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October 2007

Lama Zopa Rinpoche relaxing immediately after receiving lungs from Khyongla Rato Rinpoche in New York, USA.

Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang
 
Rinpoche's Current Activities and Schedule
For the detailed schedule and details of how to contact the center and book for these events, please go to Rinpoche’s Schedule.

Rinpoche will be giving teachings on the Three Principal Aspects of the Path and 21 Tara initiation at Guhyasamaja Center, USA on Oct 20 – 21.

Rinpoche will then teach on the Golden Light Sutra and give Most Secret Hayagriva initiation at Maitripa Institute, USA on November 2 - 4.

Rinpoche then goes to teach at the Kopan November course towards the end of this year.

Rinpoche will teach at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India from Dec 24 – 27 and give Great Chenrezig initiation on Dec 28- 29.

 
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has lunch and spends a relaxed afternoon with Richard Gere in NY.


Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang
New Advice from
Lama Zopa Rinpoche

How Fortunate and Happy We Are!

This new advice is a lovely explanation of the role and benefits of Dharma centers, and is an amazingly helpful and beautiful way for us all to rejoice at helping our local Dharma center.

Excerpt:

I just want to explain simply how meaningful it is that we have Dharma centers so that we can help so many sentient beings while they have this most precious human body by awakening them to the unmistaken causes of happiness and suffering through explaining the Buddha's teachings on karma, which is our experience, not merely belief. By offering this education we open
their lives to all happiness - not just that of this life, but that of future lives and the ultimate happiness of liberation from samsara and the peerless happiness of full enlightenment.

How fortunate and happy I am! How fortunate and happy we are!

 
Heart Advice of Achos Rinpoche
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has requested that this very special advice be made available. This instruction was given to disciples by Achos Rinpoche, a great hidden yogi, and is followed by a short commentary from Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

 
Recite the Golden Light Sutra for World Peace
Please remember Rinpoche’s advice of one of the most effective things we can do to bring world peace - Rinpoche has also recently reminded us that this is the best practice we can do for the situation in Burma.

Following Rinpoche's request we have created a section on the FPMT website devoted to the Golden Light Sutra new website with key information about the exalted Golden Light Sutra. It includes the opportunity to download the sutra in several languages, report your recitations, and to share your experiences with the sutra.

On May 4th 2007 Rinpoche gave this advice:

“Anybody who wants peace in the world should read The Golden Light Sutra. This is a very important practice to stop violence and wars in the world. The Golden Light Sutra is one of the most beneficial ways to bring peace. This is something that everyone can do, no matter how busy you are, even if you can read one page a day, or a few lines and in this way continually read The Golden Light Sutra.”

 
Advice from Khenrinpoche Lama Lhundrup

Dear Kind FPMT Students,

I am very happy to hear that center directors, members and students are doing well and working very hard to implement the Dharma and Lama Zopa Rinpoche's advice. To have a harmonious and successful center, all the individual members need to develop kindness. Everybody can try to be friendly, whether you are going to work or to the center or when you are in your family. Then everything goes very smoothly and peacefully. Be patient and honest, always trying to benefit others and not to be upset or angry with others so easily.

It is especially important to show respect and devotion to every teacher. Never criticize but always be positive to the Dharma teacher then naturally all Dharma brothers and sisters will develop respect for each other and give whatever help is needed to each other.

In the center we all can help by treating everybody, new or old students respectfully and communicate with them from our heart. We need to think of everybody as human beings with one common goal of becoming Buddha.

I request and pray for good communication every day with a smile.

Thank you very much
Khenrinpoche Lama Lhundrup

 

Study Groups Which Have Become Full FPMT Centers
Congratulations to Lama Yeshe Ling Center, Canada.

New FPMT Study Groups
Bringing the total number of FPMT centers and study groups worldwide to 152!

Jamyang Study Group, France
#4 Chemin du Chateau d’eau
66500 Los Masos
Tel: (33) (4) 6896 3145
jamyang@losmasos.com
Coordinator Sean Jones

 
International Office News

For FPMT Teachers
As Rinpoche often says, and said in April this year (see FPMT Education and Organization in Rinpoche's General Advice) “FPMT is extremely fortunate, unbelievably fortunate that we have many qualified teachers.”

FPMT International Office would like to offer more support and recognize the work of all teachers helping sentient beings at FPMT centers and study groups.  We'd love to hear any suggestions/ideas for how we could best do this.  There are already some important guidelines for teachers which are kept in the FPMT Members Area at Teachers.

Rinpoche checks Jane Seidlitz’s progress in writing the Prajnaparamita sutra in gold for inclusion in the Maitreya Project. This volume will go in the heart of the statue.


Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang

To this, with excellent input from some senior FPMT teachers we have recently added a guideline for those teaching in FPMT centers. Please have a look and send any feedback/suggested improvements to Claire.

Work A Day for Rinpoche
The second Work a Day for Rinpoche campaign was launched on Thursday September 27, 2007. This campaign is designed to support the vision that passed from Lama Thubten Yeshe to Lama Zopa Rinpoche and includes the activities of FPMT International Office as defined in the mission statement and the many charitable projects that have been presented by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Lama Zopa Rinpoche and FPMT International Office wish to thank everyone who participated in the first campaign for making it such a success and for their exceptional generosity and support.

