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

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

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

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


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Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Mahayana Buddhist Association (Cham Tse Ling), Hong Kong, April 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang via Twitter.
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Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Rinchen Jangsem Ling Retreat Centre
On April 8, Lama Zopa Rinpoche traveled from Kuala Lumpur, where he taught at Losang Dragpa Centre, to Rinchen Jangsem Ling Retreat Centre (RJL), arriving in the early evening. The beautiful, rural center is located in the middle of a palm plantation and sits on the top of a large hill, with a panoramic view of the area.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Rinchen Jangsem Ling Retreat Centre, Malaysia, April 2016. Photo by Bill Kane.
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Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Visit to Kuala Lumpur
On the last day of March, Lama Zopa Rinpoche arrived at 1:30 a.m. at Losang Dragpa Centre (LDC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, after driving from Penang, where he had given teachings and initiations organized by Chokyi Gyaltsen Center. There were a few people in the LDC gompa when Rinpoche arrived and the first thing Rinpoche did there was extensively offer divine cloth (khatas) to all the main holy objects (of which there are many) in the gompa.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Losang Dragpa Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 2016. Photo by Ven. Losang Sherab.
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Twenty-five Years of Offering Meals to the Monks of Sera Je Monastery
Since 1991, the Sera Je Food Fund has been offering three meals a day to every monk studying at Sera Je Monastery. Some monks do not need to rely on this service due to various reasons such as having personal benefactors who sponsor their food directly, but the food offering is available to every single monk who would like to receive it. There are currently about 2,500 monks studying at Sera Je Monastery.

Recently, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, FPMT CEO Ven. Roger Kunsang, and Charitable Projects Coordinator Ven. Holly Ansett spent a month at Sera Je Monastery with the Sera Je Food Fund team and attended a number of meetings with Ven. Ngawang Sangye who has been working for the food fund since 2007 while completing his geshe studies degree in 2016. He does an incredible job helping to manage this massive operation with the help of Vens Kalden and Rabten. They work with FPMT International Office on budget and cost analysis, which can become quite complicated when shopping and cooking for up to 2,500. 

In these recent meeting, the team discussed improvements that could be made to the program, advice and recommendations from a dietitian who was consulted last year, how to utilize seasonal produce, and the general food preferences of the monks. Recently, the entire menu was redesigned based on feedback from the monks and discussion with the kitchen management. The food fund will continually assess and make adjustments and improvements to operations, procedures, and services offered to help ensure that this project is bringing the most benefit to those it serves.The Sera Je Food Fund not only covers the cost of all food, it is also responsible for the entire kitchen operation, paying cooks, utilities, and equipment upkeep. 

Every day each khangtsen (monastic house made up of monks from the same regions) informs the Sera Je Food Fund Kitchen how many monks will be joining for meals so the cooks can always prepare the right amount of food. There is almost no waste from the kitchen because any leftovers are offered to monks who engage in evening debate or classes allowing the monks to enjoy a second dinner if they are studying or debating late. Any food bought by the kitchen that is not used is sold back to the market making the waste for the kitchen extremely low. This is quite impressive when considering the volume of food being prepared and cooked.  An incredible 8,700 pounds of flour and 6,500 pounds of rice are used every month in addition to large quantities of other foods such as vegetables, fruits, spices, grains, tea, milk, and other ingredients. 

Typically, about 50 monks are assigned to kitchen duties every day.  They help ensure that the ingredients are top quality, that the kitchen is always hygienic and efficient, and that the food is tasty for the monks. Lunch is often eaten as a group in the Sera Je gompa when there are pujas or practices happening. 

Twenty-five years ago Lama Zopa Rinpoche initiated the Sera Je Food Fund as a way to offer daily benefit to all of the monks studying at Sera Je, enabling them to focus on their studies without having to worry about meals or the burden of food expenses and preparation. Since that time Ven. Roger has worked with support from Ven. Holly to help actualize this vision through continual work with the monastery and the benefactors who make this fund possible. 

Please take some time to rejoice in this incredible daily offering and the kindness of all the extremely generous donors who contribute to the success of this program. From the prep cooks, to the dishwashers, to those who do the shopping, to those who help manage the operation, to the accountants, to the food vendors, the Sera Je Food Fund is a massive collective effort on the part of many.

