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Advice about Caring for Dogs
Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave this advice while in New York City in July 2016.

I have heard that you have to take indoor dogs out three times a day, so I thought that this gives you an unbelievable, incredible opportunity to help them.

By not harming and practicing morality toward even one sentient being, including these dogs, you can attain the state of the happy transmigratory beings. By not harming and practicing concentration and wisdom, even with dogs, you can achieve the happiness that is free from samsaric suffering. And by generating compassion, bodhichitta, you can attain buddhahood, ultimate happiness—the completion of all realizations and total freedom from all obscurations—through depending on these sentient beings, these dogs.

Another way to understand this is that by cherishing these dogs you can receive hundreds of thousands of happy rebirths and so forth in future lives. By cherishing these sentient beings, these dogs, you can achieve ultimate happiness forever. By cherishing these sentient being dogs you can achieve the peerless happiness of buddhahood. Not only that, but you also achieve the numberless past happinesses that you already have received since beginningless rebirths as well as your present happiness and all future happiness, including full enlightenment.

You may find this difficult to believe but it is logical. Your three time happinesses come from your good karma and your virtuous mind is the action of the Buddha. There are two actions of Buddha: one is within us sentient beings; the other is possessed only by the Buddha’s holy mind. Buddha comes from the bodhisattva, the bodhisattva comes from bodhichitta and bodhichitta comes from great compassion, which embraces numberless sentient beings, not leaving out even one: the numberless hell beings, pretas, animals, humans, asuras and suras.

So this is how you receive all your past, present and future happiness from each and every sentient being, which includes the dogs that you take out for a walk three times a day. So these dogs are most precious—think like this—most precious, most kind, most dear and wish-fulfilling for you.

The next thing to understand is that these sentient beings are objects to not be harmed. They are to be cherished by you, to be taken care of with your body, speech and mind; you are to serve them.

One more thing to understand is that you have been experiencing the sufferings of the six realms numberless times from beginningless rebirths and you will have to experience them again without end, over and over again, if you don’t practice Dharma.

At this time you have received the impossible, a precious human life. And not only have you received a perfect human rebirth but you have also met the Mahayana sutra and tantra teachings, so not only can you achieve liberation from samsara; through having met the Mahayana sutra teachings you can achieve full enlightenment for sentient beings. Furthermore, through having met the Mahayana tantric teachings you can achieve enlightenment in just one lifetime—you don’t need the three countless great eons to collect merit and purify obscurations that you do when practicing sutra. Finally, you have met maha-anuttara yoga tantra, through which you can achieve the unified state of enlightenment in one brief lifetime of this degenerate age. So this time you are most fortunate.

Now, sentient beings who have received a perfect human rebirth like yours are extremely rare. Most other sentient beings haven’t even met the Buddha, Dharma and Sangha, which means they will have to experience samsaric suffering endlessly. If you really think about it you won’t be able to stand it, not even for a second, without wanting to free them from samsara. And not only that—they have been experiencing such suffering from beginningless, numberless lives.

Now the dogs are exactly the same. You have to think about this. These dogs have been experiencing suffering since beginningless lifetimes and will continue to do so without end. You can’t stand leaving them in that state of suffering for even one second.

So when you take your dogs out you should recite mostly OM MANI PADME HUM and the Maitreya Buddha mantras so that the dogs can hear them. That purifies their negative karma collected since beginningless time and allows them to collect merit. It purifies their mental continuum and brings them to enlightenment in the future: by meeting the Dharma they receive a higher rebirth, develop understanding through practicing Dharma and eventually achieve enlightenment. It is as if you are giving a wish-granting jewel to the dogs. Just by chanting you help them so much.

You can also recite the Medicine Buddha mantra, which helps them to not be reborn in the lower realms ever again, and the short Namgyälma mantra, which makes it impossible for them to be reborn in lower realms; this will be their last rebirth as an animal. Another mantra you can recite is OM PÄDMO USHNISHA VIMALE HUM PHAT. When you take the dogs out, chant so that they can hear it.

At the beginning, generate bodhichitta by thinking, “The purpose of my life is not simply to achieve the happiness of this life; nor is it to achieve either temporary or ultimate happiness for myself alone. The purpose of my life is to achieve enlightenment in order to free all sentient beings from the oceans of samsaric suffering and bring them to enlightenment. Therefore I must achieve the state of omniscience. Therefore I am going to recite these mantras for the dogs and even others who are passing by.”

