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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.


 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

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.


The Four Harmonious Friends

In the Vinayavastu (Foundation of Discipline), the Buddha tells the story of the Four Harmonious Friends – a pheasant, a rabbit, a monkey, and an elephant – who lived together in harmony. Each of the younger animals showed respect for the older animals’ life-experience and knowledge by carrying the older on his back.

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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  • Complete access to FPMT’s Online Learning Center
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  • A special yearly Patron Puja sponsored on your behalf at Kopan Monastery


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