IMI Monks and Nuns

Impermanence

Age 80+         1
Age 71-80      4
Age 61-70    36
Age 51-60    79
Age 41-50    62
Age 31-40    46
Age 20-30    25
Unknown     34

Total 287

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September 2008

In this Issue

Wisdom From Our Teachers

Ven. Geshe Tashi, resident teacher at Jamyang Centre, London wrote an endearing column in honor of FPMT International Sangha Day (Wheel Turning Day, August 5, 2008). With permission, we include his remarks on the importance of monastics from Gentle Voice. read more

Announcements

Pre Ordination Training Dates Changed; International Sangha Prayers for World Peace; imisangha.org en espanol, en francaise et en italiano; Lama Zopa to lead 100 Million Mani Retreat; Pacifying the Date for Cutting Hair; Free email for IMI members read more

IMI Moments in Time

1989 - CPMT begins to develop a sangha policy towards supporting FPMT monks and nuns. read more

2009 Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund Grants

The 2009 Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund Grant Guidelines (and applications) are now available.  read more

Being a Chenrezig Nun

The essence of being a Chenrezig nun is abiding within the teachings by listening,contemplating and meditating, and then putting this into practice in our everyday lives with individuals around us.... read more

Forward Looking—Resources for Planning

IMI now offers resource information on social, financial, housing and medical care programs available to U.S. based sangha. read more

His Holiness Dalai Lama in France

With over 7,000 people generating genuine aspiration for Bodhicitta at the same time, we all won the best of all the gold medals, the one that makes our lives truly meaningful! read more

Lama Zopa Advice for Teachers

The title ‘teacher’ includes many different levels these days in FPMT, from geshes to Basic Program teachers to Discovering Buddhism teachers to meditation leaders. read more

Letters to IMI

The director of IMI responds to concerns from a member of the community.  read more

Announcements

Pre-Ordination Training at Tushita Date Change

February 23 to March 21, 2009

In our last IMI eNews, we announced the dates for the next Pre-Ordination Training Course at Tushita to begin in January.  The schedule for ordination with His Holiness Dalai Lama has been changed and now the Pre-Ordincation Training will be from February 23, 2009 to March 21, 2009. 

To review the guidelines, please refer to July, 2008 IMI eNews available here.

The Application for Students Requesting Ordination with HH Dalai Lama is available as a resource document here.  

Please remember your application is due no later than November 30, 2008.

International Sangha Prayers for World Peace

FPMT International Sangha Day 2008

We would like to thank all of those who participated in this year's FPMT International Sangha Day and the 2008 International Sangha Prayers for World Peace.  With events taking place all over the world, from simple talks, teachings on the history of monasticism, offering of lunch to sangha members to an actual sangha celebration festival, participation in this year's event was fantastic.  We can rejoice in the activities of the lay community in their support.

This year also saw a dramatic increase in donations to the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund both in amount and number of donors.  We are particularly grateful to all of the FPMT Center communities who offer their support.  

We can rejoice in our offering of 1,674 recitations of the Sutra of Golden Light for world peace.  We have received expressions of gratitude and enthusiasm for a very good campaign. With over 500 individuals participating in the recitation, several hundred requesting dedications and inspiration from Lama Zopa, we can be sure that the International Sangha Prayers for World Peace has touched the minds and hearts of many around the world.

imisangha.org en espanol, francaise et italiano

IMI is happy to announce that several pages of the IMI website have been translated as a service to our worldwide community.  Information on ordination and membership are now available in Spanish, French and Italian (in addition to english). A small flag indicative of the language on the sidebar menu indicates that page is available in translation.

We have begun to translate those areas which can be of most service to our community and hope to add more pages as the translations become available.

IMI would like to thank the kindness of Ven. Drolkar, Ven. Pema and Ven. Tonden for their  translation services.

Lama Zopa to Lead 100 Million Mani Retreat

May 2009 at Institute Vajra Yogini, France

Lama Zopa Rinpoche will be leading a 100 million Mani Retreat at Istitut Vajra Yogini in France May 5 to June 6, 2009.  IMI is working with the hosting center, Istitut Vajra Yogini, to offer support of food and accommodation to all monastics attending the retreat. We strongly encourage members of the IMI community to share in this precious opportunity.  Further information will be available in coming issues of IMI eNews.   

Pacifying the Date for Cutting the Hair

FPMT Education Office has just published a text translated by Lama Zopa "From the Sutra Chapter of Bodhisattva's Hair - Pacifiying the Date for Cutting the Hair."  This document provide useful advice on choosing the appropriate date for cutting one's hair (monastic or lay) and is available for download here.

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 it's 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

 1989 At the CPMT meeting in July, the care of IMI sangha at FPMT centers is discussed. On the basis of the discussion, the first sangha policy is established and included in the FPMT Handbook. Soon thereafter, the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund is established.

2009 Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund Grants

Grant Awards for Study, Retreat and Service

The Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund was established to provide support for the community of monks and nuns of IMI. Since it began the fund has offered assistance enabling monks and nuns with limited means to engage in study and retreat. In 2009 IMI is offering members of its community up to US$10 per day towards the cost of providing the four requisites (lodging, food, medicine, clothing).

The offering is to encourage and support those monastics in study, in retreat, and in service.

2009 Grant Guidelines and Applications Available

We welcome you to participate. The Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund Grant Guidelines for 2009 are now available in English, Espanol, Francaise, and Italiano languages.  Applications must be received by December 1, 2008 for awards beginning January 1, 2009.

