Practices for Rinpoche's Health and Long Life
Please do these practices as much as possible so that we can continue to have Lama Zopa Rinpoche with us for as long as possible.
The full advice is available here.
Sera Je Food Fund Videos
June 2012: We are delighted to present you with new videos which help illustrate the many benefits of this project.
“A Brief Introduction to the Sera Je Food Fund” is a short introduction and overview of the project.
“The Making of Food” is 23-minute video providing a virtual tour of how the food is prepared for all 2,600 monks at Sera Je Monastery.
In 2002, a group of exceptional people from around the world signed up to explore the country that is home of the Dalai Lamas. But this was no common tourist trek. Guided by the renowned Tibetan Buddhist master Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the pilgrims found themselves engaged in a rare and powerful experience – one in which the realms of great yogis and saints were revealed and personal transformation beckoned closer each day on the trail.
This intense journey takes one directly into the culture of Tibet and its arresting, spiritually-rich landscape in a way that is not often seen.
The pilgrimage was led by the Tibetan master Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who was a native of Nepal and moved to Tibet to study Tibetan Buddhism as a child. Along with many other monks, he was forced to leave Tibet in 1959. He and his teacher, Lama Yeshe, founded the Kopan Monastery in the Katmandu Valley. Later they developed the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, currently one of the leading Tibetan Buddhist foundations in the world with over 140 centers located in 31 countries.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche approached the pilgrimage as something much more than a normal excursion:
Normally when people go on pilgrimage, they are just like tourists; maybe they take some pictures, and that’s it. They don’t use the places to collect merit or to meditate or to get some benefit for their minds. If it’s just like sightseeing, then it won’t be of that much benefit.
With a profound well of knowledge and direct understanding of the qualities of the holy Buddhist objects and their sacred locations in Tibet, Lama Zopa was able to transform the trip into a spiritual pilgrimage of merit and benefit for the pilgrims involved, as well as for the viewers of the documentary. Lama Zopa expertly supported the conditions for transformative personal experience by leading the pilgrims to many extraordinary locations so precious to the spiritual heritage of Tibet.
These sights included the meditation caves of great masters such as Pabongka Rinpoche, Lama Tsongkhapa, and Milarepa. Other sacred sites included Ganden Monastery and the famous sacred residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Potala Palace in Lhasa.
At each site, Lama Zopa Rinpoche performed Buddhist ceremonies, bringing the sacred sites and the holy images alive in the moment. This dramatic experience is beautifully translated to the viewer through the eye of the camera and captured in thoughtfully-edited interviews with the participants.
Mandala Magazine (see Reviews) described the impact of this documentary on the viewer in the following statement:
Mystic Tibet vividly captures the grandeur and mystery of this life-changing journey. One feels intimately a part of the experience, seeing these holy objects that seem to live and breathe, enduring the hardships and receiving the blessings right along with the pilgrims.
A pilgrimage such as this is extremely rare, as it is very difficult to gain access to Tibet and its holy sights under the current political regime. The knowledge and wisdom of a spiritual master such as Lama Zopa Rinpoche only magnifies the rarity and power of such a precious experience.
As one pilgrim stated,
A pilgrimage with Rinpoche is not sightseeing. It’s like heart-seeing.
In Mystic Tibet, the viewer can share this experience directly with the hearty pilgrims of this transformative documentary.
FPMT is happy to present a variety of interactive media for exploration into Tibetan Buddhist teachings, our organization, and the dharma.
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Follow fifty pilgrims as they travel to the high Tibetan plateau for the spiritual adventure of a lifetime. In 2002, ordinary people from around the globe and all walks of life were drawn to this mystical land of enlightenment. Guided by the renowned Tibetan Buddhist master Lama Zopa Rinpoche, this was no common tourist trek, but a rare and powerful experience in which the invisible world of great yogis and saints was magically revealed.
