US, May 2014. Photo by Ven. Thuben Kunsang.

Light of the Path Media Team members Antoine Janssen and Harald Weicharrt, North Carolina, US, May 2014. Photo by Ven. Thuben Kunsang.

Rinpoche has been teaching regularly during the two-week retreat that began on Sunday, May 4, 2014, in North Carolina, US. Kadampa Center in Raleigh, organized the retreat, which is being attended by more than 250 people.

All Light of the Path retreat resources from 2009, 2010 and 2014 are available on the Online Learning Center.

The Living in the Path online program has been created from the Light of the Path retreat teachings of 2009 and 2010. Organized into structured modules you will find this, and other, programs on the FPMT Online Learning Center.

More information, photos, schedule 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 teaching at Light of the Path Retreat, North Carolina, US, May 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Light of the Path, North Carolina, US, May 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche continues teaching at Light of the Path in North Carolina, US. Rinpoche’s teachings at the two-week retreat are being webcast live in English and Spanish. Due to technical issues, the webcast in French will be on a delayed stream. 

Rinpoche is scheduled to teach twice each day of the retreat, which began on May 4 and runs through May 18. The scheduled teachings times are 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. EDT (1:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. PDT; 8:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. UTC; 1:30 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. IST; 6:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. AEST). Video recordings of the teachings will be made available as quickly as possible in English, Spanish and French.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche and retreat participants, YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, North Carolina, US, May 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche and retreat participants, YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly, Black Mountain, North Carolina, US, May 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

The Light of the Path Retreat 2014, hosted by Kadampa Center in North Carolina, US, is the third of a five-year series of teaching retreats led by Lama Zopa Rinpoche based on Lama Atisha’s text, Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment. The first two retreats took place in 2009 and 2010 and many resources and materials have been developed from these precious teachings:

For all the latest details on webcasts, visit the Light of the Path webcast page. 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Light of the Path Reatreat, Black Mountain, North Carolina, US, May 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Light of the Path, Black Mountain, North Carolina, US, May 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

More information, photos, schedule 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 while teaching at Light of the Path Retreat as seen via webcast

Lama Zopa Rinpoche while teaching at Light of the Path retreat as seen via webcast

Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings at the Light of the Path retreat are being streamed live in English, Spanish and French! 

Rinpoche is expected to teach one or two times each day during the two-week retreat that began on Sunday, May 4, 2014, in North Carolina, US. The schedule of teachings will be shared as it becomes available.

The details of the three live webcasts:

Video recordings of the teachings will be made available as soon as possible. 

More information, photos, schedule 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 with Geshe Gelek, Kadampa Center resident geshe; Geshe Tenley, Kurukulla Center resident geshe; Geshe Sangpo; Damcho, the translator; Rinpoche's attendants  Vens. Sangpo and SherabRinpoche's host Mr. Son Pham out for a walk in the park in Raleigh, North Carolina, US, May 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Geshe Gelek, Kadampa Center resident geshe; Geshe Tenley, Kurukulla Center resident geshe; Geshe Sangpo; Damcho, the translator; Rinpoche’s attendants Vens. Sangpo and Sherab; and Rinpoche’s host Mr. Son Pham out for a walk in the park in Raleigh, North Carolina, US, May 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche arrived in North Carolina and visited Kadampa Center in Raleigh on Saturday, May 3. During the one-day visit, Rinpoche taught on the Eight Verses of Thought Transformation.

The following day, Rinpoche traveled to the Light of the Path retreat at a retreat center in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains. More than 200 students are participating in the two-week retreat with Rinpoche.

You can watch video from the retreat, including live streaming of teachings as they happen, on the Light of the Path webcast page! Visit the page now to see when the next live webcast is scheduled.

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Screen shot of Light of the Path webcast page

More information, photos, schedule 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 in northcentral Washington, US, April 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche in northcentral Washington, US, April 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Beginning on Sunday, May 4, Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings at the Light of the Path retreat will be webcast live for students around the world to watch. The teaching on Sunday is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. EDT (4:30 p.m. PDT, 11:30 p.m. UTC; Monday, May 5, 5:00 a.m. IST, 9:30 a.m. AEST). Video recordings of the teachings will be made available as quickly as possible in English, Spanish and French.

The Light of the Path Retreat 2014, hosted by Kadampa Center in North Carolina, US, is the third of a five-year series of teaching retreats led by Lama Zopa Rinpoche based on Lama Atisha’s text, Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment. The first two retreats took place in 2009 and 2010 and many resources and materials have been developed from these precious teachings:

For updates on the live webcast schedule and news on the video recordings, please see the FPMT website and the FPMT Facebook page.

More information, photos, schedule 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 at Buddha Amitbha Pure Land, WA, April 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Buddha Amitbha Pure Land, WA, April 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang

 

Light of the Path Retreat 2014, which takes place Sunday 3pm, May 4 to Sunday Noon, May 18, 2014, at YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC, is the third of a 5-year series of teaching retreats led by Lama Zopa Rinpoche based on Lama Atisha’s text, Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment.

You can enjoy all of these teachings in real time on live streaming video!

Please do take advantage of this opportunity to experience this retreat, even if you are unable to make it to North Carolina to attend in person.

Additionally, many resources and materials have been developed from the previous precious retreat teachings:

  • All  teachings from the 2009, 2010 and 2014 are available on the FPMT Online Learning Center.
  • MP3 audio and mp4 video files are available for download in the Light of the Path Retreat Materials 2010: text, audio, video course. This course also contains the root text and other information associated with the retreat, including reviews, guided meditations, and the complete transcript of the retreat.
  • The Living in the Path online program has been created from the Light of the Path retreat teachings of 2009 and 2010. Organized into structured modules you will find this, and other, programs on the FPMT Online Learning Center.
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 What is the FPMT Online Learning Center?

With over 50 modules available in English, Spanish and French, and more than 17,000 registered users, the FPMT Online Learning Center provides an enormous opportunity to learn. Students who want to  engage in the comprehensive programs developed by FPMT Education Services can easily join other students from all parts of the world in their studies and practice without leaving home.

Perhaps you’ve studied Buddhism for years in a town with no Buddhist center and feel you have no one to talk to about progressing on the path. Maybe you already participate in online social forums and would love to do so with a spiritual community. Or perhaps a question arises at 3:00 a.m. that needs an answer ASAP. Even if you already attend a Dharma center, the Online Learning Center may offer additional Dharma connections,  and an opportunity to study a program not offered locally.

The programs range from Buddhist basics to advanced Vajrayana commentaries, with offerings including study programs such  as Meditation 101, Discovering Buddhism, Living in the Path, the Basic Program; and additional teachings such as Shiné Retreat with Ven. Choden Rinpoche and Ven. Rene Fusi, and special commentaries such as Commentary on Lama Chopa and Commentary on Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga.  Programs are complete with video and audio teachings, reading materials, moderated discussion forums, coursework and study guides, and community service assignments.

The Online Learning Center brings ease, structure and depth to your studies. All these resources can be found through the convenience of a module’s single webpage, and with links provided to other resources, you can study without the need to search the web for related materials. Everything can be stored digitally or streamed directly from the web, and modules can be completed on your own time and pace.

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There are two ways to take advantage of the Online Learning Center:
  • Join Friends of FPMT now, and immediately have access to a number of free modules.  Friends of FPMT who make monthly or annual contributions have access to additional modules, receive a year’s subscription to Mandala Publications, downloadable Dharma gifts, and special Friends of FPMT communications.
  • You can purchase individual modules of the programs at the Foundation Store. Choose the “online” version of your selected module.
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