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The accomplishment of the 100 Million Mani Retreat in Mongolia in August 2013 is momentous for FPMT. The purpose of the retreat, in part, was to help reestablish Buddhism in Mongolia. But Rinpoche had articulated his vision for FPMT students to do mani retreats more than a decade ago. This wish led to the inaugural 100 million mani retreat in 2000 at Chenrezig Institute, in Queensland, Australia.
On November 26, 2000, FPMT students gathered at Chenrezig Institute to do the first 100 million mani retreat undertaken by FPMT in the West, which was scheduled to end on Losar (February 24, 2001). Rinpoche attended the retreat December 22-26, giving teachings and also observing the retreat to fine tune the schedule and practices.
Here’s a short excerpt from Teachings from the Mani Retreat. The excerpt is taken from the teachings given on December 22 and was reproduced as part of Mandala’s January-March 2014 online content.
“This is such a wonderful time, especially doing practice to develop compassion and bodhichitta. Without compassion you can’t have the realization of bodhichitta, you can’t enter the Mahayana path, you can’t achieve enlightenment, you can’t achieve the infinite qualities of the holy body, holy speech and holy mind of Buddha. Without great compassion you can’t do perfect work for sentient beings, bringing them to enlightenment. I mentioned this the other night when I arrived, but maybe it was difficult to hear so late at night. …
“We should especially think of death. When the thought of death comes, when we remember death, there’s nothing else that makes sense; everything else is total nonsense. When we think of death, so much of what we do in life doesn’t make sense; it’s all just nonsense. The only thing that makes sense is Dharma practice. Only Dharma will benefit us at the time of death and after death. The only thing that we can carry with us and can enjoy in our future life is Dharma – nothing else.
“This practice of the meditation-recitation of the Buddha of Compassion will especially benefit us. Reciting OM MANI PADME HUM has merit as limitless as the sky. Even Buddha can never finish explaining the unbelievable purification and collection of extensive merit brought by reciting OM MANI PADME HUM.”
From Mandala January-March 2014
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