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Please Rejoice on Saka Dawa for the Prayers and Practices Offered by 15,650 Sangha
Each year on Saka Dawa (Day 15 of Month 4: Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana), the Puja Fund sponsors an extensive array of offerings and pujas. 

Please rejoice that today, on Saka Dawa, 15,650 ordained Sangha members are offering prayers for the entire FPMT organization. The Prajnaparamita and 100,000 Praises to Tara are both being recited, pujas are being offered, extensive offerings are presented to Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s gurus and holy objects in India and Tibet, among many other virtuous activities which have been advised by Lama Zopa Rinpoche. 

You are welcome to participate in all of this beneficial activity (which is multiplied in virtue by one hundred million during Saka Dawa month, according to the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic) by mentally offering or rejoicing in these practices. 

You can also think of all the offerings (water, lights, fruit) that are being made in all the FPMT centers around the world, as well as all the practices that are happening over Saka Dawa. For example, the Kopan nuns are currently doing four nyung näs, outside, due to the aftershocks that are still happening in Nepal. There is so much to rejoice in today. Happy Saka Dawa!

The Puja Fund was established by Lama Zopa Rinpoche to provide resources for continuous pujas dedicated to the long life of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and to the success of all the FPMT centers, projects, services, students, benefactors and those serving the organization in any way. You can learn more about the Puja Fund, or FPMT’s other extensive charitable activity. 


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Work a Day for Rinpoche Campaign for Saka Dawa
With the great full moon of Saka Dawa, the 2015 Work a Day for Rinpoche campaign is culminating on Tuesday, June 2.

Since 2007, students in the FPMT international community have been celebrating the birth, enlightenment and Parinirvana of Lord Buddha by offering a day of work to Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s vision and mission through FPMT’s annual Work a Day for Rinpoche campaign.

This is accomplished by dedicating a day of one’s work income, or any amount, to further a number of FPMT activities, such as creating new texts and practice materials, livestreams of Rinpoche’s teachings, and complete online learning programs for those who can’t reach a Dharma center.

One can “work a day” for Rinpoche and be helping provide Dharma education, the building of social services and holy objects, and making the compassionate moonlight of the Mahayana tradition available to as many as possible.   

Donations can made as one-time or smaller monthly gifts from now up until the holy Buddha Day of Saka Dawa.

The FPMT community is huge, and many, many offer their hard work to this mission everyday in numerous ways. The Work a Day for Rinpoche campaign extends the very good fortune of working for the guru to everyone anywhere, for the most auspicious day of the Tibetan Buddhist calendar. 

We invite you to join and Work a Day for Rinpoche, whatever your form of work, by showing your support today!  Virtuous acts on Saka Dawa are believed to be 100 million times stronger, and all donations received will be dedicated on the day of Saka Dawa, June 2, 2015.

To make a donation:
https://my.fpmt.org/donate/workaday


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Life Is Full of Hope
“There’s a big difference between those who have met Dharma and those who have not met Dharma,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche says in a teaching in the just published Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive May E-letter. “By having met Dharma, you are full of inspiration. It’s a question of thinking, a question of meditating. Life is full of hope. Rather than feeling very down and hopeless, you feel your life is full of inspiration.

“Even if you are experiencing very heavy karma – you are missing limbs or something like that – even if in your mind you want to do something else but due to karma you don’t have the freedom to do it now, even if your life is not what you want, even if there is such a big problem, think, ‘This is temporary. What is happening to me won’t last forever. This is a causative phenomenon; it happened in dependence upon cause and conditions. This difficulty in my life happened due to cause and conditions, and due to another cause and conditions it will go away.’

