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The Main Way to Protect Yourself
On April 28, Ven. Roger Kunsang shared on his Twitter page this brief teaching from Lama Zopa Rinpoche:

Lama Zopa; main way to protect yourself is for you to not harm others! It’s not sufficient to just study Dharma, you have to put it into practice!

Rinpoche arrived last week in Hong Kong to give teachings and initiations organized by Mahayana Buddhist Association (Cham Tse Ling).  You can watch Rinpoche give teachings in Hong Kong on FPMT Livestream page:
http://livestream.com/FPMT/HKK2016


Ven. Roger Kunsang, Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s assistant and CEO of FPMT Inc., shares Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s recent pith sayings on Ven. Roger’s Twitter page.

More information, photos and updates about FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be found on Rinpoche’s webpage. If you’d like to receive news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche via email, sign up to receive FPMT News.


http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/the-main-way-to-protect-yourself/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Mahayana Buddhist Association (Cham Tse Ling) in Hong Kong, May 2016
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Watch Lama Zopa Rinpoche Teach in Hong Kong
Lama Zopa Rinpoche arrived in Hong Kong this week to give teachings and initiations organized by Mahayana Buddhist Association (Cham Tse Ling). Rinpoche’s teachings on May 1 and 2 are scheduled to be streamed live on FPMT’s Livestream page from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. local time (UTC +8).

Visit FPMT’s Livestream page for more information and updates on the Hong Kong Livestream events: 
http://livestream.com/FPMT/HKK2016

(Sign up for updates by clicking the green “Follow” button in the upper-right corner of the FPMT Livestream page.)

Video recordings from Rinpoche’s recent teachings at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore and at Chokyi Gyaltsen Center, Losang Dragpa Centre, Kasih Hospice and Rinchen Jangsem Ling in Malaysia are now available at:
http://fpmt.org/media/streaming/teachings-of-lama-zopa-rinpoche/

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service.


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Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Mahayana Buddhist Association (Cham Tse Ling), Hong Kong, April 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang via Twitter.
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Rinpoche Liberates Three Goats at Maratika Cave [VIDEO]
In late February, Lama Zopa Rinpoche liberated three goat at Maratika, Nepal, site of the famed Maratika Caves associated with Padmasambhava and long life. In a new video on FPMT’s YouTube channel, Rinpoche leads an extensive motivation for the animal liberation before blessing the goats by chanting various mantras, reciting beneficial prayers, and tying blessed red cloth around their necks. Rinpoche ends the practice with several dedication prayers.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche regularly preforms animal liberations, that is, saving animals in threat of being killed and exposing them to Dharma to benefit their future lives. Rinpoche has taught that in addition to helping the animals, “the person who liberates animals, or whoever wants to dedicate the merit to those with life obstacles, this practice helps them to obtain long life.”

Benefiting animals is part of Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for FPMT, which includes ongoing animal liberations offered by Sangha and students dedicated to the long life of others and sustained by the Animal Liberation Fund.

Watch “Animal Liberation for Three Goats at Maratika Cave” on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/A48PHOa2hI0

You can watch more video clips of Lama Zopa Rinpoche on FPMT.org: http://fpmt.org/media/streaming/videos-of-lama-zopa-rinpoche/

For longer videos of Rinpoche teaching, visit: http://bit.ly/rinpoche-available-now

Learn more about Lama Zopa Rinpoche, spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), and Rinpoche’s vision for a better world. Sign up to receive news and updates.


http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/rinpoche-liberates-three-goats-at-maratika-cave-video/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Ven. Sangpo Sherpa liberating goats, Maratika Caves, Nepal, February 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
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Chenrezig Meditation and Mantra
Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave a photo of Chenrezig to a waitress he met at a restaurant in Darjeeling, India. Later, he sent her this advice, recently published on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, which includes an explanation of the visualization, the numberless benefits of reciting OM MANI PADME HUM and how to dedicate the merits. Here’s a short excerpt from Rinpoche’s advice:

“[Recite] OM MANI PADME HUM with bodhichitta, the precious thought of enlightenment, to free the numberless sentient beings from the oceans of samsaric sufferings and bring them to the peerless happiness, the state of omniscient mind, and then for oneself to achieve the peerless happiness, the state of omniscient mind. This is the precious thought called bodhichitta. If you recite OM MANI PADME HUM with that motivation then no question there is far greater merit, unbelievable, most unbelievable. It is so great. If it was materialized the merit would be greater than the sky, even if you recite the mantra only one time with bodhichitta.

