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The Analogy of Lightning
“We can also use the lightning analogy to explain emptiness in a very simple way,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche says in The Perfect Human Rebirth: Freedom and Richness on the Path to Enlightenment, part of the FPMT Lineage Series from Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. “Imagine we are walking on a road, unable to see anything. When it’s completely dark we don’t label anything because we can’t see anything. Then there is a flash of lightning. In the brief flash we see a tree and another person on the road. The two bases appear because of the sudden light and we label them ‘good,’ ‘bad,’ ‘ugly,’ this and that. Even during this short period attachment and aversion arise. As soon as there’s the appearance of the base, we label it.

“… We waste the precious time we have assigning positive and negative attributes to people and things they don’t in reality have, as so we set up patterns that feed our delusions and make our life miserable. Our ‘real’ friends, our ‘real’ enemies, the ‘real’ places we love and hate, the ‘real’ things we love and hate to do, when we die they will all disappear in a flash, the help and harm they gave us no longer there. Only the delusions we held onto concerning those objects remain as negative imprints on our mental consciousness to determine our next rebirth. So how pointless it is to cling to these delusions while we are alive. They seem so real now, while lit by the lightning flash, but they will be gone in an instant.”

Find The Perfect Human Rebirth: Freedom and Richness on the Path to Enlightenment on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive: http://bit.ly/perfect-human-rebirth

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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Update from Buddha Amitabha Pure Land
“It’s exhausting,” Ven. Gyalten Yarphel told Mandala in a phone call on Thursday afternoon, August 27. “Breathing all the smoke, it’s hard to be energetic.” Ven. Yarphel (John Jackson) was speaking from Buddha Amitabha Pure Land (BAPL) in North Central Washington state in the United States, where wildfires continue to burn out of control.

On Thursday, August 20, fires came through the valley where Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s retreat house and Buddha Amitabha Pure Land are located. According to Ven. Yarphel, the fire came up to and burned around the structures — Rinpoche’s house and the retreat cabins — and the two large statues — Medicine Buddha and Amitabha Buddha — leaving small unburned islands on the land. Sadly, their close neighbor’s house was burned to the ground.

The current residents of the 500-acre retreat property had evacuated their homes the night before, but had to stay with neighbors as the road out of the valley was blocked by fires and did not open up until early on Thursday morning, when they got out. They stayed with friends who lived about 40 miles away and returned to the BAPL on Tuesday, August 25. 

On Wednesday, August 26, the winds came up and blew an ember into the trees near one of the retreat structures on the land (not Rinpoche’s house). The trees caught fire and caused the structure to combust and burn to the ground.

On Thursday 27, the winds picked up again, and those staying on the property were told to again evacuate. While most of the ground at BAPL is charred, Ven. Yarphel said there is still a lot of fuel for fire in the trees, although he added that Rinpoche’s house seems to be safe. Fires continue to burn in the surrounding areas and across the valley. Spot fires could flare up on the property depending on the wind and other conditions. There is very dense smoke there, which prevents air assistance with the fires.

Ven. Yarphel said the firefighters are doing all they can, but simply don’t have enough resources. The Okanogan Complex fire, which is the fire affecting BAPL, is currently covering 302,224 acres and is threatening to merge with another large fire burning to the east, the North Star fire, covering 179,834 acres. In addition, wildfires fueled by drought and a very warm summer are burning throughout other parts of the Pacific Northwest. 

The residents at BAPL hope to return to the retreat land on Friday, August 28. Early reports on Friday said that no new structures were burned. The residents staying on the retreat land are without electricity, but there is one generator, which provides internet access, some light at night and runs a pump for water. They also have food and can cook on a camp stove. Gelek Sherpa, who has been staying there painting the large Amitabha Buddha statue, will be returning to California next week as it’s become too difficult to continue his work because of smoke and swarming wasps and yellow jackets. Ven. Yarphel is looking forward to getting out of the smoke, too. He’ll be leaving for Mexico next week to attend the retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche. 

For now, fires continue to threaten Buddha Amitabha Pure Land. Some rain is forecast for the area over the weekend, however if it is accompanied by lightning, which was the cause of the current fire, it might not help. Students may do prayers and practices to dispel fires as advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. This advice can be found in last week’s post “Wildfires Threaten Buddha Amitabha Pure Land and Pamtingpa Center.”

You can see a short video after the August 20 fire of Buddha Amitabha Pure Land on Facebook. 

