International Office News
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Highlights from our blogs:
In a letter to a student, Lama Zopa Rinpoche once wrote, “I think the most important thing is that you’re happy … I’m talking about the happiness that you can develop from life to life, up to enlightenment. This happiness can be completed; it is so meaningful. Whatever you do in the world, this is the essence. This happiness is Dharma.” Read in full …
“[It would be good] for the centers to arrange regular interfaith dialogues with religious leaders in their local community,” encouraged Lama Zopa Rinpoche when he developed his Vast Visions for FPMT, noting that this is one way FPMT can offer service to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and support his aims. Read in full …
A student wrote to Lama Zopa Rinpoche to ask what to do when finding dead insects. Rinpoche responded, taking the opportunity not only to give advice but to describe in detail how he and Sangha members work to benefit insects, birds, and other small animals. Read in full …
Find a wide range of advice on Rinpoche’s Advice page.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching in Bangalore, India, December 2016. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.
May 6 – 13 Teachings and initiation, Golden Light Sutra Center and Ganden Do Ngag Shedrup Ling, Mongolia
May 20 – June 3 Teachings and initiation, Ganden Tendar Ling, Russia
August 20 – September 17 Light of the Path retreat, Kadampa Center, USA
October 4 – November 5 Mani retreat, Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy
November/December Teaching during part of the one-month lam-rim course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal
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- FPMT Charitable Projects invite you to rejoice in another year of offering food to all of the monks studying at Sera Je Monastery through the Sera Je Food Fund. Since 1991, the Sera Je Food Fund has offered millions of meals. We currently offer approximately 700,000 meals per year, 2,900 meals per day.
- FPMT International Office invites you to rejoice that our third and final fundraising campaign in 2016 was a great success thanks to the generous support of donors around the world. US$28,605 was donated to the Give Where Most Needed Fund to help future FPMT activities. A big thank you to all who contributed to the campaign!
- Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s name mantra
- Service as the Path to Enlightenment ebook
- Update to Advice Regarding Gurus
- Update to Balanced Mind, Balanced Body
Now is the time to open your Merit Boxes and count and send in your accumulated offerings! Just think: what is sitting in your Merit Box now will later this year transform into grants that will help Dharma projects around the world. Learn how to send in your collected Merit Box offerings here.
Support the Dharma, enjoy the Dharma! Read more on the merits and benefits of being a Friend of FPMT supporter here.
We’re excited to announce that Liberation Prison Project’s 2017 calendar is available to order today! FPMT centers, projects and services receive a special discount.
This calendar includes lunar dates and information about more than thirty kinds of practice days and auspicious and inauspicious days for each month. The calendar was prepared by astrologer Ngawang Thartho based on the Tibetan Medical and Astrological Institute’s calendar, with additional advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Geshe Ngawang Dakpa.
It’s not too late to get your copy of the January-June 2017 issue of Mandala, which explores what it means to really practice Dharma and includes teachings by Ribur Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe, and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Get your copy from the Foundation Store or as a Friend of FPMT.
For Center, Project and Service Directors, SPCs, Board Members, Registered Teachers and Coordinators:
(This advice is specifically for those offering service in these roles.)
A reminder to please offer Lama Chöpa with tsog on Tibetan New Year (Losar). This year, Losar is on February 27, 2017. Rinpoche advises that FPMT centers should offer extensive Lama Chöpa with tsog on this day each year to honor the anniversary of Lama Yeshe’s passing away. Rinpoche added that it is good to do this at the time Lama Yeshe passed away, which was at 5 a.m. (on Losar in 1984). Rinpoche emphasized the importance and benefits in offering tsog on that occasion each year. Find more on this in the Affiliates Area …
The updated FPMT Ethics and Ethical Policy?
Congratulations to Buddha House, Adelaide, Australia, on its move into its new building on January 16—after a lot of work from volunteers!
Please check out the regularly updated meritorious opportunities to offer service as a volunteer or as paid staff in FPMT centers, projects, and services around the world. Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India, is looking for an interpreter (Tibetan-English), a Basic Program teaching assistant, and a fundraiser and publicity officer; Mahamudra Center, New Zealand, needs a cook and a housekeeper.
Buddha House, Australia
496 Magill Rd, Magill SA 5072
Centro Rinchen Zangpo, Mexico
We welcome new director, Carlos Portal
With grateful thanks to outgoing director, Brenda Moreno
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We hear religious people talk a lot about morality. What is morality? Morality is the wisdom that understands the nature of the mind. The mind that understands its own nature automatically becomes moral, or positive; and the actions motivated by such a mind also become positive. That’s what we call morality. The basic nature of the narrow mind is ignorance; therefore the narrow mind is negative.