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Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Earliest Experiences of Bhutan
“In 1959, Lama Zopa Rinpoche escaped Pagri, Tibet, through Bhutan and from there was sent to Buxa in India. Rinpoche stayed in Bhutan about a week in the temple of Kyichu Lhakhang in Paro,” said Ven. Holly Ansett, executive assistant to the the CEO of FPMT, Inc., during her recent June 2016 travels with Rinpoche through Bhutan.

“When Rinpoche was there, some local Bhutanese came to know that a young rinpoche was staying there and went to ask for blessing strings. Rinpoche up to then had never given out blessing strings like this, but his attendant who was traveling with Rinpoche rushed to the market, bought the strings, and Rinpoche passed them out. Rinpoche had remarked that this was the beginning of him doing the actions of a lama.

“Rinpoche also recently reconnected with a Bhutanese family with whom he had a close connection. The mother of the family took care of Rinpoche when he was studying in Tibet. Rinpoche says she was like his mother and he would go to her house every month to do puja. She married a Bhutanese man, had four daughters, and now lives in Bhutan. The second youngest daughter, Kesang, met Rinpoche when Rinpoche was in Japan.”

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-earliest-experiences-of-bhutan/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche handing out blessing strings at a flower show, Paro, Bhutan, June 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
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Dog Shelter in Malaysia Caring for over 1,000 Destitute Dogs
While in Malaysia recently Lama Zopa Rinpoche heard about a dog shelter, Auntie Mee Fah’s Dogs’ Shelter, which is caring for over 1,000 at-risk dogs with food and shelter. Rinpoche very much wanted to visit the shelter to bless the animals, but falling short on time, students from Losang Dragpa Center (LDC) visited on Rinpoche’s behalf, blessing the dogs with mantras and also putting up Namgyälma mantras in every dog cage.

Rinpoche also committed to offer six month’s worth of food for the dogs. When hearing this, LDC took on the responsibility to try to raise as much of this offering as they could, to support Rinpoche’s generous gesture. LDC was able to quickly raise US$7,824 and Rinpoche offered the remaining US$1,800 needed for the dogs’ food. 

These dogs are homeless animals with no one to care for them. It is clear how happy they are to have their basic needs met at this shelter, and are now given the chance to make a connection with the Dharma!

In a letter to the the students of LDC, in response to them raising the majority of money needed for the six months of food for the dogs, Rinpoche said, “Thank you very, very much — a billion, zillion, trillion times, to all the students and all the friends, especially for your inspiration. Please give everyone my billion, zillion, trillion, (on and on) thanks for the support to the dogs and to the lady (running the shelter).” 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche offered the following quote from Buddha to the shelter management:

Any sentient being, who during the period of my teachings,
Makes charity well (even if the material is the size of a hair) for 80,000 eons
There will be great result of great enjoyment.
No pain, no disease, and enjoyment of happiness
Like that, one will be enriched with the desirable things.
At the end you can actually achieve the result, the peerless cessation and completion (enlightenment).
After hearing that there is the great result — who  wouldn’t want to collect merit?

Please rejoice in this offering of food for six months for these precious animals and in LDC’s generous effort to raise the majority of this offering, all in support of Rinpoche’s wish to benefit these dogs. 

You are welcome to offer any amount to the Animal Liberation Fund so that offerings such as this can continue. 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has given extensive advice on how to benefit animals. 


http://fpmt.org/charitable-activities/projects/social-services/dog-shelter-in-malaysia-caring-for-over-1000-destitute-dogs/

Caption: Over 1,000 homeless dogs are cared for at Auntie Mee Fah’s Dogs’ Shelter in Malaysia.
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Statues of 18 Arhats Installed at Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery
In late May, Thubten Shedrup Ling Monasatery near Bendigo, Australia, received and installed a shipment of solid marble statues of Shakyamuni Buddha and the 18 Arhats carved in Vietnam. The entire project was sponsored by Quang Minh Buddhist Temple, a Vietnamese Buddhist group in Braybrook, Australia. 

Thubten Gyatso (Adrian Feldmann) coordinated the project at Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s request, finding the marble quarry and artisans in Vietnam, and providing the sculptors the images on which to base the carvings. Each statue weighs three-quarters of a ton (about 1,680 pounds).

