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FPMT

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:49 pm
by Dave The Seeker
The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition

I was wondering, since I'm seeking out a temple and teacher, if this group and their programs is a good start?
To at least get a good understanding and "education" in the Mahayana Tradition.
They have home study courses and books, in the order which to read in their programs.

I was just wondering as I have already been warned of a group and don't want to be lead off the True Path I'm trying to follow.

Thank you in advance :namaste:

Kindest wishes, Dave

Re: FPMT

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:51 pm
by DGA
Sure, give them a shot.

Re: FPMT

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:59 pm
by Nicholas Weeks
Excellent group!

Re: FPMT

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:02 pm
by Mr. G
FPMT is fine. If you're looking to start study online and have interests in Dzogchen, I recommend:

http://tsegyalgar.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

If you want, give us the name of the town by you, and we can assist looking for sanghas within a 50 mile radius.

Re: FPMT

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:12 pm
by Dave The Seeker
Thanks!

Mr. G I'm near Coldwater MI.
You'll have to go way farther than 50 miles though, or at least as far as I've searched.

Also I've been reading and leaning towards the Chinese Mahayana tradition. It seems to fit many of the things I already am like.

Kindest wishes, Dave

Re: FPMT

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:24 pm
by Blue Garuda
I think maybe the person who warned you off them was mixing them up with another orgainisation, or maybe just didn't like that group for some reason.

IMHO they have an excellent and progresssive programme, resources to download etc.

Of course, check out a number of groups you could attend - it's very important to feel comfortable with the teacher and the group itself.

Re: FPMT

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:08 pm
by Mr. G
The Seeker wrote:Thanks!

Mr. G I'm near Coldwater MI.
You'll have to go way farther than 50 miles though, or at least as far as I've searched.

Also I've been reading and leaning towards the Chinese Mahayana tradition. It seems to fit many of the things I already am like.

Kindest wishes, Dave
This may be an option given that your location isn't close to the center you want:

http://www.dharmadrum.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

Contact the Michigan representative in Lansing:

TEL : (517) 332-0003
E-Mail : lkong2006@gmail.com
Contact : Li-Hau Kong

It may be further from what you want, but you may want to set up one or two days to either go on a meditation retreat with one of the main Dharma Drum centers and learn what daily liturgies they do in addition to properly learning how to meditate. It's not so much about going to temple every week as long as you know how to practice properly in terms of meditation and daily liturgies. In terms of reading sutras and understanding them with good commentaries, many members here can assist with this.

Also to start reading the following would be helpful:

Orthodox Chinese Buddhism: A Contemporary Chan Master's Answers to Common Questions by Master Sheng Yen
The Way to Buddhahood: Instructions from a Modern Chinese Master by Venerable Yin-shun

I'm guessing you were leaning more towards Chan than Pure Land.

Re: FPMT

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:36 pm
by Dave The Seeker
Thank you once again my friend. :namaste:
I will get in touch with them this upcoming week. And as you said I will try to go to a retreat to learn the proper way to meditate and the proper liturgies.
Yes I am leaning more towards Chan.

I'll get the books you suggest as soon as I finish with the other 2 you have already said would be a good way to understand Buddhism.


Kindest wishes, Dave

Re: FPMT

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:51 pm
by Josef
I have been fortunate enough to get to spend some quality time with FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche and I can tell you without a doubt that he is an wonderful teacher and an all around excellent human being.
I consider myself very lucky to have had the access to him that I did.

Re: FPMT

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:22 pm
by zerwe
I am an FPMT practitioner and the online programs and support are wonderful.
As an organization they are doing a lot to help preserve monastic centers, provide education, retreat, and
practice opportunities at every level.
If you have the ability to get to a center you may be able to connect with teachers. I drive about 5 hours round trip
as often as I can.
Shaun

Re: FPMT

Posted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:41 pm
by Mr. G
The Seeker wrote:Thank you once again my friend. :namaste:
I will get in touch with them this upcoming week. And as you said I will try to go to a retreat to learn the proper way to meditate and the proper liturgies.
Yes I am leaning more towards Chan.

I'll get the books you suggest as soon as I finish with the other 2 you have already said would be a good way to understand Buddhism.


Kindest wishes, Dave
:thumbsup:

And also if you're interested in FPMT, they are a very good option as well as others have stated.

Re: FPMT

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:42 am
by Tilopa
zerwe wrote:I am an FPMT practitioner and the online programs and support are wonderful.
As an organization they are doing a lot to help preserve monastic centers, provide education, retreat, and
practice opportunities at every level.
Looking at their website just now and they have an awesome variety of projects: health care clinics, animal welfare, eye hospital in Tibet and others.
Lama Zopa also wants to build 100,000 Guru Rinpoche statues and he sponsors Sakya Trizin to give initiations each year. Very impressive and not at all sectarian. I read somewhere Rinpoche was a great Nyingma yogi in his last life.

Re: FPMT

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 4:18 am
by Josef
Tilopa wrote: I read somewhere Rinpoche was a great Nyingma yogi in his last life.
He was.
He is also trying to bring some of the fifth Dalai Lama's terma back in to circulation.

Re: FPMT

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 5:41 am
by zerwe
Tilopa wrote:
zerwe wrote:I am an FPMT practitioner and the online programs and support are wonderful.
As an organization they are doing a lot to help preserve monastic centers, provide education, retreat, and
practice opportunities at every level.
Looking at their website just now and they have an awesome variety of projects: health care clinics, animal welfare, eye hospital in Tibet and others.
Lama Zopa also wants to build 100,000 Guru Rinpoche statues and he sponsors Sakya Trizin to give initiations each year. Very impressive and not at all sectarian. I read somewhere Rinpoche was a great Nyingma yogi in his last life.
Yes, all are blessings. Not to mention that all of my relative aspirations, albeit simple and humble so far, have seemed to quickly materialize.
Now the hard work will be trying to put into practice a mind and actions that will continuously benefit others.
Shaun :namaste:

Re: FPMT

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:21 pm
by Dave The Seeker
Thank you all so much!

I'll be ordering some of their material today.
I'm so grateful for all the help the members of this forum have given me.

Shaun, thanks my friend, I'm states away from the nearest center, but there may be a vacation to NC this spring/summer :smile:

Nangwa, I also thank you for your input here. I'd imagine that it was a great experience meeting and spending a bit of time with Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Kindest wishes, Dave :namaste:

Re: FPMT

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:22 pm
by Dave The Seeker
Searching the site I have found a study group that is listed on the FPMT web page that is at least close.....5 hrs.

So I'm hoping I can get someone to cover for me next Sunday so I can make the trip

Kindest wishes, Dave

Re: FPMT

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:30 pm
by Mr. G
:thumbsup:

Re: FPMT

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:04 pm
by Blue Garuda
Just registering my delight that FPMT has received such positive comments. :)

Re: FPMT

Posted: Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:14 pm
by Paliut
For what it counts i too am a beginner, I spoke to an individual who has been studying Buddhism for a while. He personally told me that as a way to study buddhism as a whole at home the FPMT offered great online program course work. I am looking into it too, but i must save up a bit of money. He also told me that the programs commentaries and translations of the sutras are pretty good. Better than others, of course i only speak from what i was told.

Cheers,
Braulio

Re: FPMT

Posted: Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:17 am
by zerwe
The Seeker wrote:Searching the site I have found a study group that is listed on the FPMT web page that is at least close.....5 hrs.

So I'm hoping I can get someone to cover for me next Sunday so I can make the trip

Kindest wishes, Dave
If you make it to NC please do come visit our center in Raleigh. You are always welcome.
Shaun :namaste: