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FPMT News Around the World
FPMT students on the Atlantic coast of North America are hunkered down as hurricane Sandy make its way across the eastern United States and Canada. The powerful storm has already passed through Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Cuba and the Bahamas, claiming many lives and creating much destruction.
Over the years, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has offered several practices to mitigate the potential harm from the elements and made them available online on mandala.fpmt.org and fpmt.org. Students are able to do these practices in order to benefit those impacted by natural disasters.
The July-September 2011 issue of Mandala shared Rinpoche’s translation of a collection of practices to control earthquakes and the four elements which Rinpoche dictated shortly after a devastating tsunami that killed thousands of Japanese in March 2011.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Advice page offers further instructions on how to dispel the disasters of the elements, including five common practices recommended by Rinpoche during a visit to New York City in 2007. Also on Rinpoche’s Advice page, you can find a 2002 letter to concerned students from Rinpoche regarding natural disasters; a downloadable PDF of the protective Heart Mantra of Arya Vairochana, which can be printed and posted around one’s home; and a story from Ven. Holly Ansett about how the Heart Mantra of Arya Vairochana was revealed by Buddha and made public.
In addition to flooding, destroying property and leaving communities without power or access to necessities, storms like Sandy can profoundly impact vulnerable and overlooked populations such as people who are homeless or in prison as well as animals not able to find appropriate shelter. Mandala wishes for the safety and well-being of all sentient beings affected by the storm.
With 158 centers, projects and services around the globe, there is always news on FPMT activities, teachers and events. Mandala hopes to share as many of these timely stories as possible. If you have news you would like to share, please let us know.
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