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Offer ALL the Lights
“If we want to develop Dharma wisdom, then offer light.”

So said Lama Zopa Rinpoche during a teaching in Singapore in 2013. What are the results of offering lights? Rinpoche explained, “It is mentioned that if we make offerings of light or incense, do prostrations and so forth, we collect numberless great merits … By making light offerings, you are able to dispel the darkness of ignorance and achieve wisdom. By offering light, you are never in darkness while you are circling in samsara. There will always be light. And offering light just one time to Buddha creates the karma to have great wealth for many hundreds or thousands of lifetimes … [We also attain] a higher rebirth, in a pure land. We quickly achieve nirvana, and not only nirvana but also the great nirvana, enlightenment. These are the benefits of offering light.”

Rinpoche also made clear that all lights can be offered. “Many people might think if you are offering light, it should be just a butter lamp, a candle or an oil lamp. Thinking that you can’t offer the other lights in the house, for example, electric lights, is a very limited idea. Thinking that you can only offer candles is wrong. Whatever light is more clear and dispels darkness, that is the better light, so you can offer all the lights in the house.”

Read Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teaching on light offerings in The Benefits of Making Offerings in the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive:
http://www.lamayeshe.com/article/benefits-making-offerings


Learn more about how to make light offerings and other offerings in the book Extensive Offering Practices by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, available in The Foundation Store:
http://shop.fpmt.org/Extensive-Offering-Practices_p_9.html


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/offer-all-the-lights/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Boudhanath Stupa, Nepal, December, 2016. Photo by Ven. Losang Sherab.
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Tushita Mahaya Mediation Centre Hosts His Holiness at 21st Dharma Celebration
On December 11, 2016, Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre hosted a public talk with His Holiness the Dalai Lama during its 21st annual Dharma Celebration at the Hotel Ashok in New Delhi, India. Director Prof. Renuka Singh shares highlights from the event:

His Holiness very graciously agreed to give a public lecture in English on the theme of “Compassion and Secular Ethics in the World Today.” FPMT founder Lama Yeshe and FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche had initiated the Dharma Celebrations in Delhi, the first one held in 1981 at the same venue. His Holiness gave us two precious hours. We had over 1,500 attendees and were sorry that many people who arrived late or without an invitation card could not gain entry as the security was very stringent. Different groups of Indians, Tibetans and foreigners comprised our audience. Many high lamas and Sangha, important diplomats and bureaucrats, businessmen, academics, professionals, and students enjoyed and benefited from the talk.

Before the talk, Ven. Kabir Saxena, director of Maitreya Buddha Project Kushinagar, made a Powerpoint presentation on the project. In a private audience, His Holiness met with Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the project trustees, advising them to ensure the project becomes a vibrant center of Buddhist study and learning.

The welcome speech was given by the director, Prof. Renuka Singh, before His Holiness released two books on Guru Padmasambhava and Acharya Nagarjuna published by Wisdom Tree. It was unfortunate, Renuka asserted, that the Indian government, because of politics, was not taking advantage of His Holiness’s expertise in the formation and establishment of Nalanda University in Bihar today. She urged the authorities to give some thought to it.

His Holiness highlighted the facts that mentally, physically, and emotionally we are all the same. His discussions with the scientists over the last thirty years, especially in the context of destructive and positive emotions, reveal the fundamental compassionate nature of human beings. We are also social animals, so considering others as “us” and “them” prompts division and conflict that needs to be rectified.

After the suffering that marked the 20th century, His Holiness continued, we should make efforts not to repeat it. Money and military power won’t help. What is required of us is that we show affection to each other. Inter-religious harmony is His Holiness’s second commitment. He expressed regret that today traditions intended to be a source of tolerance and forgiveness have become grounds for conflict and killing. He also mentioned that just as Buddha taught differently according to his listeners’ interest, their capacity, and conditions, so a multitude of other religions have come about at different historical junctures.

Even though His Holiness gave up his formal political role in 2011, as a Tibetan, he remains committed to the protection of the natural environment of Tibet and the preservation of the Tibetan language and culture. This culture is rooted in the Nalanda tradition of Buddhism that entails rigorous study and practice. He was heading towards South India to distribute the Geshema degrees to a group of nuns who had completed their Buddhist Studies–a significant achievement for the ordained nuns.

