More about Ecie Hursthouse

Ecie Hursthouse is the Director of our sister FPMT Center in New Zealand, Amitabha Hospice Center ( Ecie was recently in a catastrophic car accident.

The Spiritual Director of FPMT, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, is requesting every FPMT Center to recite the Vajra Cutter Sutra 110 times. The specific dedication is:

“For Ecie Hursthouse, if it is beneficial and there is karma for her quick recovery, and for her to live in bodhichitta and actualize enlightenment as quickly as possible. If not, for her to have a peaceful death and be reborn in the pureland and to achieve enlightenment as quickly as possible, or  to receive a perfect human rebirth, meet a perfectly qualified Mahayana virtuous friend, be able to practice the Mahayana path and to become enlightened as quickly as possible.”

Ecie Hursthouse is a long long long time student of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Due to her devotion and extremely good heart she got the idea to open the Amitabha Hospice service, which provides free practical help and companionship by specially trained volunteers for those with progressive degenerative conditions and terminal illness.  Please visit their website for more information.

All of this is due to Ecie Hursthouse’s devotion to our Guru, and due to her unbelievably good heart and strong perseverance to alleviate suffering of others.  It’s an honor to be able to help to repay her kindness to serving sentient beings so selflessly like she has done, and to her deep deep devotion to Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche.  I’ve often thought that Amitabha Hospice Center is a perfect model and that we should strive to open a similar center in the D.C. area.

Ecie deserves all this love and prayers from us so much. Please send an email to Lorne Ladner with the number of recitations that you complete on Ecie’s behalf (  The Diamond Cutter Sutra is downloadable in various languages from http://www.fpmt. org/teachers/zopa/advice/vajracuttersutra.asp

–  Posted by: Terry Ladner


3 thoughts on “More about Ecie Hursthouse

  1. UPDATE: We have just received an email from Lorne Ladner letting us know that 43 recitations have been done so far. We would like to thank everyone who has participated so far, and encourage everyone to continue to recite the Diamond Cutter Sutra on behalf of Ecie.

    Ecie’s family is maintaining a detailed blog about her recovery here:

  2. A Message from Ecie:

    Dear fellow brothers and sisters,

    Thank you so much for saving my life when I had the nearly fatal car accident on Jan 21, 2008.
    I heard that hundreds of people, many I don’t even know, recited the Diamond / Vajra Cutter Sutra following the kind request of our father Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

    Even now kind people are still following my husband’s journal on and many are still reciting the sutra, dedicating and praying for me. I sincerely believe all this merit is what is healing me. I am making slow progress, learning to walk, dealing with pain and disability, grief, sadness, fear, like I never had before (in this life)!

    All these difficulties will help me be a kinder, more compassionate, more knowledgeable, more helpful person in the future. It would be wonderful to be able to make all this suffering meaningful and beneficial for all sentient beings.

    Thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart!

    With much love and deepest thanks,

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