You can recite the mantras by chanting them like a song. Others might then just see you as happy person walking along with your dogs. If people ask what you’re singing you can say that you’re chanting mantras. It depends on who asks.

Scribed by Ven. Roger Kunsang, July 2016, New York, United States. Edited by Nicholas Ribush.

Find the mantras Lama Zopa Rinpoche recommends above on FPMT Education Services’ mantra resource page on FPMT.org.

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 blessing two dogs on the way to teaching, Maitreya Instituut, Loenen, Netherlands, July 2015. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
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The Importance of Holy Objects
“Every time you look at holy objects—pictures of the Buddha, statues, scriptures, stupas—they plant the seed of liberation and enlightenment in your mental continuum. So every time you look at them they purify your mind. They plant the seed of enlightenment, which includes all the causes to achieve enlightenment,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches in the advice “Why Holy Objects are Precious and Wish-fulfilling.” 

“How? When you look at them they plant a seed or positive imprint on your mental continuum so that later when you meet Buddhadharma, either in this life or in future lives, you are able to understand the words and the meaning of the teachings. From that, you are able to practice the meaning of the Dharma you have understood, which causes you to cease the gross and subtle defilements by actualizing the path and then your mental continuum becomes omniscient mind. This is what is meant when we say that by seeing holy objects it plants the seed of enlightenment on the mind—it contains the whole path from guru devotion and the three principals up to the two stages of tantra and enlightenment. Seeing holy objects makes us actualize all of this as a result. This is the effect we get from seeing them and this is how they cause us to achieve enlightenment.

“Every time we see holy objects it purifies so much negative karma, so many defilements. This is because of the power of the holy object. Holy objects have so much power. It’s like an atomic bomb—even though it is small it can bring so much harm and cause so much destruction. That example is negative but what I am saying is that the material has power, like electricity. The material of an atomic bomb has the power to harm and destroy the world. The material of holy objects—statues, scriptures and stupas—has the power to affect our mind, to leave a positive imprint. …”

Read the entire advice from Rinpoche, “Why Holy Objects are Precious and Wish-fulfilling,” on FPMT.org:
http://fpmt.org/wp-content/uploads/teachers/zopa/advice/ImportanceofHolyObjects.pdf

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.


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Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Ven. Roger Kunsang and Buddha Amitabha statue at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington, US, 2016. Photo by Ven. Losang Sherab.
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How to Make Your Life Most Beneficial for Sentient Beings, Even with Your Speech
During the recent Light of the Path retreat, Lama Zopa Rinpoche dictated this advice and had it distributed to all participants. Rinpoche also wanted it shared with people offering service at FPMT centers, projects and service as well as with all beings everywhere.

Freeing them from the oceans of samsaric suffering and bringing them to the peerless happiness of buddhahood—the total cessation of all obscurations and the completion of all realizations

It all depends on your motivation. If you are motivated by the self-cherishing thought, concern for only your own happiness, your own power, and have no concern for others’ happiness, your motivation is coming from your delusions, such as attachment, anger, ignorance and so forth. Then your actions of body, speech and mind will manifest as ugly, unpeaceful and hurtful to others and, as a result, others will react in an ugly, unpeaceful and hurtful way with their body, speech and mind; for example, by getting angry at you. It is like a circle. How you treat others and how they treat you in return is similar, with such negative thoughts and actions. You have to be fully aware of that in your everyday life.

Generally you have to know that you are responsible to not cause others suffering but to bring them happiness. Even if you don’t think of practicing Dharma, to at least be a good human being you need to know this. You are totally responsible as to whether you bring happiness or suffering to others. It is totally dependent on your motivation and how you treat others; it’s up to you whether your motivation is pure or not. Even just to be a good person, a generous human being, you have to know that. If you have a bad motivation and your actions of body, speech and mind are harmful for others, you make others create negative karma when they retaliate by harming you in return. By harming others you therefore cause them to be reborn in the lower realms; to lose their human rebirth and take a lower rebirth and suffer for eons. Can you imagine yourself being in the lower realms? That’s where you’re causing other sentient beings to go and have unhappiness instead of enjoyment.

