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Are you aFriend of FPMT?If not, click RAYS OF THE MANDALA IN THE SERVICE OF OTHERSBLISSFUL RAYS OF THE MANDALA IN THE SERVICE OF OTHERSfpmtfpmtfpmtfpmte-VOL. 4 ISSUE 1FEBRUARY 2011The OfficialPublication ofThe Foundation forthe Preservationof the MahayanaTraditionMandala eZineMandala eZineMAKING ADIFFERENCE TOGETHER:MAKING ADIFFERENCE TOGETHER:FF RR II EE NN DD SS OO FFFF RR II EE NN DD SS OO FFBooks Meditation supplies Study programs Videos Practice books Ritual e Foundation StoreMay our Dharma publicationsspread all over the worldand in every corner of the world. Lama Zopa RinpocheFoundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana TraditionFMPTshopAdAug2010.indd 1 8/16/10 8:43:43 PMe-Vol 4 ISSUE 1 FEBRUARY 2011. The Mandala eZine is published as an online quarterly for Friends of FPMT byFPMT Inc., 1632 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214-4702. LAMA YESHES WISDOM6 Taking Suffering and Giving HappinessBy Lama YesheADVICE FROM THE VIRTUOUSFRIEND11 Fighting for FreedomBy Lama Zopa RinpocheCOVER FEATURE14 Friends of FPMTCOMMUNITY FORUM19 Discussion Topic20 Photo Bulletin BoardMEDIA PAGE23 Featured MediaCOVER:Portrait of Lama Yeshe, 1975. With the idea of com-missioning a statue of Lama Yeshe, Mummy Max (MaxMatthews) arranged for a series of shots taken just of hishead from every angle, as well as photos of Lama in med-itation posture. Photo taken on Saka Dawa (the cele-bration of Buddhas birth, enlightenment and death) atChenrezig Institute, Australia, 1975. Photo donated byWendy Finster. Courtesy of Lama Yeshe WisdomArchive. fpmt Mandala eZineCONTENTS1014February 2011 MANDALA EZINE 3Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive contains recordings and transcripts of Lama Thubten Yeshes and Lama Zopa Rinpoches teachings dating back to the early 1970sand were still growing! Our website o ers thousands of pages of teachings by some of the greatest lamas of our time. Hundreds of audio recordings, our photo gallery and our ever-popular books are also freely accessible at see our website or contact us for more informationLIFE, DEATH, AND AFTER DEATHby lama yesheedited by nicholas ribush120 pages, freeTibetan Buddhism teaches us to understand the death process and trains us to deal with it so that when the time of crisis arrives and the various illusory visions arise, instead of being confused, well know whats going on and will recognize illusions as illusions, projections as projections and fantasies as fantasies.TEACHINGS FROM THE MEDICINE BUDDHA RETREATby lama zopa rinpocheedited by ailsa cameron458 pages, $20Teachings from Land of Medicine Buddha October-November 2001KADAMPA TEACHINGSby lama zopa rinpocheedited by ailsa cameron288 pages, freeCommentary on essential pieces of advice from Kadampa Geshes.* plus shipping charges of $1 per book ($5 minimum)* plus shipping charges of free books!*A6B6N:H=:L>H9DB6G8=>K:ED7DM+(+!A>C8DAC!B6%&,,(>C;D5A6B6N:H=: #8DBLLL# A6B6N:H=:#8DBLYWA Mandala Ad 2010_10.indd 1 10/27/10 1:19:32 PMFebruary 2011 MANDALA EZINE 5Mandala is the official publica-tion of the Foundation for thePreservation of the MahayanaTradition (FPMT), an interna-tional charitable organizationfounded more than thirty yearsago by two Tibetan Buddhistmasters: Lama Thubten Yeshe(1935-1984) and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. FPMT is now a vibrantinternational community with a network of over 150 affiliate centers,projects, services and study groups in more than thirty countries. Editorial PolicyRecurring topics include: Buddhist philosophy; Education; Ordinationand the Sangha; Buddhism and Modern Life; Youth Issues; FPMT Activities Worldwide; Lama Yeshe and his teachings; Lama Zopa Rin-poche and his teachings; His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his teachings,among many other topics. Writers, photographers and artists, both amateur and professional,are encouraged to submit material for consideration. Mandala currentlydoes not pay for publishable content; we credit all photos and other workas requested. Mandala, in addition to the Mandala eZine, is published quarterlyand is available via the Friends of FPMT program. Additionally, bothpublications are supplemented by online stories published exclusively at:www.mandalamagazine.orgFriends of FPMT is a donor program composed of Friends workingtogether to support FPMTs global activities. To learn about Friends of FPMT levels and benefits, contact us orvisit: is published in January, April, July and October.Mandala eZine is published in February, May, August and December.Managing Editor and