His Holiness also alluded to a reassessment of the contents of the Kangyur and Tengyur in terms of science, philosophy, and religion. His Holiness also spent half an hour answering several questions pertaining to “abundance,” different dimensions of reality, the way to make children more compassionate through education, and finally to having the desire of living an ordinary life.  He recounted that once he was in retreat at the Potala Palace in the presence of the regent. In the evening, when the regent would fall asleep, His Holiness would hear the laughter and singing of children below the palace as they were returning home from grazing their animals. He momentarily wished to be like them. However, he later realized that his position as the Dalai Lama enabled him to benefit and serve Dharma and all sentient beings.

At the end, Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave heartfelt thanks to His Holiness and everyone who helped to make this event a success and presented a Dharmachakra to His Holiness. It was indeed a beautiful and meaningful celebration of Dharma, followed by tea. Buddhism has crossed bridges from century to century, decade to decade and has succeeded in changing the weltanschauung of people globally. 

Finally, I thank all our sponsors, members of Tushita and our spiritual program coordinator Ven. Gyalten Samten for their contribution and effort that made this Dharma Celebration a great success.

Supporting His Holiness the Dalai Lama is one of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for FPMT: http://fpmt.org/fpmt/vast-vision/#hhdl

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http://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/tushita-mahaya-mediation-centre-hosts-his-holiness-at-21st-dharma-celebration/

Caption: His Holiness the Dalai Lama giving a public talk at the 21st annual Dharma Celebration, New Delhi, India, December 2016. Photo by Subhash.
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'We Must Respect Other Religions'
“[It would be good] for the centers to arrange regular interfaith dialogues with religious leaders in their local community,” encouraged Lama Zopa Rinpoche when he developed his Vast Visions for FPMT, noting that this is one way FPMT can offer service to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and support his aims.

One the subject of other religions, Rinpoche wrote in a letter to a student in 2013, “As His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, all religions that have conduct and views as their main instruction are telling people to have a good heart and love and compassion for the living beings. That is the main focus, and it is the same for many religions. So the conclusion is the same, to generate loving kindness and compassion to others, to not harm and to benefit others. It’s the same in Buddhism and the other major religions … I want to say the most important thing is to develop compassion for all living beings.”

Elsewhere, Rinpoche has explained, “There are many religions in the world, such as Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and so forth. These different religions are needed. It’s like having different clothes or different kinds of food in a restaurant; we need variety for different people. Christianity is needed for people who have the karma to devote themselves to Christianity and Hinduism is needed for those who have the karma to devote themselves to Hinduism and so forth. We must respect other religions … because many people in the world need Christianity and the other religions for their happiness. Therefore we must respect that.”

While we need to have deep respect for all religions, Buddhism—since we have the karma for it—is still tremendously precious. On the subject of Buddhist practice, Lama Zopa Rinpoche explained in 2012, “From the three principal aspects of the path to enlightenment we can realize all the paths of Buddhism. We can achieve not only temporary happiness but also the happiness of future lives and ultimate happiness: liberation from samsara and full enlightenment. We are so lucky that we have met these teachings.”

Read more about Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s vast visions for FPMT at:
http://fpmt.org/fpmt/vast-vision/

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-vast-visions-interfaith-dialogue/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche meets some new friends in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on his way to Nepal, November 2016. Photo by Ven. Losang Sherab.
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Rejoice!
Should we be happy?  

In a letter to a student, Lama Zopa Rinpoche once wrote,” I think the most important thing is that you’re happy …  I’m talking about the happiness that you can develop from life to life, up to enlightenment. This happiness can be completed; it is so meaningful. Whatever you do in the world, this is the essence. This happiness is Dharma.”

In his book The Heart of the Path: Seeing the Guru as Buddha, Lama Zopa Rinpoche explains one reason to be happy: that we have genuine teachers to guide us. “Even though we may not recognize it, all our happiness comes from our gurus. Every single good thing—past, present, and future—comes from our gurus. There is no doubt that the more we learn and practice Dharma, the more we develop our compassion and our wisdom and the more we are able to benefit other sentient beings. We are able to bring deeper and deeper benefit to others. All this comes from the kindness of the guru.”  

He adds, “In this life, we can not only achieve any happiness we want—the happiness of future lives, liberation from samsara, and enlightenment—but we can achieve all of these three great meanings in each second. For example, if even without bodhichitta motivation we circumambulate or make offerings or prostrate to a statue, stupa, or scripture of Buddha, just through the power of the holy object we create the cause of enlightenment and, by the way, liberation from samsara and all the happiness of future lives. All this comes about through the kindness of the guru.”

“Without our gurus,” Rinpoche concludes, “there is no way that we could even leave an imprint on our mind by hearing the words of Dharma let alone meditate on the path to enlightenment or attain realizations. Not everyone has this chance—in fact, only a very small number do … Even though we might not now be able to attain realizations, sooner or later, because of the imprints, we will be able to have complete understanding of the words and their meaning and be able to actualize the path. Through this, we will then achieve enlightenment.” Isn’t that a reason to be happy?

A happy new year of joy and rejoicing to all!

Get the e-book or a print copy of The Heart of the Path: Seeing the Guru as Buddha from the Foundation Store and support FPMT International Office: 
http://shop.fpmt.org/Heart-of-the-Path-eBook_p_2360.html

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.


https://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/rejoice-2/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinoche enjoying himself at a restaurant, Washington State, USA, September 2016. Photo by Ven. Losang Sherab.
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‘You Can’t Really See What Is Going to Happen to You’
When he visited New York this past summer, Lama Zopa Rinpoche encountered a skeleton. To benefit the person whose the skeleton it had been, he offered blessings and mantras (see video below). The skeleton, he pointed out, should remind everyone of the inescapability of impermanence and death.

“It’s not certain which will come first—tomorrow or the next life,” Rinpoche says in his book Kadampa Teachings, quoting from Shantideva’s A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, explaining that, “rather than working for tomorrow, it is better to work for the next life.” He adds, “Tomorrow is uncertain, but our next life will definitely happen, and it could happen at any time. Therefore, we should work for the happiness of that future life. This is why it’s so important to practice Dharma.”

“You can’t just relax, saying ‘I’m not going to die today,’” he comments, quoting again from A Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life. “You can’t sign a guarantee that you’re not going to die today. You can’t really see what is going to happen to you, not even in the next hour or the next minute. It’s totally dark. Since you can’t see what’s going to happen, how could you guarantee that you’re not going to die today? The thought that you’re going to live for a long time continues even to the day of your death … It’s not true, and it cheats you.”

Watch Lama Zopa Rinpoche reciting mantras to the skeleton on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/y1hKN9VioaQ


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1hKN9VioaQ
Read more from Kadampa Teachings on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive:
http://www.lamayeshe.com/article/chapter/kadampa-teachings

Get the e-book or a print copy of Kadampa Teachings from the Foundation Store and support FPMT International Office: 
http://shop.fpmt.org/Kadampa-Teachings–Hard-Copy_p_1283.html

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/you-cant-really-see-what-is-going-to-happen-to-you/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche recites mantras to bless a skeleton, New York, USA, August 2016
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Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Schedule
MongoliaGolden Light Sutra Center, Darkhan
May 7 Public talk – “Change of mind brings Change of Life”

Ganden Do Ngag Shedrup Ling, Ulaanbaatar
May 11- 13 Great Chenresig initiation


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Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Schedule
RussiaHosted by Telo Rinpoche, Elista
May 20 – 21 Teaching on Lama Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment
May 23  Vajrasattva initiation
May 24 Amitayus long life initiation

Ganden Tendar Ling, Moscow
May 27 Teaching on How to Prepare for Death
May 28, 29, 30 Teaching on the Kadampa Masters
May 31 Teaching about Caring for Animals
June 1 – 3  Medicine Buddha initiation


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How to Bless Animals [Video]
How many ways are there to benefit other living beings? 

At Buddha Amitabha Pure Land (BAPL) in Washington State, USA, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, resident Sangha, and visiting students take many measures to benefit the living beings—animals, insects, snakes, birds, and fish—who share the land and water there.

