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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 »

The Flight of a Young Lama

Merry Colony retells some of the early history of the young Cherok Lama, “the boy whose affection and laughter make even the sternest of hearts to open and wonder just who is inside the four-year-old body.” From Manadala March-April 1997.

Thanksgiving Report from Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Lama Zopa Rinpoche reports on what he and the Sangha from Kachoe Dechen Ling did to benefit the millions of turkeys that are killed each year in the United States for Thanksgiving. From Mandala February-March 2008.

Advice from the Virtuous Friend, His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The students and staff of the FPMT Master’s Program received advice from His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Centro Ewam, Florence, Italy, May 16, 1999. This advice describes some of the ways to study the great traditional texts of Tibetan ... Read more »

Buddhism in the Family: Dealing with the “Terrible Twos”

Lily Rose is a most unique Australian toddler, not just because her grandmother is a Tibetan Buddhist nun, but because her mother, Ven. Thubten Yeshe, is too! In “Buddhism in the Family: Dealing with the ‘Terrible Twos‘,” Ven. Thubten Yeshe ... Read more »