In the Bodhicaryavatara, Shantideva said,

Smiling at others (showing them a pleasant face)
Causes you to have a beautiful body in future lives.

So you don’t need to have plastic surgery or other expensive procedures. Your positive mind can give you a pleasant, happy, smiling face and a peaceful, not a political, smile. Others will feel this and also become like that, having a good heart and being smiling and happy. Thus you always have to be aware of how others act toward you, positive or negative. It is totally dependent upon your own mind.

The morning motivation, the Method to Transform a Suffering Life into Happiness, contains the details for keeping your mind positive. If you do this motivation every morning you will always act positively toward others for the rest of the day.

However, first think that all your past, present and future happiness, including enlightenment, is received from every sentient being. You receive everything through the kindness of every sentient being, which includes even those people you don’t like—those who make you angry merely upon sight or when you hear their voice. It is so important to understand this evolution. Therefore you should hold all sentient beings in your heart and feel that they are most precious, most kind, most dear and wish fulfilling for you. Then there will be no way for your mind to get angry or to generate ignorance, attachment, selfishness or self-cherishing and, therefore, no way for you to harm others. You absolutely dare not harm others, even in the slightest way.

Even Buddha, Dharma and Sangha—in whom you always take refuge to be free from the lower realms and get higher rebirths; to be free from samsara and achieve liberation, lower nirvana; and to be free from the self-cherishing thought and achieve the peerless happiness of total cessation of all mistakes and completion of all realizations—even this Buddha, Dharma, Sangha in whom you take refuge and who give you all this happiness come from sentient beings, including the ones that are angry at or who harm you, who speak to you hurtfully and so forth, sentient beings that you don’t like. Therefore they are all so precious, unbelievably precious to you. On top of that, they have been your kind mother from beginningless rebirths and even now; it’s unbelievable. So you have to think about this and the dependent arising I mentioned before as well. Think about these two things—it makes not harming and only benefiting others very deep. In that way your life will be only of benefit.

The conclusion is that to be free from the suffering of samsara as quickly as possible and to achieve peerless happiness, the total cessation of all mistakes and the completion of all realizations, then with this thought, smile at others, respect them with your body, speech and mind and speak to them in a nice, respectful way.

Treat people the way you’d like them to treat you: with respect, nice speech and smiles that come from a good heart. If you do that, then, as a result of karma, many others will treat you in the same way. Otherwise others will be angry with you, speak to you rudely and hurtfully, and harm you with the actions of their body, speech and mind.

So here I am mentioning how sentient beings are most kind, most precious, most dear and wish fulfilling. Then you can really enjoy life with them, bring them much inner happiness, and in your own mind you will also enjoy much inner happiness, and that will make them happy too.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama respects even ordinary people. He bends down in respect; Lama Yeshe also did this. Even when he heard about someone’s mistakes, some problems with monks and so forth, when he later met them he showed respect. Like that, this is an incredible practice, rather than feeling pride, showing arrogance and putting others down. Most people might do that, but in my experience, Lama Yeshe never did.

Behaving like this is a great, great, great responsibility of the center director, secretary, board members, office manager, treasurer, spiritual program coordinator, bookshop manager and so forth. Especially these people, but in general, this is for everybody. It’s a question of karma, to not create negative karma and to create good karma. This not only makes you happy but also makes other sentient beings happy. So even with your speech you can make so many sentient beings happy.

You have to be aware that there are very powerful mantras given to us by the Buddha to make our speech very powerful and beneficial for sentient beings. If in the morning you recite the Exalted Stainless Beam Totally Pure Light mantra after blessing your speech, then anybody who simply hears your voice that day, animals or people—whether they hear you singing or in any other way (not necessarily reciting mantras)—is purified of the five heavy negative karmas without break.

The Exalted Stainless Beam Totally Pure Light mantra:

NAMA NAWA NAWA TII NÄN / TATHAAGATA GANG GAA NAM
DIIWAA LUKAA NÄN / KOTINI YUTA SHATA SAHA SRAA NÄN /
OM BOBORI / TSARI NI* TSARI / MORI GOLI TSALA WAARI
SWAAHAA (recite this a few times) [*indicates a high tone]

Then if you also recite one thousand OM MANI PADME HUM mantras every morning, seven generations of your family will not be reborn in the lower realms. Moreover, when other sentient beings see you, even in places where there are many other people, just by seeing you their negative karma will be purified. Also, when you die and your body is cremated, if the smoke from the fire touches any sentient being, human, insect or whatever, it purifies their negative karma and helps them not be reborn in the lower realms.

