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Rinpoche in front of ink painting, Japan, September 2008.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang
Nov 27 – Dec 10 Teaching during the one month course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal
January – Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore
- 17 Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga commentary
- 18 Animal Liberation; Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga commentary, refuge
- and lay precepts
- 20 – 22 Guhyasamaja initiation
- 24 Most Secret Hayagriva puja
- 26 Chinese New Year blessing
- 29 – 30 1000-Arm Chenrezig Great Initiation
- 1 Feb – Long life puja for Rinpoche
February – Potowa Center, Jakarta, Indonesia
- 7 – 9 Heruka initiation
- 13 – 15; 20 – 22; 27 – Mar 1 Lama Chöpa commentary
May 5 – June 6 1000-Arm Chenrezig Great initiation and 100 million Mani Retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Institut Vajra Yogini, France
October 1 – 15 Teachings on Lamp of the Path, Kadampa Center, Raleigh, USA
They can be placed on either side of the door or above the door. Often there is a jewel that is between the two dragons.
The main point is that it is important how the dragons appear – the dragons need to be in good shape, forceful and strong.
Rinpoche said these dragons can be different sizes depending on the size of door and so on.
The Foundation Store has a small stock of dragons, and it may be possible to buy good forceful dragons in Nepal.
Enjoy a wide selection of photos of Rinpoche in our photo gallery!
There are more than 700 lamas (including about 100 high Gelug lamas), monks and nuns attending – and Rinpoche and a number of very kind benefactors are the main sponsors. We are offering dinner for all those attending, as well as offering accommodation, food and transport for the main Gelug lamas.
His Holiness Sakya Trizin said he was very happy with FPMT and is always impressed when he goes to one of our centers. His Holiness said that FPMT “is preserving the pure Dharma”. He said he was very grateful. He also said that he gets Mandala and enjoys reading it and hearing about all the many activities around the world – “very inspiring,” His Holiness said.
Something wonderful for us all to rejoice about!
Cheryl had already been helping us as a volunteer to implement our new database and will be leading a variety of technology and development initiatives at FPMT.
Cheryl was one of the original students of Tse Chen Ling in San Francisco, and offered service there as interim director, so she brings very helpful familiarity with FPMT to her new role helping International Office to fulfill its mission and serve Rinpoche and the FPMT organization.
NEW HOMESTUDY PROGRAMS: Heart Advice for Death and Dying will be available in late November/early December. The program consists of a book of heart advice on death by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and an MP3 audio CD of Ven. Sangye Khadro giving teachings and leading meditations on the topic. An additional book of Heart Practices for Death and Dying by Rinpoche is supplementary.
Also coming soon is Buddhism in a Nutshell, containing a book by Rinpoche and an MP3 audio CD of teachings and guided meditations with Ven. Amy Miller.
BASIC PROGRAM: Ven. Marga, director of Nagarjuna C.E.T. Barcelona, has kindly accepted to be our Spanish BP coordinator, helping to get our Spanish BP materials more organized and keeping us up to date with Spanish BP developments. Ven. Marga knows the BP well; as the first director in Spain to take up implementing the program, she has coordinated offering it as a homestudy program as well.
In France, Institute Vajra Yogini continues the tradition of offering a one month lam-rim retreat each January. This allows French PEBA students (PEBA is the French name for the Basic Program) to collect their 3 month lam-rim retreat requirement in the course of their five years of BP studies. Students both from Paris and from IVY make use of this opportunity. Kalachakra Centre offers a short retreat in November to prepare students and offer them a taste of a lam-rim retreat.
The second BP final exam will be offered in 2009. If your center has BP students who qualify to sit for the exam and would like to participate, please let us know.
Essential Buddhist Prayers, an FPMT Prayer Book, Vol. 1 has been entirely re-formatted according to the input and suggestions of users. Ven. Mindrol has done a miraculous job of completely revamping the formatting for ease-of-use while at the same time managing to keep the page numbering the same so that both the new and previous edition can be used in group situations without confusion. We hope to secure a benefactor so that all new study groups can receive complimentary copies.
Both the North America Regional and Australian National meetings will include an Inner Job Description training component. The training in Portland, USA will be video recorded and in 2009, we hope to launch FPMT Service Trainings online so that many more can attend.
We would like to keep a listing of initiations being given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Rinpoche’s teachers and FPMT Touring Lamas so that students who need to take certain initiations can easily find out where they are being given. So, if you are organizing an initiation from one of these lamas, please let Center Services know, and we will add that information to our upcoming initiations list.
Thanks again to all who responded to our survey about FPMT International Sangha Day. Based on the responses received from various centers in Europe, for whom August is holiday season, IMI and FPMT International Office have agreed that for 2009 participating centers should choose whether to celebrate International Sangha Day on First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma day or another auspicious day that better fits the European calendar.
We’ll review how this works later next year.FPMT Affiliates Area!
Ven. Tsomo, SPC at Land of Medicine Buddha, recently was using the page and told us:
“I just saw the new format which I like much, much better. I used to feel so uncomfortable with the old format. Thanks for the change!!!”
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Animal liberation is one of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s heart practices. Animals that are slated to be killed are rescued and circumambulated around holy objects and sacred texts in order to plant the seeds of enlightenment in their minds. They receive blessings from blessed water in addition to enjoying the prayers that are said for their good rebirths and the benefit of all beings. Later, they are released into safe environments to live out their natural lives.
At Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s home, extensive animal liberations are done three times a month. Please rejoice knowing that over the past three years, over 115,000 worms, crickets and lady bugs have been liberated by Sangha and students in the area! Dedications are made for the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Rinpoche and all of Rinpoche’s gurus, as well as for all beings that are sick or face untimely death.
The International Sangha Prayers for World Peace
The International Sangha Prayers for World Peace, the International Mahayana Institute community’s offering to celebrate FPMT International Sangha Day had over 500 people participate in the prayers. A total of 1, 674 recitations of the Sutra of Golden Light were offered (and confirmed) for world peace. Rejoice in this wonderful offering to our teachers, to our leaders and to our fellow sentient beings!
Opportunities include Spiritual Program Coordinator at Chenrezig Institute, Australia; Facilities Manager at Milarepa Center, Vermont, USA; and General Manager at Centro Kushi Ling, Italy.
Bodhicitta Culture Enterprise Publishing, Taiwan
New director – Ivy Huang Ling-Yi
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – Lorin Wei Fu-Hsin
Bengungyal Center, Mexico
New director – Martha Cabral
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – who is now SPC! – Sergio Grimaldo Ruiz
Centro Yamantaka, Colombia
Calle 101-71C-37 Bogotá
Tel: (57) 1 310 3033855
Chokyi Gyaltsen Study Group, Malayasia
37Y Lorong Zoo 1
Air Itam 11500 Penang
Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Program, India
c/o Rato Chuwar Labrang
Session Rd, Dharamsala
Distt Kangra, H.P. 176215, India
Tel: (91) (189) 2246 731
Mexico National Office
PO Box 242
Cozumel, Q Roo 77600
Tel: (52) (987) 869 2222
New coordinator – Moya Mendez
With grateful thanks to outgoing coordinator (who remains as president!) – Edgardo Molina
South Asian Regional Office
c/o Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre
9 Padmini Enclave, Hauz Khas
New Delhi 110 016, India
Tel: (91) 9818027901
New coordinator – Tim Van der Haegen
With grateful thanks to outgoing coordinator – Drolkar McCallum
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