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Lama Zopa Rinpoche blessing the one of the residents at the Animal Liberation Sanctuary, Nepal.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang
- April – Mexico
- 4 Public talk in Guadalajara
- 5 – 14 Lam-rim retreat with Guru Shakyamuni Buddha guru yoga
- 12 – 13 Medicine Buddha initiation
- 18 Public talk, Mexico City
- May – Centro Shiwa Lha, Brazil
- 17 Vajrasattva Initiation
- 17 – 19 Retreat
- 21 – 22 Great Medicine Buddha initiation
- May – Centro Yamantaka, Colombia
- 27 – 28 Lam-rim teaching
- 29 Talk on Making Life Meaningful
- 31 – June 1 Great Chenrezig initiation
- June – Crestone, Colorado, USA
- 6 – 8 Mahamudra teachings and Medicine Buddha initiation
- June – Kunsang Yeshe Center and FPMT Australia
- 17 – 22 Retreat on Bodhicitta
- 21 Manjushri initiation
- 22 Vajrayogini initiation
- Sept 16 – 28 Teachings at Do Ngak Sung Juk Centre, Japan
- Dec – Teaching at November Course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal
- May 5-June 6 Twenty One Tara and Yamantaka Retreat, Institut Vajra Yogini, France
“The purpose of doing demonstrations is to fulfill the Guru His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Holy wishes; this Guru Yoga practice is the path to enlightenment for the benefit of sentient beings.
It is also important to repay the kindness of the Tibetan people, who have preserved the complete Buddha Dharma, not only Vajrayana but the whole path; they have preserved all the teachings for a long time. Due to this we non-Tibetans are able to receive the complete teachings, enjoy and make our lives meaningful.
Now that their need is most urgent we need to be aware of how we can help – it is very important. This is what you would do if you are a sensible person, a thoughtful, intelligent person.
I have sent a message to His Holiness the Dalai Lama explaining what we will do and also requesting what prayers we should do for the achievement of success.
With much love and prayer,
Go to Peace in the World for more advice.
“I am very happy you have the big heart to help this study group. You can think that this study group is like the son of the mother; your center is the mother.”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche during long life puja in Kopan, Dec 2007.
Photo by Ven. Kunsang
Hello My Dear Students,
Whose life goal is to achieve enlightenment and to liberate all sentient beings from the ocean of samsara and to bring them to full enlightenment. Because of that, life becomes most beneficial. “All sentient beings” means also for yourself.
Enjoy brief glimpses of Rinpoche live on our new
I pray for everyone to have a happy, healthy long life with a good heart.
Our precious Guru, Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, has very kindly advised us many times on how to be a better person, how to work for the benefit of others. Rinpoche also gives advice many times on the importance of subduing our mind, developing mindfulness of our body, speech and mind. Everyone should develop this mindfulness. We should follow this advice every day. Whatever Rinpoche teaches us, we should follow his advice and put it into practice. This is very important to develop strong and pure relationship with our Guru.
I request everybody to please pray for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and that we may be able to fulfill all His Holy wishes, and help in whichever way we can. Please also pray strongly for the removal of sufferings and problems in Tibet, and for the Chinese Government to agree to sit together with His Holiness Dalai Lama to plan peace for Tibet, and for any meeting to bring success.
Please don’t forget the Dharma. Remember all the mother sentient beings in your prayers as well as in your daily life. Make effort to be a person with good heart.
Thank you very much,
New FPMT Study Group
Keeping the total number of FPMT centers, study groups, projects and services worldwide to 150.
- P.O. Box 1495
- Sarasota, FL 34230, USA
- Tel: (1) (941) 745 1147
- Coordinator Ruth McMahon
Closed FPMT Group
Gendun Gyatso Study Group (which was based in Brazil) is closed. With grateful thanks to all whose time, energy and donations enabled the group to benefit beings.
International Office News
International OfficeThe FPMT International Office 2007 Annual Review is now available! Please go to International Office webpage and click on 2007 Annual Review.
- Messages from our amazing Spiritual Director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche – and recent thoughts about the organization from Osel Rinpoche!
- Ven Roger Kunsang shares his very inspiring attitude to serving Rinpoche and the FPMT organization.
- The opportunity to rejoice at the benefit offered around the world by FPMT Charitable Projects.
NB: Last year, many center directors told us that they had sent the Annual Review to their members and students, and found that it helped very much to educate their members and students about the calibre and scale of the organization of which their center is a part – so we strongly encourage you to use the Annual Review in this way.
If you are an FPMT teacher and would like to subscribe, please send a blank email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope it proves a useful aid to your wonderful work helping beings connect with the Dharma.
Geshe Thubten Soepa has moved to Lama Yeshe Ling, Canada as their resident geshe.
Ven. Jampa Dekyi is starting as Tushita Meditation Centre (Dharamsala)’s resident teacher.
In 1991, Lama Zopa Rinpoche began offering food to all the monks of Sera Je Monastery in India on behalf of FPMT. Since that time, FPMT has been raising the funds to support this project. Last year, in addition to the offering of the meals, FPMT also sponsored the building and equipping of a new kitchen for the monastery. Presently, FPMT is offering three meals a day to 2,700 monks, nearly three million meals a year! The projected budget for the upcoming year is $324,000. For more information on the Sera Je Food Fund or to watch a beautiful video documenting the food fund, visit the Sera Je Food Fund project page (where you can also donate to support this amazing project).
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Song Rinpoche earlier this year.
HH Song Rinpoche on FPMT
Tsongkhapa Teacher’s Fund
REJOICE!! FPMT just sent $25,000 towards the 2007 annual Jang debate which was held in Drepung Monastery during the winter months. The Jang Debate session is a winter
Ven. Tenzin Zopa of Sera Je Monastery wrote in 2003 of factors affecting the continuance of the tradition: “Sera Je Monastery could only afford to send about 200 monks to the winter debates. Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who always cares with affection for the monastery and its students, seeing that the attendance to the Jang debate session is an important condition for the development of the Buddhist teachings in general, and of our monastery in particular, sponsors the travel and food expenses for 400 monks to be able to attend.”
In 2007, FPMT was able to sponsor the food and travel for over 600 monks to attend the Jang debate! For more information, visit the Lama Tsongkhapa Teacher’s Fund page.
Opportunities include Root Institute’s Shakyamuni Buddha Community Health Programme in Bodhgaya is looking for a Physiotherapist; Milarepa Center in Vermont, USA is looking for a cook and house manager and a land manager, and Mahamudra Center, New Zealand is seeking a manager and gardener.
Bengungyal Center, Mexico
Av. Canal Interceptor 205-A,
Fracc. El Plateado,
Jamyang Buddhist Centre, UK
New director – Sally Barraud
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – Diana Carroll
Jinsiu Farlin, Taiwan
New co-spiritual program coordinators – Ven. Thubten Sangmo and Gyalten Drolma
With grateful thanks to outgoing SPC – Ven. Emily
Kunsang Yeshe Center, Australia
New SPC – Margaret Bohler
Shakyamuni Center, Taiwan
New director – Ven. Choying Sangmo
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – Ven. Sophia Tenzin Chetso
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I encourage people not to express their anger, not to let it out. Instead, I have people try to understand why they get angry, what causes it and how it arises. When you realize these things, instead of manifesting externally, your anger digests itself. In the West, some people believe that you get rid of your anger by expressing it, that you finish it by letting it out. Actually, in this case what happens is that you leave an imprint in your mind to get angry again.