Preserving the Lineage Fund
Sponsoring Yearly Initiations and Oral Transmissions
When one receives an oral transmission (lung) or initiation from a qualified Buddhist master, one is receiving the teachings of the Buddha in their original form, passed perfectly from master to student through generations in an unbroken continuum. The Preserving the Lineage Fund provides the means through which the Mahayana teachings can be transmitted from Tibetan lamas to their students by sponsoring initiations and
oral transmissions which Lama Zopa Rinpoche has identified as essential for the preservation of the Dharma.
What is an Oral Transmission?
An oral transmission, or “lung,” is when a Buddhist lama recites aloud a text for which they hold the lineage, (meaning, the lama has received it properly from a previous qualified lama). Students who hear the entire text is considered to have received the oral transmission of the text. This occurs in an unbroken continuum, ultimately going back to the author of the text.
The aim of the Preserving the Lineage Fund is to cover all expenses that are incurred during specific transmissions that are deemed imperative by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. These expenses can include the sponsorship of events when oral transmissions are given, including food and offerings, and the preservation of specific teachings in any form. Through supporting these transmissions given by qualified Tibetan lamas, the fund helps FPMT fulfill its primary objective: preserving the Mahayana tradition.
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.
The cost to sponsor the initiations each year is estimated at US$50,000.
Watch Live Streaming of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 18 Great Lam-Rim Commentaries in 2012!
His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give 14 days of teachings on the 18 Great Lam-Rim Commentaries at Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery in Mundgod, Karnataka, India from November 30 to December 13, 2012. You can watch a live webcast of these teachings.... More....
Sponsor Teachings by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on The Eighteen Great Lam-rim Commentaries in 2012!
July 2012: On the very auspicious occasion of the 610th Anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa’s composition of his masterpiece Lam-rim Chen-mo (The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment) and the 600th Anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa's teaching of this text at Gaden Monastery for the first time, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will bestow teachings and transmissions on eighteen classic Lam-rim commentaries at the request of His Eminence Ling Rinpoche. More....
Generosity in Action!
The Preserving the Lineage Fund would like to acknowledge the incredible generosity of two extremely kind benefactors from Singapore who have sponsored almost the entire costs for the Wangya Norbu Tangwa initiations with His Holiness the Sakya Trizin for three years.
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 “Preserving the Lineage Fund” on the memo line.
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The Preserving the Lineage Fund is a project of FPMT Inc. All donations made to the 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.