“No matter how heavy the karma in your life is, no matter how much heavy karma you have created;  even if you have created some negative action that means you will be born in the hells for many billions of eons – according to their time, not human time, which is an incredible length of time – don’t just be sad about it. Just being sad about any problem or mistake that happens in your life is of no use. Remember your buddha nature, which is pure, which is not oneness with the mistakes. Remember that, and that you have all the potential, all the hope to develop your mind. Remember that you can be better, and then attempt the method to be better. …” 

Read this month’s E-letter and the complete teaching online at: http://bit.ly/may-2015-e-letter

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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Prostrations and Benefiting People You've Killed
In the past, a student of Lama Zopa Rinpoche killed his parents during a psychotic episode. Rinpoche gave him practice advice then and later the student wrote back, “These days, I do practice as you advised me to: Vajrasattva practice, prostrations to the 35 Buddhas, listening to the Sanghata Sutra, reading the Diamond Cutter Sutra. I also do Tara and the two mantras plus one hour and thirty minutes of meditation on the cushion. For the 35 Buddhas, I don’t do prostrations because of physical problems; I only do the recitation with my hands folded. Is that good enough? Also, I’m asking if I can practice tantra now or not.”

My most dear, most kind, most precious one,

One very good thing is that when you put your hands together to prostrate, visualize your body huge like a mountain range and think that you are prostrating with many bodies from all ten directions to the lam-rim merit field which has the 35 Buddhas there. Or, just to the 35 Buddhas. Or, even just to Buddha, but, the numberless direct and indirect lineage lamas; the numberless deities of four classes of tantra; the thousand buddhas of this fortunate eon; the bodhisattvas; the 16 Arhats and so forth; the dakas and dakinis and Dharma protectors are all in the Buddha whose essence is the guru. One is many and many are one. Then, visualize bodies filling all the Earth prostrating from all directions, huge bodies like a mountain range. If you have received the initiation of 1000-Armed Chenrezig, you can visualize that, if not, then just your ordinary body. If you visualize like that, you get the same merit as having done that many prostrations with that many bodies. This is specific advice from Lama Tsongkhapa – the way to collect the most extensive merit.

Regarding your question on tantra, any of the lower tantra initiations are OK. That’s very good. And I want to say billion, trillion, zillion times thanks now that you have no fear and your mind is developed and you are making your life most beneficial – especially most beneficial for your parents – not only to be free from the oceans of samsaric suffering, but also to achieve the peerless happiness of enlightenment. It is so good that you are inspiring others and also inspiring your psychiatrist to learn meditation. I wish that all the people in the world who create negative karma like this would change and make their lives better, more meaningful for those people who get killed.

With much love and prayers,

Lama Zopa

Scribed by Ven. Sarah Thresher, Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India, March 2015. Edited by Mandala for inclusion on FPMT.org.

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Watch Lama Zopa Rinpoche Teach in Australia Live!
Lama Zopa Rinpoche has arrived in Australia, starting his tour of the country with a visit to De-Tong Ling Retreat Centre on Kangaroo Island where he consecrated the Enlightenment Stupa and Padmasambhava statue there. Rinpoche will continue his tour teaching at Buddha House in Adelaide, Vajrayana Institute in Sydney, and Kusang Yeshe Retreat Centre in Katoomba.

These teachings will be webcast LIVE on FPMT’s Livestream page:

May 30: Teaching on “Making the Most of your Life,” Buddha House, schedule to start at 7 p.m. Australian Central Standard Time (ACST)May 31: motivation for Medicine Buddha initiation (tentative), Buddha House, schedule to start at 7 p.m. ACSTJune 13: Teaching on “How to Apply Dharma in Daily Life,” Vajrayana Institute, scheduled 7 p.m. Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)June 14: Teaching on “The Joy of Compassion,” Vajrayana Institute, scheduled 7 p.m. AESTJune 15: motivation for White Mahakala initiation (tentative), Vajrayana Institute, scheduled 7 p.m. AESTJune 21: Long life puja, Vajrayana Institute, morningRecordings of Rinpoche’s recent teachings in New Zealand are available as part of Rinpoche Available Now.

