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Lama Zopa Rinpoche blessing the one of the residents at the Animal Liberation Sanctuary, Nepal.

Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang
 
Rinpoche's 2008 Schedule
To find more information as it becomes available, and for details of how to contact the center and book for these events, please go to Rinpoche’s Schedule.

    April - Mexico
      4 Public talk in Guadalajara
      5 - 14 Lam-rim retreat with Guru Shakyamuni Buddha guru yoga
      12 - 13 Medicine Buddha initiation
      18 Public talk, Mexico City

    May - Centro Shiwa Lha, Brazil
      17 Vajrasattva Initiation
      17 - 19 Retreat
      21 - 22 Great Medicine Buddha initiation

    May - Centro Yamantaka, Colombia
      27 - 28 Lam-rim teaching
      29 Talk on Making Life Meaningful
      31 - June 1 Great Chenrezig initiation

    June - Crestone, Colorado, USA
      6 - 8 Mahamudra teachings and Medicine Buddha initiation

    June - Kunsang Yeshe Center and FPMT Australia
      17 - 22 Retreat on Bodhicitta
      21 Manjushri initiation
      22 Vajrayogini initiation

    Sept 16 - 28 Teachings at Do Ngak Sung Juk Centre, Japan
    Dec - Teaching at November Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal

    2009
    May 5-June 6 Twenty One Tara and Yamantaka Retreat, Institut Vajra Yogini, France
 
New Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Support His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibet
Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave the following advice on March 27th 2008 in response to the critical situation in Tibet and the recent appeal by His Holiness.

 “The purpose of doing demonstrations is to fulfill the Guru His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Holy wishes; this Guru Yoga practice is the path to enlightenment for the benefit of sentient beings.

It is also important to repay the kindness of the Tibetan people, who have preserved the complete Buddha Dharma, not only Vajrayana but the whole path; they have preserved all the teachings for a long time. Due to this we non-Tibetans are able to receive the complete teachings, enjoy and make our lives meaningful.

Now that their need is most urgent we need to be aware of how we can help - it is very important. This is what you would do if you are a sensible person, a thoughtful, intelligent person.

I have sent a message to His Holiness the Dalai Lama explaining what we will do and also requesting what prayers we should do for the achievement of success.

With much love and prayer,
Lama Zopa"

Go to Peace in the World for more advice.

Advice for Guiding Centers
Rinpoche's advice to a center director who Rinpoche asked to specially help the study group that is being guided by that center:

"I am very happy you have the big heart to help this study group. You can think that this study group is like the son of the mother; your center is the mother."

Lama Zopa Rinpoche during long life puja in Kopan, Dec 2007.

Photo by Ven. Kunsang
This is a condensed advice for each of us on how to practice for our entire lives.

Excerpt:

Hello My Dear Students,                           

Whose life goal is to achieve enlightenment and to liberate all sentient beings from the ocean of samsara and to bring them to full enlightenment. Because of that, life becomes most beneficial. “All sentient beings” means also for yourself.

Enjoy brief glimpses of Rinpoche live on our new
streaming videos page
.

 
Advice from Khenrinpoche Lama Lhundrup
My Dear Brothers and Sisters,

I pray for everyone to have a happy, healthy long life with a good heart.

Our precious Guru, Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, has very kindly advised us many times on how to be a better person, how to work for the benefit of others. Rinpoche also gives advice many times on the importance of subduing our mind, developing mindfulness of our body, speech and mind. Everyone should develop this mindfulness. We should follow this advice every day. Whatever Rinpoche teaches us, we should follow his advice and put it into practice. This is very important to develop strong and pure relationship with our Guru.

I request everybody to please pray for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and that we may be able to fulfill all His Holy wishes, and help in whichever way we can. Please also pray strongly for the removal of sufferings and problems in Tibet, and for the Chinese Government to agree to sit together with His Holiness Dalai Lama to plan peace for Tibet, and for any meeting to bring success.

Please don't forget the Dharma. Remember all the mother sentient beings in your prayers as well as in your daily life. Make effort to be a person with good heart.

Thank you very much,
Lama Lhundrup

 
Study Groups Which Have Become Full FPMT Centers
Congratulations to Gendun Drupa Centre, Switzerland!

New FPMT Study Group
Keeping the total number of FPMT centers, study groups, projects and services worldwide to 150.

Land for Nagarjuna's Sutra and Tantra Dharma Study Group
    P.O. Box 1495
    Sarasota, FL 34230, USA
    Tel: (1) (941) 745 1147
    gedun@mindspring.com
    Coordinator Ruth McMahon

Closed FPMT Group
Gendun Gyatso Study Group (which was based in Brazil) is closed. With grateful thanks to all whose time, energy and donations enabled the group to benefit beings.

 
International Office News

International Office
Annual Review
The FPMT International Office 2007 Annual Review is now available! Please go to International Office webpage and click on 2007 Annual Review.