PublisherCarina Rumrillcarina@fpmt.orgAssistant Editor,Advertising & Sales Michael Jolliffemichael@fpmt.orgArt DirectorCowgirls Designcowgirl@newmex.comFriends of FPMT ProgramHeather Drollingerfriends@fpmt.orgFPMT, Inc.1632 SE 11th Ave.Portland, OR 97214-4702Tel: 1 503 808 1588Fax: 1 503 232 0557Toll free USA only 1 866 241 9886FPMT Board of DirectorsSpiritual DirectorLama Zopa RinpocheBoard MembersKhenrinpoche Geshe LhundrupVen. Roger KunsangVen. Pemba SherpaKaruna CaytonAndrew HaynesPeter KedgeTim McNeillTara MelwaniAlison MurdochPaula de Wijs-Koolkinwww.mandalamagazine.orgwww.fpmt.orgABOUT MANDALAfpmtFF RR II EE NN DD SS OO FF FOUNDATION FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE MAHAYANA TRADITIONBy becoming a Friend of FPMT you can stay connected to all that FPMT has to offer including Mandala Publications, the FPMT Online Learning Center and various complimentary resources offered at the free level. We're confident we've designeda level that is perfect for your budget, studies and practice. Become A Friend of FPMT! MANDALA EZINE February 2011Lama Yeshes WISDOMWe are most fortunate to have been able topinpoint attachment as the greatest of allproblems. When we speak of evil, demons andso forth, its the inner devil of attachment weretalking about. Even though for countless livesweve looked outside ourselves for the source ofour problems, theres nothing external to blame.Therefore we should rejoice that we have finallyidentified this inner cause of all suffering.We can be quite foolish. Say youre in aspooky old house somewhere with a couple offriends. Its late at night and youre watching horror movies on TV. One of your friends says,Dont go into the basement; theres somethingevil down there. Then, if you do have to godown to the basement, you feel scared: Therereally is something evil down here. Youre so easily prone to superstition. This is completelysilly. Theres no such thing as external evil andfear of it is simply a projection of the evil in yourown mind. If you speculate enough, your super-stitious mind is sure to produce something, andwhere once you were unafraid, you now feel fear.All such foolishness comes from attachment.Therefore finally recognizing that all thesenegative things demons, enemies, evil orwhatever other terms are used in everyday conversation, science or religion come fromthe inner demon of attachment and bravelychanging attachment to oneself into concernfor others is both wonderful and wise.There are countless living beings on Earthbut very few know about exchanging self andothers. This practice may be very difficultbut its extremely worthwhile. If you can doit, it will help solve all your problems.Changing your outlook in this way trans-forms whatever misery you perceive into thepeaceful path of liberation.We desperately need a method such as this.Life is suffering; our minds are weak. Exchangingself and others is truly revolutionary and thisinner revolution, which has nothing to do withradical external change, completely turns ourmental attitude upside down.If you were to think that Buddhism was simply about sitting in meditation practicingconcentration, you might reject it: My kneeshurt; my body wasnt built for this. Buddhism isjust a Himalayan lama thing. Anyway, I cantlive without working and taking care of myworldly affairs. Dharma is not for me. But Mahayana Buddhism is about much more thanjust sitting in concentration. If you are wise, youcan practice 24 hours a day.Whenever any difficulty or problem arises,instead of getting depressed, be brave. Think,Fantastic. If this problem had not arisen I mighthave felt I had no problems. This problem is myteacher; all problems are my teacher. They giveme knowledge-wisdom and help me recognizemore clearly the nature of attachment. This is sowonderful. May all mother sentient beingsproblems ripen upon me right now and maythey receive all my merit, fortune and wisdom.If you have difficulty taking the suffering ofothers onto yourself, first practice on yourself.The next time your knees hurt when youre sitting in meditation, take that pain onto yourego and let it freak out. Let your ego freak outmore and more. Practice that for a week.Then practice taking onto yourself all theTaking Suffering and Giving HappinessBy Lama YesheFebruary 2011 MANDALA EZINE 7Lama Yeshe at Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu, 1974. Courtesy of Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.8 MANDALA EZINE February 2011Lama Yeshes WISDOMsuffering you have ever experienced in yourlife. Your ego and attachment wont like thateither, but let them freak out again. Thenslowly, slowly