“In this world fit many worlds,” say the Zapatistas, the Mayan revolutionaries in Mexico.
The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) is a Dharma organization dedicated to benefiting others. Spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche leads FPMT with incredible bodhichitta, the brave attitude of fearless compassion and the uncompromised wish to only bring benefit, and never harm.

Engaged Buddhism

Friday, 08 August 2014
There have been a wide variety of approaches to both defining engaged Buddhism and being engaged Buddhists over the past sixty years.  The term was coined by Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh during the Vietnam War to describe the activities of sangha members in Vietnam who were actively working to establish peace in their war-torn country.  Probably the most straight-forward way to think of engaged Buddhism is to describe it…

"Lightly, Lightly."

Sunday, 27 July 2014
This story of Lama Yeshe comes from Wendy King: "I came to Kopan from two years in a Zen training monastery in Japan. The first woman, the only woman for most of my time there, and very, very serious. I totally lost most of my sense of humor trying to keep up with the big boys, working to uphold the side of women, and Western women. So, when we…
Nearly every student of Lama Yeshe has a story. One that will make you smile or laugh and see Lama as the unique and lighthearted being his students so fondly remember him as. Here are a few of those stories.
In my bathroom there’s a small stone next to my sink. On the stone, in my own handwriting, reads the one word that describes what I believe is my greatest purpose in life. I look at this word every day to remind me that at the end of the day, end of the year, end of my career, this is the most important thing to me during my time…

Happiness and Enlightenment

Monday, 07 July 2014
If we have a daily Mahayana meditation practice, every day we say something like, “May I attain a state of perfect enlightenment in order to liberate every living being from suffering and place them in the bliss of perfect enlightenment.”
In this touching video from Seeds of Compassion in Seattle you see why His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is such an inspiration to us. 

The Kindness of Others

Saturday, 07 June 2014
In study group this week, we were discussing the Mahayana school.  One of the most striking points we noticed was the word “responsibility.”  We felt this took compassion to a whole other level.  When developing Bodhicitta, we expand our view of community to the infinite level.  In this month’s article, community, from the aspect of interconnectedness, encourages that expansive view.

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