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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Lama Zopa Rinpoche Receives Oral Transmissions from Khyongla Rato Rinpoche
Lama Zopa Rinpoche traveled at the end of July 2015 to New York City, where he is spending the month of August. The primary reason for Rinpoche’s visit to New York was to receive oral transmissions from Khyongla Rato Rinpoche, a highly respected Gelug master and the founder of the Tibet Center in New York City. 

Over the years, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has received transmission from Khyongla Rato Rinpoche, who is 93 years old, most happening in India. But this time, Lama Zopa Rinpoche received oral transmissions over a period of three weeks, meeting with Khyongla Rato Rinpoche on most days for about three hours either in New York or New Jersey. During the first week of transmissions Khyongla Rato Rinpoche would come to the apartment where Lama Zopa Rinpoche was staying in the city. The following weeks, Lama Zopa Rinpoche would travel to New Jersey, where Khyongla Rato Rinpoche lives, to receive the transmissions.

According to Ven. Roger Kunsang, Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s assistant and CEO of FPMT, Khyongla Rato Rinpoche, while frail, is still able to move around and is quite sharp. “He’s very low-key and humble. He also has his own peculiar sense of humor,” Ven. Roger shared. “There was quite a lot of joking between Khyongla Rato Rinpoche and Lama Zopa Rinpoche during the visits.”

After the first week, Khen Rinpoche Nicholas Vreeland — who is the first Western abbot of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in India, which is Rato Monastery — arrived from Singapore where he had been assisting with His Eminence Ling Rinpoche’s visit. Khen Rinpoche, who is a devoted, long-time student of Khyongla Rato Rinpoche, also received the oral transmissions. [See Mandala‘s “The ‘Monk with a Camera': An Interview with Khen Rinpoche Nicholas Vreeland,” for more.] 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches at the Tibet House in New York City on Thursday, August 27, and Friday, August 28, at 7 p.m. The teachings on “Opening the Door to Liberation” are organized by Shantideva Meditation Center. For details, visit their website. 

Rinpoche is also giving a long life initiation of Most Secret Hayagriva at 10 a.m. on Sunday, August 30, at 41 – 01 75th Street, Elmhurst, New York. The event is organized by Ogmin Jangchub Sishu Tsogpa, the association of Kopan’s ex-monks and nuns in New York.

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 FPMT News.


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Dharma Is Developing the Mind
“Since we want only happiness and no suffering, it is extremely important for us to practice Dharma,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche says in “In Search of a Meaningful Life” in Teachings from Tibet, an updated and reprinted collection of lineage master teachings from Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

“Dharma is not chanting, doing rituals or wearing uniforms; it’s developing the mind, the inner factor. We have many different inner factors: negative ones, such as the unsubdued mind, ignorance, delusions and so forth; and positive ones, such as love, compassion, wisdom and the like. Dharma practice is the destruction of our negative mental factors and the cultivation of our positive ones.

“Linguistically, the word ‘dharma’ means ‘existent phenomenon,’ but when we say ‘the practice of Dharma’ or ‘holy Dharma,’ it means that which protects us from suffering. That is the meaning of the holy Dharma; that is the Dharma we should practice.”

Find Teachings from Tibet on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive: http://www.lamayeshe.com/shop/teachings-tibet

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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Respect Other Religions, But Analyze Animal Sacrifice [VIDEO]
“Of course, we should respect all the religions, all the major religions in the world,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches in a new video on FPMT’s YouTube channel. “People don’t have the karma and are unable to be Christian, unable to be Muslim, unable to be Buddhist – they don’t have merit, they don’t have the karma. People find happiness in whichever religion they follow. Not everybody is Christian, not everybody is Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist. They get happiness from other religions. So, we must respect others. That’s so important. But, animal sacrifice should be checked and analyzed. …”

Watch “Respect Other Religions, But Analyze Animal Sacrifice” on YouTube: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzyfFFZL6Lk

You can watch more video clips of Lama Zopa Rinpoche on FPMT’s YouTube page: http://bit.ly/fpmt-youtube

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.


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Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive Releases New Website
“Thanks to your support, the LYWA team has just launched a brand new responsive website (http://www.LamaYeshe.com) that we think is very beautiful and exceptionally functional. We hope you agree!” the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive wrote about their brand new website.

“Check out how Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Online Advice Book has been completely redesigned to make it simple to find Rinpoche’s advice and share it with others.

