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CONTENTS LAMA YESHE’S WISDOM 6 Taking Suffering and Giving Happiness By Lama Yeshe ADVICE FROM THE VIRTUOUS FRIEND 11 Fighting for Freedom By Lama Zopa Rinpoche COVER FEATURE 14 Friends of FPMT COMMUNITY FORUM 19 Discussion Topic 20 Photo Bulletin Board

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MEDIA PAGE 23 Featured Media COVER: Portrait of Lama Yeshe, 1975. With the idea of commissioning a statue of Lama Yeshe, Mummy Max (Max Matthews) arranged for a series of shots taken just of his head from every angle, as well as photos of Lama in meditation posture. Photo taken on Saka Dawa (the celebration of Buddha’s birth, enlightenment and death) at Chenrezig Institute, Australia, 1975. Photo donated by Wendy Finster. Courtesy of Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

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ABOUT MANDALA Mandala is the official publication of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), an international charitable organization founded more than thirty years ago by two Tibetan Buddhist masters: Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-1984) and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. FPMT is now a vibrant international community with a network of over 150 affiliate centers, projects, services and study groups in more than thirty countries.

Editorial Policy Recurring topics include: Buddhist philosophy; Education; Ordination and the Sangha; Buddhism and Modern Life; Youth Issues; FPMT Activities Worldwide; Lama Yeshe and his teachings; Lama Zopa Rinpoche 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 currently does not pay for publishable content; we credit all photos and other work as requested. Mandala, in addition to the Mandala eZine, is published quarterly and is available via the Friends of FPMT program. Additionally, both publications are supplemented by online stories published exclusively at: www.mandalamagazine.org

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Lama Yeshe’s WISDOM

Taking Suffering and Giving Happiness By Lama Yeshe

e are most fortunate to have been able to pinpoint attachment as the greatest of all problems. When we speak of evil, demons and so forth, it’s the inner devil of attachment we’re talking about. Even though for countless lives we’ve looked outside ourselves for the source of our problems, there’s nothing external to blame. Therefore we should rejoice that we have finally identified this inner cause of all suffering. We can be quite foolish. Say you’re in a spooky old house somewhere with a couple of friends. It’s late at night and you’re watching horror movies on TV. One of your friends says, “Don’t go into the basement; there’s something evil down there.” Then, if you do have to go down to the basement, you feel scared: “There really is something evil down here.” You’re so easily prone to superstition. This is completely silly. There’s no such thing as external evil and fear of it is simply a projection of the evil in your own mind. If you speculate enough, your superstitious mind is sure to produce something, and where once you were unafraid, you now feel fear. All such foolishness comes from attachment. Therefore finally recognizing that all these negative things – demons, enemies, evil or whatever other terms are used in everyday conversation, science or religion – come from the inner demon of attachment and bravely changing attachment to oneself into concern for others is both wonderful and wise. There are countless living beings on Earth but very few know about exchanging self and others. This practice may be very difficult but it’s extremely worthwhile. If you can do it, it will help solve all your problems.

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Changing your outlook in this way transforms whatever misery you perceive into the peaceful path of liberation. We desperately need a method such as this. Life is suffering; our minds are weak. Exchanging self and others is truly revolutionary and this inner revolution, which has nothing to do with radical external change, completely turns our mental attitude upside down. If you were to think that Buddhism was simply about sitting in meditation practicing concentration, you might reject it: “My knees hurt; my body wasn’t built for this. Buddhism is just a Himalayan lama thing. Anyway, I can’t live without working and taking care of my worldly affairs. Dharma is not for me.” But Mahayana Buddhism is about much more than just sitting in concentration. If you are wise, you can 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 might have felt I had no problems. This problem is my teacher; all problems are my teacher. They give me knowledge-wisdom and help me recognize more clearly the nature of attachment. This is so wonderful. May all mother sentient beings’ problems ripen upon me right now and may they receive all my merit, fortune and wisdom.” If you have difficulty taking the suffering of others onto yourself, first practice on yourself. The next time your knees hurt when you’re sitting in meditation, take that pain onto your ego and let it freak out. Let your ego freak out more and more. Practice that for a week. Then practice taking onto yourself all the


Lama Yeshe at Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu, 1974. Courtesy of Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. February 2011 MANDALA EZINE 7


