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Lama Zopa Rinpoche met with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on May 9, 2012 in Dharamsala, India.
Photo by the Office of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
- Lama Zopa Rinpoche's News:
- New Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche
- Update on Rinpoche's Health
- International Office News:
- Work a Day for Rinpoche
- FPMT Charitable Projects: Preserving the Lineage Fund
- New from Education Services
- News from Mandala Publications
- Foundation Store – Win a Dozen Boxes of Tibetan Incense
- Friends of FPMT
- For Center, Project and Service Directors, SPCs, Teachers and Board Members
- FPMT World:
- Opportunities to Offer Service in FPMT
- Impermanence at Work
The Benefit of Working for the Center – Wow!
Sometimes people who are working at centers only think of the problems. Problems, problems, problems. Maybe it makes them feel sick. Their heart becomes very dry, very uninterested. [However,] if you know how to think, it’s really unbelievable. The highest merit is collected and there is the greatest purification by working for the center. Otherwise, you might think, “Oh, maybe I’ll go and work in the hospital, there’s much more merit from doing that.” You see, when you don’t think of Dharma, when you completely forget that the Dharma is the only way to really benefit sentient beings, to liberate them from suffering, then you start thinking things like, “Oh, maybe I’ll go and help in a children’s camp, that’s more beneficial.” People think like that.
This is a recent letter that I wrote that I thought would be helpful for others:
Thank you very, very much for working for the center, arranging facilities and so forth. The Dharma center is to benefit sentient beings, to free them from the oceans of samsaric suffering – all the sufferings – and bring them to enlightenment. So you working for the center means that.
You are working for every single animal, even the ants you see on the road and the birds that fly in the sky. You are working for every one of them, from the tiniest insect that you can see only through a machine to the largest ones in the oceans like the whales. There are so many animals living in the depths of the oceans. There are big ones that eat so many small ones and many small ones that eat the big ones. You are working for every single cow and sheep, for all the animals, for them to achieve liberation from samsara and full enlightenment, as well as for every single hell being, every single hungry ghost, every single human being – not only in that state, not only in that country, but every single human being in the universe, in all the universes – and every single sura and asura being. You are working for everybody, EVERYBODY, to bring them to full enlightenment.
People come to the center to meditate on bodhichitta and to achieve enlightenment for sentient beings. You can’t imagine the benefit to everybody who comes to the center to do this, working to achieve enlightenment for sentient beings. So the work can be hard, but can you see the benefit? Can you imagine the benefit? Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! The benefit to every living being! Can you imagine the benefit of working for the center?
For example, you work for the people coming to the center with the motivation of bodhichitta and they practice Dharma to benefit sentient beings. Can you imagine? Even by that? Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow.
With much love and prayer from crazy Lama Zopa. Getting crazier every second, ha ha!
Lama Zopa Rinpoche introduces the Kalon Tripa (Tibetan Prime Minister) to Lama Yeshe's stupa at Tushita Meditation Centre, India, May 2012. The Prime Minister and Minister for Religion and Cultural Affairs came to have tea with Rinpoche and discuss some projects that could be worked on together.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Rinpoche is continuing to make progress with rehabilitation after manifesting a stroke in April 2011.
As this is an ongoing, gradual process, please continue to dedicate for Rinpoche's complete recovery and long life. Ven. Roger will kindly continue to send occasional updates, which will be posted on Rinpoche's Health – Updates and Practices and sent out via the FPMT e-group (to subscribe to the FPMT Yahoo! Group, send a blank email to fpmt-subscribe@ yahoogroups.com).
Go to Rinpoche's Health – Updates and Practices for photos, more information and to subscribe to our RSS feed for updates.
Work a Day for Rinpoche
If you are inspired by Rinpoche's compassionate contributions to the world, please join us on Saka Dawa, June 4, as we Work a Day for Rinpoche.
Work a Day for Rinpoche is a fund that supports Rinpoche's beneficial programs and projects. You can join in by dedicating your virtuous activities on Saka Dawa towards the realization of Lama Zopa Rinpoche's compassionate wishes and donating your salary from that day to the fund.
Here's what a participant from last year's Work a Day had to say:
"Rinpoche's compassion for all is never ending, never ceasing and his vision and projects are vast in scope. To support this completely altruistic work is such a joy and inspiration. By contributing to Work a Day for Rinpoche, I feel I am helping him in his tireless work of bringing benefit to the future lives of all sentient beings."
Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Dhakpa Rinpoche, Dehradun, India, April 2012.
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
Sponsoring Yearly Initiations and Oral Transmissions: In April 2012, the Preserving the Lineage Fund sponsored initiations given by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin to many high lamas including Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Dhakpa Rinpoche, Dagri Rinpoche and others from the Sakya tradition, as well as many of the Sangha of the Sakya Monastery and Nunnery.
This is the fifth year of a series of initiations given by His Holiness the Sakya Trizin at his monastery in Dehradun, India. This is a rare and utterly precious opportunity to receive the entire collection of initiations from His Holiness the Sakya Trizin called Wangya Norbu Tangwa (Garlands of Jewels of Hundreds of Initiations).
