FPMT International Office News
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Tenzin Phuntsok Rinpoche with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, June 2011.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
- Lama Zopa Rinpoche's News:
- Latest on Rinpoche's Health
- Life on the Road with Lama Zopa Rinpoche
- New Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche
- International Office News:
- Rejoicing in Saka Dawa Offerings and Beyond
- News from the Sera Je Food Fund
- News from the Animal Liberation Fund
- Education Services:
- International Merit Box Project Update
- Mandala Publications
- The Foundation Store
- For Center, Project and Service Directors, SPCs, Teachers and Board Members
- FPMT World:
- New Abbot of Kopan Monastery
- Opportunities to Offer Service in FPMT
- Impermanence at Work
Lama Zopa Rinpoche's health continues to improve in Nepal where Rinpoche is undertaking physiotherapy and was receiving acupuncture. This time is quite critical for Rinpoche to regain his health. As you know, Rinpoche's schedule for the rest of the year has been canceled and we are requesting people to offer Rinpoche the space and time over the next several months for his rehabilitation. Thank you all for your support and prayers. We will continue to post any updates and news on Rinpoche's Health – Official Updates and Practices.
In addition to the official updates available through Rinpoche's Health – Updates and Practices, Ven. Roger Kunsang has found time to send the occasional blog about how things are going. The below is excerpted from Ven. Roger Kunsang's blog Life on the Road with Lama Zopa Rinpoche (posted on June 29, 2011 from Kopan Monastery, Nepal):"I can't move," says Rinpoche. "Why?" asks the
Khenrinpoche Lama Lhundrup with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, June 2011.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
There is a lot of laughter during the session (Rajesh tells the jokes and Rinpoche keeps laughing) but at the same time Rajesh definitely keeps control of the session. It works very well.
Rinpoche is also spending time checking and seeing what can be done for Khenrinpoche Lama Lhundrup. Lama Lhundrup has good care here at the monastery with his attendants and Jo, a nurse and palliative care specialist who is a student of Lama Lhundrup from New Zealand. The Tibetan doctor visits him regularly and Rinpoche is attending to the spiritual aspects of the healing: blessing water, prayer sessions with the monks, pujas, etc.
Every now and again Rinpoche says about his own situation, "This will take time … have to wait for the karma to finish … it will take time." Since the time in the hospital Rinpoche has been saying this. This morning I asked Rinpoche, "How long?" Rinpoche said, "Can't say, maybe six months, maybe longer."
Last night Rinpoche circumambulated Bouddha Stupa three times by himself and then about 10 times in the wheelchair. Rinpoche always stops at the two bigger prayer wheels and turns these with effort and difficulty with his right hand – it's good exercise! Rinpoche said circumambulating Bouddha and Swayambhunath Stupas is very helpful for the mind. Rinpoche is really keen on circumambulating: the first night it was raining, so we did so in the rain. Most of the time we circumambulate late at night as it is quiet then.
Please Recite This New Dedication Prayer
Lama Zopa Rinpoche recently composed a new dedication prayer, Remembering the Kindness of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan People, which was offered directly to His Holiness in Australia (since then, Rinpoche has added some more verses). Rinpoche would like this prayer used throughout the organization. The prayer should be done following the Prayer that Spontaneously Fulfills All Wishes (tong nyi nying je ....) at the end of dedication prayers. Rinpoche's prayer is freely available on Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche and through the Foundation Store.
Ants for a free Tibet, crafted by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, April 2011.
Ants Spread Dharma
A few days before his stroke, Lama Zopa Rinpoche spent a long time explaining how to make the tiny boats that now float now around at Atisha Center in Bendigo, Australia. Each boat is rigged up with different animals holding up a message, mantra and image of a buddha so that the insects who float on the water get liberated by passing these boats.
Three days after the stroke Rinpoche dictated the following messages to go with three new boats with three sets of animals:
For the kangaroos: "We are not only champion jumping in the world but also we want to bring all sentient beings to enlightenment, the highest happiness with the help of Compassion Buddha."