Rinpoche is always thinking of new ways to spread blessings, take away suffering, and help even the smallest creatures. These include the recitation of mantras, sutras, and prayers, as well as other activities. Many of these are described by Ven. Tharchin, a resident of BAPL, in a 25-minute YouTube video on FPMT’s YouTube channel (see below).

According to Rinpoche in his book Liberating Animals from the Danger of Death, sentient beings can experience purification of their karma and avoid the lower realms in the future as a result of such practices. Rinpoche says: “When the Buddha gave teachings to 500 swans in a field, in their next life they were born as human beings. They became monks and all became arya beings, able to achieve the cessation of suffering and the true path. So the result is unbelievable, just by hearing Dharma words.”

Watch Ven. Tharchin, a resident of Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, explain the many measures that are taken there to benefit living beings:
https://youtu.be/aqORZkZoAqQ

 

Benefiting animals is one of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Vast Visions for FPMT:
http://fpmt.org/fpmt/vast-vision/#animals

For more about FPMT’s activities to benefit animals see:
https://fpmt.org/tag/animals/

Get Liberating Animals from the Danger of Death as an e-book or in a print copy from the Foundation Store and support FPMT International Office: 
http://shop.fpmt.org/Liberating-Animals-eBook_p_2334.html.

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-bless-animals-video/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Sangha offering incense to benefit beings at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington State, USA, November 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
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Blessing the Atlantic Ocean with Namgyalma
When Lama Zopa Rinpoche was in New York this past summer, he took the time to go out onto the Atlantic to bless the ocean. A kind friend offered his boat for a ride, and amid rough waves, Rinpoche and a few supporters took to the water. While some on the boat got seasick, Rinpoche did not.

Rinpoche poured blessed water from a Guru Rinpoche holy place in Bhutan into the ocean and held a mantra wheel filled with mantras on microfilm out over the ocean to help purify the negative karma of beings living in the water. As well, Namgyalma mantras were placed on the surface; some floated and some sank. The Namgyalma mantras had been prepared under Rinpoche’s instructions, and each has mantras in Tibetan on one side, while the other side has a description in English of what the mantras are so that anyone finding them does not throw them away. They are laminated in plastic to withstand the water. Once in the ocean, the mantras continually bless all the living beings that come into contact with the water.

What are the benefits of the Namgyalma mantra? Says Lama Zopa Rinpoche: “There are unbelievable, unbelievable benefits to this mantra.” He explains, “Namgyalma is a deity for long life and purification. The mantra has infinite benefits; it is so powerful. It is said that for anyone who hears this mantra, this will be the last time that person is born in the womb. If animals hear it, they will not be reborn in the lower realms ….” Wind or water that touch the mantra, he says, will bless and purify sentient beings.

Watch Lama Zopa Rinpoche describe the motivation for blessing beings in the ocean and the ways of blessing them on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/vex–9nBBBY


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vex–9nBBBY
Read more about Lama Zopa Rinpoche blessing living beings around the world with the Namgyalma mantra:
https://fpmt.org/tag/namgyalma-mantra/

Watch a short video about the benefits of the Namgyalma mantra:
http://fpmt.org/mandala-today/the-benefits-of-the-namgyalma-mantra-video/

Or, read an article about the benefits of the Namgyalma mantra:
http://fpmt.org/mandala/archives/mandala-issues-for-2008/august/the-benefits-of-namgyalma-mantra/

For more about FPMT’s activities to benefit animals see:
https://fpmt.org/tag/animals/

Get Liberating Animals from the Danger of Death as an e-book or in a print copy from the Foundation Store and support FPMT International Office: 
http://shop.fpmt.org/Liberating-Animals-eBook_p_2334.html.

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.


https://fpmt.org/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news-and-advice/lama-zopa-rinpoche-news/blessing-the-atlantic-ocean-with-namgyalma/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche pours blessed water into the Atlantic Ocean off New York, USA, August 2016. Ven. Sangpo is holding a laminated Namgyalma mantra in his hand in preparation for putting it into the ocean. Photo by Ven. Losang Sherab.
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How to Benefit Insects and Other Small Beings [Video]
A student wrote to Lama Zopa Rinpoche in October 2016 to ask what to do when finding dead insects. Rinpoche responded from Buddha Amitabha Pure Land in Washington State, taking the opportunity not only to give advice but to describe in detail how he and Sangha members work to benefit insects, birds, and other small animals there.

