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Postby Dave The Seeker » Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:49 pm

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
Everyday problems teach us to have a realistic attitude.
They teach us that life is what life is; flawed.
Yet with tremendous potential for joy and fulfillment.
~Lama Surya Das~

If your path teaches you to act and exert yourself correctly and leads to spiritual realizations such as love, compassion and wisdom then obviously it's worthwhile.
~Lama Thubten Yeshe~

One whose mind is freed does not argue with anyone, he does not dispute with anyone. He makes use of the conventional terms of the world without clinging to them
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Re: FPMT

Postby DGA » Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:51 pm

Sure, give them a shot.

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Re: FPMT

Postby Nicholas Weeks » Sat Jan 14, 2012 7:59 pm

Excellent group!
A bodhisattva does not become weary of evil beings nor does he commit the error of bringing forth thoughts inclined to reject them and cast them aside. Avatamsaka Sutra, ch. 25

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Re: FPMT

Postby Mr. G » Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:02 pm

FPMT is fine. If you're looking to start study online and have interests in Dzogchen, I recommend:

http://tsegyalgar.org/

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

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Re: FPMT

Postby Dave The Seeker » Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:12 pm

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
Everyday problems teach us to have a realistic attitude.
They teach us that life is what life is; flawed.
Yet with tremendous potential for joy and fulfillment.
~Lama Surya Das~

If your path teaches you to act and exert yourself correctly and leads to spiritual realizations such as love, compassion and wisdom then obviously it's worthwhile.
~Lama Thubten Yeshe~

One whose mind is freed does not argue with anyone, he does not dispute with anyone. He makes use of the conventional terms of the world without clinging to them
~The Buddha~

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Re: FPMT

Postby Blue Garuda » Sat Jan 14, 2012 8:24 pm

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.
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Re: FPMT

Postby Dave The Seeker » Sat Jan 14, 2012 9:36 pm

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
Everyday problems teach us to have a realistic attitude.
They teach us that life is what life is; flawed.
Yet with tremendous potential for joy and fulfillment.
~Lama Surya Das~

If your path teaches you to act and exert yourself correctly and leads to spiritual realizations such as love, compassion and wisdom then obviously it's worthwhile.
~Lama Thubten Yeshe~

One whose mind is freed does not argue with anyone, he does not dispute with anyone. He makes use of the conventional terms of the world without clinging to them
~The Buddha~

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Re: FPMT

Postby Josef » Sat Jan 14, 2012 10:51 pm

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.

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Re: FPMT

Postby zerwe » Sat Jan 14, 2012 11:22 pm

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.
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Re: FPMT

Postby Dave The Seeker » Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:21 pm

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:
Everyday problems teach us to have a realistic attitude.
They teach us that life is what life is; flawed.
Yet with tremendous potential for joy and fulfillment.
~Lama Surya Das~

If your path teaches you to act and exert yourself correctly and leads to spiritual realizations such as love, compassion and wisdom then obviously it's worthwhile.
~Lama Thubten Yeshe~

One whose mind is freed does not argue with anyone, he does not dispute with anyone. He makes use of the conventional terms of the world without clinging to them
~The Buddha~

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Re: FPMT

Postby Dave The Seeker » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:22 pm

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
Everyday problems teach us to have a realistic attitude.
They teach us that life is what life is; flawed.
Yet with tremendous potential for joy and fulfillment.
~Lama Surya Das~

If your path teaches you to act and exert yourself correctly and leads to spiritual realizations such as love, compassion and wisdom then obviously it's worthwhile.
~Lama Thubten Yeshe~

One whose mind is freed does not argue with anyone, he does not dispute with anyone. He makes use of the conventional terms of the world without clinging to them
~The Buddha~

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Re: FPMT

Postby Mr. G » Sun Jan 15, 2012 3:30 pm

:thumbsup:

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Re: FPMT

Postby Blue Garuda » Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:04 pm

Just registering my delight that FPMT has received such positive comments. :)
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Re: FPMT

Postby Paliut » Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:14 pm

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.

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