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Living with Compassion

“… On the basis of [reflecting on the lam-rim], we should generate the good heart, bodhichitta, the thought of benefiting others. This is our best refuge, especially for those of us whose lives are very busy, who don’t have much ... Read full article

Weekly Ocean Blessings with Namgyälma Mantra Boards

In addition to the weekly animal liberations offered by the Sangha at Kachoe Dechen Ling – Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s California residence, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has requested the Sangha to also make weekly trips to the Pacific Ocean in order to ... Read full article

Photo Gallery: Pamtingpa Center Builds a High Desert Stupa

On a smaller scale than the Maitreya Projects and the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, dozens of FPMT centers, projects and services have built or are in the process of creating their own stupas, often representing a true community effort. Each one of these ... Read full article

Extraordinary Aspirations

“… May my pure activities be endless, My good qualities boundless, And through abiding in immeasurable activity, May I actualize infinite emanations. “Limitless is the end of space, Likewise, limitless are living beings, Thus, limitless are karma and afflictions. May ... Read full article

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Khunu Lama Rinpoche’s Attendant

While in Bodhgaya, Lama Zopa Rinpoche met with the attendant of the previous Khunu Lama Rinpoche. Known as the Ladkhi Gen-la, he has been teaching in Mumbai for the past 20 years. Khunu Rinpoche, who passed away in 1977, was as a great teacher and scholar, called by His Holiness the Dalai Lama “the Shantideva of our time.” He authored Vast as the Heavens, ... Read full article

Eight Verses of Thought Transformation

The Eight Verses of Thought Transformation is one of the most important texts from a genre of Tibetan spiritual writings known as lojong (mind training). This root text was written by the eleventh-century meditator Langri Tangpa Dorje Senghe. His Holiness ... Read full article

Living the Gift

Buddhist in the Trenches columnist Sarah Shifferd talks about how the gift economy and generosity intersect in the April-June 2014 issue of Mandala: I’ve never believed in money. Even though my parents explained the basics of modern economics to me over ... Read full article

Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Mahabodhi Stupa

By Ven. Sarah Thresher While Lama Zopa Rinpoche has been staying at Root Institute in Bodhgaya, India, he has been engaged in many practices during Losar and the two weeks that follow. Ven. Sarah Thresher has been participating in these virtuous activities ... Read full article

Tara Redwood School Holds Annual Auction, CCC Online Course Launched

Pam Cayton, founder of Tara Redwood School, a pre-school and elementary program near Santa Cruz, California, that “strives to develop the whole child: mental, physical and spiritual,” and Creating Compassionate Cultures (CCC), an organization dedicated to providing tools and training to help educators offer children ... Read full article

Marble Stupa Sponsored for IMI House, Sera Je Monastery

The Stupa Fund recently offered US$2,000 for a marble stupa at IMI House, the khangtsen for FPMT Western Sangha at Sera Je Monastery. The Benefits of Building Stupas The main purpose of building stupas is to make the lives of ... Read full article