International Office News
Lama Zopa Rinpoche blessing the sentient beings in Omak Lake with mantras, Washington, USA, October 2016. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.
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Golden Dharmachakra. Painted by Gelek Sherpa.
Highlights from our blogs:
“Probably many of us do not know how important these eight auspicious signs are and how they affect our lives. They can be used externally to help with one’s own success as well as with the FPMT organization to be successful in benefiting others and working for the teachings of the Buddha.” Read in full …
“I have heard that you have to take indoor dogs out three times a day, so I thought that this gives you an unbelievable, incredible opportunity to help them.” Read in full …
“You can collect a huge amount of merit even in your own home by having a party,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche instructs in his latest book, Sun of Devotion, Stream of Blessings, newly available from Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. Read in full …
Find a wide range of advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche on Rinpoche’s Advice page.
November – December 4 – Teaching during part of the one-month lam-rim course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal
December 5 – Long life puja offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Kopan Monastery, Nepal
December 18 – 21 – Teaching at Choe Khor Sum Ling, Bangalore, India
May 6 – 14 – Teachings and initiation, Golden Light Sutra Center and Ganden Do Ngag Shedrup Ling, Mongolia
May 20 – June 5 – 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
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Cultivating Mindfulness of Bodhichitta in Daily Activities by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
The long life prayer that Khadro-la (Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drönme) spontaneously composed for Rinpoche’s long life is now available in English with Tibetan phonetics, Tibetan, Italian, Spanish, and Chinese.
The main topic of the Living in the Path module “Everything Comes from Mind” is summed up by Lama Zopa Rinpoche: “The view of Buddhism, Buddhist philosophy, the very foundation, the very essence, is that everything comes from your mind.” In a short video, “Mind: The Creator,” Ven. Robina Courtin, one of the senior FPMT teachers who have offered video teachings for Living in the Path modules, introduces the Buddha’s explanation of mind and karma.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche recently offered some inspiring advice about the benefits of offering to ordained Sangha, the monks and nuns of the Buddhist tradition.
The Supporting Ordained Sangha Fund provides support to ordained Sangha as well as to monasteries and nunneries; the Sera Je Food Fund, now in its 25th year, offers three vegetarian meals a day to the monks studying at Sera Je Monastery; and the Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fund provides support to the most senior teachers of the Lama Tsongkhapa tradition and offers financial backing for the annual Gelug exam and winter debates in India and Nepal.
The Friends program is a key source of funding for many activities, including FPMT Education Services, which supports the Dharma study and practice of tens of thousands of students worldwide through print, audio, video and online Dharma publications and programs. The Education Services team works year-round on new projects and existing programs like those found in the Online Learning Center.
Friends of FPMT help further this work, and also enjoy open access to lots of these Dharma materials – plus the new Mandala magazine coming out next month! Consider becoming a Friend of FPMT supporter today.
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 are delighted to announce that the new FPMT Affiliates Area will be available soon. This online resource will replace the FPMT Affiliates Area, and is essentially the FPMT Handbook completely online. The Affiliates Area has been designed to make finding the information you need easier. We’ll be emailing you soon to set up your unique Affiliates Area account.
Tushita Delhi to Host His Holiness the Dalai Lama!
On December 11, as part of its Delhi Dharma Celebration, Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre will host His Holiness the Dalai Lama for a talk about compassion and secular ethics in the world today.
Enthronement of Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup’s Incarnation
Tenzin Rigsel Rinpoche, who was recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in April this year, will be enthroned on the March 6, 2017, in a grand ceremony at Kopan Monastery, Nepal. If you would like to attend, please click here to register for more information about the event.
Registration Open for the Next Foundation Service Seminar
An FPMT Foundation Service Seminar with a Facilitator Training component will be offered February 3-10, 2017 at Land of Medicine Buddha, California, USA. Click here to register!
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.
Mahamudra Centre, New Zealand, has a variety of volunteer opportunities; Maitreya Instituut Loenen, the Netherlands, is looking for an experienced chef.
Shakyamuni Center, Taiwan
We welcome new resident geshe – Geshe Jampa Sonam
Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Centre, Australia
We welcome new spiritual program coordinator (SPC) – Virginia Kaufman Hall
Maitreya Buddha Project Kushinagar, India
We welcome new director – Ven. Kabir Saxena
Milarepa Center, USA
We welcome new director – Merry Colony
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – Felicity Keeley
Tong-nyi Nying-je Ling, Denmark
We welcome new co-director – Mikkel Bjelke Kristiansen, (co-directing with Martin Lyngby-Nielsen)
Tushita Meditation Centre, India
We welcome new resident teacher – Ven. Drolma
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