Holy Objects Fund

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The Holy Objects Fund provides the resources to create holy objects around the world for the benefit of all beings and for world peace. The creation of holy objects is a very high priority among Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for the FPMT organization. Due to the power of the holy objects one can purify negativities and create merit, for all who see or come into contact with them.

My wish is for FPMT to build many holy objects everywhere, as many as possible. Making it so easy for sentient beings to purify their heavy negative karma and making it so easy for sentient beings to create extensive merit. Which makes it so easy to achieve the realizations of the path and so easy to achieve liberation and enlightenment.

—Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Kinds of Holy Objects Created

The Fund contributes toward the building of stupas, prayer wheels, statues and large thangkas to bring peace in the world and benefit beings in a very unique way.

Completed stupa in Thame, Nepal.Stupas

Building 100,000 stupas for world peace is one of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s wishes for the FPMT organization. Stupas are powerful symbols of the mind’s limitless potential. They represent the mind of enlightenment. Rinpoche explains that since there is unbelievable benefit from holy objects, the organization should aim to build 100,000 stupas (minimum size, one story, up to the distance from the earth to the moon) in different parts of the world. To date, 49 stupas have been built or are in the process of being built … only 99,951 remain to be built.

You can learn more about our work supporting stupas, or make a contribution to the Stupa Fund below.

The minute you see a holy object you create infinite merits,
So no question, if you actually make prostrations,
Offerings and so forth, you create far greater merit.

—Sutra of the Mudra of Developing the Power of Devotion

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Prayer wheels turned by water which bless the entire area.

Prayer Wheels

A prayer wheel is a cylindrical wheel on a spindle made from metal. Inside the prayer wheel are many millions or billions of the mantra of the Buddha of Compassion, OM MANI PADME HUM, printed on paper or microfilm. By turning the prayer wheel the mantra of compassion emanates and blesses the area and all beings. Lama Zopa Rinpoche has explained that he would like to sponsor the building of 100,000 prayer wheels for world peace (including prayer wheels under the ocean). The prayer wheels are to have a minimum height of six feet. Wherever a prayer wheel is built, it becomes a great blessing for that country.

You can learn more about our work supporting prayer wheels, or make a contribution to the Prayer Wheel Fund below.

Simply touching a prayer wheel brings great purification of negative karma. Turning a prayer wheel containing 100 million OM MANI PADME HUM mantras accumulates the same merit as reciting that many mantras.

—Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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Guru Rinpoche statue at De-tong Ling retreat center, Bendigo, Australia.

Padmasambhava Statues

The Padmasambhava Project for Peace is sponsoring the building of many large statues of Padmasambhava around the world in order to create the cause for peace for all beings. To date 19 statues have been built, one measuring 70 feet (21 meters) high.

You can learn more about our work supporting Padmasambhava statues, or make a contribution to the Padmasambhava Project for Peace below..

Building Guru Rinpoche statues will bring immeasurable benefit, peace, happiness, and freedom to the world. They will have immeasurable impact.

—Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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A scale replica of the Maitreya Buddha statue to be built at Kushinagar, India, Photo by Andy Melnic.Maitreya Statues

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has requested the FPMT organization to contribute towards the building of 1,000 Maitreya statues (the minimum size should be 6 feet). This includes the Maitreya statues planned to be built in Kushinagar and Bodhgaya, India. The aim is that the large Maitreya Buddha statue to be built in Kushinagar should be designed to a minimum of a 1,000 years. As explained by Rinpoche the benefit will be that for every day for at least 1,000 years, infinite sentient beings will receive unbelievable benefit and the causes for enlightenment. By contributing to the building of Maitreya statues, whether it be money or time, one makes a connection with Maitreya Buddha, and the result is that one becomes a direct disciple of Maitreya Buddha when Maitreya returns to manifest enlightenment. You can learn more about the Buddha Maitreya Kushinagar Project, or make a contribution to the project below.

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Giant Thangkas

Thangkas are painted or appliquéd depictions of Buddhas, deities and venerated spiritual figures, usually framed by brocade.  Lama Zopa Rinpoche has expressed the wish that the bigger FPMT centers have large thangkas which can be displayed, with extensive offerings, including offerings of music and dance, as a celebration enjoyed by the community on festival days and during special events. In this way, by seeing the large thangkas it is a way to leave imprints for enlightenment for all the people who view them.

You may think that a statue or thangka is just a statue or thangka, but it is the transcendental wisdom of dharmakaya, which understands and directly sees absolute truth, as well as conventional truth.

— Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Master thangka painter Peter Iseli has generously completed a number of large thangkas (all done for free!) towards Rinpoche’s Vast Vision, including this large 21 Tara thangka shown above. The thangka was painted at a workshop specially built for large thangkas at Institut Vajra Yogini in France. See a full list and photos of completed large thankgas.

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Displaying the Guru Rinpoche Thangka and 100,000 Tsog offerings at Khachoe Ghakyil Ling, Nepal

For the fifth year in a row, a very large thangka of Guru Rinpoche (Padmasambhava) was displayed and an auspicious 100,000 tsog offering event (Guru bumtsog) took place at Khachoe Ghakyil Ling , Nepal, also known as Kopan Nunnery on …

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The Holy Objects 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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