“You can see that this makes it a quick way to actualize the path to buddhahood, the state of omniscient mind and particular to develop compassion for the numberless hell beings, numberless hungry ghosts, numberless animals, numberless human beings, numberless suras, numberless asuras and numberless intermediate state beings. Then to generate bodhichitta, to free them from the oceans of samsaric suffering, to free everybody and bring them to the peerless happiness, the total elimination of obscurations and completion of all the realizations.

“I gave you a picture of Chenrezig, but please don’t think it’s just a picture. Think it is the actual living Chenrezig, huge as a snow mountain or like Mount Everest. Think it is actually living, the formation of light, not just material but the actual living compassion of numberless buddhas. This is the manifestation of numberless buddhas’ omniscient mind – the perfect understanding and perfect power to be able to do perfect works for all the sentient beings, including you. …”

You can read this advice in its entirety and find more advice from Rinpoche, in “Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Online Advice Book” on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive website:
http://www.lamayeshe.com/advice/lama-zopa-rinpoches-online-advice-book

More information, photos and updates about FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be found on Rinpoche’s webpage on FPMT.org. If you’d like to receive news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and FPMT via email, sign up to FPMT News.


http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/chenrezig-meditation-and-mantra/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche (seated) with Khen Rinpoche Geshe Chonyi, Peter Griffin and Ven. Losang Sherab, Amitabha Buddhist Centre, March 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang. Rinpoche is looking at the recently completed Chenrezig statue, created by Peter and Denise Griffin.
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Registration is Open for the Light of the Path Retreat 2016


Light of the Path Retreat 2016 (August 14-August 28, 2016) is the fourth part of series of teaching retreats led by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Black Mountain, North Carolina, USA, and hosted by FPMT’s Kadampa Center. The root text for the course is Lama Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment. All are welcome to attend, even those who did not come in previous years. You are welcome to stream the teachings from past years on the Online Learning Center to help prepare.

Living in the Path, an FPMT education program based on the Light of the Path Retreat teachings, is unique in that it draws completely from Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings. This program is ideal for anyone who wishes to deepen their personal practice and develop the realizations of the path to enlightenment by relying on Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s heart advice and teachings.

Registration is now open through the Kadampa Center website. Additional information about this unique retreat opportunity can be found there as well.

Centers and study groups are encouraged to download and print this poster and place it in commonly used areas so that students are made aware of this teaching event with Lama Zopa Rinpoche.


http://fpmt.org/edu-news/registration-is-open-for-the-light-of-the-path-retreat-2016/
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Reciting the Sutra of Golden Light in Support of Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Vast Visions
One of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for FPMT is for students to recite the Sutra of Golden Light for world peace. Specifically, Rinpoche has said, “The most beneficial thing to have peace and to stop the wars is reciting the Sutra of Golden Light.”

FPMT Education Services has created a resource page to help students learn more about and start reciting the Sutra of Golden Light. You can receive the oral transmission from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, download the sutra in 12 languages, report completed recitations, share your experiences, and ask questions about the text itself.

In 2014, Lama Zopa Rinpoche told the following story to help illustrate the power of this particular sutra: 

“If you have any problems or danger in your life, even just hearing or listening to the name of the Golden Light Sutra can give protection and pacify those problems. I want to tell you a story, one time when I was in Malaysia at the invitation of a rich family, I was eating lunch and just as I put the first spoonful of rice in my mouth I got toothache. So I thought of the Golden Light Sutra and how remembering it was supposed to stop the pain. I didn’t think very strongly about the Golden Light Sutra and I didn’t take very strong refuge in it, I just thought about it in passing and the pain went away.

“So I would suggest that if you have any kind of health problems such as cancer and especially diseases that cannot be cured by medicine, like black magic or spirit harm, sicknesses that doctors cannot do anything about, one very good solution is to read the Golden Light Sutra. Especially for world peace, it is unbelievably powerful to read this sutra in countries where there is a lot of fighting and killing.”