Lama Yeshe’s WISDOM

Whenever any difficulty or problem arises, instead of getting depressed, be brave. Think, “Fantastic. If this problem had not arisen I might have felt I had no problems. This problem is my teacher; all problems are my teacher ....” suffering you have ever experienced in your life. Your ego and attachment won’t like that either, but let them freak out again. Then slowly, slowly extend your practice to take upon yourself the sufferings of your parents, your friends, all the people in your country and all the people on Earth until you are receiving the problems and suffering of all sentient beings throughout the universe. Then, without hesitation, send out to them all your possessions, happiness and merit. What is the technique for actually practicing this taking and giving meditation, which Tibetans call tong-len? You combine it with meditation on the breath in what is basically a nine-round breathing meditation. Start by breathing out through your right nostril. Visualize the air you exhale in the form of white light, the essence of which is all your positive energy and wisdom. This white light radiates to all sentient beings in the six realms of samsara and beyond. It enters their left nostril, goes into their hearts and generates in them great bliss. Visualize the air they exhale in the form of thick black smoke, the essence of which is all their negativity, confusion and heavy suffering. This dark, polluted energy enters your left nostril and goes down into your heart. Don’t leave it outside of you; bring it right down into your heart so that your ego and attachment completely freak out. The nature of attachment is such that when problems arise, it blindly pushes them away. This practice trains your mind to handle negativity, feel compassion for the others and take their suffering and problems onto yourself, which in 8 MANDALA EZINE February 2011

turn helps you overcome self-cherishing and cherish others more than yourself. Do the above cycle of breathing white light out through your right nostril and black smoke in through your left three times. Then breathe out through your left nostril and in through your right three times. Then breathe out and in through both nostrils together three times. At the end of each nine rounds concentrate for as long as you can that you and all other sentient beings have been completely purified of all suffering, negativity and dualistic mind and are fully enlightened, experiencing everlasting bliss that pervades your entire body and mind. When you lose focus on this, repeat the nine rounds once more. Repeat this cycle again and again for the duration of the session. Don’t think that this is just a fantasy and that doing this meditation makes no difference to the suffering of yourself and others. Actually, it is a profound practice and each time you do it, it brings you and all other sentient beings closer to enlightenment. The greatest obstacle to enlightenment is self-cherishing, and taking on all the suffering, karma and delusions of all sentient beings and giving them all your happiness and merit is best way of overcoming it. The most effective way of training your mind to overcome self-cherishing is to practice tong-len meditation. ◆ Published in Ego, Attachment and Liberation, a free publication from the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. The book features a collection of Lama Yeshe’s teaching from a five-day meditation course near Melbourne, Australia in 1975.


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Advice from THE VIRTUOUS FRIEND

Fighting for Freedom By Lama Zopa Rinpoche

very single thing in daily life that gets done that is what the guru advised leads to unbelievable purification of past negative karma: many lives and many eons of negative karma get purified. It is the most powerful thing. You collect the most extensive merits; the highest merit you collect is with the guru. I already mentioned how the guru is more powerful than numberless buddhas. Every time you complete the advice, you collect the most extensive merits. Every time you do whatever the guru advised – whether chanting mantra, whatever commitments you have to do to do (like every time you chant one mala of OM MANI PADME HUM) – because you are doing as instructed, you purify negative karma and collect the most extensive merits. Every day in life, when you study the Dharma, this happens constantly. It is the most powerful purification and the most extensive way of collecting merits. You come closer to enlightenment all the time. By cleaning, by offering service – each time when you clean with a broom or whatever, each time you dust – you come closer to enlightenment. Unbelievable lifetimes of and many eons of negative karma get purified and you collect the most extensive merits: it is most amaaazing. Every day, every hour, every minute,

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every second, you come closer to enlightenment. The most powerful thing is each time that you please the guru; that is the most unbelievably powerful purification. Among all of the purification practices, that one – pleasing the guru – is the most powerful. Of devoting to the guru with thought and devoting to the guru with action, the most important is obeying him. If you are able to devote to the virtuous friend with the mind, by seeing him as a buddha, then with every single advice given you are immediately able to practice the advice with incredible joy, not with a sad depressed mind thinking, “Now I have to do this. I have to do that. I have no freedom.” … In the West, even during childhood, when you grow up a bit, even in school, there is talk about freedom from parents. You hear it from friends, and then you talk about wanting freedom. Your parents have unbelievable concern for your life, for you to not have sickness or difficulties, and in the future to have everything and success. Of course, in regard to their wish for their child to have Dharma, that is only if the parents think that Dharma is most important; not only for this life, but understanding that the happiness of all future lives comes from Dharma. Dharma is the main cause of happiness. Only some