Higher quality recordings of all the teachings from Australia (including those from Kusang Yeshe Retreat Centre where livestreaming is impossible) will be made available at a later date on Rinpoche Available Now.

See Rinpoche’s Schedule for more details on upcoming teachings.

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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'The Main Thing Now Is Attainment'
”We have achieved a lot in Dharma education and study,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche said in March 2015 while visiting Root Institute in India. “Now we have to put effort in attaining the path. I don’t mean just doing three-year retreat and counting a certain number of mantras, but attainment of the path through the lam-rim. Realizations don’t have to come from being in formal retreat. One can achieve them while working and studying with meditation on the lam-rim. One can be doing business and studying and meditating on the lam-rim. You can have family and job and be meditating on the lam-rim. The main thing now is attainment.”

Scribed by Ven. Roger Kunsang. Edited by Mandala for inclusion on FPMT.org.

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Purifying Your Forefathers' Killing Karma
A student wrote Lama Zopa Rinpoche with a serious confession: “My forefathers have done very heinous sins, which is the major cause of suffering in our family now. My grandma’s father and his friends a long, long time ago killed a monk by forcibly driving him to jump into a river, where he drowned. That monk was passing our village to go back to Tibet after pilgrimage, but my grandma’s father and his friends stopped him on his way and took all his belongings and killed him. I am very ashamed to tell this story, but I have faith that I can stop all this suffering with the help of Rinpoche’s advice ….”

You need to do 10 x 100,000 [i.e., 1 million] OM MANI PADME HUMs urgently, not just to purify your negative karma, but also the negative karma of those who killed the monk and the whole family. Recite OM MANI PADME HUM without a distracted mind. Visualize 1000-Armed Chenrezig, huge like a mountain and radiating light. From Chenrezig beams of compassion are sent out to those family members who killed the monk, to yourself and to all your family. That’s the main thing. Then at the end of each mala, think that the beams purified all sentient beings: the numberless hell beings, numberless hungry ghosts, numberless animals, numberless humans, numberless suras and asuras. They all become Chenrezig, including your family members. As you recite OM MANI PADME HUM, mainly concentrate on your family: beams are continually emitted from Chenrezig, purifying them, and then at the end of each mala, think all sentient beings are purified and become Chenrezig. Then again, do purification; continue like that.

And if you can build one statue of 1000-Armed Chenrezig, the size should be 32 inches (80 cm), for the monk, those who killed the monk, the rest of the family and all sentient beings.

My mother used to do 50,000 mantras a day but when she was close to dying, one year before she died, she said she couldn’t do that much. Because she recited all those OM MANI PADME HUM mantras, she had more compassion than me, even though she couldn’t read even one letter because she didn’t know the Tibetan alphabet.

With much love and prayers,

Lama Zopa

Scribed by Ven. Sarah Thresher, Root Institute, Bodhgaya, India, March 2015. Edited by Mandala for inclusion on FPMT.org.

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Support Continues for Losang Namgyal Rinpoche's Ongoing Work in Nepal
The Nepal Earthquake Support Fund has been contributing to the work of Losang Namgyal Rinpoche’s Nepal Earthquake Disaster Relief Fund. Losang Namgyal Rinpoche, a Kopan Rinpoche and a high lama for the Tamang people, has been coordinating with Kopan on relief work and leading efforts to provide much needed short and long term aid to victims of the recent earthquakes in Nepal which destroyed more than 500,000 houses and 2,000 gompas and stupas, in about 14 districts. 

Providing essential food and medicine supplies to 5,000 families was the first priority in terms of short term aid. The second phase of support, which is now underway, is to help with temporary shelter. Tarpaulin and zinc sheets are being distributed to those who are unable to rebuild themselves due to illness, disability, old age, or lack of sufficient help. Volunteers are sent with supplies and also help to rebuild using the materials provided. The zinc sheets provide long lasting temporary roofing and can also be used for a permanent house in the future. Two bundles of sheets can provide temporary shelter through the monsoon season or until a permanent home can be rebuilt. 

