Lama Zopa Rinpoche visits Wisdom Publications in Boston, USA. on July 29th 2007.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang
Rinpoche will be giving the lung of the Golden Light Sutra at Tibet House in New York, USA at 2pm on Sunday Sept 9th.
Rinpoche will then be giving teachings on the Three Principal Aspects of the Path and 21 Tara initiation at Guhyasamaja Center, USA on Oct 20 – 21.
He will then teach at the Kopan November course towards the end of this year.
Rinpoche will teach at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India from Dec 28 2007 – Jan 2 2008.
Gendun Gyatso Study Group, Brazil
Rua Maria Teresa Dias Da Silva, 234,
Cidade Universitaria, Barao Geraldo, Campinas, Sp
Tel: (19) 2121 1803
Coordinator Plinio Tsai
Tara Liberation Study Group, Finland
Uudenmaankatu 33, Helsinki
Tel: (358) (50) 353 2886
Coordinator Eeva Särelä
Thanks to all who helped the group during its 6 years of benefiting beings!
International Office News
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Merit Box ProjectThe first batch of 5000 Merit Box kits is nearly gone and we are working on redesigning the box and booklet for the next set. Many dedicated translators have submitted the Merit Box practice in their language for addition to the booklet. The new version is a snapshot of our global FPMT family and will contain 11 languages!
The long anticipated statue of FPMT’s founder Lama Thubten Yeshe arrived at FPMT International Office on August 1 and was greeted with katas, incense and tea. Gold leafing and construction of a throne are in the works.
Photo by Kim Hollingshead
We are still looking for some professional publisher assistance. Editor Nancy Patton is in Australia for the duration, Associate Editor Sara Blumenthal is on maternity leave with baby Benjamin Jack born July 25, and Subscriptions/Advertising manager Sandra Peterson is holding the fort brilliantly.
What would help Mandala right now? How about each of you walking into a news agent or bookstore and asking if they stock Mandala, and if not, why not? Every positive thought, every new subscription – they all help to keep us going.
Coming Soon – Glossy booklets of Practices of Namgyälma, Preliminary Practice of Dorje Khadro, and Preliminary Practice of Tsa-Tsas.
And at Nalanda Monastery another outstanding Basic Program will start February 2008: five years full-time residential, in a monastic setting, in three languages (English, French and Spanish), complete with final exam and three month lam-rim retreat!
Lama Zopa Rinpoche will teach towards the end of the course.
The one month course at Kopan is an essential introduction to FPMT’s unique style of practice and study of Buddhism – and highly recommended, inculding for those offering service in FPMT centers and projects.
Regarding course structure and emphasis, Ven. Kaye writes, “It’s difficult for me to be precise now about topics I might emphasize but I am a great fan of Bodhicitta and the 6 perfections. Shantideva is my hero! And I just love his practical advice for subduing the delusions and cultivating the positive qualities. So I certainly want to emphasise the importance of seeing the whole path as something to integrate and practice and not just for acquiring intellectual knowledge. My motivation for doing this course is to inspire people to clearly and intelligently examine the dharma. To question and identify the benefits and use the understanding and methods gained from listening, reflecting and meditating to really help themselves and others.”
Venerable Kaye Miner was born in 1959, and raised in Australia where she first met Tibetan Buddhism. After attending the 1985 Kopan November course, she took teachings from Lama Zopa Rinpoche and worked for FPMT International Office before being ordained as a nun in 1990. She has been the spiritual program coordinator at Tara Institute in Australia and Maitreya Institute Amsterdam. Since January 1, 2003 she is also the director of Maitreya Institute Emst and is the resident teacher at Maitreya Institut, Amsterdam. Venerable Kaye teaches in easy to understand English.
For more details about the Relic Tour events around the world during 2007, please email or visit the Relic Tour Calendar.
The first place award is a glass ‘dzi’ bead donated by Khen Rinpoche Geshe Lama Lhundrup, abbot of Kopan Monastery, and a runner’s up gift of a limited edition print donated by internationally renowned thangka artist, Andy Weber. Please email the Sanctuary Coordinators, Tania Duratovic & Phil Hunt, for competition conditions and submission format. The Competition closes on October 1 and the winner will be announced on World Animal Day, 6 October 2007.
Mind and Motivation
One of the core aspects of Buddhist practice is understanding our own mind. Why do we think, feel and act the way we do? How easy is it to really fully understand the complexity of emotions and reasons that motivate our adventures through everyday life? The recent Stern Report to the UK government pointed out that the costs to the UK treasury of the disasters likely to arise from climate change were predicted to be far greater than the costs of averting the problem in the first place. The human cost is predicted to be even greater than any monetary loss. So why are we, as a species, still collectively engaged in everyday activities that are authoritatively predicted to cause enormous harm to ourselves and all other beings? It is, at best, illogical.
For practising Buddhists, the question takes on larger dimensions. Are we aware of the processes in our own minds as we engage in these actions? Are we aware of acting ‘illogically’? If these actions are known to cause harm to ourselves and to others, then to engage in them is to break our commitments to practise compassion wherever possible. At the same time, we have a sense of ourselves as compassionate people who have no wish to harm others. So where is the blank spot on our mental map?
The responsibility falls on us as Western practitioners to explore our own minds and culture and come up with our own solutions in the context of Buddhist compassion.
Shenphen Thubten Choeling Center for Socially and Ecologically Engaged Buddhism
New opportunities include Spiritual Program Coordinator at Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India and Director of the Community Center run by FPMT Mongolia in Ulaanbaatar!
Australia National Office
Tel: (61) (2) 9749 4507
Coordinator Helen Patrin
With grateful thanks to outgoing coordinator, Sandy Smith
Buddha House, Australia
Director Tony Migalka
With grateful thanks to outgoing co-director, Gabe Edwards
Centro Terra di Unificazione Ewam, Italy
Director Francesco Carpini
With grateful thanks to outgoing director, Valentina Dolara
Centro Studi Cenresig, Italy
Director Giovanni Del Casale
With grateful thanks to outgoing director, Emanuela Stecchezzini
Chengawa Study Group, Australia
32 Atkinson Street
Cook, Canberra, ACT
Do Ngak Sung Juk Centre, Japan
Sento Biru, 10th Floor
Meguro-ku, Tokyo 161-0033
Enlightenment Project for Purification and Merit, Australia
Chairperson/National Coordinator – Shen Mei-Chen
With grateful thanks to outgoing coordinator, Huang Chun-Roo
Ganden Tendar Ling Study Group, Russia
Tel: (7) (95) 930-18-11
Coordinator Andrey Lomonosov
With grateful thanks to outgoing coordinator, Sasha Nariniani
Gompawa Study Group, USA
Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Centre, Nepal
SPC – Antonio Pascual
Jangsem Ling Retreat Centre, Malaysia
Lawudo Retreat Centre, Nepal
Director Frank Brock
With grateful thanks to outgoing director, Ven. Tsenla
Rinchen Zangpo Study Group, Mexico
Col. Ampliación Los Ángeles
Torreón, Coah, CP 27140
Tel: (871) 712 6873
Thubten Shedrup Ling, Australia
Director Ven. Lhundrup
With grateful thanks to outgoing director, Ven. David Marks
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