The most powerful thing is each time that you please the guru; that is the most unbelievably powerful purification. Among all of the purification practices, that one – pleasing the guru – is the most powerful. February 2011 MANDALA EZINE 11


Advice from THE VIRTUOUS FRIEND

Dharma is most important; not only for this life, but understanding that the happiness of all future lives comes from Dharma. Dharma is the main cause of happiness. parents feel that it is most important in life for children to learn Dharma. Even Buddhists don’t do that. They let their children do what they want. In Western culture, there is fighting for freedom. There is a correct fighting for freedom and there is a wrong fighting for freedom. For example, with regret, there is negative regret and positive regret. Regretting having done negative karma, having harmed others, that is positive because it purifies past negative karma. But if you made charity to others, gave your wealth to others, and then later you regret it thinking, “Oh, I shouldn’t have done that,” that is something negative. If someone says that you are silly to give to others because you might find yourself with problems later – you might not find food – and then you think, “Oh, I shouldn’t have made charity,” that is wrong regret. There is wrong patience and right patience, it depends. There can also be wrong compassion and right compassion. Parents are really so concerned, so worried all the time. They want you to have a good education so you can make lots of money, wealth, friends, to have everything of what common people believe is a good life, what worldly people believe is a good life. Of course, the Dharma is most important. Without Dharma, there is no happiness. I’m not talking about liberation or enlightenment. Not just the happiness of future lives, but even the happiness of this life comes from Dharma – having positive thoughts and positive actions, virtuous thoughts and virtuous actions done with non-attachment 12 MANDALA EZINE February 2011

and non-anger. The best Dharma is a good heart unstained by self-cherishing thought and actions done with that. That is the best Dharma: thinking of others. Of course, even though the parents are Buddhist, they don’t [necessarily] teach this to their children. The children do whatever they want. Those who teach, who really care, are only a few. Only some try to teach good behavior, righteous correct pure motivation for life and righteous conduct that brings happiness to oneself and others, and creates so much good karma. Parents are so concerned and always give advice, “Don’t 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 at home or send them to school to study. But, as they grow up and due to other people and what other children say, the children think that they are totally controlled by their parents. They don’t 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 no good what their parents are telling them, “Do this and do this.” They hate it [even though the advice is benefitting them]. ◆ This teaching comes from the fourth module of Living in the Path, FPMT’s quintessential lam-rim course based on the teaching from the Light of the Path retreat series in North Carolina, USA. Living in the Path can be found on FPMT’s Online Learning Center. Edited for publication in Mandala eZine.


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The objective of the free younger animals showed respect for the older FPMT Membership level, animals’ life-experience and knowledge by associated with the pheasant, is carrying the older on his back. Later, the eldest to make available the various (the pheasant) taught the practice of ethical free resources offered to FPMT conduct to the others, who then taught the same practice to the rest of the forest creatures. students in the organization. When you sign Because of this, happiness and comfort up for this level, you will automatically receive: • the monthly FPMT International Office increased greatly in the world. The Friends of News, containing Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s FPMT program was designed with four levels, schedule; Rinpoche’s latest advice; news each level represented by one of the four from FPMT centers, study groups and animals. projects around the world; new education resources available, and information on opportunities to serve and support FPMT, • access to free courses on the FPMT Online Learning Center, • links to other free resources offered in the organization.

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At the Basic Friendship (US $5-$25 per month) level, our most popular, you receive all of the benefits listed above, as well as all forms of Mandala Publications. For 23 years, Mandala has served as the official publication of FPMT, bringing the international community relevant teachings, feature stories and worldwide FPMT news. Mandala’s mission is to help connect and inspire FPMT’s worldwide community of students, teachers and friends through its print publication; articles, blogs and multi-media features on www.mandalamagazine.org; and the quarterly Mandala eZine, which, through page-turning software, affords the magazine experience in digital form. Available only through the membership schemes of individual FPMT centers, projects and services; and February 2011 MANDALA EZINE 15


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Courses on the FPMT Online Learning Center contain hours of lectures and guided meditations such as “A Peaceful Environment” above by Ven. Sangye Khadro from Heart Advice for Death and Dying.