Forward Looking—Sickness, Old Age and Death

Resources on Social, Financial, Housing, and Medical Care Programs

Over the last few months, most of the American based Sangha have been contacted and interviewed on their individual social and financial support network as well as plans for the future.

In July, 2008 many of the IMI members who were attending the teachings were invited to a luncheon meeting where information on the survey was shared.  Judith Weitzner who conducted the indepth interviews of the American based sangha was our guest speaker.  She gave a brief presentation on her own path as a student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa and how this work with helping the sangha community is part of that path.

The interview process has been an ongoing exchange of information. In this process we have learned and shared information. Valuable information.

To help, IMI has a monastic resource page on its website.  Here you will find information on Financial Support Programs, Medical Care options, housing and life-care documents that will help us plan for our future. Initially this information is pertinent to residents in the U.S. although it is helpful for others to review and consider as well.

To see what you can learn, visit the Members Area at www.imisangha.org or simply click here.

Australia is Next!

In addition to being noted as the sufferings which first inspired Lord Buddha to leave his princely state for a life as a renunciate, these same issues also concern us as a monastic community. IMI is working with a Gerontology Specialist in the U.S. and a nurse in Australia (who has offered her services) to develop a program of information and services that can help our community as we move towards our elder years.  The interview process has recently been undertaken within the IMI American Sangha community and plans are underway to do a similar survey in the European and Asian regions in the future.

We invite you to respond so that IMI can better serve you.

His Holiness Dalai Lama Teachings in France

Nantes, August 2008

HH Dalai Lama’s visit in France took place during the Olympics games. Because of this, the news media were very interested in the visit by HH Dalaia Lama and of the different image that it offered. While the Olympics games were promoting a competitive spirit, the image of 10,000 people gathered in a harmonious spirit working at transforming their minds was surely a great blessing.

The public talk venue, hosting more than 8,000 people, sold out weeks ahead of the event. So, more than 2,000 people gathered on the lawn outside of the building to watch on a giant screen the public conference, "Peace Through Inner Peace". The public talk was followed by 5 days of incredible deep, clear and inspiring teachings on different texts from Nagarjuna. An initiation into the Padmasambava' practice on the last day was a particularly nice moment. With over 7,000 people generating genuine aspiration for Bodhicitta at the same time, we all won the best of all the gold medals, the one that makes our lives truly meaningful!

During this week of teaching dedicated to the Olympics games of the mind, over 60 monks and nuns from the IMI gathered together at a nearby restaurant. As we are all leaving in different places it was a good opportunity to get to know each other a little better. Thank you to all the participants and to everybody that helped, to the restaurant's manager for having made kind arrangements with our big group and our vegetarian menu, and to the IMI to have sponsored it. —Ven. Detchen

Lama Zopa Advice for Teachers

The title ‘teacher’ includes many different levels these days in FPMT, from geshes to Basic Program teachers to Discovering Buddhism teachers to meditation leaders.  So please read this wherever you are in the ‘teacher’ spectrum. FPMT International Office is there to support your essential work of teaching the Dharma as much as possible.  We believe we can help you be up to date on key advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, so that you can include that in your work with students.

FPMT International Office has collected key advice given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the last few months for your benefit.

  • Most Important for Success (Under Practical Advice);
  • Daily Taking and Giving (Current Advice);
  • Attitude for Offering Service (under Centers and FPMT Organization);
  • Purpose of the Center Building (under Centers and FPMT Organization);
  • Successful Service Due to Guru Devotion (under Centers and FPMT Organization);
  • How to Practice: Condensed Advice On How To Practice For Our Entire Lives. (under Centers and FPMT Organization).
All of the advice above is stored on the Advice section of Rinpoche’s homepage at http://www.fpmt.org/teachers/zopa/advice/.   It is recommended to check back often to keep up to date with all Rinpoche’s most current advice.

Letters to IMI

Dear Director:

I do not agree that the lunches for the Sangha during the teachings with His Holiness Dalai Lama are an appropriate use of funds offered to support the monks and nuns.

Novice IMI Member
Dear Venerable:

Throughout my life I have nurtured the idea that food and gatherings around food extend beyond the need to simply eat or to discuss business. This is especially true for communities that I have relied on for emotional support as an artist and now as a monk.  It even extends to my daily activity of cooking for Geshe-la, something I would never have imagined doing, but which I am grateful for.

From this perspective, I believe it very important the Sangha come together and share meals, not just to eat over meaningful discussions, but to manifest the feelings of love, joy and compassion with each other, as part of the FPMT family.  Many of us are isolated from any support structure in maintaining our lives as monastics.  While I am aware a meal together now and then this is not going to solve everything, developing this “family feeling” is vital to help our members maintain their ordination and to build trust among us (as identified at the IMI Planning Retreat).

The IMI Board and sponsors, especially those who have offered support for these events, hold similar opinions from their experiences in collaborative workplaces where team members from across the globe are relying more and more, as we will too, on virtual teams and need to make sure that face-to-face interactions are not forgotten as crucial elements in building trust.

I am sure we share a common objective to support each other in our ordination.  I hope that we can build meaningful dialogues and relationships on the basis of these gatherings.  While certainly the lunches do not offer much time between teaching sessions, they do however provide a simple and inexpensive method for gathering.  

I do hope that we will find other ways to bring us together, through retreat, through practice and through service.

Thank you for your service to the community.

 

(Readers are encouraged to voice their own concerns and opinions on IMI. If you want to be heard, please email the Director. Thank you.)


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