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Land of Joy, a developing FPMT retreat center in the UK, received more encouragement and advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche in January and February on how to proceed with their vision for a place “characterized by quietness, a simple lifestyle, provision of comfortable healthful shelter and nourishing vegetarian food, good views and opportunities for peaceful walks … accessible from all over the UK.”
Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s January 11 words were simple and supportive: “I will pray for the success of the retreat place. Thank you very, very, very much.”
Later, on February 15, Land of Joy organizers received more advice. Rinpoche wrote that it is “very important” to recite the mantra of Buddha’s name and the mantra for success, which follow:
- Chom dan da de zhin sheg pa / sa zin gyalpo la / chag tsal lo
- Ta ya tha / om dari dari / daranyi bendah / soha
Then Rinpoche advised:
Everybody recite one mala [of each mantra] not only for [Kalachakra retreat and] Land of Joy, but also for any wish they have for success, especially to achieve paths and achieve enlightenment for sentient beings, this is what came out good to recite. I’m not sure when I can come to England. If at that time the retreat center has happened, then I can come to visit. Yes, I will pray for the success of retreat center, not only to find, but for it to be of most benefit for sentient beings, for anyone who comes to have realizations, correct realizations. In future when His Holiness the Dalai Lama comes to England, if you have center, you could invite, if that happens, easy.
Land of Joy provides numerous opportunities for volunteers, merit making, and financial offerings. Land of Joy encourages FPMT students and supporters to use the mantras Lama Zopa Rinpoche recommends, not only to support the success of the retreat center itself, but for “the fulfillment of any personal wish.”
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