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

Thank you for your kind email. With respect to dead insects, the main thing you can do to benefit them is to recite the mantra of Compassion Buddha (OM MANI PADME HUM), Stainless Pinnacle mantra, Stainless Lotus Pinnacle mantra, the short Namgyalma mantra, and the Five Powerful Deities mantras.

After reciting a few times—or it can be fifteen times, twenty times, or one mala of each mantra, whatever you can—blow over the dead body of the insect to purify its negative karma and obscurations collected since beginningless rebirths. Then, visualize that it generates into the deity of the mantra you recited.

Of course to begin with, first generate a bodhichitta motivation to free numberless sentient beings from the oceans of samsaric suffering and to bring them to full enlightenment, especially these insects, these dead animals, who are my mother sentient beings, from whom I have received all my happiness, and not only today’s happiness, but next life’s happiness and ultimate happiness—enlightenment. It is received from each of them and they have all been my mother and kind to me since beginningless time.

After the mantra recitation and blowing on the insects and visualizing them as the deity, then dedicate: “Due to all the merit created in the three times by me, by sentient beings and numberless buddhas, may bodhichitta be generated in the hearts of all the six realm sentient beings, then the sentient beings in this world, particularly the students of FPMT and benefactors. May everyone who sees me, touches me, remembers me, thinks about me, talks to me, hears my voice, sees me or my photo, dreams of me, helps me or harms me, dislikes me or likes me, praises me or criticizes me, including my friends and family, never ever be reborn in the lower realms. May they be reborn in a pure land, where they will be enlightened or receive a perfect human body, meet the Mahayana teachings, and meet a perfectly qualified Mahayana guru who reveals the unmistaken path to enlightenment. And, by pleasing the holy mind of the virtuous friend, may they achieve enlightenment as quickly as possible.

“Due to all the merit created in the three times by me, by sentient beings and numberless buddhas, may each animal or insect be reborn in a pure land where it can be enlightened, or at least have a perfect human rebirth and meet the pure Mahayana teachings and a perfect guru who reveals the unmistaken path to enlightenment. And, by pleasing most the holy mind of the guru, may it achieve enlightenment as quickly as possible.

“Due to all the merit created in the three times by me, by sentient beings and numberless buddhas, who do not exist from their own side, may the I, which does not exist from its own side, achieve buddhahood—peerless happiness, which does not exist from its own side, which is empty—and then lead all sentient beings, who do not exist from their own side, to that buddhahood, which does not exist from its own side, by myself alone, who does not exist from its own side.”

For any prayer, sadhana, or mantras that you do in your daily life, as commitments or practices, you can keep a bottle of water next to you. After each recitation, blow into the bottle of water. When you see a living or dead insect or animal, you can sprinkle the blessed water on it. A monk in Washington has been doing this every day. When he does his prayers, after each mala of mantras, he blows in a bottle of water and mixes this water with tsampa (roasted flour), sugar, butter, and blessed pills (mani pills) from His Holiness the Dalai Lama, which are crushed very well. All this is mixed as a dry fine powder. Then, he goes to about twenty different ants’ nests around the retreat land and he does the practice of charity to ants by sprinkling this mixture on the ants’ nests while reciting mantras, in this way benefiting the ants. After one week all the tsampa has been eaten by the ants. This practice started a few years ago when I found two ants’ nests on the retreat land in Washington and I did this practice for them. Now it is being done every week.

In addition to this, every week worms are bought. These are worms that otherwise would be used as bait for fishing. The mantra water is also sprinkled on them and then they are taken around many holy objects, mantras are recited, and then they are released into the garden. Each week about 1,300 worms are liberated like this. [Read about the Animal Liberation Fund.]In the past we collected all the dead insects around the house, dead moths and bugs, and we even asked the neighbors to also collect all their dead insects and to give them to us. We put all the dead insects on a cloth above a bucket and then poured the mantra water over the insects (so they would stay on the cloth as the water drained through it, blessing their bodies). Also, we would recite different mantras: the Compassion Buddha mantra (OM MANI PADME HUM), the Stainless Pinnacle mantra, the Stainless Lotus Pinnacle mantra, the short Namgyalma mantra, and the Five Powerful Deities mantras. You can do the Vajrayogini mantra if you are practicing that. Normally, it is the Five Powerful Deity mantras—these mantras are extremely powerful—and also the Mitrugpa mantra. However, the main one is Compassion Buddha mantra, the mantra of Chenrezig.

