FPMT Education News
- Published on June 12, 2013
FPMT Education Services is pleased to announce three new resources for students who have received initiation into the practice of Gyälwa Gyatso.
Tsog of the Great Compassionate One Gyälwa Gyatso is a tsog offering practice written by Lama Yeshe in 1983 at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy, at the request of his Western students who had obtained the Gyalwa Gyatso empowerment. Available in eBook, booklet letter and A4 formats.
Requesting and Dedication Prayers of Chenrezig Gyälwa Gyatso, by Gung-thang Konchog Tanpai Dronme and Changkya Rolpai Dorje, is a collection of prayers meant to be read in conjunction with the sadhanas of Gyalwa Gyatso. For those with the initiation of GyälwaGyatso, who wish to strengthen their practice, this collection is essential. Available in eBook, booklet letter and A4 formats.
A Short Daily Practice of GyälwaGyatso, written by Gung-thang Konchog Tanpai Dronme, was originally rendered into English by Ven. George Churinoff and the residents of Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Pomaia, Italy, on the auspicious occasion of the Gyälwa Gyatso empowerment by His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, October 1982. Originally published in 1999, a newly updated 2013 edition is now available. Available in eBook, booklet letter and A4 formats.
- Published on June 05, 2013
new advice received for prayers and practices students of Lama Zopa Rinpoche should engage in fo Rinpoche's health.In April we received an update from Ven. Roger Kunsang concerning
One of the practices recommended is the recitation of the Sutra of Golden Light. Recitation of this sutra is being organized at some of the great monasteries, but you can also participate by reciting this precious sutra and dedicating to Rinpoche's long and stable life.
You can send your number of recitations to Claire Isitt at the end of each month, and all prayers and practices will be offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
- Published on May 29, 2013
Composed in 1673 by the Fifth Dalai Lama, Ngawang Losang Gyatso (1617-1682), this text is an extensive rite for the worship of the Seven Medicine Buddhas, Buddha Shakyamuni, and an assembly of bodhisattvas and guardian deities.
The worship of the Seven Medicine Buddhas is a spiritual method to alleviate sickness, poverty, conflict and all the other miseries that inevitably afflict beings living in the world. Despite the almost miraculous recent advances in medicine and other technologies, the basic realities of human existence are as true today as they were 2,500 years ago, when the Buddha recommended that we face up to them.
This puja (the longest of all the Medicine Buddha pujas) was translated at the request of Lama Zopa Rinpoche by Professor John Newman.
We are happy to now make this puja available as a PDF download for your Kindle, iPad or other digital device.
- Published on May 17, 2013
Saka Dawa, one of the four great holy days of the Tibetan calendar, celebrates the Buddha’s birth, death, and parinirvana, and is just around the corner. As a Buddha Multiplying Day, karmic results are multiplied one hundred million times. This amazing result is sourced by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to the vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic.
Saka Dawa takes place this year on Friday/Saturday, May 24/25.
Please keep in mind: According to Ven. Choden Rinpoche, one of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachers, observation of auspicious days should be according to the date in India, not the date in one’s home country. Therefore, when Lama Zopa Rinpoche is not in India, Rinpoche celebrates Buddha Days and other auspicious dates according to the time in India.
I thought you might like a reminder of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s recommended practices for this special day. You can find Rinpoche’s advice on this topic collected here (on Rinpoche’s Advice page, under Buddha Multiplying Days), and a calendar of all the holy days here.
Special thanks to the Liberation Prison Project for preparing the Tibetan Calendar.
If you decide to recite the Sutra of Golden Light on this special day, you might like to report your recitations using the facility on the FPMT website – which you can find on the Sutra of Golden Light reporting page. You can also find many other sutra texts available for free download on the FPMT Education Services’ Sutras page.
- Published on May 07, 2013
New Products Available at the FPMT Foundation Store!
- Long Life Lama Chopa with Request to the Dakinis eBook—Please note, this is one of the current recommended practices for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s health.
- Sixteen Arhats Puja available as eBook as well as booklet letter and A4 formats.
- The Yoga of the Three Purifications of Shri Chakrasamvara available as eBook as well as booklet letter and A4 formats.
- We have updated a short Medicine Buddha Sadhana.
- Published on April 24, 2013
We are happy to announce the publication of a new eBook, The Wish-fulfilling Gem Enhancing the Buddha’s Doctrine, a Method for Making Offerings and Prayers to Guru Shakyamuni Buddha and the Sixteen Arhats by Yeshe Gyaltsen which includes a purification practice and is suitable to be performed by anyone.
