Friends of FPMT is a membership-based program created for those who want to directly engage in and become a part of the FPMT community of supporters. As a Friend of FPMT, you will be able to enhance your Dharma education through courses on the Online Learning Center and by receiving advice through monthly newsletters. If you choose a paid membership, you will also receive a subscription to our quarterly publication, Mandala.
The Four Harmonious Friends
In the Vinayavastu (Foundation of Discipline), the Buddha tells the story of the Four Harmonious Friends – a pheasant, a rabbit, a monkey, and an elephant – who lived together in harmony. Each of the younger animals showed respect for the older animals’ life-experience and knowledge by carrying the older on his back.
Later, the eldest (the pheasant) taught the practice of ethical conduct to the others, who then taught the same practice to the rest of the forest creatures. Because of this, happiness and comfort increased greatly in the world.
It is said that wherever a picture of the Four Harmonious Friends is displayed, the ten virtues will increase, the minds of all will become harmonious, and many auspicious events will occur.
Other Ways To Help FPMT?
- Join the International Merit Box Project
- Work a Day for Rinpoche
- Donate to one of FPMT’s Charitable Projects
- Sustain the teachings in your local community: Financially support or volunteer at an FPMT center!
- Consider Planned Giving with FPMT
FPMT International Office
1632 SE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214-4702
Office Telephone: (503) 808-1588
Toll free (US only): 866-808-3302
Fax: (503) 232-0557
Friends of FPMT levelsClick on your level of choice to join.
All levels are for a term of one year.
FPMT eNews (an electronic newsletter), access to free courses on FPMT’s Online Learning Center, plus links to other free resources
($5-$25) per month
Above plus one-year subscription to Mandala Publications
($30-$99) per month
Above plus complete access to FPMT's Online Learning Center
$100 per month and above
Above plus special yearly Patron Puja
$30 per year
Are you an ordained Sangha member?
$30 per year
Do you live in a country with low to medium international currency exchange rates?
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