You are welcome to join in on this offering by donating any amount, or by following the news and updates of this beneficial daily offering of food to hundreds of monks. 


http://fpmt.org/charitable-activities/projects/ordained-sangha/sjff-news/twenty-five-years-of-offering-meals-to-the-monks-of-sera-je-monastery/

Caption: Three meals are offered every day to any monk studying at Sera Je Monastery.
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Thanks and Update from Ven. Roger Kunsang
A message from Ven. Roger Kunsang, assistant to Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the CEO of FPMT, Inc.:

Dear Friends,

The special long life Puja offered to Rinpoche in Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore went very well. I think this was due to so many people making the effort to come, and so many making the effort to participate in some way in the puja. ABC staff and students made such an excellent effort in organizing and hosting the event.

Some of the highlights:

As you know it was Khadro-la’s (Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drolma’s) advice for Rinpoche’s health and long life that we were following. Khadro-la wanted to come to Singapore to attend but couldn’t come as His Holiness was returning to Dharamsala from America, and she needed to be there. We informed Khadro-la the day before the puja that it was happening, and Khadro-la sent a prayer for Rinpoche’s long life that spontaneously came to her. Khadro-la asked that Ven. Holly read it to Rinpoche in the puja.

All 171 FPMT centers, services, projects and offices were represented in the long life puja. In a long line with gifts, their representatives slowly approached Rinpoche, requesting long life. At the head of this line was a life-size long life statue of Amitayus. Offering it on behalf of the FPMT Board, International Office and the entire FPMT was Tenzin Ösel Hita, Karuna Cayton, Massimo Corona and Ven. Holly.

Tenzin Ösel read out a heartfelt praise and request to Rinpoche that he himself composed. 

Paula de Wijs read out the heartfelt praise on behalf of the entire organization, compiled by Ven. Robina Courtin on the basis of many submissions from the FPMT family.

Rinpoche commented that he was very pleased and moved at the number of students who attended from all around the world.

The puja lasted eleven and a half hours! It was a very big warm family event! THANK YOU everyone!

After the puja, over the next day Rinpoche went through every single card, letter and gift that had been offered. At one stage the whole room was filled with offerings that Rinpoche then started to give away. All of the offerings Rinpoche dedicated to: water turning prayer wheels in Namche Bazaar, Nepal; Ngari Khamtsen; Dhakpo Khamtsen; Osel Labrang; an elevator for His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Sera Lachi; H.E. Ling Rinpoche’s geshe examination; Supporting Ordained Sangha Fund; Holy Objects Fund; Social Services Fund; Lhungtok Choekhorling Buddhist Monastery; Lawudo Retreat Center for the building of the Lotus Light Palace of Guru Rinpoche temple.

Thank you also to all who participated in the tsog offerings dedicated for Rinpoche’s health and long life.

roger

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 and Tenzin Ösel Hita at long life puja at Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore, March 13, 2016. Rinpoche is offering Ösel a gift of a crystal Buddha statue.
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'Even Rising a Doubt Breaks Samsara in Pieces'
“It is said that even rising a doubt about emptiness, even rising a doubt, even that breaks samsara in pieces,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche says in “Teachings on the Heart Sutra,” an excerpt of a March 2000 teaching now available through the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

“It’s so powerful, unbelievably powerful, even rising doubt, when you do analysis into emptiness thinking that this may be empty but not completely. Thinking maybe this is empty, so even arising a doubt like this, even not completely thinking it’s empty, not generating full faith that it’s completely empty but even thinking that maybe it’s empty. Even rising this thought, this doubt in the emptiness, even that breaks our suffering realm, the samsara, the circling one, circling from this life to the next life, then circling from that life to the next life. This circling, this samsara, this container of all these life problems and foundation of the next life problems, this samsara that we have now, the container of all the problems of this life and the foundation of all the future life problems.

“Even rising a doubt like this is so powerful that it breaks our samsara into pieces. Even the rising doubt in emptiness harms our samsara. It harms the root of samsara, the ignorance, even just thinking, without full faith that it is empty, but thinking that it may be empty.”