For FPMT Center Directors:  Evaluation Guidelines
Partly because of requests for such a guideline, and partly because conducting a review is a great way to move forward for directors who have been offering service for 2 years or more, here is a draft Evaluation Guideline. Feedback and suggested improvements are requested by Claire!

Excerpt:

A review can serve as an opportunity for you and all working for the center to reflect on why you are offering service, and on how you can serve Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the best way.  It is very important to make it clear and to remember that any review is being implemented with the intention of strengthening a harmonious working environment in which to fulfill Rinpoche’s wishes. 

Education Programs
We are currently working to develop a Death and Dying program for centers that is based on Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings. It will include a new book titled Heart Advice for the Dying. Once completed, a homestudy version of the program will follow. Homestudy versions of Buddhism in a Nutshell and Buddhist Meditation 101 are also in the works.

Education Materials
New – The Six Session Guru Yoga glossy booklet is now available from the Foundation Store. We also have the practice of Thousand-Arm Chenrezig available in PDF and hardcopy formats.
Coming Soon – Glossy booklets of Practices of Namgyälma, Preliminary Practice of Dorje Khadro, and Preliminary Practice of Tsa-Tsas.

Foundation Store
Precious Mantra Caps are back, everyone!
 
Rinpoche shopping in New York, USA.


Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang
Connecting Our Dharma Practice
with Our Life in the World

Mind in Meditation and in Action

Dharma practice focuses on our minds. Even if we cannot transform all at once our negative states of mind into positive, the first step is to get to know what is really going on in there. The more aware we are of our reactions and attitudes, and all the little games we play with ourselves about what we want and don't want, the better chance we have of gradually losing interest in the less appealing side of our nature and developing a happy and helpful disposition.

So when we hear that everyone in the affluent industrialised countries is in denial about the effects of our lifestyles on climate change, the environment, and the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves, we realise this must mean us as well. Have we looked at this aspect of mind? Have we explored it in meditation? Is it easy
to explore denial which by its very nature is the essence of something we are avoiding at a very deep level? Are we so attached to “having a happy mind” that we cling to our denial because we know intuitively that it helps us avoid looking at some “inconvenient truths” as Al Gore puts it, about the real effects of the way we live, on other sentient beings.

What we have to ask ourselves is, can we maintain a genuine, deep-rooted happiness based on denial? Would we actually feel happier if we took a real look at what we are doing instead of hiding away from it? Can we really engage in genuine meditations on compassion if we don't engage in everyday actions which are congruent with our focus in meditation? Maybe we would find that changing the way we live would not be such a hardship after all, and that there would be incredible joy in starting to engage in a non-harming lifestyle. Every day we could rejoice at the huge numbers of sentient beings which we have saved from harm just by simple everyday actions such as switching off lights, turning down the heating, traveling less, and so on.

Best wishes,
Elaine xx
FPMT’s Shen Phen Thubten Choeling, Center for Socially and Ecologically Engaged Buddhism

 
FPMT Snippets
On Wednesday, September 26, Ven. Drimay, resident teacher of Gyalwa Gyatso Buddhist Center, USA wrote:

“A few minutes ago, Maureen Rodriquez, a Santa Cruz Dharma student who had just moved into the Tara Home hospice [at Land of Medicine Buddha], passed away. The amazing part is that Rinpoche spent a couple of hours with her last night after flying into San Jose. On Monday, I told Maureen that Rinpoche was coming back soon and that that was something to take comfort in. The timing was just so perfect. It really
Rinpoche benefiting sentient beings in New York, USA.


Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang
seems that those people who make a connection with Rinpoche get very personal attention at the time of death.”

Look for the full story in Maureen's obituary coming in Mandala magazine.

 
Opportunities to Offer Service in FPMT
Keep checking http://www.fpmt.org/resources/jobs.php for interesting opportunities to offer service in FPMT centers around the world.

 
Impermanence at Work – Center Details Changes
NB: center details are always most up to date in the directory on the FPMT website, http://www.fpmt.org/centers/

Chekawa Study Group, Mexico
luzbellaramirez@gmail.com

Cittamani Hospice Service, Australia
www.cittamanihospice.com.au

Do Ngak Sung Juk Centre, Japan
Director Claude Ito
With grateful thanks to outgoing director, Shoko Harding

Ganden Tendar Ling Study Group, Russia
Tel: (926) 204-3164

Gyalwa Gyatso Buddhist Center, USA
1550 La Pradera Dr
Campbell, CA 95008-1547
Tel: +1 (408) 866 5056

Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre, Nepal
hbmc.programs@gmail.com

Hospice of Mother Tara, Australia
Director Julie Halse
With grateful thanks to outgoing director, Jim Aherne

Kadam Sharawa Buddhist Institute, Australia
www.kadamsharawa.org

Liberation for Our Brother & Sister Animals, Australia
PO Box 28, Derby
Tasmania 7264

Losang Dragpa Centre, Malaysia
New Spiritual Program Coordinator - Juanita Lee
With grateful thanks to outgoing SPC Ven. Dechen

Nagarjuna C.E.T. Madrid, Spain
nagarjuna.madrid@gmail.com

Nagarjuna C.E.T. Valencia, Spain
www.nagarjunavalencia.com
nagarjunavalencia@ono.com

 

With love,
FPMT International Office

 



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