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Monthly Newsletter

Tara Institute publishes a newsletter every month. The October 2015 newsletter is now available for viewing online. Click on the link for September 2015, August 2015, July 2015, June 2015, May 2015, April 2015, March 2015, February 2015December 2014/January 2015Mondays in January 2015 and Wednesdays in January 2015


Please see also November 2014, October 2014, September 2014, August 2014, July 2014, June 2014,  May 2014April 2014,  March 2014February 2014December 2013-January 2014November 2013October 2013, September 2013, August 2013,  July 2013, June 2013, May 2013, April 2013 , March 2013  and February 2013.




Oral Transmission of the Golden Light Sutra

Please click on this link to receive the oral transmission of the Golden Light Sutra.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 November 2014 15:08


News from Mandala Publications


Mandala October-December 2013 has been mailed out to Friends of FPMT and FPMT centers, projects and services. This issue of the magazine features Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s new advice on actualizing the stages of the path, a never-before-published teaching from Lama Yeshe and reflections from FPMT registered teachers on applying lam-rim teachings to daily life. Also in this issue, we offer inspiring stories of study, practice and devotion from the international FPMT community.

By signing up now to become a Friend of FPMT at the Foundation Friends level or higher, we will send you this issue of Mandala as well as an email with a link to the electronic version, which you can read right away. For more, visit us online at mandala.fpmt.org.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 14:53

FPMT Charitable Projects


Please take 10mins to stop and read the inspiring report from Ven Holly on the FPMT Charitable Projects. (Click here)

Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s vision for the organization is vast; and ultimately all these offerings have a direct benefit

for the entire organization, by purifying obstacles and creating inconceivable merit.

So, so many reasons to rejoice!

Please share widely and help others accumulate mountains of merit, as rejoicing from the heart is effortless when you read this report.

A big thank you to Lama Zopa Rinpoche for initiating these projects and always trying to find the most beneficial ways for us and the organisation to create merit. May FPMT continue to flourish in all directions.

BIG Love


Helen Patrin

Chair & National Coordinator

FPMT Australia Ltd

PO Box 514

Lidcombe NSW 1825


Statement of His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, on the Issue of His Reincarnation

For the full statement please see the website:


September 24th 2011

(Translated from the Tibetan)

The following is an excerpt from the full statement made by His Holiness.

The next incarnation of the Dalai Lama

As I mentioned earlier, reincarnation is a phenomenon which should take place either through the voluntary choice of the concerned person or at least on the strength of his or her karma, merit and prayers. Therefore, the person who reincarnates has sole legitimate authority over where and how he or she takes rebirth and how that reincarnation is to be recognized. It is a reality that no one else can force the person concerned, or manipulate him or her. It is particularly inappropriate for Chinese communists, who explicitly reject even the idea of past and future lives, let alone the concept of reincarnate Tulkus, to meddle in the system of reincarnation and especially the reincarnations of the Dalai Lamas and Panchen Lamas. Such brazen meddling contradicts their own political ideology and reveals their double standards. Should this situation continue in the future, it will be impossible for Tibetans and those who follow the Tibetan Buddhist tradition to acknowledge or accept it.

When I am about ninety I will consult the high Lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, the Tibetan public, and other concerned people who follow Tibetan Buddhism, and re-evaluate whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not. On that basis we will take a decision. If it is decided that the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama should continue and there is a need for the Fifteenth Dalai Lama to be recognized, responsibility for doing so will primarily rest on the concerned officers of the Dalai Lama’s Gaden Phodrang Trust. They should consult the various heads of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions and the reliable oath-bound Dharma Protectors who are linked inseparably to the lineage of the Dalai Lamas. They should seek advice and direction from these concerned beings and carry out the procedures of search and recognition in accordance with past tradition. I shall leave clear written instructions about this. Bear in mind that, apart from the reincarnation recognized through such legitimate methods, no recognition or acceptance should be given to a candidate chosen for political ends by anyone, including those in the People’s Republic of China.