“Todo viene de tu mente”

The FPMT Media Center currently features audio and video in five different languages, including this excerpt from “Todo viene de tu mente” which was interpreted by Ven. Paloma Alba for Spanish speakers.

Accessing 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 Foundation Store 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 added frequently) as well as other benefits including free resources and a year’s subscription to Mandala Publications. As new programs, courses and features are added, Dharma Supporter Friends are alerted with a quick email so that no opportunities are missed. February 2011 MANDALA EZINE 17


Friends of FPMT The FPMT Patron level (US $100 per month and above) includes all of the benefits detailed in the previous three levels as well as dedication in a yearly Patron Puja organized at Kopan Monastery. Additionally, with their permission, FPMT Patrons are honored yearly in Mandala magazine and on the FPMT website. In addition

to 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 Lama Zopa Rinpoche and the larger organization; and providing 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 of FPMT program is an easy way for any student to continue to carry forth Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s wishes for a wiser, more compassionate world. Together, we can make a difference. ◆ 18 MANDALA EZINE February 2011


Community FORUM

Discussion Topic HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT RECEIVING DHARMA ONLINE? Please send your responses to michael@fpmt.org or post them on Facebook! Responses will be printed in the February issue of Mandala eZine. Drawing by Emma Bramma-Smith

RESPONSE TO LAST ISSUE’S DISCUSSION TOPIC (What have been some of your “best of ” moments in 2010?) Tenzin Paylon, Eudlo, Queensland, Australia:

Grace Yeo, Singapore:

Hayagriva Retreat at Tushita. Light on the Path Mani retreat hitting 100 million mantras. retreat. Any time I get to spend with Precious Guru Lama Zopa Rinpoche is a best moment. Joy Potts, Bel Air, Maryland, USA: My best of moment this year was during the Light of the Path retreat when it was Min Chuan Chew, Taipei City, Taiwan: Having the Guru is so precious and how announced that the Heart Shrine Relics were fortunate one is ... Just to be able to meet the coming. I had no idea they were going to be Guru needs so much merit.To be able to on display, and it was an awesome surprise. receive teaching and guidance needs much Thank you Lama Zopa Rinpoche for always more merit than just for meeting them. To thinking of us and giving us the most continue to receive teaching and guidance (and benefit. also inspiration) needs even much more merit ... Nothing is better compared to continually Martin Davidson, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK: having our Guru here and to receiving teach- Spending five weeks at Kopan Monastery in ing and guidance from Him always ... All the Nepal learning about Mahayana Buddhism. best comes from the Guru ... My best moment Totally AMAZING!! Thanks to everyone in is having my Gurus …. FPMT! February 2011 MANDALA EZINE 19


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Photo Bulletin Board end us a photo of you or a group with an issue of Mandala and we’ll post it on our bulletin board in the next eZine. This is an excellent opportunity for us to visualize the amazing international 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 michael@fpmt.org or post them on Facebook!

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Students from Potowa Center in Tangerang, Indonesia who attend the center’s weekly Sunday discussion group. Potowa Center is the host of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s annual commentary on Lama Chöpa. From left to right: Celiang, Doni, Joni, David, Hetty, Tji Ming, Shun Ho, Metta, Minah, Liliana, Yencin, Leni, Santi, Melly and Guido.

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Students 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. February 2011 MANDALA EZINE 21


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Featured Media FEATURED AUDIO: “Mind and Everything Else” By Ven. Tony Beaumont

Mind and Everything Else comes from a series of teachings by Ven. Tony Beaumont held at Chenrezig Institute in December 2010. Ven. Tony Beaumont’s first intensive contact with Buddhism was in 1976 at Kopan Monastery and he has served FPMT in various capacities since 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 of mind, the death process, the beginningless nature of mind, buddha-nature, refuge and karma: essential topics that cannot be studied enough. FEATURED VIDEO: “Transforming Problems” By 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 a student of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other Tibetan masters. She is the abbess of Sravasti Abbey in Washington State and works continually to establish the Buddhist monastic tradition in 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 can be found on FPMT’s Online Learning Center.

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Media PAGE FEATURED PICTURE: “Mount Everest Centre Students ‘Flying,’ 1973” Photographer Unknown

The little monks of Mount Everest Centre “flying” with their robes in the wind, Kopan Monastery, Nepal. December weather in the Kathmandu Valley was generally cold, clear and windy. This photo comes courtesy of the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

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