extend your practice to takeupon yourself the sufferings of your parents,your friends, all the people in your country andall the people on Earth until you are receivingthe problems and suffering of all sentient beings throughout the universe. Then, withouthesitation, send out to them all your posses-sions, happiness and merit.What is the technique for actually practic-ing this taking and giving meditation, which Tibetans call tong-len? You combine it with meditation on the breath in what is basically anine-round breathing meditation.Start by breathing out through your rightnostril. Visualize the air you exhale in the formof white light, the essence of which is all yourpositive energy and wisdom. This white light radiates to all sentient beings in the six realmsof samsara and beyond. It enters their left nostril,goes into their hearts and generates in themgreat bliss. Visualize the air they exhale in theform of thick black smoke, the essence of whichis all their negativity, confusion and heavy suffering. This dark, polluted energy entersyour left nostril and goes down into your heart.Dont leave it outside of you; bring it rightdown into your heart so that your ego and attachment completely freak out.The nature of attachment is such that whenproblems arise, it blindly pushes them away. Thispractice trains your mind to handle negativity,feel compassion for the others and take their suffering and problems onto yourself, which inturn helps you overcome self-cherishing andcherish others more than yourself.Do the above cycle of breathing white lightout through your right nostril and black smokein through your left three times. Then breatheout through your left nostril and in through yourright three times. Then breathe out and inthrough both nostrils together three times. Atthe end of each nine rounds concentrate for aslong as you can that you and all other sentientbeings have been completely purified of all suffering, negativity and dualistic mind and arefully enlightened, experiencing everlasting blissthat pervades your entire body and mind. Whenyou lose focus on this, repeat the nine roundsonce more. Repeat this cycle again and again forthe duration of the session.Dont think that this is just a fantasy andthat doing this meditation makes no differenceto the suffering of yourself and others. Actually,it is a profound practice and each time you doit, it brings you and all other sentient beingscloser to enlightenment. The greatest obstacleto enlightenment is self-cherishing, and takingon all the suffering, karma and delusions of allsentient beings and giving them all your happiness and merit is best way of overcomingit. The most effective way of training yourmind to overcome self-cherishing is to practicetong-len meditation. Published in Ego, Attachment and Liberation, a freepublication from the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. Thebook features a collection of Lama Yeshes teachingfrom a five-day meditation course near Melbourne,Australia in 1975. Whenever any difficulty or problem arises, instead of getting depressed, be brave. Think, Fantastic. If this problem had not arisenI might have felt I had no problems. This problem is my teacher; all problems are my teacher ....February 2011 MANDALA EZINE 9Essential Buddhist Prayers,An FPMT Prayer Book, Vol 2:Comprehensive collection ofpractices advised byLama Zopa Rinpoche to beperformed on the 8th, 15th,29th and 30th of the Tibetan month. (340 pgs)Heart Advice forDeath and Dying;Profound and accessiblewritten teachings on deathand dying by Lama ZopaRinpoche & 11 hours ofexquisite audio teachings andmeditations by Ven. SangyeKhadro on MP3 CDBuddhism in a Nutshell;Overview of the completepath to enlightenment. Writtenteachings by Lama Yeshe,Lama Zopa Rinpoche and VenAmy Miller & 11 hours of audioteachings and meditations byVen. Amy Miller on MP3 CDEssential Buddhist Prayers, An FPMT Prayer Book, Vol 3:Short daily practices of the primaryGelug Tantric deities: Guhyasamaja, Gyalwa Gyatso, Chakrasamvara, Vajrayogini, Yamantaka and more. Requires Empowerment.(340 pgs)Essential Buddhist Prayers, An FPMT Prayer Book, Vol 1:All ones daily prayers andpractices, from blessing the speech in the morning todedicating the merits in the evening. (292 pgs)FPMT Education ServicesProviding Programs and Pract ice Materials For AllAvailable from the Foundation Store: Courses:FPMT Prayer Book Series:www.fpmt.orgFPMT Retreat Prayer Book;All of the daily practicesadvised by Lama ZopaRinpoche when in personal retreat. This text will also be used at group retreats with Lama Zopa Rinpoche. (360 pgs)WE ALL HAVE A WORD FOR GENEROS ITY: ggeenneerrssiitteett vvrriijjggeevviigghheeiidd ssuuuurreemmeeeellssuuss kkaaggaannddaahhaanngg--lloooobbhhoo pphhnngg ggnnrroossiitt ggeenneerroossiitt GGrroozzggiiggkkeeiitt ggeenneerroossiiddaaddee kkeemmuurraahhaann ggeenneerroossiitteett ggaavvmmiillddhheett GGeenneerroozziittaatteeaaPractice generosity with your own International Merit Box kit, now available in eleven languages.Email for more information and to obtain your own Merit Box kit, or If you are already an International Merit Box participant, thank you for practicing generosity today, and throughout the year, in support of FPMT projects worldwide. THE INTERNATIONALMERIT BOX PROJECT10 MANDALA EZINE February 2011Photo by Ven. Thubten KunsangFebruary 2011 MANDALA EZINE 11Advice from THE VIRTUOUS FRIENDFighting for FreedomBy Lama Zopa RinpocheEvery single thing in daily life that getsdone that is what the guru advisedleads to unbelievable purification ofpast negative karma: many lives and manyeons of negative karma get purified. It is themost powerful thing. You collect the most extensive merits; the highest merit you collectis with the guru. I already mentioned how the guru is morepowerful than numberless buddhas. Everytime you complete the advice, you collect themost extensive merits. Every time you dowhatever the guru advised whether chantingmantra, whatever commitments you have todo to do (like every time you chant one malaof OM MANI PADME HUM) because you aredoing as instructed, you purify negative karmaand collect the most extensive merits. Everyday in life, when you study the Dharma, thishappens constantly. It is the most powerful purification and the most extensive way of collecting merits. You come closer to enlight-enment all the time. By cleaning, by offering service each timewhen you clean with a broom or whatever,each time you dust you come closer to enlightenment. Unbelievable lifetimes of andmany eons of negative karma get purified andyou collect the most extensive merits: it is mostamaaazing. Every day, every hour, every minute,every second, you come closer to enlighten-ment. The most powerful thing is each timethat you please the guru; that is the most unbe-lievably powerful purification. Among all of thepurification practices, that one pleasing theguru is the most powerful. Of devoting to the guru with thought anddevoting to the guru with action, the most important is obeying him. If you are able todevote to the virtuous friend with the mind,by seeing him as a buddha, then with everysingle advice given you are immediately able topractice the advice with incredible joy, notwith a sad depressed mind thinking, Now Ihave to do this. I have to do that. I have nofreedom. In the West, even during childhood,when you grow up a bit, even in school, thereis talk about freedom from parents. You hear itfrom friends, and then you talk about wantingfreedom. Your parents have unbelievable concern for your life, for you to not have sickness or difficulties, and in the future tohave everything and success. Of course, in regard to their wish for their child to haveDharma, that is only if the parents think thatDharma is most important; not only for thislife, but understanding that the happiness ofall future lives comes from Dharma. Dharma isthe main cause of happiness. Only someThe most powerful thing is each time that you please the guru; that isthe most unbelievably powerful purification. Among all of the purifica-tion practices, that one pleasing the guru is the most powerful. Advice from THE VIRTUOUS FRIEND12 MANDALA EZINE February 2011 parents feel that it is most important in life forchildren to learn Dharma. Even Buddhistsdont do that. They let their children do whatthey want. In Western culture, there is fighting for freedom. There is a correct fighting for freedomand there is a wrong fighting for freedom. Forexample, with regret, there is negative regret andpositive regret. Regretting having done negativekarma, having harmed others, that is positivebecause it purifies past negative karma. But ifyou made charity to others, gave your wealth toothers, and then later you regret it thinking,Oh, I shouldnt have done that, that is some-thing negative. If someone says that you are sillyto give to others because you might find your-self with problems later you might not findfood and then you think, Oh, I shouldnthave made charity, that is wrong regret. Thereis wrong patience and right patience, it depends.There can also be wrong compassion and rightcompassion. Parents are really so concerned, so worriedall the time. They want you to have a good education so you can make lots of money,wealth, friends, to