International Office News
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Washington State, USA, June 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab
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Lama Zopa Rinpoche in front of the Amitabha Buddha statue, Washington State, USA, July 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche recently advised us all to have this image of Lama Atisha’s stupa in our home (and in every FPMT center, project and service). Rinpoche said: “This image is so important to protect from mental pollution.” Download it free from the FPMT Foundation Store.
Find this advice (under Holy Objects), together with a wide range of advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche on Rinpoche’s Advice page.
The Buddha’s teachings on the four noble truths are essential to our understanding and practice of Buddhism. Lama Zopa Rinpoche provides clear instruction on this fundamental teaching in his new book The Four Noble Truths: A Guide to Everyday Life, just published by Wisdom Publications. Read an excerpt. The Four Noble Truths is available for purchase from the FPMT Foundation Store.
The Amitabha statue and flower offerings at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, September 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche had a sign placed in front of the large Amitabha statue at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land in Washington State, US. The sign read:
If you recite Amitabha’s name every day, when you die you will go to the blissful realm of Amitabha like a rocket, without any obstacle. Read in full….
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Participants in the 108 nyung nä retreat this year.
Please join us in joyfully acknowledging the completion of seven rounds of 108 nyung nä retreats at Institut Vajra Yogini (IVY), France. Lama Zopa Rinpoche sponsors ten people with food and accommodation for each round of this 108 nyung nä retreat at IVY. Support is also provided by IVY and kind private donors.
From mid November 2017 to the end of June 2018, 119 different participants completed 1,098 individual nyung näs. Ven. Charles Trebaol has kindly guided all seven rounds of retreats completed at IVY. We invite you to take a moment to rejoice in this dedication and leadership. Supporting others to complete 1,000 nyung näs retreats is one of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for the FPMT organization.
Join our international community of Friends, working to help us increase access to Dharma study and practice resources. All the while, you’ll enjoy your own complimentary access to online courses, instant downloads, Mandala magazines, and ebooks. The Friends of FPMT program also sustains our ability to serve local FPMT communities, charitable projects, and more.
The FPMT Foundation Store e-News “How to Help Others at the Time of Death” is now available online. By providing the right support and the correct environment, it is possible to help others die peacefully and thus obtain a good rebirth. The Foundation Store e-News comes out every month, and is a good way to find out about new or essential materials.
- The Method for Water Charity, a compilation by Lama Zopa Rinpoche containing many valuable practices including “Water Offering to Dzambhala” and “Water Charity to Preta Beings” among others.
- Now find these print-on-demand titles on Amazon.com: The King of Glorious Sutras called the Exalted Sublime Golden Light; The Method to Transform a Suffering Life into Happiness (Including Enlightenment) with Additional Practices; A Daily Meditation on Shakyamuni Buddha: How to Meditate on the Graded Path to Enlightenment; and Lama Chopa Jorcho.
For Center, Project and Service Directors, SPCs, Board Members, Registered Teachers and Coordinators:
(This advice is specifically for those offering service in these roles.)
Reminders of two requests which went out recently to you via the CPMT e-group:
- Display Lama Atisha’s Stupa:
Lama Zopa Rinpoche is requesting that every FPMT center, service and project must, must have this image of the Atisha stupa (this link is to the relevant page in the Affiliates Area, please log in before clicking on it). “This is so important – every FPMT center, project or service should have this in every Gompa [teaching hall]. It can be in the gompa, office, and in any rooms where the public come in. If the center has more than one level, there should be one copy on every level.” (See image above.)
- Practices For Elea Redel:
For August and September please arrange at the centers Medicine Buddha pujas and Vajrasattva practice, dedicated for Elea Redel, a long-time student who is in a lot of pain, to immediately recover and to have a most meaningful life and to achieve enlightenment quickly for sentient beings.
Victoria Ewart, director of the international FPMT project, FDCW, says:
“I hope each director and SPC saw my email sent to the CPMT e-group last month, introducing the new 16G Study Kit. If you didn’t get my email, or have questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! I am keen to make it as easy as possible for you to connect with the 16 Guidelines as you work to fulfill the UECW Pillar of Service. FDCW’s brand new website gives clear information about hosting our secular courses in your center. I will email you in more detail soon about how simple it is to do so.”
Ven Sonam, director of Rinchen Jangsem Ling, Malaysia, shares:
“We have just held our annual Mani Retreat – this year we had 318 participants and a total of 38,711,201 mantras recited.”
Participants and facilitators, July 2018.
Milarepa Center in beautiful Vermont, USA, hosted a Foundation Service Seminar Retreat last month. Twelve participants from eight centers across the United States and Canada participated for five full days of sessions on skillfully offering service within the FPMT mandala. Graduates went back to their centers inspired! Congratulations and thanks to facilitators Drolkar McCallum and Sarah Brooks!
It was “so helpful in seeing the big picture – it’s really, really big!”
“I loved FSS and the mix of practice, lecture, and exercises with partners. What a joy it was to have skillful teachers and inspiring Dharma friends all working to implement Lama Zopa’s vision for the FPMT mandala.”
Would you like to spend your days in a very meaningful way? Have a look at the regularly updated meritorious opportunities to offer service as a volunteer or as paid staff in FPMT centers, projects, and services around the world. Newly added: Kopan Monastery, Nepal needs administrative volunteers at their outreach group in Pokhara.
Contact information for FPMT centers, projects, and services can be found in the FPMT Directory.
Chandrakirti Center, New Zealand
We welcome new spiritual program coordinator (SPC) – Jennifer Coyne
With grateful thanks to outgoing SPC – Amy Rayner
Khamlungpa Center, Mexico
We welcome new director – Santiago Solbes
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – Jessica Honegger
We welcome new spiritual program coordinator (SPC) – Ven. Norbu
With grateful thanks to outgoing SPC – Dimitri Limberopulos
Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Center, Australia
We welcome new spiritual program coordinator – Gill Mulholland
Tong-Nyi Nyingje Ling, Denmark
We welcome new director – Mikkel Bjelke Kristiansen
With grateful thanks to outgoing co-director – Martin Lyngby-Nielsen
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