For the koalas: "Not only do we eat gum leaves but we want to bring all sentient beings to enlightenment, the highest happiness, with the help of Compassion Buddha."
For the magpies: "We Magpies unanimously want to bring the sentient beings to the highest happiness, the peerless happiness, enlightenment with the help of Compassion Buddha."
Watch Rinpoche with Ants for a Free Tibet – plus other new videos of Rinpoche.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche made many offerings on Saka Dawa including offering money to well over 10,000 Sangha of the great monasteries Sera, Ganden, Drepung; all the Sangha at Kopan Monastery and Nunnery, Drepung Nunnery, Namgyal Monastery and Trulshik Rinpoche's monastery; as well as making offerings to Druptob Rinpoche and Sangha at his monastery doing nyung näs; Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche, Serkong Dorje Chang, Zong Rinpoche, as well as all of Rinpoche's gurus and the FPMT Sangha communities around the world.
Rinpoche also partially sponsored the annual 100,000 Tsog Offerings puja offered in Nepal in front of the Bouddha Stupa. This year Rinpoche was unable to attend but the puja was presided over by Khadro-la and Dagri Rinpoche.
Rinpoche also offered US$100,000 to the building of Kachoe Ghakyil Nunnery. Rinpoche additionally offered US$20,000 to His Holiness the Dalai Lama when His Holiness was presented with the new prayer that Rinpoche had composed, Remembering the Kindness of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan People.
Rinpoche also recently pledged a US$100,000 offering to Rachen Nunnery and Mu Monastery in Tsum; US$3,000 towards a 16-story-high stupa for Chobgye Trichen Rinpoche being built in Nepal; US$200,000 for the building of a small temple in China that is dedicated to preserving the tradition of the Fifth Dalai Lama; and US$20,000 to Lawudo Gompa for the gilding of three Guru Rinpoche statues (one is 11 feet tall and the other two are life size).
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Dhakpa Rinpoche, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, June 2011.
Photo by Ven Roger Kunsang.
This month FPMT was able to send the second contribution for 2011 to the Sera Je Food Fund, covering the next six months of food for about 2,600 monks currently studying at Sera Je.
On May 18, 2011 we received a letter from the abbot of Sera Je, Khen Rinpoche Archarya Geshe Lobsang Palden, who had arranged for prayers to be done by all the monks of Sera Je during the month of Saka Dawa (when the merit is multiplied up to 100 million times). These prayers are dedicated to all the kind sponsors and supporters of the Sera Je Food Fund.
Sincere thanks to everyone who responded to the Sera Je Food Fund appeal sent out earlier this year! We received over a third of what's needed for the year – this was excellent. Thank you to all the kind benefactors who support this amazing project and please rejoice in this incredible offering that we are able to make to the Sangha, FPMT centers' future resident geshes and to the "pores of the guru," that is, the many disciples of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We would especially like to thank the students of Cham Tse Ling, Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Root Institute, Losang Dragpa Centre and Yeshe Norbu Appello per il Tibet for their continual, generous support. Without all of you this incredible offering would not be possible. Thank you so much!
News from the Animal Liberation Fund
Rinpoche bought 60 of 120 yaks that were going to be killed in Rowaling, Nepal. These yaks used to graze at high altitude with the nomads, but the children of nomads no longer have any interest in taking care of the yaks, and the old nomads are now unable to care for them. The yaks were being sold very cheaply to butchers. Some of the villagers at Rowaling came up with an idea to save the 120 yaks (the other 60 yaks were sponsored by students in Singapore and Malaysia), and then these saved yaks would be taken care of by families in the area.
Recently in Kopan Rinpoche blessed 120 giant blessing "strings" (large pieces of cloth) that the yaks will wear.
Online Learning Center News:
NEW! You can now download audio-only files corresponding to the Living in the Path video extracts. We hope this will allow greater access and ease of use (maybe you will take Living in the Path with you on your iPod while you walk!)
