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Lord Buddha discovered and teaches that the cause and solution for our happiness and sorrow comes from our own minds. One of the best ways to focus the mind is to retreat from worldly distractions. Historically, many individuals have sought places conducive to solitary meditation.
“For a meditator, the mind is the workshop as well as the material to be worked with…”
In the West there are very few places that meet the criteria for successful solitary retreat. Land of Shiné – 500 acres at Big Sur on the California Coast – is such a place. Access to the property is by a rugged seven-mile road, a journey that takes over an hour, can only be negotiated by a 4-wheel drive vehicle.
Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi, current retreatant in Land of Shiné, “It [Land of Shiné] has all the conditions for retreat mentioned in the lam-rim texts: It is peaceful, extremely quiet, isolated, and free of distractions, interruptions, and extremes of weather.”
For Buddhism to succeed in the West, practitioners must gain profound realizations on the path to enlightenment. These realizations are the result of long-term, isolated retreat. Once realized, this potential becomes an inspiration to all of us who seek refuge in the Buddhist path and wish to benefit others.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Ribur Rinpoche conclude that this land has special significance for the development of realizations in the minds of Western students.
The cost to maintain the property is $35,000 per year. This covers:
- Grading of the road after the annual rains to make it useable.
- Two full-time caretakers look after the retreatants and property.
- Satellite phone system – for emergency communication during the 6-month rainy season when the land is only accessible by helicopter.
- Automobile expenses
- Ranch expenses
Currently six people are in retreat and many are on a waiting list. Students require time and resources to undertake retreat. Obstacles to entering retreat can be enormous. The way to clear obstacles and create the cause to enter a successful retreat is to contribute to the success of another. Your donation to Land of Calm Abiding will benefit those on the land and create the cause for your own successful retreat.
Please consider supporting the tradition of long retreat in the West by making a donation. Your help directly benefits those long-term meditators on the land, plus contributes to maintenance and development. A donation of any amount means that Land of Calm Abiding can flourish and become a place for more students to gain realizations on the Buddhist path.
The meditators on the land make dedications and prayers for those individuals that support their retreat at Land of Calm Abiding. Without this kindness and support, none of them will have the opportunity to gain realizations on the path.
Let us rejoice in Ven. Sumden Lhundrup’s inspiring experience, who has been in retreat at Land of Shiné for close to seven years:
How Can I Make a Donation?
To donate by check in US funds, please make the check payable to FPMT, Inc., and mail your donation to:Land of Calm Abiding
c/o FPMT Inc.
1632 SE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214-4702 USA
FPMT has established the Land of Calm Abiding (LCA) as a designated purpose fund, which with the support of generous benefactors, supports the work of FPMT’s affiliate, the Land of Calm Abiding (LCA). All donations made to the fund are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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For over 30 years, the monks and nuns of International Mahayana Institute (IMI) have tirelessly helped bring the Buddha’s teachings to the far corners of this planet. Today, over 300 monks and nuns continue to serve as teachers, retreat leaders, directors, program coordinators, editors and counselors in FPMT centers worldwide.
The Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund was established to help support the monks and nuns within the IMI community. The goal of the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund is take care of the IMI monastic community by ensuring that:
- The Sangha are educated in Vinaya and Buddhist philosophy as a foundation for their spiritual development as well as in their role as spiritual guides to the larger Buddhist community.
- The Sangha have appropriate accommodation
- The Sangha have proper food and nourishment
- The Sangha have access to proper medical care
- The Sangha have a supportive environment and conditions for retreat
- The Sangha are cared for when sick and elderly
The support for the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund over the last few years has had tremendous benefit and will continue to do so in the generations to come. Supporting the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund helps the monks and nuns continue to study, to practice and to live a life in the Buddha’s footsteps.
If you would like to support the IMI community, you can donate to the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund online via our secure server.
A check or money order can also be sent to:
Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund
c/o FPMT International Office
1632 SE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214-4702 USA
Fax: (1) (503) 232-0557
FPMT has established the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund (LYSF) as a designated purpose fund, which with the support of generous benefactors, supports the work of FPMT’s affiliate, the International Mahayana Institute (IMI). All donations made to the fund are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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The Animal Liberation Sanctuary is a project being created near Kopan monastery in Nepal. The object of the sanctuary is to house animals that were to be killed so that they may live out the natural course of their lives in peace and gain a higher rebirth. The sanctuary is being created at the behest of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and will be the first of many animal sanctuaries throughout the world.
The sanctuary will give rescued animals an opportunity to gain a better rebirth because not only will they be freed from impending death but they will also be exposed to the Dharma. Lama Zopa Rinpoche himself gives many blessings and recites mantras to benefit animals and it is planned that the rescued animals will regularly hear mantras and be led around the stupas to create merit.
In his concern for animal welfare, Rinpoche is not alone. In fact, His Holiness the Dalai Lama shares a commitment to animal rights. As he recently said:
|Today, together with a growing appreciation of the importance of human rights there is a greater awareness worldwide of the need for the protection not only of the environment, but also of animals and their rights. Where there is a mind, there are feelings such as pain, pleasure and joy. No sentient being wants pain, instead all want happiness. Since we all share these feelings at some basic level, we as rational human beings have an obligation to contribute in whatever way we can to the happiness of other species and try our best to relieve their fears and sufferings.|
With the help of generous donations, land was purchased in 2006. In 2007 a development plan was prepared dealing with water use, electricity, food production and storage, erosion control, building requirements, staffing, animal care, Dharma activities, future plans and much more.