The Dalai Lama


September 24, 2011

Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 March 2012 09:32

Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive - new DVDs

Dear FPMT friends,

LYWA is delighted to announce two new DVD programs.

The first is Freedom Through Understanding, Lama's and Rinpoche's first teaching in Europe and the earliest video of the Lamas we have. In September 1975 they gave a weekend lam-rim seminar at Royal Holloway College, near London, and fortunately for us the organizers had the foresight to record it. These historic teachings are also available in our free book with the same title.


The other is Life, Death and After Death, a September 1983 weekend seminar in Geneva, which is also available as a free book. These were the Lamas' last teachings in Europe together; six months later Lama Yeshe passed away.


We are offering these fantastic teachings to FPMT centers at 50% off the retail price (plus shipping) and hope that you will help us share them with your students.

Much love,

Dr. Nicholas Ribush
Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive
PO Box 636
Lincoln MA 01773
Tel: (781) 259-4466
Cell/mobile: (617) 877-1610


help the Tara Pure Land Nunnery and Educational Centre, Sarnath, India

Sponsor pujas and help the Tara Pure Land Nunnery and Educational Centre, Sarnath, India.  A branch of Kopan’s  Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery.

The Tara temple was created to provide a place for full time practice of the Mother Goddess Tara. It started out as a project of Valentino’s Universal Education school and in early 2010 Valentino offered the Tara Temple together with the property and service buildings to Kopan’s  Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery.

The Tara Temple features statues of the 21 Taras. Fifteen  nuns live there and  twenty four hours a day the praises to the 21 Tara are recited, the nuns take turns one hour at a time. Every  morning the  Four Mandala offering to Cittamani Tara and the  White Tara Puja are performed.

During the day the nuns attend classes that include English and Hindi.
The nuns stay for one year and are then replaced with other nuns from the nunnery. In this part of India it is very hot in the summer months and the nuns from Nepal are not used to this.  The accommodation is very simple; recently a new kitchen has been built to allow for hygienic food preparation. Other improvements are planned.

You can help the nuns to improve their living condition.
Participate in the daily Tara praises by sponsoring recitation for one year. You can also request White Tara Puja to remove obstacles to your long and healthy life.
Your personal dedication will be read every day during the pujas.

The cost of these pujas is 100 US$ per year.

Kopan Monastery is facilitating easy payment through its web site. Just click on this link to order your puja.
Choose the option ‘pujas performed at the Tara Temple’.

You are also welcome to make a donation towards the nuns food, or for improving their living conditions.
http://www.kopanmonastery.com/forms/sponsor.html This links will be active for the Tara Temple from August 15 2011.

You can also send your special request to the Tara temple directly.

Contact the manager; Ven Thupten Dekiy at
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Last Updated on Friday, 22 July 2011 13:25

Life, Mind & Transformation

One Day Course with Damien Busby

Sunday 25th October 9am to 4pm

Bookings essential

Introduction to Buddhist Meditation

Philosophical tools to help you deal with everyday challenges - suitable for beginners and older students alike

Mondays ~ 8pm to 9pm
•5, 12, 19 & 26th October

GesheDogaSmilingThroneStudy Group

An in-depth study into classical Buddhist texts; suitable for those with a reasonable understanding of Buddhist philosophy.

Tuesdays ~ 7.45pm to 9.45pm

GDoga 02abAn Evening with Geshe Doga

Practical instructions for daily life
The Middle Lam Rim—a text by Lama Je Tsong Khapa -Suitable for everyone

Wednesdays ~ 8pm to 9pm


Lama Zopa Rinpoche's talk given at Tara Institute in November 2014



practising generosity


Dharma Quote

"Spiritual practice is difficult in the beginning. You wonder how on earth you can ever do it. But as you get used to it, the practice gradually becomes easier. Do not be too stubborn or push yourself too hard. If you practice in accord with your individual capacity, little by little you will find more pleasure and joy in it. As you gain inner strength, your positive actions will gain in profundity and scope."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama