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In this teaching, given at Thekchen Choling in Singapore on September 1, Rinpoche reminds us how unbelievably rare it is to receive this perfect human rebirth. Since we have been so fortunate to receive this, and we cannot say for certain when we will die, we must make the most use of the opportunity we have as human beings, in the most beneficial way—by practicing Dharma. Please enjoy!

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Advice for Benefiting Turkeys on the U.S. Thanksgiving Holiday

Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche | November 23, 2022 -
Every year in the United States, tens of millions of turkeys are killed for the holiday of Thanksgiving, which is this Thursday, November 24, 2022. Lama Zopa Rinpoche offered advice in a 2018 teaching to help benefit the turkeys killed, … Read more »

The Enlightenment Attitude

Lama Yeshe's Wisdom | October 13, 2022 -
Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935–1984), who founded the FPMT organization with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, was able to translate Tibetan Buddhist teachings into clear ideas that resonated with the Western students he met and taught in the 1970s and ’80s. These teachings … Read more »

Rejoicing in Support Offered to Ordained Sangha in 2022

Ordained Sangha | November 22, 2022 -
Providing support to sangha living in vows is one of the highest priorities for the FPMT organization and the Supporting Ordained Sangha Fund offers food, accommodation, health care and education to sangha living in nunneries and monasteries around the world. … Read more »

Practice Resources to Support Health

Study & Practice News | November 25, 2022 -
As many communities worldwide are entering flu season, we wanted to share some practice materials specific to supporting and protecting our health. Here are some available for download through the Foundation Store: The Dharani of the Goddess Parnashavari: Parnashavari, or … Read more »

November e-News is Now Available!

FPMT Community: Stories & News | November 18, 2022 -
Our November 2022 e-news is now available. This issue features news, updates, resources, opportunities, and causes for rejoicing, including: Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s recent meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama , Recently published teachings from Lama Zopa Rinpoche , News … Read more »

Latest Essential Extracts Podcast

The Lama Zopa Rinpoche Essential Extracts podcast episodes, which range from fifteen minutes to half-an-hour, cover many lamrim topics. Please enjoy the latest release below. You can find all previous episodes as well as our full-length teachings podcast on our podcast homepage.

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Lama Rinpoche with Ani Chodron at Kopan Nunnery, 2021. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

A Remarkable Life of Practice and Service: 2,000 Nyung Na Retreats Completed by Venerable Ani Chodron

Venerable Ani Chodron was born in the year of the wood bird in 1945 in the village of Tsum near the border of Tibet in northeast Nepal. She is the oldest of four children, all daughters, born to Mingmar Tshok and Mingma Tsewang. Her parents were nomads and farmers, and her uncle Gelong Pasang Tsering was known as the chanting master of Mu-Gompa.

At the age of nine, Ani Chodron ordained at Ranchen Nunnery. She received from His Holiness the previous Chosang Rinpoche the great initiations of Avalokiteshvara, Yamantaka, and Vajrayogini. When her uncle retired from Mu-Gompa to enter retreat in a nearby cave, the senior monks and nuns chose Ani Chodron to be his assistant. There she performed one hundred thousand each of mandala offerings, prostrations, guru yoga recitations, and long mantras of Vajrasattva… Read the full story »

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