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Sat, April 13, 2024


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM 


One Year Anniversary of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Parinirvana



On April 13, we will honor the memory of our beloved teacher, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche by chanting the very precious Lama Chopa Guru Puja and reciting "Chanting the Names of Noble Manjushri". His passing one year ago marks a tremendous loss for not only our center and the FPMT organization but for anyone who had the good fortune to meet Rinpoche face-to-face.

Reading about the bodhisattva ideal, to be able to benefit all beings, can seem like such a lofty goal that we may wonder if it is realistic. For those who met Rinpoche and observed him in action, it was evident that this ideal is indeed possible. His happiness flowed when he could help others and lead them toward freedom from hardship. He would delay eating in order to instruct those who needed to be instructed and considered sleep useless compared to giving advice to those needing guidance. He ignored his physical decline and continued to step out into the world to remind us of life’s brevity and how we must not waste a single moment pursuing temporary thrills. He never showed the slightest concern for his own welfare, yet did not chastise his students for not approaching his level of altruism. Rather, he trusted that we would make our way eventually by following the example he and other spiritual masters showed.

Although he left behind a multitude of teachings and instructions and inspired the establishment of centers around the world where authentic Mahayana Buddhist teachings are shared, we fervently hope and pray that he will swiftly return again to continue to guide us.

All are welcome to join in the remembrance of our beloved guru and co-founder of the FPMT, who entered parinirvana on April 13, 2023.

To download the Lama Chopa Jorcho text, please visit the FPMT Store.

This is the text we will use for Chanting the Names of Noble Manjushri.

A moving obituary of Lama Zopa Rinpoche written by Ven. Robina Courtin is available on the FPMT website
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