From Kyabje Khunu Lama Rinpoche’s Verses in Praise of Bodhicitta,

That which benefits lower sentient beings is bodhichitta.
That which benefits middling sentient beings is bodhichitta.
That which benefits sublime sentient beings is bodhichitta.
Isn’t bodhichitta of benefit to all?

If you want to look, look with bodhichitta.
If you want to eat, eat with bodhichitta.
If you want to speak, speak with bodhichitta.
If you want to examine, examine with bodhichitta.

If you desire happiness for transmigratory beings equaling the sky,
Then cherish bodhichitta.
If you desire to benefit transmigratory beings equaling the sky,
Then cherish bodhichitta.

Bodhichitta eliminates pain.
Bodhichitta destroys harm.
Bodhichitta eliminates unhappiness.
Bodhichitta dispels fear.

Scribe: Holly Ansett, 17 August 2016, Black Mountain, North Carolina, US. Edited by Nicholas Ribush.

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/how-to-make-your-life-most-beneficial-for-sentient-beings-even-with-your-speech/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Light of the Path retreat, August 2016. Photo by Ven. Losang Sherab.
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At the conclusion of the Light of the Path retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Nick Ribush composed and delivered a praise of Rinpoche that also requested for him to live a long life. Nick is a long-time student of Lama
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News from the Light on the Path Retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche
More than 300 people are attending the 2016 Light of the Path retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, currently taking place in North Carolina, US, now in its second week. In addition, many more people are watching Rinpoche teach live in English on YouTube with simultaneous interpretation into French, Spanish and Italian. Access to the live transcript in English is now available. Audio of Mandarin interpretation is also available. (More details on the live video and live transcript below.)

Of the 300 students in attendance more than 40 are ordained Sangha. In addition, many are long-time students and center directors and spiritual program coordinators. There are students from many FPMT centers in various countries including Australia, Canada, Colombia, France, Germany, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. This is the fourth year of the Light of the Path retreat. The root text for the retreat is Lama Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment. 

Retreat organizers from Kadampa Center, located in Raleigh, a four-hour drive away, and volunteers have transformed the auditorium of a YMCA conference and retreat center into a Tibetan gompa with 21 Tara statues and an extensive altar, creating a wonderful environment for Rinpoche’s teachings.

So far, Rinpoche has yet to teach on the root text. Instead, Rinpoche has gone over the benefits of taking the eight Mahayana precepts on a number of days and gave the precepts early on so people could receive the lineage. In addition to doing precepts daily, Lama Chöpa is also being preformed daily. On one day, Rinpoche dedicated Lama Chöpa tsog to the quick return of one of Rinpoche’s gurus – Geshe Lhundup Sopa Rinpoche, who passed away two years ago.


Rinpoche has also talked about the benefits of prostrations, which were covered in two sessions, and has explained two different ways to do walking meditation based on lam-rim meditations, such as walking while thinking about the incredible kindness of sentient beings. Silence is being observed from after the last teaching session in the evening until lunch on the following day.

According to Ven. Holly Ansett, the retreat has been organized extremely well by Kadampa Center. And the retreat venue, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, is very comfortable as well as being very beautiful and peaceful. Geshe Gelek, of Kadampa Center, has ensured that Rinpoche and all the retreatants are being well cared for by the team from Kadampa Center.

Ven. Holly also notes how missed Ven. Thubten Kunsang is at the retreat. For many years Ven. Kunsang, who passed away in July, was a familiar smiling face at retreats with Rinpoche, where he would record the audio of Rinpoche’s teachings and take photos. Rinpoche began this year’s retreat reminding students of impermanence and how anyone could die at any time.

The media team for the retreat has done amazing work setting up the live video streaming of the teachings and taking care of all the technical needs at the venue. Ven. Joan Nicell’s live transcription of the teachings is projected on a screen above Rinpoche and also is now viewable on FPMT’s YouTube channel.