“You can download beautiful images of the Lamas from the Image Gallery for your altar and explore the galleries through the elegant slideshow feature.

“Did you realize the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive contains more than 24,000 pages of teachings from Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche? The Teachings search page is your online doorway into the full teachings archive and offers powerful new tools to assist your search. Visit the Getting Started page to learn more.

“Our family of FPMT centers can help make these precious lineage teachings even more accessible by spreading the word in your communities and by including a link to LYWA on your website. 

“We’d love to hear your feedback about the new LYWA website. Jen, our fabulous webmaster, welcomes your thoughts at jen@lamayeshe.com.”

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


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Ling Rinpoche's First Visit to Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore
“Amitabha Buddhist Centre gave a warm welcome to His Eminence the 7th Ling Rinpoche as he visited the center for the very first time on August 2,” reports Ven. Tenzin Tsultrim. “Rinpoche kindly made time for the brief Sunday morning visit in the midst of his busy schedule in Singapore.

“The previous 6th Ling Rinpoche was the senior tutor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and widely regarded as a foremost scholar, lineage holder and guru to a generation of scholars and high lamas.

“During the hour-long visit, a mandala offering was held, led by our resident teacher Khen Rinpoche Geshe Chonyi. Rinpoche got to meet our members, distribute blessed pills and cords to everyone, and tour our premises. He also agreed to visit again and to teach at the next opportunity. Rinpoche was in Singapore at the invitation of Gaden Shartse Monastery’s Dro-phen Ling Centre.”

Mandala 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 on Mandala, consider becoming a Friend of FPMT, which supports our work.


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New Prayer Wheel Being Built in Mongolia
One of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for the FPMT organization is to build 100,000 large prayer wheels around the world.

The Prayer Wheel Fund recently offered a grant to the creation of a new very large prayer wheel in Mongolia. This was a seed donation for this project and as it progresses, updates will be made on its expected overall costs, needs, and how people can support it directly.

According to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Buddha said:

The benefit of turning the Dharma wheel is that negative karma and disturbing thought obscurations accumulated over beginningless rebirths are purified without effort. Even other mantras are without doubt completed.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has also recently offered grants to new prayer wheels being built at Mahamudra Centre and Chandrakirti Centre, both located in New Zealand. Please rejoice in the building of these prayer wheels which are helping to actualize Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s wishes. Tremendous thanks to all donors who make these grants to the creation of prayer wheels possible.

The Benefits of Prayer WheelsBy Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Buddha said:

The benefit of turning the Dharma wheel is that negative karma and disturbing thought obscurations accumulated over beginningless rebirths are purified without effort. Even other mantras are without doubt completed.

Karma Pakshi, the Second Karmapa, said:

When this great wheel called OM MANI PADME HUM is placed above [a house or roof], the wind that touches the prayer wheel liberates all those transmigrating beings touched by it from the sufferings of the lower realms.

When the prayer wheel is turned by fire, those transmigrating beings who are illuminated by the firelight or who smell the smoke are liberated from the sufferings of the lower realms.

When the prayer wheel is placed on the ground, sentient beings who are on the ground or who are touched by the dust are liberated from the sufferings of the lower realms.

If the prayer wheel is placed in water, all the sentient beings who are touched by the water, or who drink the water that has touched the prayer wheel, are liberated from the lower realms.

Padmasambhava purified the land of Tibet and spread the Dharma, especially tantra, all over Tibet. When the Dharma king Songtsen Gampo was constructing the first monastery in Tibet, whatever the workers would build up during the day, spirits would tear down at night. So Padmasambhava came from India, hooked the spirits and subdued them, putting them under pledge as Dharma protectors to protect the teachings. Padmasambhava said in his teachings:

Those who lack effort to study the Buddhadharma will receive realizations by turning the Dharma wheel and those who do make effort will be supported in their recitation, practice and so forth by turning it. Inconceivable negative karmas will be purified without effort and they will achieve all the deities together.

The origin of this prayer wheel is as follows: the Arya Compassionate Buddha Avalokiteshvara predicted to Master Nagarjuna, “In the palace of the country of the nagas, the bodhisattva naga king has a Dharma wheel. Anybody who merely sees, hears, touches or remembers this wheel is quickly liberated from the sufferings of the lower realms. Take this profound Dharma wheel from them and extensive great benefit for sentient beings will come about.”

Nagarjuna went to collect the prayer wheel from the naga king who told him, “Place this prayer wheel on the earth, in water, fire and wind and accomplish extensive benefit for sentient beings and the teachings of the Buddha.”

