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Rinpoche teaching and giving the Great Chenrezig Initiation, Elista, Kalmykia, Russia, October 5, 2019. Photo by Ven. Losang Sherab.
Recordings of Rinpoche’s recent teachings are always available at Rinpoche Available Now.
Change Your View of Others So They Can Also Change
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Amitabha Buddha Festival, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington State, US, August 2019. Photo by Chris Majors.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche recently offered a student advice on how to resolve conflicts with other disciples of one’s guru such as ridding oneself of past and present grudges by changing one’s own mind. “There may have been something between you and that person before, some time ago, but now I want you to change your view of her and become harmonious with her. Change your view from your old way of looking at her and instead look at her with an open heart, seeing her as one of the pores of the guru.” Read more …
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In the new issue of Mandala, we feature the forthcoming biography of Lama Yeshe, Big Love. We share the story of the making of this monumental two-volume book, which is being published by Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. We also are honored to offer an excerpt from Big Love. You can find links to these stories and more from Mandala July–December 2019 online.
For Medicine Buddha pujas, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has recommended specific advice for centers and students. FPMT Education Services has organized The Medicine Buddha Ritual Set for Pujas, which can be used when performing the Medicine Buddha puja on the eighth day of every Tibetan month or when someone is sick, dying, or has passed away. The set, available from the FPMT Foundation Store, includes the Medicine Buddha Sutra in Tibetan, a mandala representing the Medicine Buddha’s purified environment, and a wrapping cloth representing the Five Dhyani Buddhas. The Medicine Buddha puja text itself, Medicine Buddha: The Wish-Fulfilling Jewel is available as an optional ad-on.
- His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Name Mantra
- Mantra from “The Sutra of Great Liberation”
- Amitabha Buddha Mantra
- The Benefits of the Clouds of Offerings Mantra (English, Vietnamese)
Prayers and Practices
- Lama Tsongkhapa Celebration Day
- Chintamani Rosary Spreading the Buddha’s Teachings(Lama Tsongkhapa’s biography)
- The Complete Dedication Booklet
- Prayer to Be Reborn in the Land of Bliss
- Prayer for a Statue of Maitreya
- The Benefits of Prayer Wheel
- Prayers for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibet
In addition to offering immediate help to those in need (for example through the Nepal Earthquake Support Fund and the Social Services Fund which supports many disadvantaged groups), the FPMT organization also has a unique way of offering prayers and practices dedicated to pacifying harm from the elements and protecting those (humans, animals, insects) who have been affected from such damage including economic repercussions.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche observed several prayers and pujas that must be completed every month for utmost benefit. This activity has been sponsored every month through the Protecting the Environment and Living Beings Fund for the past year and will continue indefinitely.
For Center, Project and Service Directors, SPCs, Board Members, Registered Teachers and Coordinators:
(This advice is specifically for those offering service in these roles.)
Lama Tsongkhapa thangka.
This year’s Lama Tsongkhapa Day, which falls on December 21, is the 600th anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa’s parinirvana. To honor the anniversary, the Geluk International Foundation proclaimed 2019 to be the International Year of Tsongkhapa.
In response to the proclamation, Lama Zopa Rinpoche is strongly encouraging FPMT centers, projects, and services to arrange Lama Tsongkhapa Day celebrations using various prayers authored by Lama Tsongkhapa or written in his honor, which Rinpoche has compiled for this purpose.
Would you like to spend your days in a very meaningful way? Take 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: Ocean of Compassion Buddhist Center, USA, is looking for a director; Land of Medicine Buddha, USA, needs a spiritual program coordinator; as does Yeshe Norbu Center, Sweden.
Le Service de traduction de la FPMT est heureux de vous présenter un livre audio dans lequel, d’une voix sereine et bienveillante, le Vén. René nous guide dans 12 méditations de pleine conscience. Vén. René commence par nous amener à générer une plus grande attention envers notre souffle et notre esprit, puis nous introduit aux différents types de méditations avant de nous guider pas à pas dans des sessions méditatives sur le calme mental, l’amour, la compassion et la vacuité. Commander ce livre audio.
Contact information for the following, and all, FPMT centers, projects, and services can be found in the FPMT Directory.
Institut Vajra Yogini, France
We welcome Nicolas Brun who joins François Lecointre as co-director
Maitreya Institut, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
We welcome new spiritual program coordinator (SPC) – Marco Crooijmans
With grateful thanks to outgoing SPC – Annelies van der Heijden
We welcome new spiritual program coordinator (SPC) – Angela Sanchez
With grateful thanks to outgoing SPC – Marcos Troia
Tse Chen Ling, USA
We welcome new co-spiritual program coordinator (SPC) – MaryEllen Kirkpatrick
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