So, do the purification like that. You can collect the dead animals and when you have quite a lot collected, you can do this, blessing them with the mantra water that you have already created from the mantras that you recite every day. As you pour, the water purifies all their negative karmas collected from beginningless rebirths. At the end, think that they are purified and all become the deity. After that you can put the blessed dead insects in the ocean or river, but you can’t throw them in the garbage after you have visualized them as the deity. Or, you can put them in the nighttime soup! I’m joking.

Any insects we find in the house, dead or alive, we use the animal liberation catchers to pick them up. As the insect goes inside the little box, because there are Namgyalma mantras on the tops, as the insect goes under that, however long they are there, they are always getting purified. On each of the small boxes are mantras that bless the insect while it is inside and also words, what to think and what the animals are saying, etc. The box also has other mantras on it so that when the insect goes under these mantras, 100,000 eons of negative karma are purified.

If an insect is still alive in the container, you can also take it around a stupa. Stupas have the Four Dharmakaya Relic mantras. Usually they are written on gold on the life tree, as well as rolled around it. The stupas in FPMT have many, many of the Four Dharmakaya Relic mantras inside.

If a stupa has even just one copy of the Four Dharmakaya Relic mantras in it, or even just a single mantra, every atom of the stupa has great power, and insects that land on the stupa will be purified. If they even brush against the stupa, their negative karma will be purified. When rain comes down and touches the stupa, if that rain touches any insect on the ground or anywhere else, it purifies the insects. Even wind that has touched the stupa blesses any living being that it touches. After wind has touched the stupa, any human being or animal touched by that wind is purified. And any dust that touches the stupa purifies human beings or animals who touch it.

There are incredible benefits of the Four Dharmakaya Relic mantras [read “The Four Dharmakaya Relic Mantras and Their Benefits”]. One of the mantras is the Secret Relic mantra. Even if there is only one of these mantras in a stupa, if you go around that stupa just one time, it purifies all your negative karma completely, even the heavy negative karma to be reborn in the eight hot hells, which are 1) Being Alive Again and Again, 2) Black Line, 3) Gathered and Crushed, 4) Crying, 5) Great Crying, 6) Hot, 7) Extremely Hot, and then 8) the Unbearable Inexhaustible Hot Hell, where if you are born there, it is for one intermediate eon. Even if this world becomes empty, but your karma is not finished, you are reborn in other universes’ inexhaustible hell realms. This continues until your karma finishes.

But by going around the stupa one time, it completely purifies all that, and you don’t have to be reborn in the eight hot hell realms. Not only that, your life continually, without break, will go toward enlightenment. And not returning to the lower realms also will help you to be born in a pure land.

There are so many incredible, unbelievable, unbelievable benefits, just from this one mantra. Here I am just talking about the essence of just one mantra, but there is also one mantra called Ornaments of Enlightenment. If you put even one of those mantras inside a stupa, you collect the same merit as having built 100,000 stupas. This is just the very basic essence of this mantra’s benefits, which are so vast. This mantra also purifies the negative karma of having killed one’s father or mother, killed an arhat, caused blood to flow from a buddha, or created disunity among the Sangha: those very heavy negative karmas that, if you have created them, you will have to experience the karma without a break. All these negative karmas get purified.

It is so, so, so unbelievable, the karma of circumambulating a stupa or statue that has the Four Dharmakaya Relic mantras inside. These are just some of the benefits of some of the mantras, but there are far more benefits that also come from other mantras: the Stainless Lotus Pinnacle mantra, Stainless Pinnacle mantra, Stainless Beam mantra, and the Ornament of Enlightenment mantra. One of the benefits of the Ornament of Enlightenment mantra is that by putting this mantra inside a stupa, you get the same merit as having built 100,000 stupas.

These are the unbelievable, unbelievable benefits that you are giving to animals and insects by taking them around a stupa that has the Four Dharmakaya Relic mantras inside. And, along the way, you also get unbelievable benefits!

