IMI Monks and Nuns

Nationality

Argentina (1)
Australia (68)
Austria (2)
Belgium (1)
Brazil (1)
Canada (7)
Columbia (1)
Denmark (1)
France (16)
Germany (8)
India (1)
Indonesia (1)
Ireland (2)
Israel (3)
Italy (31)
Malaysia (5)
Mexico (5)
Nepal (2)
Netherlands (10)
New Zealand (6)
Norway (1)
Poland (2)
Russia (3)
Singapore (7)
South Africa(1)
Spain (16)
Sweden (1)
Switzerland (9)
Taiwan (6)
Ukraine (1)
United Kingdom (17)
United States (60)
Uraguay(1)
Venezuela (1)

Total 297

March 2009

In this Issue

Wisdom From Our Teachers

Your depression and feeling miserable about samsara is some kind of understanding of reality. This is positive. But now you have to use that understanding to develop compassion...read more

Announcements

IMI Sangha Meeting at Nalanda, May 4, 2009; Light of the Path Teachings with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, 6-Arm Mahakala Practice; Offering Service to the IMI Community; Conflict Resolution; New IMI Staff; Free email for IMI members. read more

IMI Moments in Time

1996 - Chenrezig Nuns Community official. Three week nuns monastic training course held....read more

2009 Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund Grant Awards

The Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund was established to provide support for the community of monks and nuns of International Mahayana Institute...read more

The Mice That Roared

My account takes its title from “The Mouse that Roared,” a 1959 cold-war comedy starring Peter Sellers. Like the movie, this is a story about a war, but it is no comedy....read more

Monastic Training 2009

International Mahayana Institute welcomes those who are already ordained or those seeking ordination to participate in our monastic training program...read more

2008 IMI Financial Statements

IMI ended its first year as an organization on December 31, 2008.  Learn more about the finances related to our community and the programs...read more

News from Our Communities

His Holiness Dalai Lama Teaches in Sarnath, IMI Sangha Dinner with Lama Zopa Rinpoche in Varanasi...read more

Wisdom from Our Teachers

Dealing with Negative Emotions

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Your depression and feeling miserable about samsara is some kind of understanding of reali

ty. This is positive. But now you have to use that understanding to develop compassion. You must try to do this. Your mind trying to escape this reality is what we all try to do naturally.

To read more on Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice to Sangha in dealing with negative emotions, please visit Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive here.

Announcements

IMI Sangha Meeting with Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Monday, 4 May 2009
Nalanda Monastery, France

Nalanda Monastery will host an IMI Sangha meeting with Lama Zopa Rinpoche on Monday May 4, 2009.  The meeting is scheduled at the end of the CPMT and prior to the beginning of the Mani Retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Institute Vajra Yogini.

We hope to use this precious opportunity to meet together to learn more about the programs and services that IMI offers as well as to discuss ways in which we can work together to ensure the future of the monastic community.  

Lunch will be offered by the Nalanda community at 12:30 pm followed by an afternoon session from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to office.

Light of the Path Teaching Retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche

September 8-22, 2009
Black Mountain, North Carolina (USA)

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has offered to give a commentary to Lama Atisha’s Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment, over the course of the next 5 years to be hosted by Kadampa Center, in North Carolina. The first teaching event is scheduled for September 8-22, 2009.

Light of the Path will be an annual teaching/retreat event with Rinpoche for the coming years. The event will be webcast for those who cannot attend in person and an online program based on the teachings will be available starting in 2010. As an experiential lamrim retreat we envision both the event and the online program that follows becoming the fundamental basis for all other study and practice.

IMI strongly encourages the monks and nuns to attend this retreat. IMI is working with the organizers on sponsorship for sangha to attend the teaching retreat.  Details will be available soon.

For further information on the Light of the Path program, please visit FPMT Education Services.

For information on registration, please visit Kadampa Center website here.

For those who wish to help sponsor the monks and nuns attending the experiential retreat, please donate here.

