Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund
|With bodhichitta you become so precious –
like gold, like diamonds.
You become the most perfect object
in the world, beyond compare
with any material things.
Supporting Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Compassionate Service to Others
Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s endless capacity for benefiting others is evidenced by the many charitable projects he has initiated. Year after year, Rinpoche generously offers support to a variety of Dharma activities. From covering the cost of thousands of extensive light and water offerings at Rinpoche’s residences; to donating funds toward the creation of holy objects around the world; to sponsoring young tulkus, high lamas and Sangha in India, Nepal, Tibet and the West; to offering support to FPMT centers, projects and services; to sponsoring Dharma retreats and events; to funding animal liberations and blessings; among many other priorities, the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund enables Rinpoche’s compassionate service to others to flourish.
Videos & Teachings on Bodhichitta
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has taught extensively on the subject of “bodhichitta” (the wish to become a Buddha in order to benefit others perfectly). Please enjoy this page dedicated to this most precious topic.
An Example of Recent Funds Raised and Dispersed through the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund
Extensive Offerings for the FPMT Organization
- US$34,000 for the sponsorship of 200,000 tsog offerings to Guru Rinpoche in Switzerland
- Ongoing support of Sangha making thousands of light and water offerings daily in Rinpoche’s residences in the United States. Sangha offer extensive prayers for the entire FPMT organization and all its projects, students and benefactors, in addition to all universal beings.
- Please read more about Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s extensive offerings around the world!
- Photo gallery of the extensive offerings at Rinpoche’s residences.
Actualizing Holy Objects
- US$40,500 for twenty seven life-size Maitreya statues offered to FPMT centers around the world. This is one of Rinpoche's Vast Visions for the FPMT organization: To build 1,000 Maitreya statues around the world.
- US$50,000 offered to The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion in Australia
- US$100,000 offered for building holy objects and educating local villagers in basic Buddhism in outlying villages of Nepal
- US$4,000 to sponsor a Namtose statue at Rinchen Jangsem Ling in Malaysia
- US$2,200 offered for a Medicine Buddha statue at a nursing home in Malaysia
- US$60,000 to the Padmasambhava Project for Peace to build a Padmasambhava statue
- US$225,000 for the building of holy objects in Mongolia
Lama and Sangha Support
- US$20,000 offered to His Holiness the Dalai Lama when Lama Zopa Rinpoche presented the newly composed prayer, “Remembering Kindness of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan People”
- US$20,000 to Zong Rinpoche for his Geshe degree
- Rinpoche continues to take care of many young lamas and Rinpoches each year, helping to cover the costs of their food and other necessities.
- Over US$250,000 offered to a number of different khangtsens (monastic houses) in the great monasteries of south India
- US$1,000,000 for Nalanda Monastery in France
- US$100,000 Kopan Nunnery’s new kitchen and accommodations
- US$8,000 for a Saka Dawa offering to the approximately 12,000 Sangha of Sera, Gaden and Drepung monasteries in India, as well as Kopan Monastery and Nunnery in Nepal
- US$1,000,000 to the International Mahayana Institute for long term support of Sangha
Animal Liberations & Blessings and Other Charitable Activity
- US$10,665 offered via Animal Liberation Fund to help Geshe Jinpa save 120 yaks in Tsum Valley, Nepal
- Over US$10,000 for pujas dedicated to animals sacrificed during Dashain in Nepal as well as those engaged in the killing
- US$80,000 to purchase land to build a small hospital in Tibet
FPMT Organization Support
- US$10,000 donation to Maitripa College in support of the amazing work they are doing.
- When Lama Zopa Rinpoche travels to FPMT centers, projects and services around the world, he offers individualized support and attention. In addition to spiritual advice and support, he typically offers back any donations he receives while teaching at the center. Recently Rinpoche made donations to Lawudo Retreat Centre and Pokarah Center in Nepal; Tse Chen Ling, Pamtingpa Center and FPMT International Office in the United States; Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa in Italy; and The Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom, United Kingdom among many others.