FPMT's Charitable Projects
FPMT’s Charitable Projects include ambitious initiatives to build 100,000 prayer wheels, stupas, and statues; to providing education scholarships; to granting stipends to all the main teachers and abbots of the Lama Tsongkhapa tradition; to offering nutritious meals to thousands of monks studying at Sera Je Monastery; to building hospitals in Tibet; to translating Dharma texts into many languages; plus many more. These projects are essential to FPMT’s objective of building a more compassionate world from the inside out and critical to our mission of transmitting Mahayana Buddhist teachings and values worldwide. The FPMT Charitable Projects are managed by FPMT International Office.
Follow FPMT standard programs online. Discovering Buddhism, Basic Program, Buddhism in a Nutshell, Meditation 101, and Light of the Path will all be made available online. more...
The FPMT Puja Fund sponsors ongoing pujas (prayer ceremonies) at the great monasteries in India and Nepal and several other monastic locations dedicated to the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and to the success of all the FPMT centers and projects, students, benefactors and those serving the organization in any way. Pujas such as Medicine Buddha puja, 100,000 Praises to the 21 Taras and Hayagriva puja have been personally chosen by Lama Zopa Rinpoche as most beneficial in overcoming obstacles and creating success. more...
The Sera Je Food Fund provides three nutritious meals daily for all 2,500 monks living at Sera Je Monastery in southern India. This service provides the most fundamental need for life – food, and allows the monks to focus on their studies without the burden of sourcing and preparing their own meals. more...
In order to minimize harm caused by a possible earthquake in California, USA; a stupa is being under the advice of Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma (Khadro-la). more...
FPMT Charitable Projects
No sentient being wants to experience pain and suffering. Unfortunately, billions of animals are killed for human consumption, used as live bait or food for other animals, and killed for their skins and fur, among many other terrible fates. Liberating animals from death or harm, and then blessing them with holy objects and prayers, is a way to help alleviate their suffering, extend their precious life, and create the cause for their good rebirth. more...
The Big Love Fund was established to support the creative and educational projects of Tenzin Ösel Hita. As Ösel himself explains, “My job is to find new ways in which to discover the true nature of our being.... I’m trying to find a different way for this future generation.”more...
Qualified Western teachers and practitioners are essential to the successful transmission of the Dharma to the West. The Education Scholarship and Development Fund provides the funding needed to create our comprehensive educational programs and helps financially support our students all over the world. more...
The International Merit Box Project is an incredibly meritorious way to develop generosity and help to fulfill Lama Zopa Rinpoche's wishes by contributing directly to his personal projects. more...
The Lama Tsongkhapa Teachers Fund preserves the unbroken Tsongkhapa lineage, and cultivates the foremost scholars of tomorrow. The fund provides a monthly stipend for the abbots and senior teachers of Sera, Drepung, Ganden, Rato and Tashi Lhunpo monasteries, and Gyume and Gyuto tantric colleges. The fund also enables hundreds of monks to attend the annual Gelugpa exam and sit the traditional winter debate, where the best scholars hone their understanding of Buddha’s highest teachings. more...
From covering the cost of thousands of extensive light and water offerings at Rinpoche’s residences; to donating funds toward the creation of holy objects around the world; to sponsoring young tulkus, high lamas and Sangha in India, Nepal, Tibet and the West; to offering support to FPMT centers, projects and services; to sponsoring Dharma retreats and events; to funding animal liberations and blessings; among many other priorities, the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund enables Rinpoche’s compassionate service to others to flourish.more...
For many centuries, Tibetan Buddhists have offered long life pujas to their teachers. The long life puja purifies the relationship between teacher and disciple, and creates the karmic cause for the teacher to remain among us. FPMT is extremely fortunate in being able to offer long life pujas every year to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Now we invite individuals to join in this special opportunity. more...
Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) is perhaps the most universally cherished realized being in all of Tibetan Buddhism. Padmasambhava came to Tibet from India in the 8th century and helped establish a pure lineage which is still practiced today by all four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism around the world. The Padmasambhava Project for Peace is dedicated to fulfilling Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s goal of building many large statues of Padmasambhava around the world in order to create the cause for peace for all beings. more...