If you have a stupa in your home, when guests come over to visit you, you can also take them around the stupa, if that is practical. Or if you offer them a drink, as you do so you can carry the drink around the stupa. They will follow you and in this way circumambulate. Or, while you are conversing, you can be walking around the stupa. This is a way to create an opportunity for those who don’t believe in stupas to circumambulate them.

Of course, as I have already mentioned, any live insects you find in the house, you can put in a container and take around the stupa, like ants, bugs, moths, etc. And however many holy objects that are in the stupa, for example, if there are one billion holy objects in it, then if you have a bag with 1,000 crickets in it (sometimes you can get this from a pet store as they feed these to other animals), by taking the bag around the stupa, you help to create the cause of enlightenment one billion times.

So I just wanted to mention some ways you can help sentient beings. There are so many ways and it is so incredibly enjoyable. If you can, from time to time buy bait worms from the market. Buy whatever you can get, even two or three boxes, and then take them around a stupa, bless them with mantra water, and then release them in your garden.

Here in Washington, since we have to go to the shops regularly, I thought that each time we went shopping we could buy a box of worms. Then I could take them around our altars that have so many tsa-tsas, texts, statues, etc. Last time we went shopping, I did this. I bought ten boxes and I carried them around the holy objects, and then the monks here took them around as well.

I also wanted to mention some other ways we are trying to help the animals in Washington, just to give you an idea. Here in Washington we have a birdbath. One of the monks here puts water in it that has been blessed by the Padmasambhava mantra. By drinking that water, birds create the cause to achieve enlightenment in one lifetime. It is a very blessed mantra. We do this by putting the mantra that is on glass inside a jug of water, then that water is poured from the jug into the birdbath. We don’t put the mantra inside the birdbath so that the birds don’t sit on top of it and create negative karma; instead, we put the mantra in a jug, fill it with water, and pour from the jug. In addition, we add water that has already been blessed by mantras as I mentioned above. In this way, when the birds drink or bathe, the water benefits them and helps them to quickly achieve enlightenment.

In addition to the blessed water, the monk adds to the birdbath very finely powdered mani pills that have been blessed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and thousands of monks. These pills are crushed and mixed with the water for the birds. In addition, we have a speaker by the birdbath and bird feeder. The speaker plays 24 hours a day the Golden Light Sutra, Sanghata Sutra, and Vajra Cutter Sutra, as well as different mantras, so that when the birds come, they hear these being recited and this purifies their minds and plants the seeds of enlightenment.

Actually, the birds and animals who get to hear these sutras are more fortunate than even billionaires and millionaires in this world who do not have the fortune to hear these sutras. When the birds drink the water, they are so fortunate, because it purifies them in many ways. This not only stops their thirst, it purifies the minds and negative karma of all those who bathe in the water or eat the seeds in the bird feeder. It purifies so much negative karma. So even the water given to the birds benefits them. On the bird feeder we have put mantras on the roof: the Namgyalma mantra and also the mantras that by seeing and by going under them 100,000 eons of negative karma are purified. Also, they hear the recitation of the sutras and powerful mantras day and night while they eat the seeds. In addition, feeding the birds stops them from having to eat insects and create negative karma that way. [Read “How to Benefit the Bodies and Minds of Birds [Video].”]The other day we went to a large lake and put in the same Padmasambhava mantra. We had it printed on tin and we stuck the tin mantra on plastic so we could place it standing up on the side of the lake in the water, so that animals don’t swim over the top and also so that the mantra is not on the bottom of the lake. We also put Namgyalma mantras into the water. They are laminated and then put inside hard plastic, so they float and are kept dry and the mantra protected. The mantra floats, so we put a few on the surface of the lake. Unless people find them and throw them away, they should bring benefit for a long time. Having the Namgyalma mantra in the water blesses all the fish and other sentient beings. It purifies their negative karma and if they die, they get born in a higher realm and hopefully they meet the Dharma. We are hoping to put more of these mantras in different lakes in the surrounding area. [Read “Lama Zopa Rinpoche Blesses Lake-Bound Beings.”]So these practices are different ways you can benefit sentient beings, including insects. This is what makes your life most beneficial, most happy, most meaningful, not only for you but for all sentient beings.

Thank you very, very much for your kindness. So your whole life, up to enlightenment, benefits by relying on Chenrezig and pleasing Chenrezig, this is so important, it’s very good. Thank you.

Of course, as you must do everything, please do whatever you do with strong bodhichitta. Recite each and every mantra for every sentient being, for ALL sentient beings, to purify them from the oceans of suffering and to bring them to Chenrezig’s enlightenment quickly.

With much love and prayers,

Lama Zopa

Transcribed by Ven. Holly Ansett. Edited by Mandala for publication on FPMT.org.

Watch on YouTube as Ven. Tharchin explains one way residents at Buddha Amitabha Pure Land try to prevent harm to living beings, in this case by protecting the ants that cross the road:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAMwkAQSDlI


To learn more about some of the mantras Lama Zopa Rinpoche mentions, please read
Essential Mantras for Holy Objects, available as a PDF:
http://fpmt.org/wp- content/uploads/teachers/zopa/advice/pdf/essentialmantrasholyobjectsbkltjune07lttr.pdf

Read about the benefits of the mantra of the Buddha of Compassion, OM MANI PADME HUM:
http://fpmt.org/education/teachings/lama-zopa-rinpoche/the-benefits-of-chanting-om-mani-padme-hum/

Read more about FPMT’s activities to benefit animals at:
https://fpmt.org/tag/animals/.

Get Liberating Animals from the Danger of Death as an e-book or in a print copy from the Foundation Store and support FPMT International Office: 
http://shop.fpmt.org/Liberating-Animals-eBook_p_2334.html.

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/advice-from-lama-zopa-rinpoche/how-to-benefit-insects-and-other-small-beings/

Caption: Amitabha Buddha Statue with flower offerings, Buddha Amitabha Pure Land, Washington State, USA, October 2016
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Long Life Puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche on January 2, 2017
A long life puja will be offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche on behalf of Sera Je Monastery as requested by Abbot Khen Rinpoche, on the Maitreya Project land in Bodhgaya on January 2, 2017 starting in the afternoon.

You can watch a beautiful video of the 2012 long life puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche offered in Bodhgaya by Sera Je Monastery:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLbfQjE4rRU

Those in Bodhgaya are welcome to attend this long life puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche on the Maitreya Project land. And those unable to attend, please rejoice in the auspicious occasion to ceremoniously gather, pray, and request Rinpoche to live among us for a very long time. 

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/long-life-puja-for-lama-zopa-rinpoche-on-january-2-2017/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche with the new abbot of Sera Je Monastery, Khen Rinpoche.
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Six Syllables of Profound Meaning
While he was in New York this past summer, Lama Zopa Rinpoche took a few minutes to explain the six-syllable mantra AH AAH SHA SA MA HA.

In an informal conversation, Rinpoche held up a card on which he had written this mantra in Tibetan. The front of the card has a cat picture and reads, “I’m the incarnation of all your cats who have died—that’s why OM MANI PADME HUM comes from my mouth!” Rinpoche reads this and then the AH AAH SHA SA MA HA mantra he has inscribed below it, then the inside of the card in which he has written, “It’s all over Solu Khumbu carved on the rocks and it’s called the ‘six syllables of clairvoyance.’ And if you see this mantra, after fifteen days, the heavy negative karmas get purified, so it has a very profound meaning.”

Watch Lama Zopa Rinpoche explain the six-syllable mantra of clairvoyance on YouTube:
https://youtu.be/o11zaq5Q1VY


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o11zaq5Q1VY
The six-syllable mantra, which has also been called the mantra that “just by seeing you become enlightened,” is explained as having the potential to liberate those born in the lower realms and to bless and purify the environment. Lama Zopa Rinpoche advises the following: “Put this mantra in your house where people can see it—in the dining room or kitchen, inside or outside. You can also put it by the road or on signposts. Just by seeing this mantra, sentient beings move closer to enlightenment and their negative karma is purified, even without their knowledge.”

Read more about this mantra on Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive:
http://www.lamayeshe.com/advice/new-mantra-and-its-benefits

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/six-syllables-of-profound-meaning/

Caption: Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching during a picnic in the park, New York, USA, August 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.
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