Education and Preservation Fund
The Education and Preservation Fund supports Dharma study and contributes to the development of Buddhist education programs and the preservation of the Dharma through the publication of Dharma practice materials and translations.
The fund also supports the production of live webcasts of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings; the development of the Rinpoche Available Now project; and contributing to important initiatives that preserve the Dharma and the Mahayana tradition as identified by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
[I would like] the organization to provide scholarships for students to study. Buddhist philosophy based on the lam-rim and lojong: academic studies with practice experience. We need teachers who are not just teaching from texts, but teaching from some experience, then there is so much more benefit. By teaching from one’s experience it brings deeper benefit. Then there is change and transformation of the mind.
Areas of Support
Qualified teachers and practitioners are essential to the successful transmission of the Dharma around the world. FPMT Education Services has developed a wide range of education programs to meet the needs of every student, and continues to develop new programs that preserve the lineage and educate the next generation.
The Education Fund provides the funding needed to create our comprehensive education programs and helps FPMT centers and students enrolled in FPMT programs, enabling them to become FPMT Dharma teachers, meditators, and practitioners.
Projects we have supported include:
- Creation of the FPMT Masters Program at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy
- Development of FPMT Masters Program Guidelines for FPMT-wide implementation
- Creation and development of the FPMT Basic Program, now hosted at more than twenty FPMT centers around the world, and available as a homestudy program.
- Scholarships to FPMT Masters Program students from France, USA, Canada, and Italy
- Scholarships to students of Maitripa College’s Master of Arts in Buddhist Studies, USA
- Creation of Discovering Buddhism, now hosted at over 100 FPMT centers around the world, and available as a homestudy program.
- Teacher Training Workshop in Europe
- FPMT Basic Program pilot course at Chenrezig Institute, Australia
The opportunity to receive a Dharma education is most precious. You can help us educate and support the next generation of teachers and practitioners with a donation to the Education Fund below.
The FPMT Translation Fund supports the critical work of translating classic texts and sutras from the original Tibetan into English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Mongolian, and other languages. These translations support FPMT Masters Program and the FPMT Basic Program as well as providing essential practice materials that have been advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Current translation projects
We are currently seeking individual benefactors and support for these texts:
- FPMT Basic Program and FPMT Masters Program Translations
- FPMT Masters Program Publications
- Brilliant Rays of the Sun Blooming the Lotus of Faith, A Guide to the Most Sacred Five-Peaked Mountain of China by Changkya Rolpai Dorje
- Sutra of Golden Light, 29 Chapter
Previously sponsored translation work includes:
- Gyaltsab Je’s Ornament of the Essence (rNam bshad snying po rgyan)
- The Dalai Lama’s books Essence of the Heart Sutra and The Meaning of Life in Vietnamese
- Translation offices in France, Spain, and Brazil translating FPMT practices and course materials
- Translation of Sanghata Sutra and Sutra of Golden Light into eleven languages, with more to come!
- Je Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo in Chinese
- Je Tsongkhapa’s Middle Length Lamrim (Lam rim ‘bring ba) in German and English
If you would like to help sponsor the translation of these precious texts, you can make an offering to the Translation Fund below.
Preserving the Lineage
The Preserving the Lineage Fund provides the means through which the Mahayana teachings can be transmitted from Tibetan lamas to their students by sponsoring initiations and oral transmissions which are essential for the preservation of the Dharma and for lineages to remain preserved and intact.
The aim is to cover all expenses that are incurred during specific transmissions that are deemed imperative by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. These expenses can include the sponsorship of events when oral transmissions are given, including food and offerings, and the preservation of specific teachings in any form. Through supporting these transmissions given by qualified Tibetan lamas, the fund helps FPMT fulfill its primary objective: preserving the Mahayana tradition.
Please enjoy this short article on the 2012 Wangya Norbu Tangwa initiations held at Sakya Centre in Dehradun an event sponsored by the Preserving the Lineage Fund, and this collection of Preserving the Lineage Fund photos.
To support these precious transmissions and initiations, make a donation to the Preserving the Lineage Fund below. Thank you!
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Offer Your Compassionate Support
The Education and Preservation Fund is a project of FPMT Inc. and is administered by FPMT International Office located in Portland, Oregon, United States. All donations made to this fund are tax-deductible within the United States in accordance with IRS Code article 501(c)(3) to the extent allowed by law.
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