Seven precious objects of a wheel turning king


The long mandala offering includes the seven precious objects of a Chakravartin King. In the Mahayanasutralamkara, Maitreya relates each of the seven branches of enlightenment to a corresponding possession of a King. Keeping these analogies in mind while doing the long mandala offering makes the practice more meaningful. Lama Zopa Rinpooche gave a detailed explanation of the […]

Register for Tibet Lobby Day 2017


With the change of administration, this is a really important year to participate in Tibet Lobby Day. I’ve gone in the past, and it’s definitely worthwhile. It’s helpful for non-Tibetans to show their support for Tibet by attending Lobby Day so our political leadership knows that Tibet matters to us all. On March 27 and 28, 2017, Tibetan-Americans […]

Life Story of the Dalai Lama: a graphic novel


Man of Peace: The Illustrated Life Story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet Hardcover – December 13, 2016 by William Meyers (Author), Robert Thurman (Author), Michael G. Burbank (Author) Why the “life story” of the Dalai Lama? It is a story of one man taking on an empire, calling for truth, peace, and justice for his Tibetan people. Here, in full color for […]

Stars at Dawn by Wendy Garling


I was fortunate to meet Wendy Garling at Sera Mey monastery last year. We stayed at Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche’s khangtsen along with several other friends and enjoyed attending His Holiness’s teachings together. Her new book, Stars at Dawn: stories of the women in the Buddha’s life, was recently published by Shambhala Publications. Description (Shambhala) In […]

Whether or not we eat animals is in our hands


While I was in hospital in Australia, I saw on TV that Australia was selling huge numbers of sheep and cows to Indonesia. They showed sheep all lined up, so tiny, going to the slaughterhouse. There was the shot of a cow with a rope tied around its horns being pulled down from the platform […]

Study Madhyamika beginning April 2017


FPMT’s Instituto Lama Tzong Khapa is offering the 7-year Masters Program both online and at the Center in Pomaia, Italy. Currently, we are studying the Ornament of Clear Realization with Geshe Tenzin Tenphel. If you are interested in an in-depth study of emptiness through a careful reading of Chandrakirti’s the Supplement to the ‘Middle Way’ (Madhyamakavatara), […]