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Nov 27 - Dec 10 Teaching during the one month course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal
January – Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore
17 – 18 Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga commentary
20 – 21 1000-Arm Chenrezig Great initiation
23 Most Secret Hayagriva puja
27 Long life puja for Rinpoche
30 – 1 Feb Guhyasamaja initiation
February – Potowa Center, Jakarta, Indonesia
7 – 9 Heruka initiation
13 – 15; 20 – 22; 27 – Mar 1 Lama Chopa commentary
April 18 – 19 Medicine Buddha initiation, Kalachakra Centre, Paris, France
April 26 – May 2 CPMT Meeting, Institut Vajra Yogini, France
May 5 – June 6 1000-Arm Chenrezig Great initiation and 100 million Mani Retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Institut Vajra Yogini, France
October 1 – 15 Teachings on Lamp of the Path, Kadampa Center, Raleigh, USA
Wearing the cowboy hat He had been offered the day before, Rinpoche led an impromptu meditation on emptiness at Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, USA, August 2008.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang
NEW Advice from
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Attitude to Have
After Being Robbed
Rinpoche sent this advice to a center which had just been burgled.
“So many times we make prayers to receive the suffering of others and to be free of all obstacles, now we can think how fortunate we are that our prayers have been answered. Obstacles have ripened in the form of them breaking in, stealing money, etc., so now we have had small success with our prayers.
So now please rejoice as we have succeeded in our prayers.”
Gong to Call All Buddhas and Bodhisattvas
Rinpoche drew the gong, and described it:
“This is a universal gong. By ringing this gong may all the buddhas and bodhisattvas pay attention and give us their blessings, favors and realizations. May they liberate all suffering, peaceful mothers.”
Skillful Hair Cutting
Rinpoche recently translated a text giving the results of cutting one’s hair on various days, which applies to ordained and lay people alike.
More advice from Rinpoche
Enjoy brief glimpses of Rinpoche on our streaming videos page
New FPMT Center, Project and Study Groups
Bringing the total number of FPMT centers, study groups, projects and services worldwide to 151
Manjushri Wisdom Center, USA
5755 E. 3rd Street
Tucson, Arizona, 85711
Tel: +1 520 971 1681
Director Ven. Losang Kalden
New Spiritual Program Coordinator – David Greene
Kasih Hospice Care, Malaysia
7, Jalan 14/29
46100 Petaling Jaya,
Tel: +60 3 7960 7424
Fax: +60 3 7956 6442
Director Dr. Pik Pin Goh
Khedrup Sangye Yeshe Study Group, Mexico
Calle Pedro Patiño y Gallardo #242
Fracc. La Quinta de Torremolinos
Tel: (443) 308 5707
Coordinator Gela de los Angeles
Thubten Kunkyab Study Group, Mexico
Calzada del Hueso 83, Edificio B, depto. 101
Col. Exejido de Santa Ursula Coapa
Coyoacan, DF CP 04850
Tel: (55) 5604 4495
Coordinator Cristhian Cambresy
International Office News
Education Department - Changing Our Name
In line with our primary mission of service, the Education Department is officially changing its title to FPMT Education Services while our publications will now say FPMT Education Publications.
Basic Program (BP) is doing well in France and in French! In October, Nalanda Monastery’s 5-year residential BP will start its second subject, Tenets. Having
Children’s event at Kadampa Center, USA, July 2008.
Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang
done well in their exams on the first section of Bodhisattva Deeds, Tenets will provide students with some background for the challenging 9th chapter. Nalanda’s BP is offered in English, French and Spanish, and it is a wonderful opportunity to study this program full-time in a monastic environment! New students are welcome for each subject!
Our new Coordinator for French BP Materials will be Ven. Ngeunga, who is already part of the French Translation Office. In this new role Ven. Ngeunga will focus on gathering French BP materials and preparing them for distribution on the BP web update page.
To enable French BP students to collect their three month lam-rim retreat commitment, after Institut Vajra Yogini offered a month lam-rim retreat last winter, the tradition is continued by Kalachakra Centre who will offer a month lam-rim retreat in their new retreat center in January 2009!
Spain is also going strong, with the first round of BP near completion at Nagarjuna Barcelona (and a second round already in full swing!), Valencia in the second year of a productive BP, and Madrid having completed the first exam in June this year. Now we need a coordinator for Spanish BP materials.
The BP at Chenrezig Institute in Australia has started preparations for the second impressive Lam-rim Chenmo teaching that will begin in 2009!
As we mentioned last month, Rinpoche has appointed members to the new FPMT Translation and Editorial Committee. Ven. Fedor Stracke, Ven. Joan Nicell, Ven. Namdak, Conni Kraus, and Jon Landaw will be heading up the efforts to establish an FPMT glossary of terms and style guide that will be used for all FPMT program translations. As a great boost to getting this work underway, Ven. Joan will be attending a distinguished translation conference sponsored by Khyentse Foundation in India next March.
Painting mantras on the bird feeder to bless the birds at Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, USA, August 2008.
Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang
For Center Directors,
SPCs and Teachers
April 26 - May 2 2009,
Institute Vajra Yogini, France
FPMT's Vast Mandala:
Who We Are and What We Do
All those offering service in the FPMT mandala as center/project director, resident and touring teachers, spiritual program coordinator, board member, study group and regional and national coordinators are invited and strongly encouraged to attend - more information available in the FPMT Members Area!
Rinpoche has given new advice for the prayers to be recited before teaching occasions and has advised us to make this into a small booklet for center gompas that can be taken away by students if they would like. Please download the updated Prayers for Teaching Occasions
Reminding all centers, study groups, projects and services that the new FPMT brochure
is available. This brochure will help place your activities in the amazingly positive and inspiring context of the worldwide FPMT mandala. It will be helpful as a way to connect people to Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the FPMT. We encourage you to make it available to visitors, students, center/project board members – anyone who you want to help understand that your activity is a part of a fantastic organization.
Inner Job Description training: A very successful two day training was held at Vajrayana Center, Australia led by Ven. Chokyi and Allys Andrews. In November, Amy Cayton will lead an IJD training at the North American regional meeting in Portland and Allys Andrews will lead at the Australian national meeting. These are great opportunities for centers to send candidates to cultivate as future trainers. See a full list of trainings
Harald Weichhart will be offering software training in France and Germany in October with an emphasis on helping our translation offices in these countries become fully versed in the design and layout programs used by Education Services. France and Germany will soon be printing Essential Buddhist Prayers, an FPMT Prayer Book Volumes 1 & 2 in the same format as the English. With luck, the Spanish and Italian will also be done in time for Rinpoche’s European retreat in May 2009. Harald is also helping us to get French, Spanish, German and Italian subtitles on the Discovering Buddhism DVDs.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche carving mantras on stone and the completed carving. Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, USA, August 2008.
Photos by Ven. Thubten Kunsang and Ven. Holly Ansett
We rejoice with you at the emergency rescue operation offered by all of our centers!
“Taking responsibility for supporting these practitioners is extremely worthwhile because they are preserving and spreading the entire teaching of the Buddha.”
–Lama Zopa Rinpoche
On May 14, FPMT sent $118,000USD to Sera Je Monastic University to cover the expenses of offering food to the 2,700 monks in residence for 6 months. Please rejoice in this virtuous merit. Thank you again!
Opportunities include House Manager and Volunteer Coordinator at Mahamudra Centre, New Zealand and Vajrapani Institute in California, USA is looking for a caretaker.
NB: center details are always most up to date in the directory on the FPMT website, www.fpmt.org/centers/