His Holiness the Dalai Lama will give 14 days of teachings on the 18 Great Lam-Rim Commentaries, including Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment (Jangchup Lamdron), Tsongkhapa’s Great, Middling, and Concise Treatises on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment (Lamrim Chenmo, Lamrim Dringpo and Lamrim Dudon), and 14 other classic lam-rim texts at Ganden Monastery and Drepung Monastery in Mundgod, Karnataka, India from November 30 to December 13, 2012, at the request of H.E. Ling Choktrul Rinpoche and Ganden Shartse Monastery. His Holiness will be speaking in Tibetan with simultaneous interpretation into English, Chinese, Russian and Mongolian.
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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.
Beginning November 30, 2012 and continuing for 10-15 days, these teachings and transmissions will take place at Gaden Monastery and Drepung Monastery in Doeguling Tibetan Settlement, Mundgod, South India. In the latter part of 2013 His Holiness will continue these teachings and transmissions at Sera Monastery in Lugsung Samdupling Tibetan Settlement, Bylakuppe, South India.
As part of FPMT’s mission to preserve the Mahayana tradition, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has offered for FPMT to support these rare and precious teachings in various ways, including:
- Offering vegetarian food to all of the 12,000-15,000 monks in attendance.
- Sponsoring the travel of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and entourage.
- Funding a sound system for the event.
- Printing 50,000 copies of five different texts needed for the teaching event.
- Providing bags for all the texts being offered.
To provide these offerings we need to raise $425,000. Can you help?
July 30, 2012 UPDATE:
Tremendous and heartfelt thanks to all who participated in raising funds for this precious teaching event. We are delighted to report that due to the kindness of many, we have been so far able to raise $350,000!
It has now been confirmed that His Holiness will continue these teachings and transmissions in 2013 at Sera Monastery in Lugsung Samdupling Tibetan Settlement, Bylakuppe, south India (exact dates to be announced).
Also there will a live webcast of the teachings available, for those unable to attend. The website address for the webcast will be announced in the future.
Heartfelt and tremendous thanks to everyone who contributed to raising all the funds needed for the 2012 sponsorship of this event.
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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.