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In October 2013 FPMT Education Services released Daily Meditation by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, which is a collection of the prayers, practices and meditations needed to start one’s day with a perfect Dharma intention and bodhichitta motivation. Rinpoche has also been recently commenting on the need for FPMT students to actualize the lam-rim teachings and achieve realizations. Rinpoche has given extensive advice on orienting one’s daily practice with these aims.
Establishing a consistent daily Buddhist practice, or routine, is essential for ensuring consistent progress along the path. FPMT Education Services has put together a list of resources available on fpmt.org, the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive and the FPMT Foundation Store to those interested in initiating or strengthening a daily practice.
Advice and Practices from Lama Zopa Rinpoche
- A Daily Meditation on Shakyamuni Buddha
- Advice for Actualizing Realizations of the Path
- Advice for Daily Lam-Rim Practice
- Daily Meditation
- Daily Purification: A Short Vajrasattva Practice
- Collection of Advice on Daily Practice
The purpose of ngöndro or “preliminary practices” is to accumulate the merit needed for one’s spiritual practice to be successful. FPMT Education Services has published materials needed to complete five of these recommended preliminary practices and the next booklets in this series, The Preliminary Practice of Refuge and The Preliminary Practice of Offering Mandalas are forthcoming.
- The Preliminary Practice of Altar Set-up and Water Bowl Offerings
- The Preliminary Practice of Dorje Khadro
- The Preliminary Practice of Prostrations
- The Preliminary Practice of TSA-TSAs
- The Preliminary Practice of Vajrasattva
Discovering Buddhism Module 8, “Establishing a Daily Practice”
Additional Essential Daily Practice Materials
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Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
ADVICE FROM LAMA ZOPA
Lama Zopa writes to a student:
My very dear,
Thank you for your very kind letter, sorry for the long delay in replying. It is excellent what you have been doing. I am very happy to hear so far that you have been doing the preliminaries practices, this is so good. I am not sure if you have been doing the short or the long Calling the Guru From Afar prayer?
If it is the long version, then this is very good, because it contains the entire lam-rim in it, as well as the tantra path. This is excellent to recite as it makes one’s life so worthwhile, so fortunate and this also is the foundation for developing devotion.
It is very important if you can recite one lam-rim prayer each day, such as the Three Principles of the Path, Foundation of all Good Qualities, Calling the Guru from Afar (long one) etc. Also you can recite the lam-rim prayer that is contained at the end of your deity’s long sadana that contains all the stages of the common and tantric path. Each time you read it, it brings you closer to realizing the path and closer to enlightenment each day. So this means each day that you read one lam-rim prayer mindfully it brings you closer to liberating all sentient beings from the eons of samsara suffering and brings you closer to enlightening all sentient beings, which is the purpose of one’s life. In this life one needs to benefit sentient beings, to work for sentient beings. That is the real meaning of life, so for this one needs to practice Dharma, to achieve the path, to cease all the numberless sufferings and causes: karma and delusion, and the negative imprints and liberate all sentient beings from the oceans of sufferings in samsara and to enlighten them.
The other reason why one should benefit other sentient beings is that we need their help for happiness. You then –one person – or I – one person – need help from numberless sentient beings for one’s own happiness. Similarly, numberless sentient beings also need your help for their happiness. So not only you need help, they need your help. …
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Mantras, meaning “mind protection” are Sanskrit syllables that bring benefit to all who see, touch, hear or speak them. As a resource for FPMT students, FPMT Education Services has created a new “Mantras” webpage where they have collected PDFs of many popular mantras and practices. You can also find on the page links to advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche about the practice and benefits of reading, writing and reciting mantras.
In addition, Education Services offers resources pages for many prayers and practices as well as a page devoted specifically to sutra practice. These pages are regularly being updated and expanded, so check back regularly to find out what’s new.
FPMT Education Services is the education department of FPMT International Office and develops study programs, practice materials, translations and trainings designed to foster an integration of four broad education areas: study, practice, service and behavior. These programs and materials are available through Education Services webpages, the FPMT Foundation Store, the FPMT Online Learning Center and FPMT centers worldwide.
With 160 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.
A very busy Dagri Rinpoche sat down with contributor Katy Fradet to discuss how to integrate Ngondro or “Preliminary Practices” into a daily session of meditation. Katy met him in his small house, local-Indian-style, surrounded by a beautiful and peaceful garden in Sera where she could hear the birds singing at sunset while Rinpoche spoke. He cancelled his participation in a puja to devote time to the interview in the hope that this “little talk” as he called it, would be of benefit.
Katy Fradet: What is the purpose of doing Ngondro practices, for instance doing 100,000 prostrations, mandala offerings, etc.?
Dagri Rinpoche: The purpose of Ngondro practice is to accumulate merit, which is the cause for the main meditation practice to be successful. If you want to eat a delicious meal, first you have to prepare it, you have to cook it well!
KF: How does one organize a session of Ngondro?
DR: Ngondro practice can be combined with the six preparatory practices to be done in a main session of meditation:
First Preparatory Practice – Preparing the Meditation Space & Visualization of the Buddhas
First chose a place for your meditation and clean it well. This helps the mind to be at ease. Traditionally, the retreat place was preferably settled high in the mountain, where the air is pure. In any case, it should be a clean and inspiring place. Then select some representation of the body, speech, and mind of the buddhas. This is not indispensable but still strongly recommended, as the mere viewing of a representation (statue, painting, etc.) of the buddhas and bodhisattvas purifies negative karma, accumulates vast merits and produces imprints to achieve buddhahood in the future. Most importantly, if we generate the feeling that the buddhas are really here in front of us and we visualize nectar and rays of light, white and red, pouring down from their three doors of body, speech, and mind and absorbing into our body, speech, and mind, it purifies uncountable past negativities: physical, verbal, and mental. This is a very powerful practice to do when done with strong faith. Then we visualize that the buddhas actually dissolve into ourselves.
Second Preparatory Practice – Making Offerings
The second preparation is the practice of offering, which can be done with material substances or visualized ones. The purpose of this practice is to accumulate merit. In regards to material substances, these days flowers are easily accessible and they are a great object of offering as they please the eye and produce the karma to obtain beauty in the future. If we chose to offer water, it has to be pure (drinkable). There are two types of offerings: the mundane or normal ones (material), and the supreme ones which are “based on samadhi,” or concentration; as you visualize them, you see them as innumerable, filling unlimited space. …
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The most happy thing in my life, most fulfilling thing is to work for and to benefit sentient beings. Even just the mere thought to cause happiness to sentient beings, to benefit them, to free them from suffering is the BEST offering to all the buddhas and bodhisattvas. This is the best offering, the best puja; this is what pleases their holy mind most.
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