His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people and the greatest source of inspiration for the FPMT. Service to His Holiness is the primary aim of FPMT. Lama Zopa Rinpoche calls His Holiness “the great treasure of infinite compassion embracing all sentient beings, the sole source of benefit and happiness of all sentient beings, and the sole refuge of all sentient beings.”
As the spiritual guide for six million Tibetans, as Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s guru, as a recipient of the Noble Peace Prize, and as an advocate of each individual’s universal responsibility toward humankind and the environment, His Holiness serves as a living symbol for world peace.
Since its inception, FPMT has turned to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for inspiration and guidance and attempted to promote and actualize His Holiness’ vision as much as possible and to create the cause for His Holiness’ long life. Over the years, His Holiness has visited many FPMT centers, including Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, FPMT International Office and Maitripa College, Kurukulla Center, and Chenrezig Institute.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has explained that “[I would like] for FPMT to offer service to His Holiness the Dalai Lama as much as possible and to be able to fulfill His Holiness’ wishes. This is the highest priority for the organization.” Rinpoche has further stressed that he would like “the organization to support His Holiness, offer service to His Holiness. This is the quickest and most vast way of benefiting sentient beings.”
Throughout the past several decades, FPMT centers, projects, services and students have been involved in organizing and sponsoring His Holiness’ public talks and tours, supporting His Holiness’ projects, helping the Gelug monasteries in India and creating interfaith dialogues around the world, among other activities.
In 2006, His Holiness said this about Lama Zopa Rinpoche: “Rinpoche is someone who follows my guidance sincerely, very expansively and with one hundred percent trust. He possesses unwavering faith and pure samaya; not only has he pure samaya and faith, but whatever I instruct, Zopa Rinpoche has the capability to accomplish it. So whatever dedications Lama Zopa Rinpoche makes, I also pray to accomplish this and you should do the same thing.”
FPMT Charitable Projects in Support of His Holiness’ Vision and Long Life
As Lama Zopa Rinpoche has explained, anything FPMT does to promote and preserve Tibetan Buddhism is an offering to His Holiness and the Tibetan people. In this way, all the activities in FPMT centers, projects, and services that are educating others in the practice of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism are in service to His Holiness.
Through offering daily meals to ordained Sangha studying at Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries, such as is done through the Sera Je Food Fund, which offers three meals daily to all of the monks of Sera Je Monastery, FPMT is helping preserve Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism.
Lama Rinpoche requested the FPMT organization to offer a long life puja to His Holiness the Dalai Lama every year. FPMT International Office has taken on this responsibility for over 20 years, and will continue to do so, on behalf of the entire organization.
His Holiness requested FPMT to establish the The Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fund in 1997. The purpose of the fund is to preserve the Gelugpa school of Tibetan Buddhism and cultivate the teachers of tomorrow. This fund supports up to 150 senior teachers each year, including the current abbots, past abbots, and main teachers of the Lama Tsongkhapa tradition, with monthly stipends.
At a meeting held in South India in December 2014, His Holiness the Dalai Lama stressed the extreme importance of establishing the Geluk International Foundation and offices for the long-term preservation of the Gelug tradition. Lama Zopa Rinpoche immediately responded to this advice from His Holiness and offered a grant toward the construction of the building needed for this project.
During the 2015 Jangchup Lamrim teachings, a transmission and teaching on 18 important lam-rim texts and commentaries, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the newly inaugurated Tashi Lhunpo Monastery, FPMT offered tea to 32,000 participants and money offerings to the 18,100 Sangha members present. Rinpoche composed the dedication that was made during these offerings.
Please rejoice in some of the ways that FPMT Charitable Projects is able to follow His Holiness’ most precious advice, create the cause for His Holiness’ long life, and offer support to His Holiness and the Tibetan people.
May all the wishes succeed of the one savior of all sentient beings – His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
May Tibet gain autonomy immediately.
May the pure Dharma shine fully in Tibet and China and the rest of the World and may there be perfect peace and happiness.
May no one experience war, famine, sickness, or dangers of the elements, such as earthquakes.
May all beings live with bodhichitta – cause no harm and only benefit others.
May FPMT, its students and benefactors, always fulfill His Holiness’ wishes in all the future incarnations and become wish-fulfilling for all sentient beings.
– Dedication offered by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Kalachakra for World Peace Event 2011 in Washington, D.C., USA
Please enjoy “In Praise of His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” composed by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and Praise to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a collection of comments from Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Online Advice Book.
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