From this study, it was clear that there were a number of challenges to the project, mainly due to the steep terrain of the land and its close proximity to a recently opened police training centre.
Most of the land is made up of narrow terraces and it is effectively divided into two sections separated by steep, un-terraced government land. Erosion is a significant issue, particularly if larger animals like buffaloes and cows have access to the fragile terraces. Also, there is currently no year-round vehicle access to either sections of the land and getting construction materials to the land would be a major undertaking.
The positive aspects concluded that the upper sections could be suitable for goats and sheep as well as having good locations for the caretakers building, animal sheds and stupas.
In early 2008 it was decided that the challenges with this land were too great and it was not suitable for the animal sanctuary. Instead, it would be sold and more suitable land which can provide for the long term care of large animals like buffaloes as well as goats and others would be sought.
In the meantime, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has selected eight different Newari stone-carved stupa designs for the land. These will be placed at strategic locations to allow the animals to see them and circumambulate them. We would like to begin carving these stupas.
|Holy objects help other beings easily to purify immense amounts of negative karma and create the causes of happiness and merit, which definitely brings them to enlightenment quickly.|
When Can I Liberate Animals?
Kopan Monastery houses a number of animals that have been liberated. In recent years, the number of animals at Kopan has grown substantially, and this is becoming a problem. The monastery is not really suitable for farm animals – just ask the gardener after the goats have escaped! Only after the sanctuary is opened and the animals currently living at the monastery are moved to the new land will more animal liberations be able to take place. Until the sanctuary is open, we are not able to liberate or accept any more animals.
Can I Sponsor an Animal?
Yes! There are animals already at Kopan that need ongoing care. Sponsoring an animal at Kopan is one of the most effective ways you can help the animals and Rinpoche’s Sanctuary Project. Liberating an animal from death is not just about saving it from the butcher but it is also about giving long term care such as providing food, shelter, and medical treatment when needed, as well as offering every opportunity to escape the lower realms by exposing it to Dharma and frequently circumambulating holy objects.
Can I Sponsor a Stupa?
Yes! There will be eight different stupas. You can offer the costs of a whole stupa, or donate as much as you would like to the general fund. Cost estimates range from US$2200 to US$6990.
This project has been possible due to the kindness and generosity of many, including the Brigitte Bardot Foundation and the generosity of a kind anonymous sponsor in the USA. Many people have offered their help, financially and otherwise. We would like to give thanks to all of them.
For more information please contact Tania Duratovic and Phil Hunt
FPMT has established the Animal Liberation Sanctuary (ALS) as a designated purpose fund, which with the support of generous benefactors, supports the work of FPMT’s affiliate, the Animal Liberation Sanctuary (ALS). All donations made to the fund are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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FPMT has many other projects around the world. Here are a few projects that can be accessed through FPMT International Office. These projects are not managed by FPMT International Office and are restricted designated funds. Just like our FPMT Charitable Projects, all these initiatives are essential to FPMT’s objective of building a more compassionate world from the inside out and critical to our mission of transmitting Mahayana Buddhist teachings and values worldwide.
The Animal Liberation Sanctuary is a 13-acre park that is being created on land adjacent to Kopan Monastery in Nepal. The object of the sanctuary is to house animals that were to be killed so that they may live out the natural course of their lives. more…
The International Mahayana Institute has established the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund (LYSF), which, with the support of generous benefactors, is helping IMI sangha become properly qualified to teach and serve sentient beings. At present, the Fund can support only a few of the IMI’s members who have no other financial resources or benefactors. more…
In the West there are very few places that meet the criteria for successful solitary retreat. Land of Shiné – 500 acres at Big Sur on the California Coast – is such a place. Please consider supporting the tradition of long retreat in the West by making a donation. Your help directly benefits those long-term meditators on the land, plus contributes to maintenance and development. more…
Lama Zopa Rinpoche wishes to build 1000 statues of Maitreya Buddha. Two statues are planned in India. Both are being built to provide enduring monuments to the quality of loving-kindness, and to bring as much benefit as possible, for as long as possible – spiritually, in education and healthcare, and economically, through the direct and indirect creation of employment opportunities. more…
Lama Zopa Rinpoche established FPMT Mongolia at the end of 1999, specifically to re-ignite Buddhist culture in Mongolia and to help provide social support, food and education to the poor and under-privileged. The FPMT Mongolia website provides information and images concerning this important project. more…
Annually sponsoring 100,000 Praises to the 21 Taras for the success of the FPMT in general and specifically the success of FPMT businesses. By doing this puja, businesses working for the FPMT will be benefited and obstacles to their success eliminated. more…
In 2003, Lama Zopa Rinpoche was requested by Drukpa Rinpoche, a Bhutanese Lama, to take care of his remote monastery and nunnery in the Tsum valley, located in the northern border area of Nepal close to Tibet. The monks and nuns of the two places were in desperate need of help, being unable to support themselves any longer. Lama Zopa Rinpoche asked Tenzin Zopa, a disciple of Geshe Lama Konchok, to take on the task of finding support for the people of Tsum. more…
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