The third phase of these efforts, which focuses on long term assistance, will be to help rebuild permanent houses, gompas, school, and other structures. The Nepal Earthquake Support Fund will try to continue to help Losang Namgyal Rinpoche with the short and long term relief being offered as well  as other beneficial projects contributing aid and rebuilding in Nepal. 

To learn more and offer support to FPMT’s Nepal Earthquake Support Fund, which will be used for immediate relief and rebuilding: https://my.fpmt.org/donate/socialservicesfund

For “Prayers and Practice for Earthquake in Nepal,” see:
http://fpmt.org/edu-news/prayers-and-practices-for-earthquake-in-nepal/

For continuing updates and news from Kopan Monastery and other FPMT centers and projects in Nepal affected by the earthquake, please visit our “Updates from Nepal after the Earthquake” page:
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Rejoice in Second Annual 100 Million Mani Retreat in Mongolia
Tsenla, director of Ganden Do Ngag Shedrup Ling in Mongolia, shared with Mandala news of the center’s second annual 100 million mani retreat and its newest resident geshe:

Please rejoice with us in the tremendous success of the second annual 100 Million Mani Retreat hosted by Ganden Do Ngag Shedrup Ling Center in Ulaanbaatar from 17th August to 18th September 2014. The participants of the 1st and the 2nd retreat well surpassed the mark of the 100 million mantra recitation of the Buddha of Compassion Avalokiteshvara.

Many Mongolian people from near, far and wide attended and we were able to recognize familiar faces of participants from the 1st retreat together with several new people joining during the month.  Attendance for the retreat averaged around 500 people.

The dedication and commitment of the Mongolian people to the practice of developing compassion is inspiring and we believe that the merit from their devotion was in large a contributing factor to have the great good fortune of a visit from Lama Zopa Rinpoche and entourage for one precious week of Dharma rain.   To have Rinpoche visit two years in a row for this calendar event was beyond our expectations!

Rinpoche taught and showed the aspect of being extremely pleased with the efforts of the participants and again asked that the Retreat be held annually and expanded his request to include that it also be held in other parts of Mongolia to cater for those people who find it difficult to come to Ulaanbaatar.

Preparations are now beginning for the 3rd Annual 100 Million Mani Retreat  scheduled from the 9th of August to the 10th September .

Renovations at the Center      

The support and generosity of a very kind benefactor to the center enabled us to undertake somewhat major renovations at the Centre for some 4 months leading up to the Mani Retreat.

The Centre building was completed in 1999 not long after Mongolia’s freedom from occupation, at which time the quality of materials and workmanship was not of a high standard. In particular, we focused on the high priority of replacing the central heating panels and pipes in all rooms, replacing our very draughty and unsuitable windows for the harsh Mongolian winters with a modern, double glazed version and the installation of new floor coverings.  Whilst it was a most disruptive and challenging few months, we are pleased to have that behind us and are now benefitting from the improvements.

New Resident Geshe

The Wood Sheep year started in a wonderful way for us with the joy and excitement of the arrival of our new resident Geshe Lobsang Wangchuk on the 24th February, 2015. Born in the Eastern part of Tibet, he became a monk at the age of 13 and in 1991 came to India to enter Sera Je Monastery to complete his studies in the five great philosophical treatises.  When he completed his studies at Sera Jey Monastery in 2008 he embarked on a life of retreat in the mountains of Dharamsala and Manali and spent his winters at the holy site of the Mahabodhi Stupa in Bodhgaya.

Geshe-la has an inspirational accomplishment of  more than seven hundred thousand prostrations, fifteen hundred thousand Migtsemas,  fifteen hundred thousand Manjushri mantras, eleven hundred thousand Chenrezig mantras, Hayagriva Retreat three times, Solitary Hero Yamantaka Retreat three times and the Thirteen Deity Yamantaka Retreat two times.