6-Arm Mahakala Practice

New Practice Advice

After some discussion relating to the background of the various Mahakala practices, IMI has received advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche to now emphasize the 6-armed Mahakala practice. While there is not a mistake in continuing the 4-arm Mahakala practice, it is recommended we do the 6-arm Mahakala practice.

We have included the Praise to 6-Arm Mahakala practice which is available for  download here (courtesy of FPMT Education Services).  Image courtesy Andy Weber Studios.

Offering Service to the IMI Community

Sharing the Vision for the Future

As monks and nuns we are part of a community; while typically for many of us that may mean we are isolated from others, this does not mean we cannot participate.  

With the development of programs and services for the community, perhaps you have skills that can help.  IMI is looking for those who can help with educational resources, member surveys, housing and healthcare development, human resources, counseling and training experience.  If you would like to participate in the development of your community, please do not hesitate to contact office@imisangha.org.

Conversations Toward Reconciliation

Conflict Resolution for IMI

International Mahayana Institute has been researching policies and guidelines aimed at providing a balanced approach to conflict resolution. Issues concerning monastic life do arise from time to time; sometimes agreements are not honored; support is not offered or there is simply a breakdown in communications on expected behavior.

Over the last several months, the IMI team has been investigating how other spiritual organizations (Buddhist and non-Buddhist) approach conflict resolution in addition to extensive interviewing of our elders on how the vinaya can be of help.  We hope to include what we have learned within the IMI monastic training program. .

Welcome to New IMI Staff!

Ven. Lobsang Chokyi, Special Projects

In addition to her role as SPC and teacher at Tse Chen Ling, Ven. Lobsang Chokyi is assisting IMI with special projects.  Currently Ven. Chokyi is assisting with the filing of the 501(c)3 papers for our nonprofit status.  She is also assisting the director with advice from Rinpoche for the IMI community.

Jane Chesher, Community Services

Jane Chesher will be using her background in community building to help in the development of programs and services for the IMI community in line with the recently adopted IMI Development Plan. Jane will be interfacing with members as well as FPMT Centers and FPMT teachers.

Sarah Brown, Accounting

Sarah Brown joins IMI in taking care of its financial records. With IMI's commitment to working in a virtual environment, Sarah is responsible for IMI's paperless financial records and establishing clear financial processes for programs and services.

Free email Accounts

monasticname@imisangha.org

Members of IMI are welcome to their own personal email account at no charge.  IMI is able and willing to offer POP and IMAP (or webmail) accounts to its members.  The internet, although not to be relied upon exclusively, is a great tool with which we can communicate around the world.

To request an email account, please send us contact information for you (or another IMI member) and we will set up the account and contact you.  All addresses will be name@imisangha.org.

IMI Moments In Time

  1996 The community of nuns at Chenrezig Nuns community officially established as Chenrezig Nuns Community at Chenrezig Insitute.

A three-week nuns training course is organized in February at Bodhgaya entitled “Life as a Western Buddhist Nun” with Vens. Tenzin Palmo and Thubten Chodron, with IMI nuns Vens. Sangye Khadro, Jampa Chokyi and Siliana participating.

Currently, there are 150 IMI monks and nuns. Since the first ordinations in 1970, of the 225 western men and women who have taken vows, seventy-five have disrobed.

Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund

2009 Grant Awards

The Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund was established to provide support for the community of monks and nuns of International Mahayana Institute. Since it began, the fund has offered assistance enabling monks and nuns with limited means to engage in study and retreat. Funding for the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund has been generated through donations from many Buddhist practitioners around the world, including monks and nuns and FPMT centers. If you would like to support the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund Grant Award Program, please donate here.

International Mahayana Institute is pleased to announce 4 grant awards for monks and nuns in retreat; 16 grant awards for those in FPMT study programs and 4 grant awards for those offering service at FPMT centers around the world.

For a complete listing of the 2009 Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund Grant Awards, please visit 2009 LYSF Grant Awards.

2009 Grant Guidelines and Applications Still Available

We welcome you to participate. The Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund Grant Guidelines for 2009 are available in English, Espanol, Francaise, and Italiano languages.