Institut Vajra Yogini decided to take on the commitment of reciting the Sutra of Golden Light as a group daily once they heard Lama Zopa Rinpoche explain the benefits of this sutra. 

There are so many ways to engage with this powerful sutra which will help fulfill Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s wishes for the FPMT organization and the world. 

There are many sutras available to you which can help with many particular karmas or difficulties. 

You can learn more about Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for the FPMT organization. 


http://fpmt.org/charitable-activities/projects/retreats-and-practices/reciting-the-sutra-of-golden-light-in-support-of-lama-zopa-rinpoches-vast-visions/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche reciting the Sutra of Golden Light at Mahabodhi Stupa, Bodhgaya, India, March 2014. Photo by Andy Melnic.
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Congratulations, Geshe Tenzin Namdak!
On April 26, 2016, the Dutch monk known as Ven. Tenzin Namdak received the title of “Geshe” from Sera Je Monastic University in recognition of his completion of the advanced Buddhist studies and practice program. Completing the geshe studies program is a remarkable achievement in itself. As a Westerner, Geshe Namdak’s completion of the program speaks to his exemplary dedication to the study and practice of Dharma. We rejoice in his outstanding accomplishment.

In the most recent print issue of Mandala (January-July 2016), Geshe Namdak wrote an article, “The Union of Study and Practice,” describing the benefits of the in-depth Buddhist studies. We’ve made the article available online in honor of Geshe Namdak receiving his new title. 

In addition, Ven. Tenzin Legtsok, who also studies in the geshe program, wrote about Geshe Namdak’s outstanding service during his time at Sera Je, which you can read below.

In Service to Others: Ven. Tenzin NamdakBy Ven. Tenzin Legtsok 

In November 2015, Dutch monk Ven. Tenzin Namdak completed the final exams for the 19-year geshe studies program at Sera Je Monastery in South India. He is perhaps the only Westerner to complete this program from beginning to end at any of the three seats [Sera, Ganden and Drepung Monasteries]. Due to the rigor and length of the study program, the most extensive of Tibetan Buddhism available anywhere, less than a third of the Tibetan monks who begin the geshe studies program finish, and for Westerners, the dropout rate is much higher.

Once, while onstage during a public talk in Bangalore, His Holiness the Dalai Lama quietly asked Ven. Namdak which class he had reached at Sera. On hearing that Namdak had reached vinaya, or monastic ethics, His Holiness placed his palms together as a sign of his pleasure that a foreigner had come so far in the study program. Ven. Namdak has not only completed the full 19-year program but done so in grand style. However, to give an account of his efforts by measure of grades, reputation, or time spent debating and meditating – although impressive – is perhaps less meaningful then to relate some of his service to others over the past years.

Ven. Namdak serves as director of Sera IMI House (Shedrup Zung Drel Ling), where Western FPMT monks live while studying at Sera Monastery. From its inception in 2002, Ven. Namdak has helped many Western monks find their way at Sera and provided continual encouragement to those who stay on. In 2004, Lama Zopa Rinpoche asked him to give Dharma talks to people in Bangalore. Gradually, a study group formed, and his initial groundwork has blossomed into one of FPMT’s newest centers, Choe Khor Sum Ling. Six years ago, at the request of Sera Je Monastery, he set up and began teaching an extra-curricular program training monk-students to translate Dharma into English, which continues today as the Sera Je Monastic Translators Training Program. He was one of the main organizers of an extensive series of teachings by the late His Eminence Choden Rinpoche at Sera, beginning in 2006, during which the transmissions of many rare and important teaching lineages were passed on to thousands of monks. Finally, for the past five years, as requested by His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Private Office, he has led the annual pre-ordination course for aspiring monks and nuns at Tushita Meditation Centre in Dharamsala.

This is to list some obvious achievements that, as those of us who have lived and worked closely with him can attest to, have arisen from following the advice of his gurus with single-minded devotion, mindfully maintaining pure moral conduct, using each day and hour meaningfully in recognition of the value and transience of this precious human life, and sincerely wishing to benefit other sentient beings and the Buddhadharma.

From Mandala January-June 2016.

