Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang
- Rinpoche’s Current Activities and Schedule
- New Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche
- Heart Advice of Achos Rinpoche
- Recite the Golden Light Sutra
for World Peace
- Advice from Khenrinpoche Lama Lhundrup
- New FPMT Centers and Study Groups
- International Office News
- Connecting Our Dharma Practice with
Our Life in the World
- FPMT Snippets
- Opportunities to Offer Service in FPMT
- Impermanence at Work –
Center Details Changes
For the detailed schedule and details of how to contact the center and book for these events, please go to Rinpoche’s Schedule.
Rinpoche will be giving teachings on the Three Principal Aspects of the Path and 21 Tara initiation at Guhyasamaja Center, USA on Oct 20 – 21.
Rinpoche will then teach on the Golden Light Sutra and give Most Secret Hayagriva initiation at Maitripa Institute, USA on November 2 – 4.
Rinpoche then goes to teach at the Kopan November course towards the end of this year.
Rinpoche will teach at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India from Dec 24 – 27 and give Great Chenrezig initiation on Dec 28- 29.
their lives to all happiness – not just that of this life, but that of future lives and the ultimate happiness of liberation from samsara and the peerless happiness of full enlightenment.
How fortunate and happy I am! How fortunate and happy we are!
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has requested that this very special advice be made available. This instruction was given to disciples by Achos Rinpoche, a great hidden yogi, and is followed by a short commentary from Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Please remember Rinpoche’s advice of one of the most effective things we can do to bring world peace – Rinpoche has also recently reminded us that this is the best practice we can do for the situation in Burma.
Following Rinpoche’s request we have created a section on the FPMT website devoted to the Golden Light Sutra new website with key information about the exalted Golden Light Sutra. It includes the opportunity to download the sutra in several languages, report your recitations, and to share your experiences with the sutra.
On May 4th 2007 Rinpoche gave this advice:
“Anybody who wants peace in the world should read The Golden Light Sutra. This is a very important practice to stop violence and wars in the world. The Golden Light Sutra is one of the most beneficial ways to bring peace. This is something that everyone can do, no matter how busy you are, even if you can read one page a day, or a few lines and in this way continually read The Golden Light Sutra.”
Dear Kind FPMT Students,
I am very happy to hear that center directors, members and students are doing well and working very hard to implement the Dharma and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice. To have a harmonious and successful center, all the individual members need to develop kindness. Everybody can try to be friendly, whether you are going to work or to the center or when you are in your family. Then everything goes very smoothly and peacefully. Be patient and honest, always trying to benefit others and not to be upset or angry with others so easily.
It is especially important to show respect and devotion to every teacher. Never criticize but always be positive to the Dharma teacher then naturally all Dharma brothers and sisters will develop respect for each other and give whatever help is needed to each other.
In the center we all can help by treating everybody, new or old students respectfully and communicate with them from our heart. We need to think of everybody as human beings with one common goal of becoming Buddha.
I request and pray for good communication every day with a smile.
Thank you very much
Khenrinpoche Lama Lhundrup
Congratulations to Lama Yeshe Ling Center, Canada.
Bringing the total number of FPMT centers and study groups worldwide to 152!
Jamyang Study Group, France
#4 Chemin du Chateau d’eau
66500 Los Masos
Tel: (33) (4) 6896 3145
Coordinator Sean Jones
FPMT International Office would like to offer more support and recognize the work of all teachers helping sentient beings at FPMT centers and study groups. We’d love to hear any suggestions/ideas for how we could best do this. There are already some important guidelines for teachers which are kept in the FPMT Affiliates Area at Teachers.
To this, with excellent input from some senior FPMT teachers we have recently added a guideline for those teaching in FPMT centers. Please have a look and send any feedback/suggested improvements to Claire.
The second Work a Day for Rinpoche campaign was launched on Thursday September 27, 2007. This campaign is designed to support the vision that passed from Lama Thubten Yeshe to Lama Zopa Rinpoche and includes the activities of FPMT International Office as defined in the mission statement and the many charitable projects that have been presented by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Lama Zopa Rinpoche and FPMT International Office wish to thank everyone who participated in the first campaign for making it such a success and for their exceptional generosity and support.
Partly because of requests for such a guideline, and partly because conducting a review is a great way to move forward for directors who have been offering service for 2 years or more, here is a draft Evaluation Guideline. Feedback and suggested improvements are requested by Claire!
A review can serve as an opportunity for you and all working for the center to reflect on why you are offering service, and on how you can serve Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the best way. It is very important to make it clear and to remember that any review is being implemented with the intention of strengthening a harmonious working environment in which to fulfill Rinpoche’s wishes.
We are currently working to develop a Death and Dying program for centers that is based on Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings. It will include a new book titled Heart Advice for the Dying. Once completed, a homestudy version of the program will follow. Homestudy versions of Buddhism in a Nutshell and Buddhist Meditation 101 are also in the works.
New – The Six Session Guru Yoga glossy booklet is now available from the Foundation Store. We also have the practice of Thousand-Arm Chenrezig available in PDF and hardcopy formats.
Coming Soon – Glossy booklets of Practices of Namgyälma, Preliminary Practice of Dorje Khadro, and Preliminary Practice of Tsa-Tsas.
Precious Mantra Caps are back, everyone!
to explore denial which by its very nature is the essence of something we are avoiding at a very deep level? Are we so attached to “having a happy mind” that we cling to our denial because we know intuitively that it helps us avoid looking at some “inconvenient truths” as Al Gore puts it, about the real effects of the way we live, on other sentient beings.
What we have to ask ourselves is, can we maintain a genuine, deep-rooted happiness based on denial? Would we actually feel happier if we took a real look at what we are doing instead of hiding away from it? Can we really engage in genuine meditations on compassion if we don’t engage in everyday actions which are congruent with our focus in meditation? Maybe we would find that changing the way we live would not be such a hardship after all, and that there would be incredible joy in starting to engage in a non-harming lifestyle. Every day we could rejoice at the huge numbers of sentient beings which we have saved from harm just by simple everyday actions such as switching off lights, turning down the heating, traveling less, and so on.
FPMT’s Shen Phen Thubten Choeling, Center for Socially and Ecologically Engaged Buddhism
seems that those people who make a connection with Rinpoche get very personal attention at the time of death.”
Look for the full story in Maureen’s obituary coming in Mandala magazine.
Keep checking https://fpmt.org/jobs.html for interesting opportunities to offer service in FPMT centers around the world.
NB: center details are always most up to date in the directory on the FPMT website, https://fpmt.org/centers/
Chekawa Study Group, Mexico
Do Ngak Sung Juk Centre, Japan
Director Claude Ito
With grateful thanks to outgoing director, Shoko Harding
Ganden Tendar Ling Study Group, Russia
Tel: (926) 204-3164
Gyalwa Gyatso Buddhist Center, USA
1550 La Pradera Dr
Campbell, CA 95008-1547
Tel: +1 (408) 866 5056
Hospice of Mother Tara, Australia
Director Julie Halse
With grateful thanks to outgoing director, Jim Aherne
Liberation for Our Brother & Sister Animals, Australia
PO Box 28, Derby
Losang Dragpa Centre, Malaysia
New Spiritual Program Coordinator – Juanita Lee
With grateful thanks to outgoing SPC Ven. Dechen
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The whole thing, so many practices, all come down to live the daily life with bodhicitta motivation to put all the effort in that whatever you do. This way your life doesn’t get wasted and it becomes full of joy and happiness, with no regrets later, especially when you die and you can die with a smile outside and a smile in the heart.