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May 13 2011

Dear friends, Rinpoche is doing well in the physio morning and afternoon. Rinpoche’s sugar levels are improving he is now on insulin. Blood pressure is now close to normal. Rinpoche still gets fatigued quickly which doctors say is normal in ... Read more »


Lama Zopa Rinpoche discusses how anger cannot arise when one is continually mindful of emptiness and karma. Rinpoche also reveals the ways in which problematic situations can be the fuel for generating bodhichitta. From Mandala July-August 1997.

May 12 2011

Dear Friends, Yesterday went well with Rinpoche , the physio’s were happy with Rinpoches progress in the pool and the gym. Quite a bit of joking and laughing going on. Rinpoche is always keen to get into the pool by ... Read more »
I am enjoying the hotel…..

I am enjoying the hotel…..

Tiny message written by Rinpoche, with his left hand, in hospital, that says “I am enjoying the hotel, 5 or 10 star hotel”

Letter to Lama Zopa from the Staff of FPMT International Office

In October 1997, Lama Zopa Rinpoche was diagnosed as having adult-onset diabetes, but continued his teaching schedule as normal. After there had been no significant improvement after Rinpoche’s blood levels were brought to less than half soon after the diagnosis, ... Read more »

Accompanying Children to Their Death

Englishman Alan Joyce runs Fundación Dharma in Bogotá, Colombia, where children with cancer come to die. From Mandala July-August 1999.

Meeting Ven. Amy Miller

This experimental collage video focusing on Ven. Amy Miller, director of Milarepa Center in Barnett, Vermont, was submitted to 8 Billion Lives, a project that provides a platform for short biographical documentaries about real people around the world. The purpose ... Read more »

May 9 2011

Dear Friends, Last night Rinpoche spoke for a little while and his speech had definitely improved. Then this morning he went for 1 hour in the pool for hydro therapy, in the afternoon physio again in the gym for 1 ... Read more »

Home Truths: March-April 1997

In the March-April 1997 “Home Truths,” Adele Hulse reflects on how doing retreat her own way was the best way. From Manadala March-April 1997.

Back Over the Mountains

This excerpt comes from Back Over the Mountains , a biography in progress by Jane Marshall about Ven. Kushok Lobsang Dhamchöe, spiritual director of Gaden Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre, Alberta, Canada. Kushok shared this story with Jane Marshall ... Read more »

May 8 2011

Dear Friends, A few days back Rinpoche had what the doctors said appeared to be a continuation of the stroke … this sometimes happens with stroke patients … in fact for the 1 month after  having a stroke there is ... Read more »

Geshe Tsulga

David Strom describes a day in the life of Geshe Tsulga, a beloved geshe who taught in the United States from 1992 until his death in 2011. From Mandala May-June 1997. Geshe Tsulga’s obituary and the stories from the end ... Read more »