have everything of what com-mon people believe is a good life, what worldly people believe is a good life. Of course, theDharma is most important. Without Dharma,there is no happiness. Im not talking about lib-eration or enlightenment. Not just the happi-ness of future lives, but even the happiness ofthis life comes from Dharma having positivethoughts and positive actions, virtuous thoughtsand virtuous actions done with non-attachmentand non-anger. The best Dharma is a goodheart unstained by self-cherishing thought andactions done with that. That is the bestDharma: thinking of others. Of course, even though the parents are Buddhist, they dont [necessarily] teach this totheir children. The children do whatever theywant. Those who teach, who really care, areonly a few. Only some try to teach good behavior, righteous correct pure motivation forlife and righteous conduct that brings happi-ness to oneself and others, and creates so muchgood karma. Parents are so concerned and always give advice, Dont do this, it causes problems, confusion; it is unhealthy and creates disease.They want their children to have a good education, to not be lazy. They teach them athome or send them to school to study. But, asthey grow up and due to other people andwhat other children say, the children think thatthey are totally controlled by their parents.They dont think of or see the long-term benefits of listening to their parents advice.They are only thinking of this present moment,what they are doing. So, they think it is nogood what their parents are telling them, Dothis and do this. They hate it [even thoughthe advice is benefitting them]. This teaching comes from the fourth module of Livingin the Path, FPMTs quintessential lam-rim coursebased on the teaching from the Light of the Path retreat series in North Carolina, USA. Living in the Pathcan be found on FPMTs Online Learning Center. Edited for publication in Mandala eZine.Dharma is most important; not only for this life, but understanding thatthe happiness of all future lives comes from Dharma. Dharma is themain cause of happiness. FPMT programs available online!Buddhism in a Nutshell Meditation 101Death & Dying Living in the Path Basic ProgramDiscovering BuddhismOnline Learning CenterFoundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana TraditionVideo teachingsAudio teachings and meditationsWritten transcriptsReadingsDaily practicesOnline Learning Center programs include:FPMT Media Center:High-defi nition streaming video of Lama Zopa Rinpoches Light of the Path teachingsare available in English, French, Spanish, Chinese, and German.Mindfulness exercises for daily lifeKarma yoga exercisesOnline quizzesOnline discussion forumCompletion certifi cateIndividual modules available from the FPMT Foundation Store: OR become a Dharma Supporter Friend of FPMT and receive free access to all online programs and a subscription to Mandala magazine:! Discovering Buddhism module two, How to MeditateFREE! Living in the Path module one, Motivation for Lifehttp://onlinelearning.fpmt.orgThe Online learning Centre is an absolutely, wonderful incredible resource. Truly, what a gift! Thank you. Mary, Canada, August 2010Friends of FPMT14 MANDALA EZINE February 2011MAKING A DIFFERENCE TOGETHER: FRIENDS OF FPMTFRIENDS OF FPMT, knownfrom spring of 2008 through fall of 2009 as Foundation Membership, was established to support the studies and practice of FPMT students around the world, to connect theglobal FPMT community, and to provide reliable funding for FPMT International Office. The Friends program was designed tooffer a level for everyone including a free leveland discounts are available for ordainedSangha and Friends living in countries withlow to medium foreign currency exchangerates. The levels were inspired by the story ofthe Four Harmonious Friends found in theVinayavastu (Foundation of Discipline), wherethe Buddha tells the story of four friends apheasant, a rabbit, a monkey and an elephant who lived together in harmony. Each of theDrawing of the Four Harmonious Friends by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.February 2011 MANDALA EZINE 15younger animals showed respect for the olderanimals life-experience and knowledge by carrying the older on his back. Later, the eldest(the pheasant) taught the practice of ethical conduct to the others, who then taught thesame practice to the rest of the forest creatures.Because of this, happiness and comfort increased greatly in the world. The Friends ofFPMT program was designed with four levels,each level represented by one of the four animals.The objective of the freeFPMT Membership