The Buddhism of Tibet flourished in its homeland for more than a thousand years, but was virtually unknown beyond its Himalayan borders. However, because of the
enforced exile of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and so many of his people since the Communist Chinese incursion, this living, spiritual tradition is now open and accessible,
and grows anew in the rest of the world.|
For forty years, Tibetans have been rebuilding the infrastructure of their religion in India and Nepal and it is there that thousands of people have met and studied with Tibetan masters and made the Buddhist way of life their own.
In 1975 Lama Yeshe named this fledgling network the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. Now, more than one hundred centers and other activities make up the FPMT and it grows yearly.
The "Dharma knowledge-wisdom" that Lama Yeshe refers to is a state of utter clarity and contentment and, according to Mahayana Buddhism, this irreversible and continuous experience of inner liberatioin, coupled with boundless altruistic love and compassion, is the potential of every living being.
Attempting to help human beings fulfill this potential are the individuals, meditation groups, monasteries, retreat centers, communities, health and healing centers, publishing houses and businesses that are the FPMT.
Two years after Lama Yeshe passed away, a Spanish child, Osel Hita Torres, was recognized as his reincarnation. Born in February, 1985 to students of Lama Yeshe and ordained as a novice monk by the Dalai Lama at the age of three, Tenzin Osel Rinpoche has now commenced his studies and training as a monk and future master to prepare him to continue the work he started in his previous life.
Centers offer weekly meditation sessions, weekend courses and retreats of various lengths. More serious students can enroll 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.
Sixteen centers have resident Tibetan lamas and all have qualified students monks, nuns or lay people who function as teachers.
Many of the centers, especially those in the countryside, have retreat facilities. Centers like O-Sel-Ling in Spain, for example, are set up specifically for retreat and have lamas in residence to guide retreaters.
Community living is an opportunity to practice intensively among fellow Buddhists and gives the chance to serve the needs of others.
The ordained sangha have played a crucial part in keeping alive and passing on the lineages of teachings and practice since the time of the Buddha himself, so ordination is respected and nurtured among Buddhists.
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."
Invaluable support for many of the Foundation's projects comes from businesses set up and managed by students such as Shine in Italy and SFE Systems in Hong Kong.
Mandala: Journal of the FPMTThe Foundation's International Office publishes Mandala, a four-color, 96-page magazine, which captures the life and times of this vibrant Tibetan Buddhist organization. Mandala is published quarterly in March, June, September and December. It is distributed internationally by subscription and is also available on newsstands. Mandala's editorial policy is to always convey the power and relevance of the Buddha's teachings – ‘Buddhism in Our Time.’ “We offer people what we have,” said Lama Thubten Yeshe, one of the founders of FPMT, “that is, the combined knowledge of Buddha's teachings and the modern way.”
To receive Mandala you can subscribe directly by sending US$22 (add $US6 for international postage outside the US) to FPMT Inc, PO Box 888, Taos, NM, 87571, USA, or you may subscribe online at a secure website www.mandalamagazine.org
Membership of the FPMTAs of 2002, there are more than 135 centers in 31 countries around the world. Mandala contains a comprehensive listing of these centers, but for an up-to-date listing check www.fpmt.org
Portland, OR 97214-4702 USA
Phone: (503) 808-1588
Fax: (503) 232-0557
Return to Osel Shen Phen Ling
Teachers & Pictures |
Prayers & Practices
Suggested Reading | Links | Teachings | Schedule & Projects
Teachers & Pictures |
Prayers & Practices