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His Holiness the Karmapa visited Root Institute and Maitreya School in Bodhgaya, India, on January 31. Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who is currently staying at Root Institute, welcomed the Karmapa. After giving a talk to students and teachers at the Maitreya School, His Holiness offered a teaching in the main gompa at Root Institute.
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.
The Maitreya School is a project of Root Institute and offers children a well rounded education that includes instruction in compassion, honesty and loving-kindness as emphasized by the 16 Guidelines, a Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom program.
While visiting the school, His Holiness the Karmapa gave a talk to more than 100 Maitreya School students and teachers and offered the children gifts. His Holiness also gave a talk at Root Institute.
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Root Institute, the FPMT center in Bodhgaya, India, helps offer care and education to children through Shakyamuni Buddha Community Health Care Centre, Maitreya School for Universal Education and the Tara Children’s Project (TCP), which takes care of HIV-affected children and orphans. Tara Children’s Project kids and Maitreya School students are benefiting from receiving a new bus to take them to and from school.
The Shakyamuni Buddha Health Care Centre is a free health care clinic that began in 1991. Dr. Sanjay works at the health care center and has been the main doctor for the children of TCP, visiting every week and overseeing the care for the physical and emotional health of each child.
Juhi Pandey, from an organization called Tara Trust, spent five days collaborating with the TCP staff in engaging the children in activities that cultivate positive states of mind such as love and compassion. They engaged in many activities including listening to stories about companionship and the benefits of working together. To end the week, the children painted the letters of words of the six essential guidelines recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Mandala brings you news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and of activities, teachings and events from over 160 FPMT centers, projects and services around the globe. If you have news you would like to share, please let us know.
FPMT News Around the World
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, spiritual director of FPMT, offered 27 life-size statues of Maitreya Buddha to FPMT centers, services and projects. In just one month, many centers have already received their Maitreya statue. Mandala is celebrating this with the Maitreya Statue Photo Gallery, featuring photos of Maitreya statues situated in FPMT centers, projects and services around the world!
Last week, we shared news of the new statue at Thubten Shedrub Ling in Australia. This week, we are featuring the Maitreya statue that is at the new Maitreya School, a project of Root Institute for Wisdom Culture in Bodhgaya. The Maitreya watched over the proceedings as the school held its grand opening in April. Maitreya School will provide education to children of poor families following the government curricula while also incorporating key Buddhist principles in the context of Indian culture.
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