¡Nuevo! VC Módulo 02 – Extraer la esencia, el segundo módulo de Vivir el camino.
Centre Kalachakra and Institut Vajra Yogini in France will start their second round of Basic Program in September. Well facilitated reviews will prepare their first-round students for their final exam in December.
Practice Materials News:
Most Secret Hayagriva Daily Practice is now available in booklet and e-book formats. This practice does not require empowerment.
Rituals and Procedures for Commencing Retreat is available in booklet and e-book formats. Based on teachings and texts by Lama Yeshe, Pabongkha Rinpoche and Jampa Tenzin Trinlay Gyatso, these concise instructions can be used for starting any retreat.
The concise document for Filling and Blessing Stupas and Statues is now available in booklet and e-book formats.
Conseils concernant les maîtres spirituels est maintenant disponible.
The full-length and summary reports of Taking up the Challenge of Translating Buddhism, FPMT's first translation conference, are freely available online.
Yangsi Rinpoche, who gave the opening address, remarked, "Now I think we are entering the period of the later spread of Dharma in the West as there are realized practitioners and learned scholars who can work together as a group to standardize the terminology and polish the existing translations. People now have the experience and knowledge to be able to bring translation to a new level. Therefore, I think it is a very auspicious time."
Congratulations to our 2010 International Merit Box grant recipients! Awards were announced on June 2 and we were thrilled to be able to grant funds to 17 different projects. This would not have been possible without the effort and generosity of our International Merit Box coordinators and practitioners around the world. Thank you all!
For 23 years, Mandala has served as one of FPMT's main communication vehicles, bringing timely stories, articles and teachings to FPMT students worldwide. Mandala's website, mandalamagazine.org, houses an extensive archive of Mandala's past published articles, beginning with the newspaper version of 1988-1990, Blissful Rays of the Mandala in the Service of Others. Additionally, the website features daily additions to our blogs, drawing from previously published articles from the archive and new content alike. You can subscribe via RSS (Real Simple Syndication) to all that the website has to offer, and now, through the magic of Google Translate, you can access all the website has to offer in over 20 languages! Please also follow us on Facebook for daily posts from our website, print publication and eZine.
Read the latest Foundation Store newsletter for new product arrivals and monthly specials.
(This advice is specifically for those offering service in the roles listed above.)
Rinpoche's Advice for Centers, Projects and Services – Collected
Rinpoche's key advice about practice, holy objects, logos and general advice for centers, projects and services (and study groups) can now be found all in one place in the FPMT Members Area!
Thanks for the feedback received so far - Australian National Coordinator Helen Patrin commented: "This is oh so nice and so easy to find exactly what you need, thank you, thank you, thank you!"
Ninth International Sangha Day
As recently announced via the CPMT e-group, FPMT's Ninth International Sangha Day can be celebrated on the auspicious holy day of August 3, 2011. This is also the perfect day to make your center, project or service's annual donation to the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund via the donations page in the FPMT Members Area.
Ven. Carol Corradi, director of the International Mahayana Institute (IMI) reminds us that "IMI members will be offering special prayers for FPMT students and organization on this day."
New Abbot of Kopan Monastery
On July 10th, Khenrinpoche Lama Lhundrup resigned as Abbot of Kopan Monastery, Nepal after many many years of deep, inspiring, wonderful service to Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Lama Zopa Rinpoche appointed Geshe Chonyi, who began his life as a monk at Kopan, as the new abbot.
Khenrinpoche Geshe Chonyi will maintain his responsibilities as resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore, alongside his new responsibilities at Kopan - with the help of a senior Kopan Sangha team.
Osel (the incarnation of Lama Yeshe) was in Kopan Monastery for the occasion and gave a talk.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Chenrezig Institute's Garden of Enlightenment, June 2011.