Now that the statues have been installed on monastery property, Gyatso will begin work on the surrounding landscape. 

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/statues-of-18-arhats-installed-at-thubten-shedrup-ling-monastery/

Caption: Thubten Gyatso and others install marble statues of the 18 Arhats, Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery, Myers Flat, Australia, May 2016. Photo courtesy of Thubten Shedrup Ling.
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Materials for Benefiting Animals
Animal liberation is a specific practice done for animals which would otherwise be killed. The practice involves taking the animals-in-danger around holy objects to leave positive imprints in their minds, reciting mantras for them, blessing water to sprinkle onto their bodies, and then releasing them. Animal blessings involve blessing any animal with mantras or a holy object. Animal liberation and animal blessings are two ways to benefit animals, bless their minds, and allow them to make a connection with the Dharma. Animal liberation practice is an incredible practice for anyone who has illnesses or is experiencing life obstacles. 

FPMT Education Services publishes a booklet from Lama Zopa Rinpoche about how to benefit animals, including the animal liberation practice, Liberating Animals from Danger and Death, in booklet and eReader formats. A shorter version is also available. A collection of advice is available from Lama Zopa Rinpoche about benefiting animals.Lama Zopa Rinpoche designed Animal Liberation Tools, unique bug catchers that bless small animals before their release.“Like yourself, all sentient beings want happiness and no not want suffering,  problems or discomfort.”
– Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Benefiting animals in any way possible is a high priority for FPMT and one of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for the organization. 

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.




http://fpmt.org/edu-news/materials-for-benefiting-animals/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche blessing animals at the Fattoria della Pace Ippoasi, an animal sanctuary run by young vegans near ILTK, Italy, June 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
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Continual Offering of Lights to Holy Objects
Through the Puja Fund, Lama Zopa Rinpoche sponsors continuous light offerings to two precious statues in Mongolia and India. 

Electricity is sponsored for lotus light offerings to all the holy objects on the altar at Idgaa Choizinling College in Mongolia. The lights are offered 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Among the holy objects on this altar is an incredible Hayagriva statue. The annual 100 Million Mani Retreat, which is one of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions, is also held in the Idgaa Choizinling gompa.

In Phakpa, a small village in Garsha Khandroling (Land of the Dakinis), India, continuous light is also offered to a self-emanating statue of Chenrezig. The statue is said to actually be Chenrezig, and Lama Zopa Rinpoche requested that continuous light be offered for as long as the statue remains. The light is offered through a giant eighteen-gallon silver butter lamp which is in front of the statue.

Buddhism first came to Garsha Khandroling two thousand years ago and over the centuries, pilgrims and holy beings have visited the valley’s sacred sites to practice. Many miracles have been reported in connection with Phakpa over the years such as the statue speaking and dripping with nectar. 

Extensive offerings of light are being sponsored all over the world for the success of the entire FPMT organization. Every day you can join in on these offerings by rejoicing in the continual light being offered. You are also welcome to donate any amount to the Puja Fund to help cover the costs of materials for this offering. 

Light Offering PrayerComposed by Lama Atisha

May the light of the lamp be equal to the great three thousand worlds and their environments,
May the wick of the lamp be equal to the king of mountains – Mount Meru.
May the butter be equal to the infinite ocean.

May there be billions of trillions of lamps in the presence of each and every buddha.
May the light illuminate the darkness of ignorance of all sentient beings
From the peak of samsara down to the most torturous hell,
Whereby they can see directly and clearly all the ten directions
Buddhas and bodhisattvas and their pure lands.

OM VAJRA ALOKE AH HUM E MA HO

I offer these beautifully exalted clear and luminous lights
To the thousand buddhas of the fortunate eon,
To all the buddhas and bodhisattvas of the infinite pure lands and of the ten directions,
To all the gurus, meditation deities, dakas, dakinis, dharma protectors,
and the assembly of deities of all mandalas.

 “Extensive Offering Practice,” by Lama Zopa Rinpoche is available through the FPMT Foundation Store


http://fpmt.org/charitable-activities/projects/retreats-and-practices/pf-news/continual-offering-of-lights-to-holy-objects/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche making offerings to the Hayagriva statue on the altar at Idgaa Choizinling College in Mongolia.
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10 Million Have Visited Jade Buddha for Universal Peace
“The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace has reached a huge milestone –10 million people have now visited the Jade Buddha in the last seven years,” reported project staff.

