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Course led by Geshe Lhundrup Sopa at Vajrapani Institute, USA, 1991

Course led by Geshe Lhundrup Sopa at Vajrapani Institute, USA, 1991

STUDY AND MEDITATION

The majority of the FPMT centres are set up around the central activities of study and meditation, providing the means for their students to hear the teachings and meditate upon them.

The Centres offer weekly meditation sessions, weekend courses, and retreats of various lengths. More serious students can enrol in our intensive study programs which are based on the commentaries of Atisha, Tsong Khapa, and other great masters, following a lineage which goes back directly to the Buddha.

Many of the centres have resident Tibetan lamas, and all have qualified students - monks, nuns or lay people - who function as teachers.

MEDITATION RETREAT

Ideally a practitioner would take the time at least once a year for intensive retreat: a week, a month, or longer. Retreat sharpens the clarity of one's mind and strengthens one's compassionate wish to work for others. Many of the centres, especially those in the countryside, have retreat facilities. And centres like O-Sel-Ling in Spain, for example, are set up specifically for retreat and have lamas in residence to guide retreaters.

Rainbow over O.Sel.Ling, Spain, 1989

Rainbow over O.Sel.Ling, Spain, 1989

Mahamudra Centre, New Zealand, 1989

Mahamudra Centre, New Zealand, 1989

Members of Maitreya Instituut, Holland, participating in a ceremony on their land

Members of Maitreya Instituut, Holland, participating in a ceremony on their land

COMMUNITIES

Some of the centres, like Vajrapani in America, Vajra Yogini in France, Lama Tsong Khapa in Italy, Maitreya in Holland and Tara in Australia, have resident communities. Monks, nuns and lay disciples live and practice in these communities and help to provide facilities for people to study and meditate.

Community living is an opportunity to practice intensively among fellow Buddhists and gives the chance to serve the needs of others.

MONASTIC LIFE

There are also communities specifically for monks and nuns. Kopan, Nalanda,and Takden Shedrup Targye Ling for monks, for example, and the Chenrezig Nuns Community and Kachoe Ghakyll Nunnery.

The ordained Sangha have played a crucial part in keeping alive and passing on the lineages of teachings and practice since the time of Buddha himself, so ordination is respected and nurtured among Buddhists.

  PUBLISHING

Publishers such as Wisdom in America and Ediciones Dharma in Spain and others in Germany, Holland, Italy and France translate, edit, publish and distribute Buddhist books to thousands of readers. If you are interested in further reading, please request a list of available books.

SPECIAL PROJECT

A project close to Lama Yeshe's heart was the building of a magnificent statue of Maitreya, the future Buddha, in Bodh Gaya, the place where Shakyamuni Buddha attained Enlightenment. Now in the planning and design stage, the statue will be in a specially created meditation grove. Lama Zopa Rinpoche has dedicated the project to 'bringing peace and harmony to the world'.

 
A paramedic (l) from Maitri Leprosy Centre, India, giving physical therapy to a patient (r).

A paramedic (l) from Maitri Leprosy Centre, India, giving physical therapy
to a patient (r).

HEALTH AND HEALING

The FPMT seeks to integrate the Buddha's teachings with the relief of physical as well as mental suffering. Maitri Leprosy Centre, for example, runs nine clinics for the prevention and treatment of leprosy in the Bodh Gaya region of Bihar, India. Four groups in Australia are working towards creating hospices for the dying; and Land of Medicine Buddha in America has started to operate as a healing Centre using Buddhist purification practices as its basis.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

The work of all the centres is non-profit. Support comes from donations from individual benefactors, rent from accommodation, in-house businesses such as shops, cottage industries such as chocolate-making and flower-selling, and from membership.

Invaluable support for many of the Foundation's projects comes from businesses set up and managed by students, such as Shine in Italy.

The bookshop at Chenresig Institute,
Australia

MANDALA:
JOURNAL OF THE FPMT

The Foundation's Central Office publishes the Mandala magazine six times a year. It provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas among students of the FPMT, encouraging a feeling of international family. To receive Mandala, become a member of any FPMT Centre or subscribe directly :

Details and past issues here:

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  MEMBERSHIP OF THE FPMT

As of 2000, there are more than 110 centres in 26 countries around the world. The Mandala magazine provides a complete and up-to-date listing of all these centres, together with news about their activities. To become a member of the FPMT, you simply join one of these centres.

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