Summary of links to video and audio options for the Light of the Path 2016 teachings:

YouTube live video stream of teachings with links to interpretation in English, Français, Español and Italiano:
https://www.youtube.com/user/FPMTinc

NEW! Live English transcription of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings (can be opened in a second window and watched along side the live teaching):
https://www.youtube.com/c/fpmtinc/live

Mandarin interpretation of teachings (audio only):
http://en.1000mikes.com/show/fpmtlopchinese_on_air

Backup Livestream video (in English) with occasional updates on schedule:
http://livestream.com/FPMT/LOP2016

Facebook Live video on Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/lamazoparinpoche

Recorded video, audio and transcripts of the Light of the Path teachings will be posted here as they become available:
http://fpmt.org/media/streaming/teachings-of-lama-zopa-rinpoche/light-of-the-path-teachings-2016/

Many additional resources and materials have been developed from the previous precious retreat teachings:

All teachings from the 2009, 2010 and 2014 are available on the FPMT Online Learning Center.Together with many additional resources, the Living in the Path online program has been created from the Light of the Path retreat teachings. Organized into structured modules, you will find this program on the FPMT Online Learning Center.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.


https://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/news-from-the-light-on-the-path-retreat-with-lama-zopa-rinpoche/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at the Light of the Path retreat in Black Mountain, North Carolina, US, August 2016. Photo by Ven. Losang Sherab.
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Now Available! Live Video of Lama Zopa Rinpoche Teaching with Interpretation at Light of the Path
The Light of the Path retreat is underway. Live video of Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching in English with interpretation into French, Spanish and Italian is now available! Live Mandarin interpretation is available in audio only. A second, backup, Livestream.com video stream of the teachings in English is available in case of technical difficulties. This link also will have occasional updates on the teaching schedule. A third video stream is available via Facebook Live at Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Facebook page.

The retreat began on Sunday, August 14, at 5 p.m. local time (UTC -5) and is the fourth in a series of teaching retreats led by Rinpoche based on Lama Atisha’s text Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment. It concludes on August 28 and is taking place at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in rural Black Mountain, North Carolina, United States. Kadampa Center, located in Raleigh, North Carolina, organized the retreat.

Even if you miss the live streamed teachings, all video and audio recordings of the 2016 teachings, as well as transcripts, will be available on the “Rinpoche Available Now” page on FPMT.org soon after.

Summary of links to video and audio options for the Light of the Path 2016 teachings:

English YouTube live video stream of teachings:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLd3YWIA0vLx9E2lROs_1X9fI0jKGmz9Hv

Français interpretation YouTube live video stream of teachings:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLd3YWIA0vLx9ZrfKwkNk8ax_XbQxqHUeP


Español interpretation YouTube live video stream of teachings:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLd3YWIA0vLx81RUwtTQZp99vH05ER5zVl


Italiano interpretation YouTube live video stream of teachings:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLd3YWIA0vLx8j_RtLuKqWev3GCoPjZ-QQ


Mandarin interpretation of teachings (audio only):
http://en.1000mikes.com/show/fpmtlopchinese_on_air

Backup Livestream video (in English) with occasional updates on schedule:
http://livestream.com/FPMT/LOP2016

Facebook Live video on Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/lamazoparinpoche

Recorded video, audio and transcripts of the Light of the Path teachings will be posted here as they become available:
http://fpmt.org/media/streaming/teachings-of-lama-zopa-rinpoche/light-of-the-path-teachings-2016/

Many additional resources and materials have been developed from the previous precious retreat teachings:

All teachings from the 2009, 2010 and 2014 are available on the FPMT Online Learning Center.Together with many additional resources, the Living in the Path online program has been created from the Light of the Path retreat teachings. Organized into structured modules, you will find this program on the FPMT Online Learning Center.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/live-video-of-lama-zopa-rinpoche-teaching-with-interpretation-now-available/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Kadampa Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, US, before the beginning of the Light of the Path retreat, August 13, 2016. Photo by Ven. Losang Sherab.
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Read Top Advice and Updates in September's FPMT International Office e-News
The September FPMT International Office e-News is out now!

This month you’ll find:

Inspiring new advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche: “How to Make Your Life Most Beneficial for Sentient Beings, Even with Your Speech.”“A Song of Experience” is now available from FPMT Education ServicesFPMT Charitable Projects supports care for dogs in Malaysia and BhutanMandala Publications has a new ebook and new associate editor… and more!