FPMT.org brings you news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and of activities, teachings and events from nearly 160 FPMT centers, projects and services around the globe. If you like what you read, consider becoming a Friend of FPMT, which supports our work.


http://fpmt.org/fpmt-community-news/news-around-the-world/congratulations-geshe-tenzin-namdak/

Caption: Geshe Tenzin Namdak. Photo by Deepthy Shekhar.
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FPMT Education's Death and Dying Materials
All of us live with reminders of impermanence and the loss of those we hold dear, yet it is difficult to accept the inevitability of our own deaths or the deaths of our loved ones. While avoiding death is not possible, it is possible to prepare for death and equip ourselves with the tools to help those around us engage with their own deaths in the most beneficial way. 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has given extensive advice and instruction for caring for ourselves and others at the time of death, or during the process of dying. FPMT Education Services would like to make sure students are aware of and have access to all of the resources available. 

Heart Advice for Death and Dying

This package is a collection of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s essential advice and commentaries for the time of death and for finding the deepest fulfillment in life. Teachings by Lama Zopa Rinpoche include, “The Nine-Point Meditation on Death,” “The Process of Dying,” “Preparing for Death,” “Practicing the Five Powers,” “Caring for the Dying and the Dead,” “Essential Activities at the Death Time,” and “Mantras to Benefit the Dying and Dead.” This collection also includes an MP3 CD of 11 hours of teachings on death by Ven. Sangye Khadro. In addition to the book and CD, this material is also available as a program for students more interested in structured study. 

Available as:Hard copy bookeBookFPMT Online Learning Center programHard copy program for centers hostingPDF program for centers hostingHeart Practices for Death and Dying

This condensed resource book provides the heart practices to do at the time of death, including the Medicine Buddha puja and the traditional eight prayers done in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. This collection also contains the most powerful mantras to say for those who are dying or who have died, teachings on their precise benefits, as well as a sheet of mantras to place on the body of one who has died. It contains precious texts to benefit the minds of those who are dying by relieving pain and purifying negative karma.

Available as:Hard copy bookPDFHow to Enjoy Death

A unique new collection, How to Enjoy Death: Preparing to Meet Life’s Final Challenge Without Fear, brings together all the extensive commentary from Lama Zopa Rinpoche as well as a number of essential prayers, practices, and other materials that Lama Zopa Rinpoche has compiled over the years, skillfully edited by Ven. Robina Courtin. 

“We Buddhists all know about death and impermanence, but when death comes into our lives we often panic and don’t know what to do to help,” said Ven. Robina. “Rinpoche lays out all the instructions so clearly, one step at a time, for how to help our loved ones: what to do in the months and weeks before death, what to do in the hours before death, at the time the breath stops, and in the three days as well as the 49 days after death, including transforming our loved one’s ashes into a holy object.”

All of the practices one needs to be prepared to face death are included, making this an essential reference for Tibetan Buddhist practitioners, caregivers, hospice workers, or chaplains.

Available as:Hard copy book from Wisdom Publications, How to Enjoy Death: Preparing to Meet Life’s Final Challenge Without FearFree PDF, 
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Food Offered to Monks Studying at Idgaa Choizinling College in Mongolia
For the last few years Lama Zopa Rinpoche has been offering the food for the monks studying at Idgaa Choizinling College in Mongolia.

Recently US$5,564 was offered to cover the costs of offering lunch to all of the thirty-five monks and young boys studying at the college for the next 13 months. The community is made up of two monks who have taken gelong vows, ten monks who have taken getsul vows, two monks who have taken rabjung vows, and twenty-one lay students awaiting ordination. 

US$503 is needed every month to make this offering and there is a current gap in what is raised each month for this. Lama Zopa Rinpoche kindly covers the US$428 needed each month, as the sponsorship of lunch to this community is important to the goal of re-igniting and preserving Buddhism in Mongolia. 

The Supporting Ordained Sangha Fund was recently established to support to ordained Sangha (monks and nuns) as well as monasteries and nunneries. The fund is an essential component in helping to fulfill Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for the FPMT organization. This year we are very happy to be able to support Rinpoche and to take on this offering and hope that as the fund grows more support can be offered to more Sangha in need around the world.

The main mission for this fund is to provide support for food, accommodations, education and health care for Sangha and will also provide the necessary resources for Sangha who wish to engage in retreats.

