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Video from the 2014 Light of the Path retreat can be watched online on FPMT.org. You can find the video recordings of the teachings with Lama Zopa Rinpoche as well as some of the review sessions with titles, descriptions and translations in English, French and Spanish on FPMT’s “2014 Light of the Path Teachings” page.
Transcripts from the teachings are available as a PDF in English. Audio MP3s from the teachings are also available in English, French and Spanish. And videos from the 2009 and 2010 Light of the Path teachings can be found on FPMT’s Online Learning Center.
The Light of the Path retreats are organized by Kadampa Center in Black Mountain, North Carolina, US, and have taken place in 2009, 2010 and 2014. The root text for the retreats is Lama Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment.
The direct links to these precious lam-rim teachings are:
- 2014 Video Recordings: http://fpmt.org/media/streaming/light-of-the-path-teachings/
- 2009 and 2010 Video Recordings: http://onlinelearning.fpmt.org/mod/page/view.php?id=484
- Resources Area for MP3 and Transcripts Downloads: http://onlinelearning.fpmt.org/course/view.php?id=16
Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service.
During the 2014 Light of the Path Retreat in North Carolina, Rinpoche spoke on the subject of vegetarianism. The transcript of these teachings is currently being worked on for future modules to the Living in the Path study program. Here is a lightly edited excerpt from these transcripts:
“The conclusion is that the less people eating meat, the less animals being killed and suffering. So the rest of the world never pays attention to the chickens, to the fish, never pays attention to their suffering, how much they suffer, never think of their suffering, never think due to ignorance and self-cherishing thoughts. Due to ignorance they think animals are just like plants that have no mind, completely like plants, like paper or plants. Due to heavy ignorance, due to heavy ignorance, wow, wow, wow, the human beings on the earth never think that animals want happiness and don’t want suffering just like human beings.”
- We Cannot Live Without Harming Others by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
- On Becoming Vegan: When Vegetarian Is Not Enough by Nick Ribush
- Vegetarianism: A Healthy Debate by Venerables Sangye Khadro and Robina Courtin
- Nine Questions About Vegetarianism by Geshe Thubten Soepa
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.
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.
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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Friends of FPMT is a program created for those who want to directly become a part of the FPMT community of supporters, and provides much-needed funding to many FPMT activities. As a Friend of FPMT, your donations will fund the creation of FPMT Education programs and materials, new translations of texts, help us serve our charitable projects and assist FPMT centers, projects, and services. Your donations will maintain all our websites, blogs and the Online Learning Center, which has provided over 17,000 registered users with access to rich FPMT Education programs. It will also enable us to print Mandala magazine, and lots more.
And as a Friend of FPMT you will also get to directly enjoy and be connected to what you support. Friends benefits can include a subscription to Mandala magazine, access to all the courses in the Online Learning Center, free downloadable gifts from FPMT Education Services, puja’s at Kopan monastery sponsored in your name, e-Newsletters and special updates.
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Later, the eldest (the pheasant) taught the practice of ethical conduct to the others, who then taught the same practice to the rest of the forest creatures. Because of this, happiness and comfort increased greatly in the world.
It is said that wherever a picture of the Four Harmonious Friends is displayed, the ten virtues will increase, the minds of all will become harmonious, and many auspicious events will occur.
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