In 2011, in a private audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Geshe-la was advised to actively engage in activities benefitting the society and complete the examination for the formal Geshe Degree.  Upon completing his exams he returned to his life of solitary retreats and practice.

In September 2014, Lama Zopa Rinpoche advised us to invite Geshe Lobsang Wangchuk and we are delighted that this important accomplishment could ripen.

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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Interfaith Dialogue at Centre Kalachakra in Paris


On March 5, Centre Kalachakra in Paris welcomed local religious leaders representing Catholicism, Protestantism, Buddhism and Islam. Fifty people attended the dialogue, which focused on the theme of joy and happiness.

Geshe Dakpa Tsundue, Centre Kalachakra’s resident geshe, welcomed all the participants, stressing the importance of religious dialogue specifically in Paris after the violence against Charlie Hebdo. He also introduced His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s main points concerning religious plurality and interfaith dialogue, namely, that differently religions suit different needs and interests; the importance of emphasizing the common values – such as compassion and forgiveness – shared between theistic and non-theistic traditions; the need to generate a sense of there being one human family; and the necessity of secular ethics in education to promote world peace. 

“Father Quinson, representing Catholicism, said we can experience joy with Jesus being the mediator of joy,” said center director Ven. Elisabeth Drukier, who was also a presenter at the event. “Imam Mohamed replied we should give up aesthetic joy because the soul can’t be satisfied that way. Pastor Raharinaivo commented that joy comes only from Heaven. And I explained the Buddhist view of inner joy coming from peace of mind.

“Interfaith dialogue has been going on for the last 15 years in 10th arrondissement of Paris on different themes such as preparing for death, forgiveness, and freedom. We usually go to different churches, synagogues or mosques. Centra Kalachakra has hosted this event three times and we expect more after Charlie Hebdo as there is a feeling of urgency to have more interfaith dialogue.”

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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Creating Compassionate Cultures Celebrates a Major Milestone!
“Creating Compassionate Cultures (CCC) recently celebrated the completion of its inaugural Online Institute for Creating Compassionate Cultures (OICCC) certificate program,” reported CCC team member Mer Stafford in May 2015. “Thirty-six students from 10 countries participated in the course.”

Developed by CCC founder Pam Cayton with the help of colleague Amanda Bauscher, OICCC was designed to support educators, parents and guides in a deep study of the “Seven Steps to Knowledge, Strength, and Compassion,” a curriculum inspired by Lama Yeshe’s vision of a secular education based on universal wisdom and developed over the course of 20 years in the classrooms of Tara Redwood School in California. The curriculum itself starts with “Mindful Intention” and proceeds in a systematic way, each step building on the preceding one.

“The training was very helpful to transform my mind,” said student Annabelle Gaillard. “It created a lot of tolerance, much more tolerance in me, much more wisdom and much more compassion. And I think it helped me a lot with my family also, with my child, with my parents, with my environment. So that’s why I think that it could be very helpful for everyone, because I see just how it transformed my life within one year.”

“The OICCC certificate program offers 12 interrelated modules that lead participants through the Seven Steps pedagogy, providing the opportunity for deep personal and professional growth, as well as practical application of the Seven Steps methodologies,” Mer explained. “Participants in the program spend one year studying concepts via dynamic audio and video lessons provided on the OICCC portal. This is followed by a two-week internship at our pilot project, Tara Redwood School. Finally, a portfolio project is completed that requires research, serious reflection, and application of course materials.”

Several students from the inaugural class of OICCC have traveled to Soquel, California, to take part in the internship as part of the OICCC certification program. “The guidance and skillful presence of Pam (and all the staff) are so precious. Never judgmental, always teaching by being and working together as family,” shared Nicolas Brun from Toulouse, France. 