By supporting this fund you enable more support to monks and nuns in need around the world. Thank you for all who make this possible.

You can learn more about the Supporting Ordained Sangha Fund and the ways it supports monks and nuns. 


http://fpmt.org/charitable-activities/projects/ordained-sangha/food-offered-to-monks-studying-at-idgaa-choizinling-college-mongolia/

Caption: The monks and lay students of Idgaa Choizinling College are offered lunch every day through the Supporting Ordained Sangha Fund with help from Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
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Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Rinchen Jangsem Ling Retreat Centre
On April 8, Lama Zopa Rinpoche traveled from Kuala Lumpur, where he taught at Losang Dragpa Centre, to Rinchen Jangsem Ling Retreat Centre (RJL), arriving in the early evening. The beautiful, rural center is located in the middle of a palm plantation and sits on the top of a large hill, with a panoramic view of the area.

When Rinpoche arrived there, a number of people from the local village who regularly go to RJL or support it greeted Rinpoche in the center’s large gompa. Rinpoche spontaneously gave an hour-long teaching on emptiness and then offered gifts to all there. 

The next day, the Great Medicine Buddha initiation was scheduled to start, beginning with a welcoming ceremony in the early afternoon attended by local dignitaries, sponsors, students and supporters. Rinpoche spoke about the importance of having a Dharma center.

That evening, instead of the Great Medicine Buddha initiation, Rinpoche gave a teaching. Over the following two days Rinpoche gave the initiation each evening. About 200 people took the initiation and about 150 of them remained for the April 12-19 retreat, staying in the small village of Triang nearby. Buses were arranged throughout the day to bring the retreatants up and down the hill.

This was the first time RJL hosted such an extensive and large retreat. They started preparing months before to make sure there would be adequate water and facilities for guests. The local villagers cooked food for everyone, and the whole retreat went very smoothly. All the participants were very well taken care of, especially the ordained Sangha.

During the retreat Rinpoche gave the oral transmission of the extensive 35 Buddha practice and requested that this practice be done at the beginning of each session of the retreat. Each day Rinpoche taught for a number of hours, giving inspiring teachings and constantly reminding the retreatants of the real purpose of retreat. He also gave an exceptional teaching on how to meditate on emptiness. On the last day, everyone did Dorje Khadro fire puja to conclude the retreat.

Rinpoche also gave a teaching on karma to about 150 people at a home for the elderly in Triang. In the past Rinpoche had sponsored a large marble Medicine Buddha statue for the elderly home, and while visiting, Rinpoche offered US$5,000 to support the home.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service.


http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/lama-zopa-rinpoche-at-rinchen-jangsem-ling-retreat-centre/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Rinchen Jangsem Ling Retreat Centre, Malaysia, April 2016. Photo by Bill Kane.
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Institut Vajra Yogini Offers Over 1,000 Recitations of 'Sutra of Golden Light' to Rinpoche
By Institut Vajra Yogini staff

In September 2014, Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave the transmission of the Sutra of Golden Light at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion and Wisdom in Bendigo, Australia. Inspired by Rinpoche’s emphasis on the sutra’s contribution to world peace, Institut Vajra Yogini (IVY) in France decided to launch a daily recitation of the sutra on site. Students were also encouraged to read at home to participate in a collective accumulation of sutra recitations for world peace. Editions Vajra Yogini released a revised translation of the sutra and thanks to many benefactors, 1,000 copies were printed and distributed for free.

When the news came in January 2016 of the long life puja to be offered to Rinpoche on March 13 in Singapore, IVY students had already accumulated more than 800 recitations. An email was sent to members to motivate them to put some more effort in order to reach 1,000 full recitations to offer to Rinpoche during the long life puja.

The last few weeks were quite intense with many people joining the recitations both on site and from a distance. “At some point, we thought we would not reach the 1,000 recitations in time for the long life puja,” shared one student. “But some miracle happened, the momentum kept growing, and we finally made it a few days before the Singapore event.” 

From October 2014 to March 2016, student accumulated 1,046 full recitations, which means IVY students have recited on average two full sutras a day in the last 16 months. On the basis of an average of 3 hours 30 minutes for a full recitation, this corresponds to an amazing 5 months of continuous recitation, 24 hours a day. It is estimated that 400 to 500 different IVY students participated in these recitations.

