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Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Atisha Centre, Australia, March 2011.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
- Lama Zopa Rinpoche's News:
- New Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche
- Update on Rinpoche's Health
- Life on the Road with Lama Zopa Rinpoche
- International Office News:
- Annual Review 2011
- Welcome Trevor, Farewell Heather
- Education Services
- Foundation Store Special Promotion: Explore the Journey of Death and Dying
- News from Mandala Publications
- Friends of FPMT
- For Center, Project and Service Directors, SPCs, Teachers and Board Members
- FPMT World:
- Deadline for Applications to LRZTP6
- Rinpoche Renames UWE
- First Book in New Series from LYWA
- Opportunities to Offer Service in FPMT
- Impermanence at Work
Lama Zopa Rinpoche performing incense offerings, Aptos, California, February 2011.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Firstly, someone in Delhi told me recently that a big question in the world is that more and more people don't trust their government any more.
Without Dharma, without compassion, there is self-cherishing thought and no compassion for other sentient beings' suffering and happiness. Working in government with self-cherishing thoughts, ignorance grasping at the "I," the mind is selfish so the motivation is selfish. Ultimately you are working for yourself and your own happiness, but with a selfish mind there is not even the success of the happiness of this life...
Read the full advice on Rinpoche’s Advice page.
Sent by Ven. Roger Kunsang on April 2, 2012:
Rinpoche is doing well. Progress is still slow, but seems normal for this situation. The main thing is that there is still progress. Rinpoche is more independent, using the right hand more and the right leg is stronger, we just need to focus on getting the action more correct. Rinpoche's speech is very clear when speaking Tibetan. In English, if he doesn't make effort, there is a slight slur. But when teaching and [when] Rinpoche focuses on the pronunciation, it is clear. Blood pressure and sugar levels are good for Rinpoche's situation, and the doctors are pleased. Long term, Rinpoche doesn't want to have to take Western medicine if possible. So in the long term, we have to find other methods combined with a good lifestyle!
Thank you everyone for all your support and kindness.
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Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Dhakpa Rinpoche, Dehradun, India, April 2012.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
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 sent on April 2, 2012:
"... Later that night we came across two trucks that just had had a head-on crash. There was no room to pass each other, so I guess they couldn't get around each other so they decided to go through each other. It is very messy. Trying to get past this mess and not disappear over the edge of the cliff created some anxious moments. This is the drive to Manikaran from Dharamsala [in India], where Rinpoche went for treatment in the hot springs..."
Read the full post on Ven. Roger Kunsang's blog.
With great delight and much rejoicing that we invite you to read the FPMT Annual Review 2011.
At the start of each year, FPMT International Office studies the year prior and identifies a main theme for the past year in order to frame our accomplishments and rejoice in our collective effort.
Because of Lama Zopa Rinpoche's stroke and ongoing rehabilitation and physiotherapy, 2011 was not a typical year for FPMT as our incomparable spiritual director was not available in the ways we have grown accustomed to, and taken for granted, year after year.
But what was beautifully typical were the ways in which the FPMT organization demonstrated its characteristic resilience and strength in the face of adversity. In fact, for nearly 40 years, the organization has demonstrated time and again its ability to triumph over obstacles, due mainly to its strong foundation, structure, and the good hearts and effort of its students and supporters.
With these events and developments in mind, we offer "FPMT 2011: Cherishing Life" as the title of this year's Annual Review. It is with great joy and heartfelt thanks for your support, that all of us here at Lama Zopa Rinpoche's International Office present you with this collection of accomplishments and highlights, with our strong wish that it becomes the cause for all of Lama Zopa Rinpoche's wishes to manifest without delay and that his life be long and stable, for the benefit of all.
International Office welcomes Trevor Fenwick as our new Donor Services Coordinator. Trevor has taken over from Heather Drollinger, who has helped almost every department at International Office over the last few years. We extend a big thank you to Heather, and a warm welcome to Trevor!
Dharma for Your Digital Device!
This past year we have released 140 texts in e-reader format, allowing you to access FPMT Education materials on Kindle, iPad, or other portable electronic devices. Recent additions are:
- Six-Session Guru Yoga with commentary by Lama Zopa Rinpoche
- Liberating Animals From the Danger of Death
- Direct and Unmistaken Method: Practice and Benefits of the 8 Mahayana Precepts
- Medicine Buddha Sadhana
- VC Módulo 04 – El maestro es buda, el cuarto módulo de Vivir el camino
- VC Módulo 05 – Introducción al texto de Atisha, el quinto módulo de Vivir el camino
We are pleased to welcome Joona Repo as our new FPMT Translation Coordinator. Joona holds a Ph.D. in Art and Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is also currently pursuing the study of Tibetan language at Tibet University in Lhasa. Joona will work with our international team of translators who translate Tibetan texts into English. He will also be instrumental in coordinating FPMT's Translation and Editorial Committee (TEC), the Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translation Team (LRZTT) and the Advisory Board. His first project is to work with these groups in order establish an FPMT standardized glossary for Tibetan to English terminology, identified as a critical priority at last year's FPMT Translation Conference at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy.