The Preserving the Lineage Fund offered breakfast, lunch and dinner to more than 800 Sangha (including about 65 Gelug lamas) attending these most critical initiations, as well sponsorship of His Holiness the Sakya Trizin's household and attendants. An elaborate long life puja for His Holiness the Sakya Trizin is part of the event and offered at the end of the teachings by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Preserving the Wangya Norbu Tangwa has become a matter of urgency as the lineage of the initiations had completely died out in the Gelug tradition. Initially, Rinpoche with other Gelug lamas, including Kirti Tsenshab Rinpoche, received the first half of these initiations from His Eminence Chobgye Trichen Rinpoche in 1991, but age and poor health stopped him from giving the transmissions in their entirety.
As this world loses the last remaining lamas to be born and educated in Tibet, it is imperative that Tibetan Buddhism is preserved and passed on in an unbroken lineage to future lamas and students. FPMT is an organization devoted to preserving the Mahayana teachings and donating to the Preserving the Lineage Fund is a significant way to support this colossal effort.
New Materials Available:
Lama Chöpa Tunes and Audio Guide is available as an MP3 download. These particular tunes are chanted according to Lama Zopa Rinpoche's advice. Divided into convenient tracks according to each section of the text, this long-awaited practice companion is chanted by Ven. Thubten Dechen with the blessing of Lama Zopa Rinpoche to be made available for the general public.
Practices of Namgyälma: Translations, Practices and Commentary by Lama Zopa Rinpoche is now available as an eBook.
On the advice of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, FPMT Education Services has been managing the translation of many pilgrimage texts. Wutaishan, A Guide to the Most Sacred Five-Peaked Mountain of China, is now complete. News on its availability is forthcoming.
Basic Program News:
At Institut Vajra Yogini, France, a ceremony was held at the start of the second Basic Program. Resident Basic Program teacher, Geshe Loden, handed out signed completion cards, as well as a beautiful tsa-tsa, to the students who completed the first program and final exam. The students hope to soon complete their retreat requirement and graduate. Some of them also re-enlisted for the second round!
Maitreya statue at Khamlungpa Center, Mexico, April 2012.
Visit Mandala's FPMT News Around the World online blog for stories of events and new developments taking place at FPMT centers worldwide. As part of our recent News Around the World coverage, we've been featuring the arrival at FPMT centers of the Maitreya Buddha statutes offered by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, including a special Maitreya Statue Photo Gallery.
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(This advice is specifically for those offering service in the roles listed above.)
Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang, India, April 2012.
Rinpoche Points Us to the FPMT Handbook
Please join Rinpoche in using the FPMT Handbook online!
Updated – Guideline for FPMT Registered Teachers
Please find the updated guideline on the Teacher Policy and Information page in the FPMT Members Area.
Masters Program Materials Live Online
The FPMT Masters Program Materials web page has gone live. The page is accessible in the FPMT Members Area under "Education Programs" and provides centers implementing the Masters Program with all available unpublished translations and study materials. The revised edition of the Master Program Guidelines is also posted there.
We Welcome a New Study Group and Say Goodbye to Another
We welcome Dharmakaya Study Group, a probationary center in Nevada, USA.
6490 S. McCarran Blvd. #24
Reno, NV 89509
Tel: +1 (775) 232 8067
Coordinator Trey Ligon
"I have started to make my way through the enormous amounts of FPMT orientation information. Could there be a question that has not been asked?"
Thubten Kunkyab Study Group in Uruguay has recently closed. We rejoice in their efforts!
Lama Zopa Rinpoche is offering sponsorship for up to 10 people willing to do 100 nyung näs. The offer is available until the beginning of September 2012.
For information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Osel Gives Talk at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa
Click here to listen to the talk which Osel gave at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy on April 12, 2012.
Please check out these and other exciting opportunities to offer service in FPMT centers, projects and services around the world!
Jamyang Buddhist Centre, UK is looking for a new director; Chenrezig Institute, Australia is looking for a spiritual program coordinator; Milarepa Center, USA is looking for a center manager and caretaker; Ganden Do Ngag Shedrup Ling in Mongolia is looking for an English teacher; and Land of Calm Abiding, USA is looking for a volunteer handyperson.
Hospice of Mother Tara, Australia
We welcome new SPC – Ven. Losang Namgyal
With grateful thanks to outgoing co-SPCs – Glynis Jeffery, Fran Rowley and Jane Tayler
Khedrup Je Study Group, UK
Rinchen Jangsem Ling, Malaysia
We welcome new director – Selina Foong
With grateful thanks to outgoing director – Ven. Sonam Yeshe
We welcome new SPC – M. Jayabalan
With grateful thanks to outgoing SPC – Ken Chuah
Shantideva Meditation Center, USA
We welcome new (and first!) SPC – George Cuesta
FPMT International Office