level, associated with the pheasant, isto make available the variousfree resources offered to FPMT students in the organization. When you signup for this level, you will automatically receive: the monthly FPMT International OfficeNews, containing Lama Zopa Rinpochesschedule; Rinpoches latest advice; newsfrom FPMT centers, study groups andprojects around the world; new educationresources available, and information on opportunities to serve and support FPMT, access to free courses on the FPMT OnlineLearning Center, links to other free resources offered in theorganization. At the Basic Friendship (US$5-$25 per month) level, ourmost popular, you receive all ofthe benefits listed above, as wellas all forms of Mandala Publi-cations. For 23 years, Mandala has served asthe official publication of FPMT, bringing the international community relevant teachings,feature stories and worldwide FPMT news.Mandalas mission is to help connect and inspire FPMTs worldwide community of students, teachers and friends through its printpublication; articles, blogs and multi-mediafeatures on; andthe quarterly Mandala eZine, which, throughpage-turning software, affords the magazine experience in digital form. Available onlythrough the membership schemes of indivi -dual FPMT centers, projects and services; andFPMT International Office shares space with Maitripa Collegein Portland, Oregon, USA.Friends of FPMT16 MANDALA EZINE February 2011The covers of Mandala and Mandala eZine over the past two years.February 2011 MANDALA EZINE 17via the Friends of FPMT program, Mandalaserves as a critical piece to the FPMT experi-ence. Discounts at this level are offered toordained Sangha as well as Friends living incountries with low to medium foreign currency exchange rates.The main feature of the Dharma Supporter level (US$30-$99 per month), inaddition to the benefits listed above, is complete access to the FPMT OnlineLearning Center. The FPMT Online Learning Center currently offers 28 modulesof six online courses suitable for everyone: from those just dabbling in the Buddhistbasics to those wishing to master the philosophys more advanced topics. TheOnline Learning Center also hosts the FPMT Media Center, an archive of free videos in fivedifferent languages (English, Spanish, French, German and Chinese) of Lama Zopa Rinpochesteaching from the immensely successful Light of the Path retreats in North Carolina, USA.Courses on the FPMT Online Learning Center contain hours of lectures andguided meditations such as A Peaceful Environment above by Ven. SangyeKhadro from Heart Advice for Death and Dying.The FPMT Media Center currently features audio and video in five differentlanguages, including this excerpt from Todo viene de tu mente which wasinterpreted by Ven. Paloma Alba for Spanish speakers.A Peaceful EnvironmentTodo viene de tu menteAccessing the Online Learning Center through the Friends of FPMT program is also an excellent value. Individual modules of the Online Learning Center are sold in the FoundationStore for US$45 each. Through the Dharma Supporter level of the Friends of FPMT program(US$30 per month), you have complete access to dozens of modules (with new modules addedfrequently) as well as other benefits including free resources and a years subscription to MandalaPublications. As new programs, courses and features are added, Dharma Supporter Friends arealerted with a quick email so that no opportunities are missed. Friends of FPMT18 MANDALA EZINE February 2011The FPMT Patron level (US$100 per month and above)includes all of the benefits detailed in the previous threelevels as well as dedication in ayearly Patron Puja organized at KopanMonastery. Additionally, with their permission,FPMT Patrons are honored yearly in Mandalamagazine and on the FPMT website. In additionto the benefits received at this level, FPMT Patrons provide critical support to FPMT International Office, which in turn, benefits the entire organization through providing the necessary framework for all FPMT activity; coordinating communication between LamaZopa Rinpoche and the larger organization; andproviding support and guidelines to FPMT centers, projects and services. Monks performing puja at Kopan Monastery.By supporting the studies and practice of FPMT students around the world, the Friends ofFPMT program is an easy way for any student to continue to carry forth Lama Zopa Rinpocheswishes for a wiser, more compassionate world. Together, we can make a difference. February 2011 MANDALA EZINE 19Discussion TopicCommunity FORUMHOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT RECEIVING DHARMA ONLINE? Please send your responses