“The Jade Buddha for Universal Peace is still on the world tour, inspiring everyone who sees him to reflect upon peace. He has now traveled to around 100 cities across Australia, USA, Canada, Taiwan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia, Japan, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, France and Singapore. In the process, the Jade Buddha has covered almost the same distance as that from Earth to the moon.

“On May 13 during the showing at Chùa Bái Đính, Ninh Bình, Vietnam, the Jade Buddha has reached a huge milestone: welcoming the 10 millionth visitor.

“The Jade Buddha is booked out for the rest of this year with the second tour of Vietnam and will embark on a tour to Korea in 2017. The Korean tour will go to six major cities in South Korea and there are even plans for a visit to Pyongyang in the North!

“When the tour is eventually over in four to five years, the Jade Buddha will come to its final home at the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion in Bendigo, Australia.”

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.


http://fpmt.org/fpmt-community-news/news-around-the-world/10-million-have-visited-jade-buddha-for-universal-peace/

Caption: Project director Ian Green welcomes the Jade Buddha’s 10 millionth visitor, Vo Quoc Tinh who was visiting from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 2016. Photo via Twitter @JadeBuddhaPeace.
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Updates from the Maitreya Projects
The Maitreya Buddha Project Kushinagar and Buddha Maitreya Bodhgaya (formerly, Maitreya Project Bodhgaya), projects to build large statues of Maitreya Buddha in Kushinagar and Bodhgaya, India, continue to make progress. 

On December 13, 2013, Lama Zopa Rinpoche attended and spoke at the foundation stone laying ceremony for the Maitreya Buddha Project Kushinagar. Long-time student Peter Kedge has carried out much work since then. 

“The complex and unique legal process by which Maitreya Buddha Project Kushinagar will be able to take possession of the land is close to complete,” Peter reported. “As soon as the project takes possession of the land, [we] begin the process of fencing the several kilometers of perimeter, moving the 24-foot (7-meter) Maitreya statue from Bodhgaya to the Kushinagar land, installing the collection of relics Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s kindness has made available, and beginning site structure and planning for the eventual construction of the main Maitreya Buddha statue on site.”

Student Nita Ing, who is director of Buddha Maitreya Bodhgaya, shared news about the work being done in Bodhgaya, the site of Shakyamuni Buddha’s enlightenment:

“The project, due to many years of difficulties, has been pending for the past few years without any progress, despite continuous follow up and efforts to break through the problems of land exchange with the government, as well as legal issues with the land title.

“A new project team has been on board since November 2012, and presently there is some work that is being undertaken on site: 1) the construction of boundary walls surrounding the site, and 2) a prototype of Buddha Maitreya in the sitting vajra lotus position is being made in Nepal. Since November 2012, the project has not accepted any offerings, and will remain so until there is substantial work in progress.”

Lama Zopa Rinpoche wrote about his reasons for building the statues in a letter available on FPMT.org.

Mandala’s ongoing coverage of the Maitreya Projects can be read online. 

Visit the Maitreya Buddha Project Kushinagar homepage to learn more and offer your support: http://mbpkushinagar.org/

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/updates-from-the-maitreya-projects/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche arriving at the Maitreya Buddha Kushinagar Project foundation stone laying ceremony, Kushinagar, India, December 13, 2013. Photo by Andy Melnic.
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Lama Zopa Rinpoche Visits the Annual Flower Exhibition in Paro, Bhutan
On June 6, Lama Zopa Rinpoche visited the beautiful annual flower exhibition in Paro, Bhutan, in front of the magnificent Rinpung Dzong in the gardens of the Kings Palace.

“Rinpoche walked around all the beautiful flower offerings, reciting the multiplying mantra and then doing the extensive flower offering practice,” said Ven. Holly Ansett assistant to Ven. Roger Kunsang, CEO of FPMT, Inc. “Rinpoche also spent some time reminding us that we were there not just to look at the flowers, but to offer them.”

