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His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Lama Zopa Rinpoche during their recent meeting, December 2011.
Photo courtesy the Private Office of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
- Lama Zopa Rinpoche's News:
- Latest on Rinpoche's Health
- New Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche
- Life on the Road with Lama Zopa Rinpoche – Rinpoche's Recent Meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama
- International Office News:
- Thanks to All Donors!
- Education Services
- News from Mandala Publications
- International Merit Box Project
- The Foundation Store
- For Center, Project and Service Directors, SPCs, Teachers and Board Members
- FPMT World:
- Ven. Tulku Gyatso Passes Away
- Two Study Groups Close
- Opportunities to Offer Service in FPMT
- Impermanence at Work
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche and Khadro-la outside the gompa at Tushita Meditation Centre, McLeod Ganj, India, December 2011.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Rinpoche is in India continuing physical therapy with ongoing help from Khadro-la and Tibetan doctors.
On December 16 a special long life puja is being offered to Rinpoche over three days by some high lamas in Dharamsala, India.
Thanks again to all who recited the Golden Light Sutra for Rinpoche’s healthy and long life. As Rinpoche said: "[It's] so beneficial for those who recited ... amazing, amazing benefits, can't imagine! ... from my heart, THANK YOU TO EVERYONE."
Go to Rinpoche's Health – Updates and Practices for more information and to subscribe to our RSS feed for updates.
Video of Rinpoche Teaching at Nalanda
We are happy to share one of the first teachings given by Rinpoche since manifesting a stroke. Rinpoche gave this short teaching while at Nalanda Monastery, France in October this year. One of the enjoyable aspects of this video is that it shows the big improvement in Rinpoche's speech since the stroke.
Life on the Road with Lama Zopa Rinpoche – Rinpoche's Recent Meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Read Ven. Roger Kunsang's latest post from his very insightful blog, Life on the Road with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and subscribe to its RSS feed to receive updates as they're sent. The below is excerpted from Ven. Roger's blog, posted from McLeod Ganj, India on December 1, 2011:
"His Holiness the Dalai Lama walked through the door. Rinpoche went forward to greet him (not being able to prostrate) and they embraced (this was the first time Rinpoche had met His Holiness since his stroke earlier in the year). The room was very silent and still. They remained embracing each other for what seemed like a long time.
His Holiness then sat down and asked Rinpoche to sit close. His Holiness then held Rinpoche's right hand and kept massaging and stroking it throughout their meeting and asking about how the stroke had started and all that had happened. During the meeting, for some who were in the small group with Rinpoche, it was hard to hold back the tears. Some were not holding them back at all."
Heartfelt thanks to all the kind donors of FPMT's Charitable Projects. Without your kindness we would not be able to actualize these amazing projects. Although by no means an exhaustive list, project offeings include granting stipends to all the main teachers and abbots of the Lama Tsongkhapa tradition; offering three nutritious meals to the 2,800 monks studying at Sera Je Monastery; building an eye hospital in Tibet; translating Dharma texts into many languages; and offering continual pujas for the success of FPMT and all the students. Thank you again for your kindness. Strong dedications have been made for each donor.
Basic Program: Students and staff of the French Basic Programs at Centre Kalachakra and Institut Vajra Yogini have been working hard, spending three months reviewing in preparation for their final exam mid-December. Altogether 16 students will take the exam, which completes the first round of French-language programs. Both centers have already started a second round of BP this autumn. Ven. Ngeunga, French BP coordinator and staff member of the French translation office, has worked very hard to provide translations of the BP texts, review questions and exam files.
Online Learning Center News:
Basic Program's Stages of the Path – Middle Length Lam-rim is now available.
Vivir el camino's Módulo 03 - En qué creen los budistas está disponible.
Audio files of the Lama Chöpa practice led by Ven. Thubten Dechen in Australia during 2011 are now available.Materials News:
NEW! Previously only available on VHS, Remembering Impermanence and Understanding What is True Dharma by Lama Zopa Rinpoche is now available on DVD.
NEW! Food Offering Practices, booklet format. Includes Extensive Food Offering and Yogas of Eating According to Hinayana, Mahayana Sutra and Mahayana Tantra. 40 pages.Translation News:
Final Swedish translation of Sanghatasutra is available.
Mandala's January-March 2012 print issue is in the mail! This issue features a piece on Universal Wisdom Education's Gathering 2011; Preserving the Foundations – Merry Colony and FPMT Education Services; and first-hand accounts of Khensur Rinpoche Lama Lhundrup Rigsel's last days and hours;plus many offerings from our standard sections which aim to keep the scope of the magazine global while speaking to the common occurrences of walking the path in daily life. This issue's online content is now live on the Mandala website and features many topical offerings including "What Differentiates Buddhism from Christianity" by Lama Zopa Rinpoche; Jacie Keeley's Road to Kopan story; an excerpt about the 1982 Enlightened Experience Celebration from Adele Hulse's forthcoming biography of Lama Yeshe, Big Love; plus much more!