Read more from “Teachings on the Heart Sutra” on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive:
http://www.lamayeshe.com/article/teachings-heart-sutra

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/even-rising-a-doubt-breaks-samsara-in-pieces/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at Losang Dragpa Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, April 2016. Photo by Ven. Losang Sherab.
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Rinpoche Liberates Three Goats at Maratika Cave [VIDEO]
In late February, Lama Zopa Rinpoche liberated three goat at Maratika, Nepal, site of the famed Maratika Caves associated with Padmasambhava and long life. In a new video on FPMT’s YouTube channel, Rinpoche leads an extensive motivation for the animal liberation before blessing the goats by chanting various mantras, reciting beneficial prayers, and tying blessed red cloth around their necks. Rinpoche ends the practice with several dedication prayers.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche (seated) with Khen Rinpoche Geshe Chonyi, Peter Griffin and Ven. Losang Sherab, Amitabha Buddhist Centre, March 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang. Rinpoche is looking at the recently completed Chenrezig statue, created by Peter and Denise Griffin.
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Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Visit to Penang, Malaysia
Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teaching tour of Southeast Asia continues in Malaysia. In mid-March Rinpoche arrived at Chokyi Gyaltsen Center (CGC) in Penang after a 10-hour drive from Singapore. Rinpoche went straight into the center’s gompa and did an hour of extensively offering divine cloth (khata) to each of the holy objects there.

“Rinpoche really, really, really likes Chokyi Gyaltsen Center’s gompa,” Ven. Holly Ansett, who is traveling with Rinpoche, told Mandala. “It has incredible statues – all magnificent and arranged so neatly and beautiful with extensive offerings. The art of all the statues is all exceptional and the holy objects in the gompa are all sort of pulsating with these colored incredible lights.”

Two days after Rinpoche arrived, Rinpoche asked Geshe Deyang, who is the resident geshe at CGC, to arrange a Most Secret Hayagriva tsog kong, an extensive offering puja that is 10-12 hours long. Geshe Deyang is an expert in Hayagriva ritual and has done a lot of Hayagriva practice. He was one of the monks who for many years was part of the Hayagriva monks at Sera Je Monastery who do this puja once a month for FPMT. 

The Most Secret Hayagriva tsog kong requires hundreds of tormas. Fortunately, Geshe Deyang had already prepared them to be ready if Rinpoche made the request for the puja. The puja went all day until after dinner, attended by Rinpoche and about 30-40 ordained Sangha. “It is an extremely powerful puja,” Ven. Holly shared. “Very elaborate. Rinpoche was extremely pleased for it to have happened.”

The weekend of March 19-20, Rinpoche gave a public teaching on the “Three Principles of the Path,” which was attended by over 400 people. The center had advertised the teaching in the local Chinese newspaper, which brought in many new people. They rented a large venue and installed an elaborate altar with many extensive offerings. 

“Geshe Deyang managed all the altars and set up, and took great care that everything was perfect, elaborate and beautiful,” Ven. Holly said. “All the center members worked incredibly hard to create this event, and you could really feel it.”

The center took good care of the 45 ordained Sangha from around the world in attendance. They had a chef cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner every day for them. The center also arranged places for Sangha to stay, rides to the teachings and sightseeing on days off.

After the public teachings, Rinpoche gave the Most Secret Hayagriva initiation to about 250 people over a few days. Geshe Deyang took care of all the elaborate tormas. Tenzin Ösel Hita and Gomo Tulku came to take the initiation, which was extremely precious. Khen Rinpoche Geshe Chonyi from Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Geshe Tsungdu from Losang Dragpa Centre and Geshe Tenzin Zopa were also there. Each day of the initiation stretched late into the night. The last day of the initiation ended at 4 a.m. at which time Geshe Deyang and the center staff and volunteers had to pack up everything in the the rented venue – the altar, extensive offerings and so forth – working until 7:30 a.m.

While in Penang, Rinpoche also did an extensive Medicine Buddha puja that took all day.

The day Rinpoche departed from Penang for Kuala Kumpur, Rinpoche stopped to see the 99-foot (30.2-meter) tall bronze Kuan Yin statue at the Kek Lok Si Temple. Rinpoche did prostrations and practices in front of the statue until dark and then went to a restaurant to have dinner with many of the center staff and volunteers, about 40 people. Rinpoche and the entourage left at 10 p.m. to drive to Kuala Lumpur.

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-penang-malaysia/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at a rented venue in Penang, Malaysia, March 2016. Photo by Ven. Losang Sherab. Chokyi Gyaltsen Center organized the Penang teachings and arranged the incredible altar behind Rinpoche.
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Advice for the Malaysian Economy
Dr. Goh Pik Pin, director of Losang Dragpa Centre and president of Kasih Hospice Service, asked Lama Zopa Rinpoche during his recent visit to Malaysia, “The Malaysian economy is going down and our money is losing value. Is there any practice we can do to make our Malaysian economy better?”