Nagarjuna then brought the prayer wheel to India and passed it to the Lion-faced Dakini. From the Lion-faced Dakini it went to the great Indian yogi Tilopa, then to Naropa and on to Marpa, who brought it to Tibet and gave it to Milarepa, who in turn passed it to Gampopa.

Also it is mentioned in the Avalokiteshvara tantra of Guhyasamaja:

Beams emitted from the Dharma wheel to sentient beings naturally cause the four immeasurable thoughts of loving kindness, compassion, joyfulness and equanimity to arise in their hearts and they complete the paramitas of charity, morality, patience, perseverance, concentration and wisdom.

Shakyamuni Buddha said to the bodhisattva Dikpa Namsel:

It is said that for the intelligent practitioner turning the Dharma wheel once is more sublime than doing retreat for one year, for the middling practitioner turning the Dharma wheel once is more supreme than doing retreat for seven years and even for the lowest practitioner turning the Dharma wheel once is more supreme than doing retreat for nine years.

Vajrapani said:

[Turning] this great Dharma wheel can stop all the harms caused by the dey above (who cause epilepsy and so forth), the birth nagas down below and the tsen, yakshas and rakshas in between.

Dictated by Lama Zopa Rinpoche and scribed by Ven. Sarah Thresher, Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India, February 2015.

You can download a PDF of this advice on the benefits of prayer wheels. 

If you would like to contribute to the building of holy objects around the world, you are welcome to offer any amount to the Holy Objects Fund which contributes to the creation of stupas, prayer wheels and statues. 

You can read more from Lama Zopa Rinpoche on the benefits of building prayer wheels. 


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Newest Online Feature: 'Finding Freshness: Ven. Losang Drimay Attends the Interfaith Gethsemani Encounter IV'
In May 2015, Ven. Losang Drimay, teacher and resident at Land of Medicine Buddha in Soquel, California, was one of 12 Buddhists to meet with 17 Catholics at Gethsemani Encounter IV. The first Encounter took place nearly 20 years earlier at the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani, the home and retreat of the late Trappist monk, writer and mystic Thomas Merton (1915-1968) in New Haven, Kentucky in the United States. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who was a friend of Merton, attended the first Encounter. Ven. Drimay shares her experience in Mandala‘s newest online feature: “Finding Freshness: Ven. Losang Drimay Attends the Interfaith Gethsemani Encounter IV.”

“I think it helps both parties freshen up their own practice and way of doing things. After you’ve been in a certain place for a while, things can either get stale, or you just forget there could be a different way to be doing things or thinking about things. It’s not that either side will stop being Catholic or stop being Buddhist, but you may get a new angle on what you’re already doing. For example, by hearing the presentation on lectio divina (“divine reading,” the practice of prayerful and contemplative scripture reading), I will continue thinking about how this applies to my own reading practices.

“In fact, I was reminded of what Ven. René Feusi mentions in The Beautiful Way of Life: A Meditation on Shantideva’s Bodhisattva Path, the book that’s recently been published, which basically came out of a retreat practice of what could be called divine reading. He doesn’t call it that, but he would read a verse, think about it, make it his own – you roll it around in your own psyche and see if it speaks to you. What does it say to you, how would you put it in your own words? It was important to hear that there’s another tradition where that’s not accidental, but rather that this is the way to work with scripture.

“The Catholics in this particular group were very liberal. The fact that they’re having conversations with Buddhists is a sign that they are liberal. The Gethsemani group has been very interested in learning meditation, and one of the monk-priests who participated took himself over to Japan years ago and learned zazen. Zazen is now a part of his daily practice, not that he’s Buddhist – he’s not giving up his Catholic world-view. But every day he practices on a cushion the way he learned from a Zen master.” Read more …

In case you missed last month’s online feature, “How Do Holy Objects Work?” you can read it now. If you like Mandala’s online features, consider becoming a Friend of FPMT, which supports our work as well as the education programs of FPMT.


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It's Wiser to Make Preparations for the Next Life
“The conclusion is that we can’t say past and future lives don’t exist just because we can’t remember them,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche says in Creating the Causes of Happiness, the second volume in a Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive series drawn from the 24th Kopan course in 1991. “We can’t say they don’t exist. It’s possible that past and future lives exist. It can be possible. It can be possible. Even if it’s not a hundred percent sure, it can be possible. Therefore, it’s wiser to make preparations for the next life, it’s better, it’s wiser, before it gets too late. I’m not talking about lunch!

