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Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
« on: April 22, 2010, 07:58:01 am »

Better known as FPMT, this Geluk group is world-wide, with online Dharma teachings; monasteries with their own monks & nuns; Dharma text publishing etcetera.  Simply a great organization!

http://www.fpmt.org/
The bodhi resolve is like empty space, this because its marvelous qualities are boundlessly vast.  Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 39

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Re: Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2010, 10:36:22 am »

Better known as FPMT, this Geluk group is world-wide, with online Dharma teachings; monasteries with their own monks & nuns; Dharma text publishing etcetera.  Simply a great organization!

http://www.fpmt.org/


I find some of their texts useful.

I also admired Lama Yeshe's adherence to lineage practices which I hope the FPMT members continue to honour through samaya with him.

Yeshe means 'internal wisdom'.

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Re: Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2010, 08:33:34 pm »
I am looking into online or home-based study through the FPMT. There is also a center a little under 3 hours from me. So, maybe an opportunity to connect with some teachings every so often. There are a number of other options at home or between 2.5 and 3.5 hours away that I might utilize as well. Not to sound cliched, but after a lot of research I have a real positive feeling about the FPMT. Is there anyone else in the forum that is studying with the FPMT?

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Re: Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2010, 07:45:30 am »
Both at the FPMT site and one of its sub-sites, the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archives are many fine teachings.  Here is a lamrim talk by the late Geshe Rabten:  

http://www.fpmt.org/teachings/more/lib_intro_rabten.asp
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The bodhi resolve is like empty space, this because its marvelous qualities are boundlessly vast.  Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 39

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Re: Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2010, 09:30:59 am »
Both at the FPMT site and one of its sub-sites, the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archives are many fine teachings.  Here is a lamrim talk by the late Geshe Rabten:  http://www.fpmt.org/teachings/more/lib_intro_rabten.asp

Yes, I have found this to be an invaluable resource.  Lots of great advice and access to many teachings. I have a few of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa's books. Lama Zopa Rinpoche will be leading his 'Light of the Path' retreat right here in my home state this fall. I really would like to attend, but I don't think it is currently possible considering my current resources, commitments, and time constraints. And, I am not sure that I am ready yet. So, hopefully next year.  :bigtears:

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Re: Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2010, 07:56:01 am »
 :r4wheel: I'm a little late to this discussion.  I am studying with FPMT through the online program.  In August I'll be traveling to an FPMT dharma center for a work/study retreat.

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Re: Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2010, 01:36:21 pm »
:r4wheel: I'm a little late to this discussion.  I am studying with FPMT through the online program.  In August I'll be traveling to an FPMT dharma center for a work/study retreat.

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Re: Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2010, 07:36:56 pm »
:r4wheel: I'm a little late to this discussion.  I am studying with FPMT through the online program.  In August I'll be traveling to an FPMT dharma center for a work/study retreat.
Hello, inkpeninmd a large part of my study is through FPMT online too. Perhaps we could compare notes/views some time. Feel free to drop a line anytime.
with peace and loving kindness,
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Re: Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2010, 06:56:32 pm »
:r4wheel: I'm a little late to this discussion.  I am studying with FPMT through the online program.  In August I'll be traveling to an FPMT dharma center for a work/study retreat.
Hello, inkpeninmd a large part of my study is through FPMT online too. Perhaps we could compare notes/views some time. Feel free to drop a line anytime.
with peace and loving kindness,
Shaun
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Hi Shaun,
Sorry for the long delay.  I've been back about two weeks now, from Milarepa Center.  I attended teachings by Lama Choden Rinpoche and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.  It was an amazing experience. 

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Re: Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2010, 08:24:29 pm »
:r4wheel: I'm a little late to this discussion.  I am studying with FPMT through the online program.  In August I'll be traveling to an FPMT dharma center for a work/study retreat.
Hello, inkpeninmd a large part of my study is through FPMT online too. Perhaps we could compare notes/views some time. Feel free to drop a line anytime.
with peace and loving kindness,
Shaun
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Hi Shaun,
Sorry for the long delay.  I've been back about two weeks now, from Milarepa Center.  I attended teachings by Lama Choden Rinpoche and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.  It was an amazing experience. 

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Hi, g or inkpeninmd. Whichever you prefer to be known by. We all can rejoice in your amazing experience. I just missed LZR. I recently made a personal commitment in joining the Kadampa Center in Raleigh, NC (about 2.5 - 3 hours drive). Every few weeks or so I go for teachings/study. Lama Zopa recently gave teachings there on the Shakyamuni Buddha Mantra and the Four Immeasurables before the Light of the Path retreat.I was all set to go, but my family and myself were all quit ill and I felt that it would probably be of more benefit to remain home to care for them. I am so amazed by all the goings on at the center, the diversity of practitioners, the programs, and community outreach are immense. I have been drawn to the FPMT since the beginning and words can't express how fortunate anyone who can be involved at any level must feel.
With Peace and Loving Kindness.
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Re: Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
« Reply #10 on: October 03, 2010, 01:31:10 am »

Better known as FPMT, this Geluk group is world-wide, with online Dharma teachings; monasteries with their own monks & nuns; Dharma text publishing etcetera.  Simply a great organization!

http://www.fpmt.org/


There are many outstanding organizations and Lamas helping to spread Dharma throughout the world and from reading the FPMT website I got a feeling of great sincerity and accomplishment.Thank you for the link.

Not only is there a committment to providing dharma teachings but there is a lot of emphasis on charitable works - health care clinics in India and Tibet, hospices for the dying, animal shelters and schools and education programs based on spiritual values. There is even a fund whereby all the monks at Sera Monastery are provided with healthy and nutritional food. As an example of dharma in action it is really inspiring and it's obvious the vision and motivation of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa is very pure and unusually expansive. What an amazing example for all of us.




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Re: Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
« Reply #11 on: October 03, 2010, 10:54:43 am »
IF a Buddhist organization had NO involvement in charitable works or at least isn't directly rooted in its surrounding community, I'd run the other way.  I'd be wondering what the organization is for.  Even smaller translation groups are intricately tied into their communities, even if they're not very large orgs.  Buddhism heart I think is: Anything beneficial to others is worth undertaking, and that which does not benefit others is not worth undertaking. 

Clearly, Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa's vision was both ambitious and very beneficial, so as they say, the proof is in the pudding.   We should thank such visionaries for their kindness.

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Re: Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2010, 08:28:23 am »
I'm a student in the Masters Program at Institute Lama TSongkhapa in Italy, an FPMT center. It offers, for the first time ever, an opportunity for mere women to study the five great texts studied at the major Gelug monasteries.  Furthermore -- there's an on line version. So while it is in Italy, I am in America.  This program is very challenging, very traditional.   Just what I wanted.
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