Monastic Training 2009

Ordination is not something to be taken lightly. In the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, it is intended to be a lifelong commitment. The Buddhist tradition itself will not be strengthened merely by increasing the numbers of people who become ordained. That will depend rather on the quality of our monks and nuns. Therefore, those who sincerely seek ordination deserve proper guidance, encouragement and support.  HH Dalai Lama.

International Mahayana Institute welcomes those who are already ordained or those seeking ordination to participate in our monastic training program. Learn how the monastic vows serve as a method to transform the mind; the importance of community and understanding our relationship to lay practitioners.

June 11-July 10, 20009—Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, California
Course led by Sister Jotika and Ven. Thubten Saldon
Ordination with Ven. Choden Rinpoche

Sister Jotika and Ven. Thubten Saldon will lead a one month long monastic training course for those who have been recently ordained (within the last five years) or for those who meet the Guidelines for Ordination and are planning on taking novice (or rabju.ng) ordination with Ven. Choden Rinpoche during the monastic training program.

For further information on registration and ordination requirements, please visit 2009 Monastic Training.

July 13-26, 20009—Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Pomaia, Pisa, Italie
Course led by Sister Jotika and Ani Rita
Ordination with Khensur Rinpoche Jampa Tegchok

Sister Jotika and Ani Rita will lead a two week monastic training course for those who have been recently ordained (within the last five years) or for those who meet the Guidelines for Ordination and are planning on taking novice (or rabjung) ordination with Khensur Rinpoche Jampa Tegchok during the monastic training program.

For further information on registration and ordination requirements, please visit 2009 Monastic Training.

2008 IMI Financial Statements

Establishing a Firm Foundation

December 31, 2008 was the end of the fiscal year for the newly formed International Mahayana Institute Inc.  IMI is beginning to take responsibility for its community of monks and nuns including improved communications, fundraising and development and more program services. 

Due to our new status, FPMT Inc. acts as our fiscal agent and the majority of our income of $277,597 reflects grants from the Lama Yeshe Sangha Funds held by them.  This includes $100,000 transferred to IMI to establish an endowment fund as designated by the Board of Directors of IMI. An additional $100,000 was transferred in January 2009.


For expenses, we have provided a graphic presentation of the various program areas for expenditures of $130,248.

 

Monastic Program Support includes Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund Grant Award as well as other program activities such as Monastic Training and Spiritual Guide Retreats (with Lama Zopa Rinpoche).

FPMT Inc. acts as an agent for IMI and charges fees according to their fee structure.

Member Services includes member communications for the various programs and services offered by IMI, including database and website.

Development expenditures in 2008 reflect expenses paid for fundraising and development; some of which were incurred in 2007 with the direct mail campaign (offering food).

The IMI Planning Meeting took place in California in February 2008 with the participation of 19 delegates from around the world. Total costs were estimated at about $25,000; $14,195 reflects costs not sponsored or offered.

The Board of Directors of IMI has approved the 2009 IMI Plan including budget for programs and services for the community. 

If you have any question about the IMI financial information presented or the 2009 IMI Approved Budget, please feel free to contact us. Ven. Char Fanning serves as Treasurer of International Mahayana Insitute, Inc. 

If you would like to support the programs and services of IMI, please donate here.

News from the Communities

Teachings with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Sarnath

His Holiness the Dalai Lama offered a commentary on Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life to over 15,000 monks, nuns and lay practitioners in Sarnath, India in January 2009.  Captivating the audience for a week of precious teachings, His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave heartfelt advice on this precious text, from the generating the mind of enlightenment and the practice of generosity through special insight and the wisdom of reality.

In addition to the two daily sessions of teachings, His Holiness arranged to meet with various groups including taking photos with the Sangha attending the teachings.

IMI Sangha Dinner with Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Hotel Surya in Varanasi was the gathering place for an evening meal hosted by IMI.  Lama Zopa Rinpoche along with 60 monks and nuns of IMI and FPMT geshes attending the teachings were able to attend this special event. The evening at the Surya Hotel was a nice gathering for the sangha who often do not have a chance to come together; many conversations catching up on stories and even a few new acquaintances among the family of monastics. A  student of Lama Zopa Rinpoche kindly offered the dinner.

 



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