“At one point, a very small Bhutanese boy came up to Rinpoche and stood in front of Rinpoche for a long time, respectfully covering his mouth. He ran away and then came back. Rinpoche gave him a blessing string, and after that, many Bhutanese people who were visiting the flower show came up for blessings. The line became longer and longer, never ending until the exhibition closed and we ran out of blessing strings.”

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-visits-the-annual-flower-exhibition-in-paro-bhutan/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the flower show in Paro, Bhutan, June 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
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Lama Zopa Rinpoche Meets Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche
On June 4, Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche, the reincarnation of the previous Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, and Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche invited Lama Zopa Rinpoche for lunch at Satsam Chorten in Paro, Bhutan.

Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche is the previous Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche’s grandson and his spiritual heir. Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche’s mother, Dechen Paldron, was also present. 

After the previous Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche fled Tibet in the 1950s, he and his family were welcomed to Bhutan by the royal family. Over time, Rinpoche became revered throughout the country for his teachings and service to the Dharma.

“It was very enjoyable relaxed lunch,” shared Ven. Roger Kunsang, assistant to Lama Zopa Rinpoche and CEO of FPMT, Inc. “After lunch, Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche took Rinpoche upstairs to where the actual skull of the previous Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche was kept.

“The previous Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche visited Kopan Monastery in the early days at Lama Yeshe’s invitation and gave a teaching on Lama Atisha’s Lamp on the Path to Enlightenment. Lama Zopa Rinpoche always expresses in amazement that Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche gave the teaching from beginning to end like he was reading a text – but he wasn’t, it just came from his holy mind.”

In the past, Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche has come to bless the land for Buddha Maitreya Bodhgaya, a project to build a large statue of Maitreya in Bodhgaya, India, with His Holiness the Karmapa and Tai Situ 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-rinpoche-meets-dilgo-khyentse-yangsi-rinpoche/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Dilgo Khyentse Yangsi Rinpoche (left) and Shechen Rabjam Rinpoche (standing) at Satsam Chorten, Bhutan, June 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
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Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Visit to Thimphu, Bhutan
On June 1, 2016, Lama Zopa Rinpoche visited Thimphu, the capital of Bhutan. Ven. Roger Kunsang, CEO of FPMT, Inc. and Rinpoche’s assistant, described the trip:

“On a mountain above Thimphu is an extraordinary 169-foot (52-meter) statue of Buddha Shakyamuni called Buddha Dordenma. We were fortunate to be traveling with someone who was very much involved in the building of the statue and who had made arrangements for Rinpoche to enter inside the base of the statue, where there is a beautiful gompa, and to meet the head monks and project director.

“Rinpoche led a very extensive seven-limb practice in front of the statue, spending a lot of time on rejoicing in those who had the idea to build the statue, the benefactors, and those who actually built it.

“Later in the day, Rinpoche went to Tashichö Dzong, a Buddhist monastery and castle reconstructed in 1641 and reestablished as the main seat of the Druk Desi (the secular rulers of Bhutan) and the summer residence of the monastic body headed by the Je Khenpo. It also houses the office of His Majesty the King of Bhutan, the cabinet and the council of ministers. The monastic system and religious institutions run alongside the government, as it was once in Tibet, when Dharma and the political system were fully integrated.

“Rinpoche was given a tour of Tashichö Dzong, which has over 30 temples. There are some very important and old gompas inside Tashichö Dzong. While in Tashichö Dzong, Rinpoche met the Chief Abbott Khenpo, one of the five lopons (religious scholars and ministers) under the 70th Je Khenpo.

“After that, Rinpoche went to the oldest monastery in Bhutan, Simtokha Dzong, built in 1629. When Rinpoche arrived, the monks were actually doing a puja for Rinpoche that had been sponsored by one student.

“Rinpoche offered pearl necklaces to a number of the very old and important statues in the gompa with prayers. Then, he recited ‘In Praise of Dependent Origination’ by Lama Tsongkhapa and protector prayers in front of the altar for the protectors.”

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-thimphu-bhutan/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche in front of the 169-foot (52-meter) Buddha statue, Thimphu, Bhutan, June 2016. Photo by Ven. Losang Sherab.
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New Merit Box Grants Awarded Around the World
The International Merit Box Project has reached its 15th year, and 21 new Merit Box grants totaling US$33,500 were awarded in May for qualified projects and initiatives spanning six countries.

