International Office News
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Registration is now open for the extended 2017 Light of the Path hosted by Kadampa Center in North Carolina, USA, and taking place August 20-September 17. We hope that many students will be able to attend in person (the ideal choice!) or participate via livestream and video.
The Light of the Path retreat started due to Lama Zopa Rinpoche having what seemed to be a very significant and auspicious dream, which indicated that it was very important for Rinpoche to teach Lama Atisha’s Lamp of the Path to Enlightenment, the root text on which the retreat is based. The dream also related to Kadampa Center hosting the teaching retreat.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has emphasized since the first Light of the Path retreat that participants should review what he has previously taught so that at the new Light of the Path retreat he can move forward through Atisha’s text.
Participants can prepare for Light of the Path 2017 by accessing the modules of the online program Living in the Path, specifically created by International Office to make Rinpoche’s extensive teachings available in bite-sized chunks for easier study and meditation. Alternatively, participants can watch the videos of the entire Light of the Path 2016 teachings, listen to the MP3 recordings, or read the unedited transcript.
Korea: Unfortunately, Rinpoche’s visit to Korea has been cancelled.
November 15–20: Rinpoche will continue the transmission of a series of texts related to the practice of Most Secret Hayagriva, India.
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Highlights from our blogs:
Lama Zopa Rinpoche was asked for advice by a student who has cancer. Rinpoche typed up advice to send to the student. Read it in full …
Find a wide range of advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche on Rinpoche’s Advice page.
The recent auspicious 15 days of miracles following Tibetan New Year inspired more than 115 new Friends of FPMT supporters! Many thanks to and much rejoicing for all of our Friends of FPMT, those new to our Friends community and those who have been helping for many years to advance International Office’s work in education, charitable projects, online resources, and service to FPMT communities. Thank you!
In this year’s FPMT International Office annual review, Lama Zopa Rinpoche mentioned two practices for students to focus on, The Method to Transform a Suffering Life into Happiness (Including Enlightenment) and How to Make Life Most Beneficial. We’re happy to remind you that these practices are available for free download.
Also, a newly updated Lama Chöpa Jorchö in English and Tibetan phonetics is now available.
Plus, new graphic resources are available on the Foundation Store:
- Graph Lam-rim Outline and Overview Lam-rim Outline based on Liberation in the Palm of Your Hand
- Illustrated “Praises to the Twenty-One Taras”
- Shantideva’s Bodhicaryavatara in color
We invite you to rejoice that the Prajnaparamita Project is now entering its fifteenth year! According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, one of the main ways to create the causes needed to build the large Maitreya Buddha statue in Kushinagar, India is to write out the Prajnaparamita Sutra in pure gold. Under Rinpoche’s guidance, Jane Seidlitz and Ven. Tsering are writing out this sutra in gold ink on archival quality rainbow paper. They are now working on volume four of twelve. Thanks to all who contribute to this project every year, making it possible to continue this work.
Mandala recently published “New Self / No Self: Jacob Sky Lindsley on Mindfulness and Madhyamaka,” an interview with Jacob Sky Lindsley, a graduate of FPMT-affiliated Maitripa College, who will soon start Ph.D. studies in psychology. Lindsley discusses the relationship between highly popular mindfulness therapies, and Madhyamaka (Middle Way) philosophy as propounded by Lama Tsongkhapa and many other Mahayana scholars. Both of these are methods to transform the experience of self, and, by doing so, to reduce suffering. Learn how they compare …
We carry a full range of meditation supplies and holy objects including altar cloths, offering bowls, vajras and bells, bhumpas, tea offering sets to protectors (serkyem) and more. Check out our new arrivals!
The last chance to submit your accumulated Merit Box offerings to be used for this year’s grants for Dharma projects around the world is March 31—just days away! If you have a Merit Box, we request you to please tally your offerings, submit them online, and 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.)
We strongly encourage FPMT centers to host the Living in the Path program in the coming months. This will best enable students to get the full benefit of and connect with Rinpoche’s teachings in preparation for either attending the Light of the Path retreat or watching Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings live locally via the livestreamed video. For information on how to host Living in the Path, please write to our Living in the Path coordinator.
Do you know how International Office can help your center, project, service and study group fundraise successfully? (Hint – have a look at the Financial, Business and Fundraising Guidelines section!)
We have just updated the map in the FPMT Display Pack to properly reflect the FPMT network of 162 centers, projects, services, and study groups in 38 countries!
Thubten Rigsel Rinpoche, the reincarnation of Khen Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup, beloved long-time abbot of Kopan Monastery, was enthroned on March 6 at Kopan Monastery, Nepal.
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. Thubten Norbu Ling, USA, is looking for an FPMT registered teacher to be their support teacher and spiritual program coordinator; De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre, Australia, needs a range of volunteers.
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