Highlights include:
  • Messages from our amazing Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche – and recent thoughts about the organization from Osel Rinpoche!
  • Ven Roger Kunsang shares his very inspiring attitude to serving Rinpoche and the FPMT organization.
  • The opportunity to rejoice at the benefit offered around the world by FPMT Charitable Projects.

NB: Last year, many center directors told us that they had sent the Annual Review to their members and students, and found that it helped very much to educate their members and students about the calibre and scale of the organization of which their center is a part – so we strongly encourage you to use the Annual Review in this way.

FPMT Teachers E-group
This is a forum for FPMT teachers to share information and support one another. This e-group can be used to request feedback about the most skillful way to deal with difficult topics and questions posed by students, post questions to each other, share resources or ideas…..etc!

If you are an FPMT teacher and would like to subscribe, please send a blank email to fpmtteachers-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. We hope it proves a useful aid to your wonderful work helping beings connect with the Dharma.

New Resident Geshes/Teacher
Geshe Thubten Khedup has moved to Shakyamuni Center, Taiwan as their resident geshe.
Geshe Thubten Soepa has moved to Lama Yeshe Ling, Canada as their resident geshe.
Ven. Jampa Dekyi is starting as Tushita Meditation Centre (Dharamsala)’s resident teacher.

Education Materials
The Stages of the Path Basic Program homestudy package is now available from the Foundation Store!

 
FPMT Snippets
FPMT Offers Food to All the Monks at Sera Je - You Can Help!
In 1991, Lama Zopa Rinpoche began offering food to all the monks of Sera Je Monastery in India on behalf of FPMT. Since that time, FPMT has been raising the funds to support this project. Last year, in addition to the offering of the meals, FPMT also sponsored the building and equipping of a new kitchen for the monastery. Presently, FPMT is offering three meals a day to 2,700 monks, nearly three million meals a year! The projected budget for the upcoming year is $324,000. For more information on the Sera Je Food Fund or to watch a beautiful video documenting the food fund, visit the Sera Je Food Fund project page (where you can also donate to support this amazing project).

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Song Rinpoche earlier this year.

HH Song Rinpoche on FPMT
At the close of the 1978 world tour, which was the first time His Holiness Song Rinpoche travelled to the West, His Holiness Song Rinpoche commented,

Our organization (FPMT) has the potential to do more benefit than Lord Buddha himself.

–His Holiness Song Rinpoche


Update on the Lama
Tsongkhapa Teacher’s Fund

REJOICE!!  FPMT just sent $25,000 towards the 2007 annual Jang debate which was held in Drepung Monastery during the winter months. The Jang Debate session is a winter
tradition (“Jang” means “winter” in Tibetan) that extends back to the time of Lama Tsongkhapa, when the best students from the three largest Gelug monasteries – Ganden, Sera, and Drepung – came to debate texts of Buddhist logic. At a minimum of seven hours of debate per day, sometimes continuing through the night, they sought to hone their reasoning skills and deepen their understanding of the teachings.

Ven. Tenzin Zopa of Sera Je Monastery wrote in 2003 of factors affecting the continuance of the tradition: “Sera Je Monastery could only afford to send about 200 monks to the winter debates. Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who always cares with affection for the monastery and its students, seeing that the attendance to the Jang debate session is an important condition for the development of the Buddhist teachings in general, and of our monastery in particular, sponsors the travel and food expenses for 400 monks to be able to attend.”

In 2007, FPMT was able to sponsor the food and travel for over 600 monks to attend the Jang debate! For more information, visit the Lama Tsongkhapa Teacher’s Fund page.

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

Opportunities include Root Institute's Shakyamuni Buddha Community Health Programme in Bodhgaya is looking for a Physiotherapist; Milarepa Center in Vermont, USA is looking for a cook and house manager and a land manager, and Mahamudra Center, New Zealand is seeking a manager and gardener.
 
Impermanence at Work – Center Details Changes
NB: center details are always most up to date in the directory on the FPMT website, www.fpmt.org/centers/

Bengungyal Center, Mexico
Av. Canal Interceptor 205-A,
Fracc. El Plateado,
Aguascalientes

Jamyang Buddhist Centre, UK
New director – Sally Barraud
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – Diana Carroll

Jinsiu Farlin, Taiwan
New co-spiritual program coordinators – Ven. Thubten Sangmo and Gyalten Drolma
With grateful thanks to outgoing SPC – Ven. Emily

Kunsang Yeshe Center, Australia
New SPC - Margaret Bohler

Manjushri Wisdom Study Group, USA
5755 E. 3rd Street
Tucson, Arizona 85711
www.manjushriwisdom-fpmt.org
 
Khachoe Ghakyil Nunnery, Nepal
www.kopannunnery.org

Shakyamuni Center, Taiwan
New director – Ven. Choying Sangmo
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – Ven. Sophia Tenzin Chetso

 

With love,
FPMT International Office