Mary Webster, from the Netherlands, is already implementing her studies in the classrooms at the International School where she has been teaching for the past 17 years. “The main way that my teaching has been transformed by the study is that it comes from a different starting place,” Mary said. “So the curriculum is the same, the children are the same, but the starting point is the Seven Steps. That very subtly shifts the dynamics in the class and shifts everyone’s perspective in whatever we are studying. That has created a really positive learning situation in the class, and a really positive social situation, which is what supports the learning

The next OICCC Certificate Program begins August 3, 2015. For more information, or to register, please visit our website: http://www.oiccctraining.org. An early bird registration special discount runs May 19-June 16.

Creating Compassionate Cultures is a Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom (FDCW) recognized learning program.

Through comprehensive study programs, practice materials, training seminars, and scholarships, FPMT Education nourishes the development of compassion, wisdom, kindness, and true happiness in individuals of all ages.


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Offerings, Pujas, and Support to Sangha on Saka Dawa for the Benefit of the Entire FPMT
Each year on Saka Dawa (Day 15 of Month 4: Lord Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana), the Puja Fund sponsors an extensive array of offerings and pujas. The practices are done by up to 15,650 ordained Sangha and offerings are made to all of them. This year, Saka Dawa will take place on June 2. 

Over Saka Dawa, the Prajnaparamita will be recited along with 100,000 Praises to Tara among many other practices. Even after the devastation experienced in Nepal from the recent earthquake, Kopan Monastery and Nunnery are still doing all the practices on Saka Dawa and offerings will also be made to all the Sangha.  

Pujas and Practices During Saka DawaBy 650 monks of Gyurme Tantric College

Recitation of the Prajnaparamita (three versions)By the 400 nuns of Kopan Nunnery

100,000 recitations of Praises to 21 TarasBy 6,000 monks of Sera Je and Sera Mey Monasteries

Druk Chu Ma (64 offerings to Kalarupa to eliminate obstacles)Namgyäl Tong Chö (One thousand sets of offerings to Buddha Namgyälma)Zangcho (King of Prayers)By 3,400 monks of Gaden Jangtse and Shartse Monastery

Medicine Buddha PujaDruk Chu Ma (64 offerings to Kalarupa to eliminate obstacles)
Zangcho  (King of Prayers) By 4,200 monks of Drepung Gomang, Loseling and Deyang Monastery

Druk Chu Ma (64 offerings to Kalarupa to eliminate obstacles)Namgyäl Tsechog (puja offered to Buddha Namgyälma)ZangchoBy 600 monks of Gyuto Tantric College

Namgyäl Tong Chö (One thousand sets of offerings to Buddha Namgyälma)
Zangcho  (King of Prayers) By 370 monks of Kopan Monastery

Medicine Buddha PujaDruk Chu Ma Puja (64 offerings to Kalarupa to eliminate obstacles)Offerings to Gurus and SanghaOfferings are made to all of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s gurus, such as:

His Holiness the Dalai LamaHis Holiness the Sakya TrizinKyabje Choden RinpocheDhakpa RinpocheJhado RinpocheKhongla Rato RinpocheSmall money offering to 15,650 Sangha of:

Sera Je, Sera MeyGaden Jangtse and ShartseDrepung Gomang, Loseling and DeyangGyuto and Gyurme Tantric CollegesKopan Monastery and NunnerySmall money offerings are made to the Sangha at IMI international Sangha communities:

Nalanda Monastery, FranceThubten Shedrup Ling, AustraliaIstituto Lama Tzong Khapa, ItalyChenrezig Institute, AustraliaOfferings Made to Holy Objects in India and Tibet Buddha inside the Bodhgaya Mahabodhi temple: Offering a new set of robes of the most precious materialJowo Buddha in Lhasa’s Jokang: Offering gold to the holy face of the Jowo BuddhaMaking and filling of stupas and lunch offering to participants at Chenrezig Institute, AustraliaYou are welcome to contribute toward these incredibly beneficial activities which are multiplied in virtue by one hundred million during Saka Dawa month, according to the Vinaya text Treasure of Quotations and Logic. 

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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.