From your FPMT International Office


http://fpmt.org/fpmt-community-news/announcements/read-top-advice-and-updates-in-septembers-fpmt-international-office-e-news/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Ven. Roger Kunsang, Washington State, US, September 2016. Photo by Ven. Losang Sherab.
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Lama Zopa Rinpoche Visits the Himalayan Elders Project [VIDEO, Tibetan]
On August 10, Lama Zopa Rinpoche had lunch with and gave a public talk and oral transmission of the Medicine Buddha mantra to the members of the Himalayan Elders Project during his 2016 visit to New York City. After the teachings, Rinpoche personally blessed each participant.

The Himalayan Elders Project “is a community initiative which provides time and space for our seniors to gather, practice Dharma, socialize, share life experiences, enjoy community connectedness and enjoy a renewed sense of independence.”

Watch “Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s visit to the Himalayan Elders Project” on YouTube (Tibetan):
https://youtu.be/kjz-QlGn2yU

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.


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Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche giving advice to the elder Sherpa community in New York City, US, July 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
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Every Step Brings Us Closer to Death
On August 17, Ven. Roger Kunsang shared on Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Twitter page this very brief teaching from Lama Zopa Rinpoche:

Walking meditation … Every step, every breath brings us closer to death … Only thing to do .. Practice Dharma!

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


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Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche leading walking meditation at Light of the Path, Black Mountain, North Carolina, US, August 2016. Photo by Ven. Losang Sherab.
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What We Do to Protect this Nonexistent Real I
“If we do some profound scientific analysis, some inner scientific analysis, we can see how much we believe in this totally real I that actually does not exist. It appears to be real from its own side, we believe it to be real one hundred percent, but it is not there. By doing this inner scientific analysis, this meditation, we can come to see this very subtle point, the nonexistence of this ‘real’ I,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaches in the new book Sun of Devotion, Stream of Blessings, recently published by the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

“Otherwise, without checking, because of our belief in its reality there are all the worries, all the fears. Because of this this wrong projection, when somebody passes us with her nose in the air, looking down at as disdainfully, it hurts so much! Or when we do a good deed for somebody, such as giving a thirsty person a glass of water, and we don’t even get a simple thank you, that really hurts. Being shouted at, being complained about, hearing disrespectful words—all these things hurt us.

“Especially nowadays, with the world economy in recession, people are trying to find ways to make money, so they complain about any small thing somebody else does. I don’t know about England, but I’ve heard that in America you are supposed keep the front of your house clear of snow and if you don’t clear it away well enough and somebody falls over you will be sued, which in America means huge expenses.

“There is a good example from the FPMT center in Sicily, Centro Muni Gyana. Once, while I was giving a talk there a student explained how she had been sued. Her job was assisting in the births of babies, taking them from their mothers’ wombs, and one day one had died. I’m not sure whether the baby was dead in the womb or it died during delivery, but the mother blamed this girl, telling her she had killed the baby, that the baby died because she had made a mistake. The girl talked with all her friends and they confirmed what she did was right, that it wasn’t her fault, but the mother blamed her and wanted money from her. She was trying to make money out of the situation. This is just one example.

“Nowadays, with the downturn in the world economy, so many people are trying to make money in this way, trying to prove that somebody else has made a mistake, whether they have or not. The girl asked me what to do and I did my own Mickey Mouse divination and told her to recite the Vajra Cutter Sutra eight times. She did this immediately and later she told me that she won the court case.

“Just reading the Vajra Cutter Sutra is unbelievably powerful but, of course, the main thing is to realize emptiness, to eradicate the very root of samsara. That is what reading the Vajra Cutter Sutra eventually does. Then we become free from oceans of samsaric sufferings, achieving ultimate happiness. Without talking about enlightenment, just that is unbelievable.