Je Tsongkhapa's Lam-Rim Chen Mo, or, The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path is one of the most renowned Tibetan Buddhist classics. The work falls into the lam-rim genre which stemmed from the Kadampa school of Tibetan Buddhism. We are delighted to announce that the first two volumes of this classic are now translated into Vietnamese by Nhan Vo Quang. The third volume will follow shortly.
An awareness of death and impermanence is one Buddha's most fundamental teachings, and certainly for new students, easily one of the first life-changing lessons they will be exposed to on the path. Explore the truth of death and dying by bringing Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Heart Advice and for Death and Dying and Heart Practices for Death and Dying into your home.
Together, Heart Advice and Heart Practices for Death and Dying contains all of Lama Zopa Rinpoche's essential advice for the time of death; the most powerful mantras for those who are dying or who have died; teachings on their precise benefits; a sheet of mantras to place upon the body of one who has died; as well as an MP3 disc with an audio course consisting of 11 hours of exquisite teachings and meditations on death and dying led by Ven. Sangye Khadro.Promotion Conditions and Instructions:
- Click on this link, Heart Advice for Death and Dying, to add the book to your shopping cart.
- Available while supplies last.
Looking for inspiration online? Check out Mandala Publications extensive online offerings. With an abundance of new and archive materials posted to the site regularly, you can peruse a vast collection of compelling interviews, informative feature stories, insightful teachings and timely FPMT news. Each issue, Mandala receives amazing photos for our FPMT News Around the World section – far more photos than we can squeeze into our print magazine. We've collected some of these photos into an online photo gallery for your viewing pleasure. Use our tag cloud to search for articles of interest. Like us on Facebook and keep up with our latest posts, including Ven. Roger's intrepid tales of "Life on the Road with Lama Zopa Rinpoche."
Become a Friend of FPMT and stay connected to all the FPMT has to offer including the FPMT Online Learning Center, Mandala magazine and many complimentary resources offered at the free FPMT Membership level.
(This advice is specifically for those offering service in the roles listed above.)
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, France, September 2011.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Next FPMT International Sangha Day
The 10th FPMT International Sangha Day, celebrated on the occasion of the day marking the First Turning of the Wheel of Dharma, is on July 23. Please plan your events and your annual donation to the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund, and look out for a further announcement via the CPMT e-group!
Guideline Regarding Teacher Behavior
Our newest guide, Guide to Appropriate Behavior for Ordained and Lay FPMT Registered Teachers is essential reading for all FPMT registered teachers, directors and SPCs.
The guideline can be read and downloaded from the Teacher Policy and Information page in the FPMT Members Area.
FPMT Map Updated
As previously announced via the CPMT e-group, the world map which is part of the FPMT Display Pack and shows all FPMT centers, projects and services has just been updated! Download it from the FPMT Display Pack page in the Members Area.
From Claire Barde, director of LRZTP6:
"Dear friends, The 6th Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Programme is starting on October 1, 2012, which is in only six months!
The graduates will be ready to serve your center as interpreters in 2014. If you receive touring teachers, host a geshe or plan to host one in the future, you need a well trained interpreter. The deadline for application is June, leaving you just about two months to search for candidates among your members.
Individuals who are interested to train as interpreters should think seriously about applying now too.
Looking forward to hearing from you, Claire."
Universal Wisdom Education (UWE) is now Universal Education for Compassion and Wisdom (UECW).
Regarding the new name, Rinpoche commented:
"I am very happy with [this name]: compassion is so very, very important; it is the cause of wisdom. Everyday people in the world wouldn't know the special Dharma wisdom, they would know only common wisdom, so to have compassion is very important."
The Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive has just published its first book in the new Heart Advice Series, Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Bodhisattva Attitude.
Heart Advice is a series of core teachings – the "heart advice" – taken from the experiential teachings of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The main resource is Rinpoche's major retreats, commentaries and transmissions since 2008, although other archive materials supplement these. The goal is to preserve and make available Rinpoche's unique style and lineage of teachings and practices.
Please check out these and other exciting opportunities to offer service in FPMT centers, projects and services around the world!
Atisha Centre in Australia is looking for an SPC; Milarepa Center, USA is looking for a center manager and a facilities manager; Root Institute, India is looking for someone to help develop the curriculum for their new school; and Mahamudra Retreat Centre, New Zealand has various openings.
Bengungyal Center, Mexico
We welcome new SPC – Roi Pallares
With grateful thanks to outgoing SPC – Ven. Yeshe Namdak
Centro Muni Gyana, Italy
Via del Parlamento n. 31, CAP. 90133 Palermo
Chenrezig Study Group in Indiana, USA has closed.
Kunsang Yeshe Centre, Australia
Tel: +61 (02) 4788 1407
Mahamudra Centre, New Zealand
2183 Colville Road, RD4, Coromandel 3584
FPMT International Office