The Prajnaparamita Sutra contains the highest teachings of the Buddha and is among the most precious texts available in the world today. Due to the power of this text, writing it out is a way to generate tremendous merit and receive blessings.. more...
The Prayer Wheel Fund is dedicated to building prayer wheels around the world as a way to increase compassion and cultivate world peace. It is one of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s vast visions to build 100,000 large prayer wheels across the world. more...
When one receives an oral transmission (lung) or initiation from a qualified Buddhist master, one is receiving the teachings of the Buddha in their original form, passed perfectly from master to student through generations in an unbroken continuum. 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 Lama Zopa Rinpoche has identified as essential for the preservation of the Dharma. more...
Lama Zopa Rinpoche established the Stupa Fund in 1992. The aim of the fund is to provide the resources needed for the building of 100,000 stupas around the world, each a minimum height of 12 feet.. more...
Through offering support to initiatives such as The Amdo Eye Hospital, Outreach Microsurgery Eye Clinics in Remote Areas, and other hospitals in Tibet, the Tibet Health Services Project is dedicated to providing needed and quality health services in Tibet, especially to those with underprivileged backgrounds. more...
As the Dharma takes root in the West, clear and accurate translations of the classic texts are essential. The FPMT Translation Fund supports this critical work with translation from the original Tibetan into English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Mongolian, and other languages. Sponsoring translations of Dharma texts is an incredible way to accumulate the positive energy of merit. more...
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Mandala April-June 2013 takes a look at pilgrimage, including advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche and photos and stories from Tibet, China, India and Nepal. Also in this issue, articles and news from the education programs, centers, projects and services around the world that comprise the FPMT mandala. You can receive the print edition of Mandala directly in your mailbox by becoming a Friend of FPMT. In addition, Mandala offers regular news updates at mandalamagazine.org.
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|FPMT is unbelievably fortunate that we have many qualified teachers who are not only scholars but are living in practice. If you look, then you can understand how fortunate we are having the opportunity to study. With our Dharma knowledge and practice we can give the light of Dharma to others, in their heart. I think that’s the best service to sentient beings, the best service to the world.|
There is an abundance of ways to study at FPMT centers or with FPMTs homestudy programs. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced practitioner, if you are wondering about the next step to take on your spiritual journey, please refer to the FPMT Education Progams page.
Education is the very heart of FPMT. Through comprehensive study programs, practice materials, training programs, and scholarships, FPMT Education nourishes the development of compassion, wisdom, kindness, and true happiness in individuals of all ages.
|study programs available in FPMT centers and as homestudy or correspondence courses. From introductory courses to the highest philosophical texts, FPMT provides everything needed to learn, practice, and fully realize the Buddha’s teachings.|
The Foundation Store.
Universal Wisdom Educationdevelops Lama Yeshe’s goal of “a new kind of education for the world.” It aims to empower children, youth and adults to make a positive difference in the world through developing their innate capacity to be kind and wise, and to live in a way that will bring peace and wellbeing to themselves and the people around them.
Loving Kindness Peaceful Youth embraces the education, training, and support of young people with the principles of loving kindness, which results in peaceful youth.
To learn more about supporting FPMT Education, follow the links above to the Translation and Scholarship Funds, or see the Practice Generosity section of the Foundation Store.
FPMT Education Services works closely with the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, the official archive of the teachings of Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
|Without understanding how your inner nature evolves, how can you possibly discover eternal happiness? Where is eternal happiness? It's not in the sky or in the jungle; you won't find it in the air or under the ground. Everlasting happiness is within you, within your psyche, your consciousness, your mind. That's why it's important that you investigate the nature of your own mind.|
FPMT Centers, Projects and Services
Each center which teaches how to develop compassion step-by-step makes a contribution to world peace every day.
All FPMT centers, projects and services welcome students, visitors and enquiries. Select centers offer Retreat Facilities. Some focus on Community Services. FPMT Monasteries and Nunneries provide opportunities to train as a monk or nun. FPMT publishers make the Dharma available in different languages.
There are 161 centers, projects and services in 36 countries worldwide which are under the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the FPMT.
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