International Office News
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Australia, May 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.
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The next public teaching by Lama Zopa Rinpoche is scheduled to be in the USA – see Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s schedule.
Enjoy livestreams of Rinpoche’s current teachings and recordings of recent teachings via Rinpoche Available Now!
Highlights from our blogs:
Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Mahamudra, Adelaide, Australia, May 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche advised a student seeking life practice advice to make the most of their life by practicing lamrim and bodhichitta, thereby bringing as much benefit as possible to all sentient beings. Read in full …
Making offerings to monks during Losar at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, February 2017. Photo by Laura Miller.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche answered a student’s question about why monks receive offerings before nuns during pujas, and advised that if the student makes offerings to the pores of the guru then the student will collect the same merit as having offered to numberless buddhas, Dharma, Sangha, statues, stupas, and scriptures. Read in full …
The updated wording is in bold. This update was approved by the board of FPMT Inc. earlier this month:
The FPMT is an organization devoted to preserving and spreading Mahayana Buddhism worldwide by creating opportunities to listen, reflect, meditate, practice and actualize the unmistaken teachings of the Buddha and based on that experience spreading the Dharma to sentient beings.
We provide integrated education through which people’s minds and hearts can be transformed into their highest potential for the benefit of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility and service. We are committed to creating harmonious environments and helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion.
Our organization is based on the Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as taught to us by our founders Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Mandala July-December 2018 will be sent to Friends of FPMT supporters in a few weeks. If you would like to receive this issue of the magazine and aren’t already a Friend, sign up as a supporter of Friends of FPMT at the Foundation Friends level or higher by July 1.
In the upcoming issue, we explore the importance of creating harmony in our Dharma communities. We hear from twenty FPMT teachers, directors, spiritual program coordinators, Foundation Service Seminar facilitators, and national and regional coordinators, sharing their experiences and thoughts on this key aspect of spiritual practice.
Also in this issue, we feature an interview with the 104th Ganden Tripa; an excerpt from His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Life of My Teacher: A Biography on Kyabje Ling Rinpoche; an interview with Geshe Tashi Tsering, who was recently appointed abbot of Sera Me Monastery; a story on Tara Institute’s very large Twenty-One Taras thangka; plus teachings from Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa; and more!
Lama Zopa Rinpoche giving an oral transmission of the Sutra of Golden Light, Bodhgaya, India, March 2014. Photo by Andy Melnic.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches that “the most beneficial thing to have peace and to stop wars is recitation of the Golden Light Sutra (also known as the Sutra of Golden Light). … It is extremely powerful and fulfills all one’s wishes, as well as brings peace and happiness for all sentient beings, up to enlightenment. It is also extremely powerful for one’s own protection and for the protection of the country and the world.” Read the advice in full …
Reciting this sutra all over the world for peace is one of Rinpoche’s vast visions for FPMT. As Rinpoche has requested students to recite this sutra as much as possible, we have put together a variety of helpful resources regarding the Sutra of Golden Light on FPMT.org. Receive the oral transmission online; support the translation of the 29-chapter edition from Tibetan into English; and more.
This Kagyu nunnery is under construction thanks to grants from the FPMT Social Services Fund.
To date, US$1,714,864 in grants has been distributed from the FPMT Social Services Fund toward disaster relief and rebuilding following the earthquakes that hit Nepal in 2015. Most recently, three grants totaling US$185,000 were offered to a Kagyu nunnery, Shri Sengedrak Ngedhon Samten Choeling Retreat Center, located on the Nepal side of the Nepal-Tibet border. The nuns had been living in temporary shelter in modest conditions. Read more about these grants …
We’re happy to announce that the shipment of new holy objects and other items to support your Dharma practice has arrived in our warehouse! Please take a look at our superior statues and thangkas, extensive incense collection, authentic ritual items, beautiful brocades, and inspiring prayer flags, among other quality Buddhist accessories from Nepal.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche during the Saka Dawa celebrations at Chenrezig Institute, Australia, May 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.
The Work a Day for Rinpoche campaign, which culminated on Saka Dawa last month, has gathered support from 45 countries, with 390 “workers” contributing more than US$47,700 so far. These contributions will fund activities and projects working to fulfill Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s vision for the organization.
The campaign also encouraged the recitation of the Sutra of Golden Light and we received reports of over 275 complete recitations of the sutra from 34 countries! There were also many others who recited portions of the Sutra of Golden Light from their home or Dharma center. We rejoice!
For Center, Project and Service Directors, SPCs, Board Members, Registered Teachers and Coordinators:
(This advice is specifically for those offering service in these roles.)
Please organize the practices just requested by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, sent earlier via the CPMT e-group. You can find the request under Practices, in the Collected Advice from Rinpoche section of the Affiliates Area.
The board of FPMT Inc. have approved an update to the FPMT Ethical Policy, which is in the Ethics and Ethical Policy section of the Affiliates Area. The update has been made to the confidentiality clause, which is specific to teachers, introductory class leaders, and interpreters. The change was made because California law, and likely law in other states and some countries, mandates that clergy are required to break confidentiality to report child/elder/vulnerable adult abuse.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche cooking dinner for a number of people from Buddha House, Australia, May 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.
Fresh advice from Rinpoche that has been sent out via the CPMT e-group is also put in the Affiliates Area so that you can easily find and refer to it later. Find the recent advice regarding offering service in Key Advice for Offering Service, part of the Offering Service: Job Descriptions section. Recent advice is also findable in Collected Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche!
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: Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India, has new volunteer opportunities for their 2018-2019 season. Chenrezig Institute, Australia, is looking for a program team assistant. Vajrapani Institute, USA, is looking for a lead cook and summer work-study volunteers.
Contact information for FPMT centers, projects, and services can be found in the FPMT Directory.
Chenrezig Institute, Australia
We welcome new resident teacher – Ven. Chokyi
Gyaltsab Je Center, Ile de la Reunion
We welcome new spiritual program coordinator (SPC) – Nicole Neveur
With grateful thanks to outgoing SPC – David le Perff
Jamyang Buddhist Center, UK
Grateful thanks to outgoing resident geshe (and now abbot of Sera Me Monastery) – Geshe Tashi Tsering
Karuna Hospice Service, Australia
We welcome new director – Tracey Porst
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – Lea-Ann Tuaoi
Khamlungpa Center, Mexico
We welcome new director – Laura Lugo
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – Ven. Jangchub
Land of Joy, UK
We welcome new spiritual program coordinator (SPC) – Beth Halford
With grateful thanks to outgoing SPC – Andy Wistreich
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