International Merit Box Project collections begin on December 20, Lama Tsongkhapa Day, and continue until March 31. You can make your contribution online or check for alternate ways to send in your offerings. If you are not already participating in this wonderful practice of generosity, you may obtain a Merit Box kit for free from The Foundation Store.
We are now accepting applications for International Merit Box Project grants! Not sure if your project qualifies? Visit the project website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to obtain an application.
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 Those Offering Service
While in Bendigo, Australia in March, Rinpoche addressed the directors, spiritual program coordinators, study group coordinators and resident teachers participating in the FPMT Australia national meeting. Rinpoche gave juicy and sweet comments and thanks for the important role of making the Dharma available via FPMT centers, projects and services. The video of this advice in the FPMT Members Area is essential viewing for all centers, projects and services! Although the sound is quite faint, a transcript will be available soon.Vast Resources in FPMT
Following the publication of the updated FPMT Registered Teachers List, Ven. Lindy Mailhot, director of Chag-tong Chen-tong in Tasmania, Australia, sent this delightful feedback:
"Thank you, over and over I am so totally inspired and deeply encouraged by our vast resources ... continually developing ... always at our fingertips ... with such seeming ease!
Our absolute unfathomable amazing fortune knows no bounds … how could any moment slip by without deep rejoicing?"World Leprosy Day
World Leprosy Day is on January 29, 2012. Adriana Ferranti, director of MAITRI Charitable Trust, the FPMT project based in Bodhgaya, India, which has done so much work already to help those suffering from leprosy, writes:
"On this day we celebrate the selfless work done by thousands of workers in India and around the world. By attracting the attention of the public to this ancient disease and the plight of those affected by it, events are organized all over the world to raise funds for the eradication of the stigma attached to the disease and the bestowing of material and moral relief to hansenians.
MAITRI requests that on January 29, 2012 FPMT centers, projects and services make use of communication material that will be supplied by us to raise awareness about leprosy among their communities, be they Buddhist or not, and to appeal to their generosity so that this ancient and highly stigmatized disease can finally stop being regarded as a curse and that the hansenians be accorded the dignity and compassion granted to those affected by other disabling diseases."
We are delighted to make this new high resolution photo of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, taken by Ven. Roger Kunsang and enhanced by Ven. Mark Gatter, available for centers, projects and services to use. We have added it to the other high resolution photos of Rinpoche available to download in the FPMT Members Area.
Tulku Gyatso, resident geshe at Centro Ewam in Florence, Italy, passed away on November 21, 2011. Italian students did extensive practices as advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Long Life Puja for His Holiness the Dalai Lama – Opportunity to Donate
We are delighted to let you know that FPMT is one of the sponsors of the
Kalachakra initiation and the long life puja to be offered to His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Bodhgaya, India from December 31, 2011 to January 10, 2012, dedicated for His Holiness' long life and the fulfillment of all His Holiness' wishes.
If you would like to take this opportunity to make a donation towards the 2012
long life puja of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, please do so via our secure site.
FPMT centers, projects and services should use this alternate secure site to make their donation.
The deadline for all donations is January 9, 2012.
Kopan monks perform a puja on the new land for the Animal Liberation Sanctuary.
From Tania Duratovic, Project Coordinator:
"We are very pleased to tell you that construction work on new land for the Animal Liberation Sanctuary, Kopan Monastery, Nepal has begun! A temporary road has been made since there is currently no road access to the property, which is less than 10 minutes' walk from Kopan Monastery.
This was much needed as the number of rescued animals has increased substantially over the last year, to the point that nine goats are being housed at the nunnery as there is no room for them at the monastery.
Kopan monks performed a puja to bless the land with some of the Kopan November course students in attendance."
Dewachen Study Group in Australia, and Lopon Chok Lang Study Group in Poland have now closed – we rejoice in all they achieved while offering the Dharma as FPMT study groups.
Please check out these and other exciting opportunities to offer service in FPMT centers, projects and services around the world!
Root Institute, India is looking for a spiritual program coordinator and an office manager; Mahamudra Centre in New Zealand is looking for a housekeeper and a vegetarian cook.
Aryadeva Study Group, Russia
Leni Golikova Street 106-16, St. Petersburg, 198217
Lama Yeshe Ling, Canada
We welcome new SPC – Jean McFarlane
Losang Dragpa Centre, Malaysia
With grateful thanks to outgoing resident geshe – Geshe Tenzin Zopa, now an FPMT touring teacher
South Asian Region
We welcome new coordinator – Frances Howland
With grateful thanks to outgoing coordinator – Tim Van der Haegen
FPMT International Office