“What was I saying?

“Before we regret it and have to actually experience the result, the suffering, before out life ends, it’s wise to make preparations for the happiness of future lives. It’s wise to make preparations for liberation, for the cessation of the whole, entire suffering and its causes. It’s even wiser to achieve full enlightenment for the sake of all sentient beings.”

Find Creating the Causes of Happiness on Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive: http://bit.ly/creating-the-causes-of-happiness.

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.


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Wildfires Threaten Buddha Amitabha Pure Land and Pamtingpa Center
Wildfires are burning out of control in many parts of the United States’ Pacific Northwest, including several large fires in Okanogan County, Washington, where both Buddha Amitabha Pure Land (BAPL) and Pamtingpa Center are located. Sangha were evacuated from Buddha Amitabha Pure Land on Wednesday night, August 19. Members of Pamtingpa Center and other FPMT friends in Tonasket, Washington, were evacuated on Thursday night, August 20.

For anyone in fire danger now or in the future, Lama Zopa Rinpoche advised Sangha at BAPL on Wednesday to “visualize His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the merit field, sending oceans of water where there are fires. The water also releases all beings from the lower realms.” The emphasis was on lots of strong, heavy water. This can be done while reciting the Migtsema prayer (the “Five-Line Prayer to Lama Tsongkhapa”) or Medicine Buddha mantras.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who is currently in New York, advised early this week for the Heart Mantra of Arya Vairochana and the image of the White Umbrella Deity (Dukka) to be posted facing outward on the boundaries of Buddha Amitabha Pure Land. This was done by Sangha before being evacuated. Rinpoche also advised Sangha to recite the White Umbrella Deity prayer and the Heart Sutra several times a day. Buddha Amitabha Pure Land is where Rinpoche’s retreat house is located and is also the future site for committed long-term meditation retreatants to attain lam-rim realizations as advised by Rinpoche.

Last year when wildfires were burning in Washington State, Rinpoche gave additional advice on wildfires. Rinpoche has given extensive advice on practices for different natural disasters, including practices for dispelling fire. This advice is always available on Rinpoche’s advice page on FPMT.org:
http://fpmt.org/teachers/zopa/advice/#disasters

Additional advice from Rinpoche on this topic is also available on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive:
http://www.lamayeshe.com/advice/natural-disasters

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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Root Institute's Incredibly Compassionate Work in Bodhgaya, India
Root Institute in Bodhgaya, India, has been offering ongoing charity to the destitute of the area since 1991. Three onsite projects are now administered, bringing incalculable benefit to others. 

Maitreya School Free school benefiting local children from Bodhgaya and neighboring villages. Currently educating 169 students and employing nine full-time teachers including a principal.The subjects taught are English, math, Hindi, buddhist principles, social science, arts & crafts, computer principles and physical education including Yoga. The main language medium for the school is English.Shakyamuni Buddha Health ProgrammeCurrently visiting six villages.Exercise education to villagers.Health education to patients and villagers.Seven community health workers were trained for six months with health educators.Provides care in the medical clinic to nearly three thousand people monthly.Tara Children’s ProjectCare for HIV-affected orphan children, the only orphanage in India which does this. Currently providing twenty-five children a safe and loving home, full medical care, and education.Children help with a vegetable garden.Please watch this video about one boy’s journey to Tara Children’s Project. 

Due to the kindness of donors, the Social Services Fund was extremely happy to recently offer grants to all three areas of Root Institute’s charitable projects, nearly covering the annual budgets of each! Additionally, the fund raised money to sponsor two buses so the Tara Children’s Project children can get to school. This is the fourth year that the Social Services Fund has been able to offer grants to each project. 

Please rejoice in the amazing work Root Institute is doing for those who desperately need this level of compassion and care. 

You can learn more about the work of Root Institute and get involved today.
http://www.rootinstitute.com/

If you would like to help make sure the Social Services Fund is able to continue to offer beneficial grants to charitable activities like those of Root Institute, you may offer any amount to this fund. 


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The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
Introduction
The FPMT is an organization devoted to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service. We provide  integrated education through which people’s minds and hearts can be transformed into their highest potential for the benefit of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility. We are committed to creating harmonious  environments and helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite  wisdom and compassion.

Our organization is based on the Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as  taught to us by our founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe and our spiritual director,  Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.