“This really shows how all our practice, virtues and merits come from the Guru,” said one staff member. “If Rinpoche had not inspired us in the first place to start the project, IVY students might have only accumulated a few dozens recitations in these last 16 months. But thanks to Rinpoche’s inspiration, so many people have come closer to enlightenment and we have been able to make such a wonderful and needed contribution to world peace.

FPMT.org brings you news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and of activities, teachings and events from nearly 160 FPMT centers, projects and services around the globe. If you like what you read, consider becoming a Friend of FPMT, which supports our work.


http://fpmt.org/fpmt-community-news/news-around-the-world/institut-vajra-yogini-offers-over-1000-recitations-of-sutra-of-golden-light-to-rinpoche/

Caption: Release of Institut Vajra Yogini’s newest French-language edition of the Sutra of Golden Light, Marzens, France, March 2015. Photo courtesy of IVY.
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Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Visit to Kuala Lumpur
On the last day of March, Lama Zopa Rinpoche arrived at 1:30 a.m. at Losang Dragpa Centre (LDC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after driving from Penang, where he had given teachings and initiations organized by Chokyi Gyaltsen Center. There were a few people in the LDC gompa when Rinpoche arrived and the first thing Rinpoche did there was extensively offer divine cloth (khatas) to all the main holy objects (of which there are many) in the gompa.

The next day, Rinpoche began teachings for the Chittamani Tara initiation at LDC, which went April 1-3. Khen Rinpoche Geshe Chonyi, resident teacher at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore and abbot of Kopan Monastery; Geshe Deyang, resident teacher at Chokyi Gyaltsen Center; and Geshe Tsungdu, resident teacher at LDC attended. Each night Rinpoche went until after midnight.

Between the teachings, Rinpoche filled up his “free days” with many holy activities, extensive pujas and outings. Rinpoche also spoke at Kasih Hospice and blessed the hospice’s new building, which serves as a headquarters for the hospice volunteers and is where they receive training. Kasih Hospice is a successful FPMT service, helping about 150 people transition into death in their own homes.

During the hospice visit, LDC center director and president of Kasih Hospice Goh Pik Pin explained how the idea of starting the hospice came from Rinpoche and did a presentation on their work. 

Rinpoche gave a talk and general advice while he was at Kasih Hospice, which you can watch on FPMT’s Livestream page. In order to help Tibetan Buddhism flourish in Malaysia, Rinpoche recommended reciting “The Prayer that Swiftly Fulfills All Wishes” (“Sampa Lhundrup”). Rinpoche also gave advice on practices to do to help the Malaysian economy.

On another outing, Rinpoche took the 40 Sangha attending the Kuala Lumpur events out for tea and cake. Then they walked around eCurve, a giant mall not far from LDC. Rinpoche explained a meditation on emptiness, on how to look at everything as a dream, a hallucination. Then Rinpoche took the Sangha out to dinner at a vegetarian restaurant

Beginning in the morning of April 6, Rinpoche offered a White Tara initiation. The center offered lunch to the hundreds of people who attended, and the event was webcast live. (You can watch the motivation before the initiation here.)

The next day Rinpoche did a special ritual for purification for the center, country and all beings. The following day Rinpoche led an extensive offering practice that included offering actual flowers (potted orchids and wreaths) to each of the 17 Pandit statues in the garden at LDC. 

The center’s staff and volunteers took incredible care of the 40 ordained Sangha who were there from around the world, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner every day and arranging places to stay, rides to the teachings and sightseeing on days off.

On Friday, April 8, Rinpoche left from LDC to go to Rinchen Jangsem Ling Retreat Centre in Triang where he gave a Great Medicine Buddha initiation, April 9-11, and led a Medicine Buddha retreat, April 12-19.

Video from Rinpoche’s teachings at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore and at Chokyi Gyaltsen Center, Losang Dragpa Centre and Kasih Hospice in Malaysia are now available at:
http://fpmt.org/media/streaming/teachings-of-lama-zopa-rinpoche/

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service.


http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/lama-zopa-rinpoches-visit-to-kuala-lumpur/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Losang Dragpa Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 2016. Photo by Ven. Losang Sherab.
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