“It has greater blessings to pray to the kind compassionate Guru Shakyamuni Buddha, the Founder, who is caring with a loving mind for us migratory beings who are in the end of the five-hundred age time. He left the Sixteen Arhats as a regent of himself not to pass away and to be the Savior for us sentient beings.
The benefits of making offerings and prayers to the Sixteen Arhats are:
1. All the Victorious Ones (Buddhas) are pleased.
2. Anyone who correctly practices it will have no obstacles.
3. One will be able to abide in pure morality.
4. It increases one's scriptural understanding and realization.
5. One will have perfect inner and outer conditions to practice Dharma.
6. One will not be overwhelmed by untimely death and will have a long life.
7. The community of Sangha will be increased.
8. The study and practice of the Tripitaka (Three Baskets) will increase.
And so forth, there are infinite benefits one will enjoy until enlightenment is achieved.”
Translated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Caloundra, Australia, on August 10, 1996.
- Published on April 18, 2013
FPMT's French-language translation office, Service de traduction de la FPMT, is happy to share their enthusiasm for a new promising project: creating French versions of the Masters Program (MP) study texts. Inspired by the unique vision of Lama Yeshe, the Masters Program (MP) is the organization's most rigorous and advanced education program.
The MP scheduled to start this year at Nalanda Monastery in France isn’t able to provide a French graduation option due to a lack of translations of the necessary standard texts. With this project, Service de traduction de la FPMT’s goal is to see to it that French-speaking students in the future can fully benefit from the program. The translation of these essential texts will contribute to the emergence of a new generation of qualified French-speaking graduates, while at the same time serving all French speakers interested in Buddhism.
The principal texts that comprise the MP curriculum represent around 3,500 pages. Costs of this translation work is estimated to be around EUR€ 3,500 (US$4,500) each year for ten years. Motivated and experienced translators have already accepted the challenge to help realize this ambitious project.
- Published on April 09, 2013
The Italian Basic Program Online offered by Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa (ILTK) had its first ever final exam this March. All 10 participating students passed – a huge achievement for all involved! Kind thanks Basic Program Online tutor Vania Tesser, who provided students with the care, support and inspiration needed to get this far, and many other staff at ILTK who contributed over the course of five years! It is an FPMT exclusive: Previously we had no Homestudy students completing a Basic Program and final exam in any language other than English. Congratulations to all!
- Published on February 27, 2013
On February 15 Nalanda Monastery, France, officially completed its first five year residential Basic Program (BP) with a graduation ceremony. Geshe Jamphel, BP teacher and abbot, handed out BP completion certificates to the graduates (two of them were not there), and BP completion cards to students who did not yet graduate. The ceremony was an inspiration for the 36 brand new students of Nalanda's second Basic Program, who attended as part of their introduction day. A special presentation was made to Ven. Tharchin, the program's interpreter and Ven. Yonten, the program's coordinator, reflecting appreciation for their contributions that made this excellent BP, with its three month review and three month retreat, such a success! Geshe-la then gave a talk to the 36 new students and all Nalanda residents, emphasizing the work that the BP students had done over the five years. The ceremony was followed by a big celebratory lunch. Two of these graduates are now FPMT registered teachers!
- Published on February 20, 2013
We are pleased to present those students with the highest yoga tantra empowerment of Gyalwa Gyatso this wonderful revised 52-page long sadhana for daily practice and retreat by Kalsang Gyatso, the Seventh Dalai Lama.
- Published on February 13, 2013
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- Published on February 06, 2013
Written by Lama Zopa Rinpoche for use by beginning students, this new eBook, A Daily Meditation on Shakyamuni Buddha, is a clearly outlined practice complete with guided meditations for developing one's motivation, the mind of refuge, and the thought of bodhichitta.
In addition the practice contains mantra recitation and visualization based on Shakyamuni Buddha and a Lam-rim prayer in the form of a request for blessings to develop all the realizations on the path to full awakening.
- Published on January 31, 2013
FPMT Education Services is continually making new materials available for all of your study and practice needs. New to this selection of offerings available at the FPMT Foundation Store are the following:
This eBook includes the root text of Shalkar Melong, translated with commentary by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, which provides detailed instructions for filling larger holy objects. Also included are the Sung Drub and Rab Na ceremonies for consecrating your holy object.
- The Practice of Virtue verses card by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Translated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, with calligraphy by Jane Seidlitz, The Practice of Virtue is a frameable one-page prayer reminding us of the power of karma and importance of virtue.
Offering tormas is an important practice for the accumulation of merit and elimination of obstacles. This practice, Engaging in the Practice of the Hundred Torma Offerings, is from the great scholar Kaldan Gyatso based on the text on the Hundred Torma Offerings composed by Panchen Lobsang Chokyi Gyaltsen. Translated by Tenzin Bhuchung Shastri.