You know the story of the four harmonious brothers. The country completely changed. Rain came at the right time – not too much and not to little – and the crops grew. 

The king thought he had caused it, and the ministers thought they had. They thought to ask a sage in the forest why there was that development in their country. The sage said, “It is not due to any of you. It is because in the forest there are four harmonious brothers.” An elephant practiced the five precepts and spread it to other elephants; a monkey practiced the five precepts and spread it to other monkeys; a rabbit practiced the five precepts and spread it to other rabbits; a bird practiced the five precepts and spread it to other birds.

The elephant was a manifestation of Chungawa, Shakyamuni Buddha’s younger brother. One was a manifestation of the Buddha’s attendant, Ananda … the rabbit was a manifestation of Shakyamuni Buddha. By their keeping morality, rains came at the right time and crops grew.

[It would be good] if you are able to take the eight Mahayana precepts for one day. First, you take the lineage from Geshe-la or somebody. You take the lineage and then you can take it at your home. Especially, if you take them on the Buddha’s special days [Buddha Multiplying Days], it multiplies merit one hundred million times. If you make charity of one dollar to a beggar, it is one hundred million dollars of charity; if you do one prostration, then it is one hundred million prostrations. If there is a moon eclipse, it increases seven hundred thousand times; a sun eclipse, one hundred million times. That is one way to help the world, to help the country.

Reading the Golden Light Sutra brings so much peace to the world and Malaysia. Also, the Arya Sanghata Sutra.

Scribed by Ven. Joan Nicell, Malaysia, April 2016. Edited for inclusion 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 and Goh Pik Pin, with Ven. Joan Nicell in back, at Kasih Hospice, Malaysia, April 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
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'Listening to the Teachings on Empiness Collects Much Greater Merit'
“It’s also mentioned in the Meeting of Father and Son Sutra that compared with the merit of practicing the five paramitas – patience, charity, morality, perseverance and concentration – for ten eons, listening to teachings on emptiness collects much greater merit,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche says in “Teachings on the Heart Sutra,” an excerpt of a March 2000 teaching now available through the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

“It is unbelievable to practice the paramita of morality for ten eons or even for one lifetime, even for one year, to live in pure morality. To practice the paramita of morality is so difficult. To live in pure morality, the paramita of morality, not just in one life but even for one year it’s very difficult. By examining our own mind, by looking at the world, at others, by even examining our own mind, it’s very difficult.

“Now here, practicing all five paramitas for ten eons, if we just think of how hard that is and of course also how much merit we collect, no question, there is so much merit, inconceivable merit, just with each practice – charity, morality, patience, perseverance and concentration – with each one, we collect inconceivable merit, no question. But when we compare practicing these paths for ten eons, that itself is unbelievable, inconceivable merit that we collect, but if we compare just listening, just hearing, just listening [snaps fingers] to teachings on emptiness, this collects far greater merit than those previous ones, practicing the five paramitas for ten eons.”

Read more from “Teachings on the Heart Sutra” on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive:
http://www.lamayeshe.com/article/teachings-heart-sutra

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, Singapore, March 2016. Photo by Ven. Losang Sherab.
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Your Broken Arm Is Another Form of Teaching
Lama Zopa Rinpoche wrote a letter to to one old student who had broken her arm:

My very dear precious one, most kind one, most dear one, wish-fulfilling one,

How are you? I hope you are well. I am sorry your arm is broken; I will pray for you.

Your breaking your arm is to remind you of the shortcomings of being in samsara – it is exactly like a teaching that you must be free from samsara, liberated from samsara. It is another form of teaching. It is like the guru explaining suffering; it is like the guru reminding you of the suffering of samsara.

It is said in the Kadampa teachings [by Geshe Kharag Gomchung] that:

Bad conditions – these are the guru explaining the nature of samsara and how you need to be free.
The obstacles are persuading you to create virtue.
Sicknesses and spirit possession are the broom cleaning away negative karma.
Suffering is the manifestation of emptiness.

Thank you very much! Take care of your life with bodhichitta, to make it the most beneficial for sentient beings. Even if you have only an hour to live or one day to live, make it the most beneficial for sentient beings.

Thank you very much, I hope to see you soon!

With much love and prayers,

Lama Zopa

Scribed by Ven. Holly Ansett, Sera Je, India, January 2016. Edited for inclusion on FPMT.org.

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Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March 2016. Photo by Ven. Losang Sherab.
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