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Why Is It So Difficult to Forgive Ourselves and Others?

“Somehow, we have this arrogant idea that we should be able to protect ourselves from all harm from others as if we are superheroes and perfect,” writes Swiss-born Ven. Rita Riniker . “If we get hurt, our ego is not ... Read more »

The Hidden Toll of Australia’s 2011 Floods

“The start of 2011 saw the Australian state of Queensland experience some of the worst flooding in history, resulting in three-quarters of the state, an area the size of France and Germany combined, being declared a disaster zone. Stretching from ... Read more »

Funeral Ceremonies in Tibetan Buddhism

Geshe Tashi Tsering, resident lama at Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London, explains the significance of rituals when a person has died and begins “Transitions Part III: Funeral Ceremonies” the third installation of Mandala’s three-part series on life’s major transitions – ... Read more »

Lorne Ladner on “Different Visions of Sanity”

“Among Western psychotherapists, there’s been a long debate about the value of a ‘healthy ego’ for those striving to practice the Dharma,” writes Lorne Ladner. “One of the functions of the ego is to help us to fit into society ... Read more »

Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Practices to Mitigate Harm from Hurricane Sandy

FPMT News Around the World FPMT students on the Atlantic coast of North America are hunkered down as hurricane Sandy make its way across the eastern United States and Canada. The powerful storm has already passed through Haiti, the Dominican ... Read more »

2012 Hightlights

October 2012: For the past fifteen years the Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fund has been offering a small monthly stipend to 136 of the most senior teachers, and secretaries, of Sera, Ganden, Drepung, Gyume, Gyuto, Tashi Lhunpo and Rato monasteries. In ... Read more »

Word Power: A Journo’s Story, Adele Hulse talks about writing and Lama Yeshe

“Back in 1976 Lama Yeshe called me up to his house at Chenrezig Institute in Australia and said: ‘You. You writer. You good understand my language. I want you write por me. You take Chenrezig teaching notes here and make ... Read more »

October 29, Buddha Multiplying Day Practices Recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche

FPMT News Around the World On Monday, October 29, many Buddhists worldwide will celebrate the day marking Buddha’s acceptance to descend from the God Realm of Thirty-three and return to Earth after teaching Dharma there to the gods and his ... Read more »

Meher Baba Clearly Told Me in a Dream, the story of Ven. Thubten Wongmo

“The only explanation that makes any sense as to how I ended up walking up the hill to Kopan in 1973,” writes Ven. Thubten Wongmo (Feather Meston), “is that the walk up that path actually began in various past lives. ... Read more »

FPMT Taiwan Celebrates Its Three Resident Geshes

FPMT News Around the World FPMT Taiwan celebrated its “Thanksgiving Day to Teachers” on September 30 in conjunction with the traditional Chinese Mooncake Festival. The event began in the morning with a Yamantaka fire puja hosted by the resident geshes ... Read more »

Lama Yeshe Remembered

FPMT News Around the World In addition to back issues of Mandala magazine, our archive includes the two issues of Mandala‘s predecessor, Wisdom. Published in 1983-1984 by Wisdom Publications, the magazine is a valuable record of FMPT activities in the ... Read more »

Mandala eZine December 2011 Re-released!

Mandala Publications is happy re-release the December 2011 eZine, the last of our 13-issue eZine collection. The eZine was launched in December 2008 to give Friends of FPMT new ways of engaging with qualified teachers, illuminating teachings, FPMT news and ... Read more »