“Our whole life is spent afraid of something happening to this I, to this real I that appears from there. We totally, a hundred percent believe it is real and we do everything we possibly can to protect this real I, which is not there. We see all the possibilities of being hurt. ‘This will make me sick. This will kill me. This will hurt me.’ We take every possible precaution to prevent this real I that doesn’t exist from being hurt. …

“If we were to meditate for just one day, analyzing, checking, going to a subtler level, we would see that this real I is not there! What appears as the real I, what we believe a hundred percent to be real, is not there. However, we don’t check and this labeling process goes on continuously. It has been going on since we were born and will continue up to death. …”

You can continue to read this excerpt from Sun of Devotion, Stream of Blessings, by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, edited by Gordon McDougall in the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive July 2015 Eletter:
http://www.lamayeshe.com/article/e-letter-no-146-july-2015

Links to video and audio of the current Light of the Path 2016 teachings with Lama Zopa Rinpoche:YouTube live video stream of teachings with links to interpretation in English, Français, Español and Italiano:
https://www.youtube.com/user/FPMTincNEW! Live English transcription of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings:
https://www.youtube.com/c/fpmtinc/liveMandarin interpretation of teachings (audio only):
http://en.1000mikes.com/show/fpmtlopchinese_on_airBackup Livestream video (in English) with occasional updates on schedule:
http://livestream.com/FPMT/LOP2016Facebook Live video on Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/lamazoparinpocheRecorded video, audio and transcripts of the Light of the Path teachings will be posted here as they become available:
http://fpmt.org/media/streaming/teachings-of-lama-zopa-rinpoche/light-of-the-path-teachings-2016/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.


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Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Nicholas Ribush and Wendy Cook of the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, Black Mountain, North Carolina, US, August 2016. Nick and Wendy are presenting Rinpoche with a copy of Rinpoche’s new book “Sun of Devotion, Stream of Blessings,” just published by the Archive. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
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Invitation to Read the August FPMT International Office e-News
The August FPMT International Office e-News is out now!

This month you’ll find:

Links so you can listen to Rinpoche’s teachings during the Light of the Path RetreatWhat is a holiday from Rinpoche’s point of viewRejoice in Offerings made on Chokhor DuchenNew Materials from Education Services

….and more!From your FPMT International Office


http://fpmt.org/fpmt-community-news/announcements/invitation-to-read-the-august-fpmt-international-office-e-news/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche on Bear Mountain, New York, US, July 2016. Photo by Ven. Losang Sherab.
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Recite the Sutra of Golden Light for World Peace
“Anybody who wants peace in the world should read the Golden Light Sutra (Ser.ö dam.päi do wang.gyi gyälpo,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche advised in 2007. “This is a very important practice to stop violence and wars in the world. The Golden Light Sutra is one of the most beneficial ways to bring peace. This is something that everyone can do, no matter how busy you are, even if you can read one page a day, or a few lines and in this way continually read the Golden Light Sutra.”

“The holy Golden Light Sutra is the king of the sutras. It is extremely powerful and fulfills all one’s wishes, as well as bringing peace and happiness for all sentient beings, up to enlightenment. It is also extremely powerful for world peace, for your own protection and for the protection of the country and the world. Also, it has great healing power for people in the country.

“For anyone who desires peace for themselves and for others this is the spiritual, or Dharma, way to bring peace that doesn’t require you to harm others, doesn’t require you to criticize others or even to demonstrate against others, yet can accomplish peace. Anyone can read this text, Buddhists and even non-Buddhists who desire world peace.

“This also protects individuals and the country from what are labeled natural disasters of the wind element, fire element, earth element and water element, such as earthquakes, floods, cyclones, fires, tornadoes, etc. They are not natural because they come from causes and conditions that make dangers happen. They come from past inner negative thoughts and actions of people, and from external conditions. …”

Read the complete advice from Rinpoche on the Sutra of Golden Light and visit FPMT.org’s page on the Sutra of Golden Light, where you can receive the oral transmission of the sutra via video and download audio recordings of the sutra as well as find the sutra text in 14 different languages:
http://fpmt.org/education/teachings/sutras/golden-light-sutra/

More information, photos and updates about FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be found on Rinpoche’s webpage on FPMT.org, including post on Rinpoche’s recent trip to Bhutan.

If you’d like to receive news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and FPMT via email, sign up to FPMT News.

Watch Lama Zopa Rinpoche teach live at the Light of the Path Retreat in August 2016 on FPMT’s YouTube channel. Streaming will be available in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Danish. Backup live streaming in English will also be available on Livestream.com. All video and audio recordings of the 2016 teachings, as well as transcripts, will be made available on the “Rinpoche Available Now” page on FPMT.org soon after the teaching


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Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche doing puja at a stop on the way to Taktsang (Tiger’s Nest) Monastery, Bhutan, May 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
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