Maureen Walshe, director of Chenrezig Institute, tells us:
"It was just an amazing day ... we have been overwhelmed with messages from all sorts of people who attended. It appeared to all of them that the event was tremendously organized and everything went smoothly!
"[It] was a riot, almost nothing went to schedule: His Holiness arrived early and had to leave significantly earlier than planned, dismissed most attempts at anything vaguely formal, but of course everything turned out beautifully. The weather was beautiful, the 4,000 attendees managed to get onto the property in time and in high spirits and were all captivated by His Holiness' charm, humility and frank but compassionate truths."
And Garrey Foulkes of the Garden of Enlightenment at Chenrezig Institute wrote to Lama Zopa Rinpoche:
"I just wanted to send a quick message, on behalf of all of us at Chenrezig Institute and particularly all of the people involved in Garden of Enlightenment project, to thank you from deep in my heart for creating this amazing opportunity that has involved so many people. Today His Holiness visited our center and gave teachings to 3,700 people at the Garden of Enlightenment. It was the most wonderful day, perfect in every way. Thank you so, so much for everything."
A slideshow of photos from this amazing event is already up for all to enjoy!
Thanks to everyone's generous donations, FPMT was able to offer a wonderful total of AUD$17,869 to His Holiness – who immediately offered it back to Chenrezig Institute.
Birthday Song for His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Students at Vajrapani Institute, USA composed a song in honor of His Holiness' birthday. It's very sweet. You can enjoy it on now on YouTube.
His Holiness in Toulouse, August 13 - 15 – Live Webcast
His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teachings and public talk in Toulouse, France will be available live on the web in French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Tibetan.
His Holiness will teach on Kamalashila's Stages of Meditation, Volume II on August 13 and August 14, morning and afternoon. He will give a public talk on "The Art of Happiness" on August 15.
Buddha House Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary!
Many congratulations to all who have served Buddha House over the years to enable the center to keep benefiting sentient beings.
Gomo Tulku Releases His First Single – July 28!
Gomo Tulku, born in Montreal, Canada in 1988 and recognized at the age of three by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the 23rd Gomo Tulku, releases his debut single July 28. The 22nd and 23rd Gomo Tulkus have strong connections with FPMT and Italy. In fact, the present Gomo Tulku has lived in Pomaia at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa and in Milan where he has worked with famous Italian hip-hop producer Deleterio. Gomo Tulku also has gained sponsorship from Guess clothing line and has generated an international media buzz. Gomo Tulku's sound is a mix of hip-hop, R&B, dance and pop and it is sure to get noticed!
Mandala recently interviewed Gomo Tulku (and other young FPMT notables) for the October-December 2010 issue. The article is freely available online.
Please check out these and other exciting opportunities to offer service in FPMT centers, projects and services around the world!
Work-study opportunities are offered by Chenrezig Institute, Australia; Jamyang Buddhist Centre, UK; Nalanda Monastery, France; O.Sel.Ling Centro de Retiros, Spain; Milarepa Center and Vajrapani Institute, USA.
Kalachakra Centre in France is looking for a manager-cook for its retreat facility in Normandy.
Centro Studi Cenresig, Italy
We welcome new director – Marco Castaldi
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – Silo Pittureri
New telephone number - +39 327 7367856
Editions Vajra Yogini, France
We welcome new director – Sandrine Merot
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – Michel Henry
Ganden Yiga Chozin, Nepal
New director - Sonam (who has served for years as manager)
Heruka Center, Taiwan
We welcome new director – Steve Lin
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – Chen Shu-Lu
Kasih Hospice, Malaysia
We welcome new director – Yeo Puay Huei
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – Siew Foong Loke
Losang Dragpa Centre, Malaysia
We welcome new director – Pik Pin Goh
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – Eric Gan
We welcome new SPC – Yeo Puay Huei
With grateful thanks to outgoing SPC – Yuyin Khor
Pamtingpa Center, USA
We welcome new (and first!) SPC – Su Ianniello
FPMT International Office