to michael@fpmt.orgor post them on Facebook!Responses will be printed in the February issue ofMandala eZine.Drawing by Emma Bramma-Smith RESPONSE TO LAST ISSUES DISCUSSION TOPIC (What have been some of your best of moments in 2010?)Tenzin Paylon, Eudlo, Queensland, Australia:Hayagriva Retreat at Tushita. Light on the Pathretreat. Any time I get to spend with PreciousGuru Lama Zopa Rinpoche is a best moment.Min Chuan Chew, Taipei City, Taiwan: Having the Guru is so precious and how fortunate one is ... Just to be able to meet theGuru needs so much merit.To be able to receive teaching and guidance needs muchmore merit than just for meeting them. Tocontinue to receive teaching and guidance (andalso inspiration) needs even much more merit... Nothing is better compared to continuallyhaving our Guru here and to receiving teach-ing and guidance from Him always ... All thebest comes from the Guru ... My best momentis having my Gurus . Grace Yeo, Singapore:Mani retreat hitting 100 million mantras.Joy Potts, Bel Air, Maryland, USA:My best of moment this year was during theLight of the Path retreat when it was announced that the Heart Shrine Relics werecoming. I had no idea they were going to beon display, and it was an awesome surprise.Thank you Lama Zopa Rinpoche for alwaysthinking of us and giving us the most benefit.Martin Davidson, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK:Spending five weeks at Kopan Monastery inNepal learning about Mahayana Buddhism.Totally AMAZING!! Thanks to everyone inFPMT! 20 MANDALA EZINE February 2011Photo Bulletin BoardSend us a photo of you or a group with an issue of Mandala and well post it on our bulletinboard in the next eZine. This is an excellent opportunity for us to visualize the amazinginternational community of teachers, students and friends that make up the FPMT family. To see more of the FPMT community reading their Mandalas, visit our Facebook page.Send your photos to or post them on Facebook!Community FORUMStudents from Potowa Center in Tangerang, Indonesia who attend the centers weekly Sunday discussion group. Potowa Center is the host of Lama Zopa Rinpoches annual commentary on Lama Chpa.From left to right: Celiang, Doni, Joni, David, Hetty, Tji Ming, Shun Ho, Metta, Minah, Liliana, Yencin, Leni, Santi, Melly and Guido.February 2011 MANDALA EZINE 21Students from Nagarjuna C.E.T. Barcelona in front of La Casa de les Punxes, a emblematic modernist building designed by the architect Puig i Cadafalch. Front: Rosa Escudero, Alicia Gondra, Mathilde Guerville.Back: Antoni Pujades, Maria del Mar Garcia, Dominique Cadilhac de Madieres, Teresa Vega, Nina Borg.22 MANDALA EZINE February 2011Diana Ospina, manager of the Foundation Store, peruses the latest issue ofMandala.Samten Gorab works to fill your orders and fulfill yourcustomer service needs at the Foundation Store inPortland, Oregon.Community FORUMFebruary 2011 MANDALA EZINE 23Media PAGEFeatured MediaFEATURED AUDIO:Mind and Everything ElseBy Ven. Tony BeaumontMind and Everything Else comes from a series of teachings by Ven. Tony Beaumont held atChenrezig Institute in December 2010. Ven. Tony Beaumonts first intensive contact withBuddhism was in 1976 at Kopan Monastery and he has served FPMT in various capacitiessince then. Fully ordained for 17 years, Ven. Tony has a remarkably calming presence and evidently open mind. Ven. Tony speaks on a variety of introductory topics including levels ofmind, the death process, the beginningless nature of mind, buddha-nature, refuge and karma:essential topics that cannot be studied enough. FEATURED VIDEO:Transforming ProblemsBy Ven. Thubten Chodron This video excerpt from the eleventh module of the Discovering Buddhism series features Ven.Thubten Chodron, a fully-ordained nun practicing in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and astudent of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan masters. She is the abbess of SravastiAbbey in Washington State and works continually to establish the Buddhist monastic traditionin the West. In this excerpt, Ven. Chodron discusses lo-jong, techniques for transforming problems into spiritual fuel. This and other videos from the Discovering Buddhism series canbe found on FPMTs Online Learning Center.24 MANDALA EZINE February 2011FEATURED PICTURE:Mount Everest Centre Students Flying, 1973Photographer UnknownThe little monks of Mount Everest Centre flying with their robes in the wind, KopanMonastery, Nepal. December weather in the Kathmandu Valley was generally cold, clear andwindy. This photo comes courtesy of the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. Media PAGE