International Office News
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Skies of thanks to all who participated in the long life practices for Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and to Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore for hosting the long life puja so beautifully. We invite you to rejoice with us about:
- FPMT’s official long life puja offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
- That all FPMT centers, projects, services, study groups and offices were represented, with more than 115 representatives flying in to honor the occasion!
- The inspiring praises offered to Rinpoche during the long life puja by Khadro-la, Tenzin Ösel Hita, and the praise on behalf of the entire organization.
- The 1,142,515 tsogs offered by students around the world!
- The 43 centers that offered long life pujas to Rinpoche locally, and the 24 centers that hosted the livestream from Singapore for the benefit of local students.
Watch the video of the long life puja.
Highlights from our blogs:
“The daily activities that you are doing, the point is to make them most beneficial for sentient beings, a cause for enlightenment, a cause for oneself to attain omniscience so that one can liberate sentient beings from the oceans of samsaric sufferings and bring them to enlightenment,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches in Living in the Path, an FPMT online and center-based program drawn exclusively from Rinpoche’s lam-rim teachings. Read more …
Rinpoche Available Now (RAN), FPMT’s initiative to make Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s most current teachings directly available to all students, has just released “Teachings from the Kopan November Course 2015,” with over 18 hours of video recorded at the famous Kopan November Course in Nepal. Read more …
Now till May 2: Teachings, initiations and retreat, South East Asia
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Since 2011, Vajrapani Institute has been working with others to create a lifelike statue of FPMT’s precious founder, Lama Yeshe. Lama Zopa Rinpoche advised that this new statue should live in Vajrapani’s new gompa (yet to be built), surrounded by 999 smaller replicas making the total 1,000. You can read more about this incredible statue, further plans for this project, and how the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund has offered support.
We are collecting offerings from Merit Boxes until March 31 for this year’s Merit Box grants. Merit Box grants are awarded to Dharma projects, services and initiatives around the world that further the mission of FPMT. You can submit your Merit Box offerings online here, or read about other ways to send them in.
We now have over 200 new Friends of FPMT supporters who joined during our Losar campaign in February to help the Foundation’s activities, far surpassing our goal of 108 new Friends! Many thanks to and much rejoicing for our new Friends (and of course all of our current and past Friends of FPMT supporters!) who make a huge impact in our ability to share the Dharma and serve sentient beings. Learn more and join Friends of FPMT here.
For Center, Project and Service Directors, SPCs, Board Members, Registered Teachers and Coordinators:
This advice is specifically for those offering service in the roles listed above.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche next to the poster featuring Rinpoche’s “Live with Compassion” quote. Centers can download this as it is part of the FPMT Display Pack. Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore, March 2016. Photo by Ven Losang Sherab.
The first Masters Program (MP) translation into Spanish has been completed by Ven. Nerea Basurto. Gyaltsab Je’s Commentary on the Ornament for Clear Realization, which includes the root text by Maitreya and the Indian commentary by Haribhadra, is now available from the MP Materials web page. Ven. Nerea continues with the next MP translation, the Middle Way commentary by Lama Tsongkhapa, Illumination of the Thought.
Please enjoy this helpful compilation of key advice and new resources provided during 2015.
FPMT Foundation Store is offering the 2016 Liberation Tibetan calendar with a 35% discount. Get yours today before they run out!
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 now has openings for an SPC and a Basic Program tutor.
Bengungyal Centre, Mexico
We welcome new spiritual program coordinator (SPC) – Aldo Galaviz
With grateful thanks to outgoing SPC – Ileana Rodriguez
Root Institute, India
We welcome new resident teacher – Geshe Rabga
Thubten Norbu Ling, USA
Grateful thanks to retired SPC – Ven. Angie Muir
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