The funding for the grants comes from a year’s worth of accumulated Merit Box offerings by FPMT communities and individual Merit Box practitioners. Merit Box grants are given to projects, services and initiatives around the world that are working to fulfill the mission of FPMT. This year’s recipients were chosen out of a pool of 34 applications.

The 2016 grants will offer support to a variety of projects and programs. To name a few:

Five projects constructing holy objects, including Kurukulla statues at the Land of Joy retreat center in the UK and Ocean of Compassion Buddhist Center in California.

Six book publishing projects, including a set of teachings by Lama Yeshe, and new editions of the Sanghata Sutra and Golden Light Sutra published in French.

Tech support for the Light of the Path retreat in August at Kadampa Center in the US.

Initiatives like the Repaying the Kindness Project in the UK, Maitripa College’s Mindfulness and Compassion Initiative, and Foundation Learning Programme educator training facilitated by the Foundation for Developing Compassion and Wisdom.

Support for Land of Calm Abiding, the Liberation Prison Project, MAITRI Charitable Trust’s Care for Animal Beings Project, and more.To see a complete list of the 2016 Merit Box grants, click here.

To become a Merit Box practitioner, one can order a free Merit Box to have for your home, altar or desk. One then makes small offerings into your Merit Box throughout the year. Collectively, these offerings have made a big difference, giving nearly US$1 million to over 200 Dharma projects in the past 15 years.


http://fpmt.org/charitable-activities/new-merit-box-grants-awarded-around-the-world/

Caption: The Kurukulla statue sculpted in Washington, USA by internationally renowned artist Peter Griffin, who has agreed to make another with his wife Denise for Land of Joy. Photo courtesy of Land of Joy.
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Rinpoche Visits Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang in Bhutan
On the May 28, Rinpoche visited Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, a Buddhist stupa-shaped temple in Western Bhutan between Paro and Dopchari valleys, built by Thangtong Gyalpo in 1421 (or 1433 depending on the source) to counteract malevolent spirits.

Thangtong Gyalpo (1385–1464), according to a protection image recommended by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in May 2016 to mitigate the effects of earthquakes, “built in his lifetime 58 iron bridges, 60 wooden bridges, 118 ferries, 120 assembly halls and temples, 111 stupas and many hundreds of large and small statues and innumberable paintings. Also a few life time’s ago he was Guru Shakyamuni Buddha.” Thangtong Gyalpo (also known at Drubthob Thangtong Gyalpo) is famous for completing civil engineering projects not only in Bhutan, but also in Tibet. 

According to Wikipedia, “In 1433, Drubthob Thangtong Gyalpo and his disciples traveled to Pagri in the Chumbi Valley of Tibet, and from there to Paro Taktsang in Bhutan. According to his biography, while performing rituals of Vajrakilaya there, he had a vision of the assembly of the Eight Classes of Heruka (Wylie: sgrub pa bka’ brgyad) meditational deities with Vajrakumara as the central figure.

“It is said that a nine-headed naga spirit, who was the guardian of the sacred place of Paro Taktsang, declared ‘your religious inheritance was concealed here by Ogyen Rinpoche, please make your discovery and reveal it.’ Thereupon Drubchen Thangtong Gyalpo extracted a sacred scroll ten body lengths long from the cliff of Taktsang.

“The line of mountains where Taktsang is located is shaped like a black snake with its head in the middle of the Paro valley. On the nose of this snake the Drubthob constructed Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, a stupa-shaped temple and pronounced that all diseases caused by evil spirits residing under the ground were suppressed and that the valley would be free from leprosy.”

Rinpoche climbed up the three levels inside the building on very steep ladders in darkness. On each level, the walls are covered in paintings of deities, and on the top level is a statue of Milarepa that is said to have miraculously spoken. Rinpoche spent time doing prayers and making offerings in front of all the statues for the benefit of all beings.

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/rinpoche-visits-jangtsa-dumtseg-lhakhang-in-bhutan/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche listening to Khenpo Phuntsok Tashi as he describes the details of the holy site Jangtsa Dumtseg Lhakhang, Bhutan, May 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
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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.