Dharma Retreats and Events
- One of Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Vast Visions for FPMT is to sponsor people doing 1,000 Nyung-Nä Retreats. In alignment with this vision, the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund is sponsoring 10 people to do 108 Nyung-Nä retreats at Institut Vajra Yogini from November 18, 2012 to June 20, 2013.
- Over US$90,000 to Gyume Tantric College for retreat facilities so that the monks can do retreat as part of their tantric practices
- US$14,000 for two 100 Million Mani Retreats at Bigu Nunnery in Nepal. This is the start of one of Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for FPMT that he explained in 2007: Sponsoring 100 Million Mani Retreats.
- US$200,000 to sponsor a retreat house dedicated to practicing the 5th Dalai Lama’s teachings
Due to Rinpoche’s bodhichitta, even if people cannot practice, they can have an introduction to or some kind of experience of Dharma. In order to fulfill the ultimate goal of enlightenment of all beings, Rinpoche is working tirelessly, creating opportunities for all people by building holy objects here and there and by establishing centers. All this so that students and others can accumulate merit through contact with holy objects and the Buddha’s teachings.
The vastness of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s bodhisattva mind cannot be fathomed by a person like me. These are just some of the surfaces that I can see of it. Due to all these vast actions that Lama Zopa Rinpoche has done, I felt a special connection with Rinpoche and decided that whatever I can do to served Rinpoche, in whatever capacity, I’m happy to do it. Even though from my side, I don’t know much and might not be able to help a lot.
The annual cost for this fund is approximately US$85,000. All additional funds are used for priorities at the discretion of Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche does not keep any personal money for himself, he utilizes everything that is offered for these beneficial projects, plus many more.
All of this is made possible because of so many kind donors, who contribute generously to help actualize Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s incredible bodhicitta.
- A small amount of annual monetary support to the family of the incarnation of Dromo Geshe Rinpoche who are very much in need of basic needs and support. More....
- US$30,000 was offered for the complete renovation of a school kitchen at the Central School for Tibetans in Bylakuppe in South India. More....
- This is the second year that the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund partially sponsored a very successful 100,000 Guru Rinpoche Tsog offering puja that was held in Switzerland. US$28326.91 was offered toward this puja. More....
- US$39,302 was offered to Gaden Jangtse Samlo Khangtsen. US$30,077 was for a new roof and US$9,225 went toward a new altar.
- US$65,187 was offered to the FPMT Puja Fund, which sponsors ongoing pujas at the great monasteries in India and Nepal, with over 9,000 Sangha participating. More....
- US$15,720 was offered for food offered in 2013 to 35 students studying at Ngari Institute of Buddhist Dialectics in Ladakh, India. More....
- US$100,000 was offered toward new classrooms being built at Sera Je Monastery, India. More....
Supporting the Next Generation. It is a high priority of Lama Zopa Rinpoche's and of the Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund to offer support directly and indirectly towards the next generation of Dharma teachers. More....
March 2013: Update to 108 Nyung-Nä retreats at Institut Vajra Yogini! More....
The Tashi Lhunpo Health Care CenterFebruary 2013: The Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund and the Tibetan Health Services Fund donated US$5,677 (300,000 irs) towards the Tashi Lhunpo Health Care Center. More....
How Can I Make a Donation?
To make a tax-deductible donation:
Or simply send your check in US dollars payable to FPMT, Inc. and write “Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund” on the memo line.
1632 SE 11th Avenue
Portland, OR 97214-4702
Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund is a project of FPMT, Inc. and is administered by FPMT International Office located in Portland, Oregon, United States. All donations made to this fund are tax-deductible within the United States in accordance with IRS Code article 501(c)(3) to the extent allowed by law.
For more information please contact: Holly Ansett, Charitable Projects Coordinator