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This past Wednesday September 8th Lama Zopa Rinpoche,  FPMT co-founder and Spiritual Director, visited the Wisdom office here in Somerville MA. Rinpoche generously offered lunch to the staff and Board along with blessings for our continued publishing success.
The staff of Wisdom would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Rinpoche, Ven. Roger, Ven. Kunzang, and Ven. Sangpo for the very special afternoon.

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Our anxiety around sickness, old age, and death can be a “wholesome fear”-a fear with a positive quality that ultimately enriches and nourishes our lives. Lama Zopa Rinpoche shows use how we can use our anxiety as a high-octane fuel to really live what’s most important; while Kathleen McDonald presents meditations that integrate these teachings and lead to peace, compassion and joy for ourselves and others. Doing so will help us to live well and, when the time comes as it inevitably will, to die well too. It’s never too early to start making this most important of efforts-and, fortunately, it is never too late.
“A wonderful and welcome book for the spiritual well-being of all who read it.”—Gelek Rimpoche, author of Good Life, Good Death

“This book is a powerful reminder of the gift of the truth of impermanence. It is a veritable treasure in the literature on being with dying.”—Joan Halifax

Wholesome Fear contains heart advice from the great Buddhist master, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, regarding impermanence and death,meditation on death, the process of dying, and powerful meditation techniques from Kathleen McDonald. This book is an essential guide for anyone confronting the challenges imposed by impermanence and the process of death and dying.”—Lama Migmar Tseten, author of Treasures of the Sakya Lineage

Get your copy here.

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Osel visited Lama Zopa Rinpoche recently in Madison, Wisconsin at Geshe Sopa’s home. We understand there was a lot of tea and little tempest 🙂

Previous post Tempest in a Teapot

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Recently Lama Zopa Rinpoche visited Dehra Dun India where he met with His Holiness Sakya Trizin, and received many empowerments and transmissions.

The lineage of these practices had completely died out in the Gelug tradition, so Lama Zopa Rinpoche has been working on having these empowerments happen since 1990 and requested and arranged for these transmissions to happen in order to bring them back into the Gelug tradition, thus helping to preserve the Mahayana tradition in general.

This is a wonderful example of H.H. Sakya Trizin and Lama Zopa Rinpoche fostering a truly non-sectarian attitude for the benefit of the Dharma.

To read more visit the FPMT website.

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Over at the Tricycle Editor’s blog, a new post following up on the news we shared with you about Jan Willis — that she’d been named an “Outstanding Woman in Buddhism” — ends thusly: “Be sure to pick up a copy [of the Wisdom edition of Willis’s Dreaming Me] —it’s a great read and an important biographical history of spirituality and social justice in the twentieth century.”

To “pick up a copy” at a discount — all while helping to support Wisdom’s not-for-profit, ecumenical Dharma-publishing program, just click here.

And again: our big congrats to Jan!

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In Emptiness, the fifth volume in The Foundation of Buddhist Thought series, Geshe Tashi Tsering provides readers with an incredibly welcoming presentation of the central philosophical teaching of Mahayana Buddhism. Emptiness does not imply a nihilistic worldview, but rather the idea that a permanent entity does not exist in any single phenomenon or being. Everything exists interdependently within an immeasurable quantity of causes and conditions. An understanding of emptiness allows us to see the world as a realm of infinite possibility, instead of a static system. Just like a table consists of wooden parts, and the wood is from a tree, and the tree depends on air, water, and soil, so is the world filled with a wondrous interdependence that extends to our own mind and awareness. In lucid, accessible language, Geshe Tashi Tsering guides the reader to a genuine understanding of this infinite possibility.

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janwillisDr. Janice Willis has been selected by the Outstanding Women in Buddhism Committee’s panel of distinguished Buddhist scholars and practitioners as an Outstanding Woman in Buddhism 2009.

Jan, of course, is the author of our new release, Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist, and Buddhist — One Woman’s Spiritual Journey, and also of Enlightened Beings: Life Stories from the Ganden Oral Tradition.

She will be honored at The Outstanding Women in Buddhism Awards Ceremony held in honor of the United Nations’ International Women’s Day. The Ceremony will be held at the Association for the Promotion for the Status of Women in Don Muang, Bangkok, Thailand on Friday, March 6th, 2009.

The Ceremony and Award now enters its 8th year and has honored more than 100 Buddhist women masters to date for their contributions to society. Our congratulations to you, Jan!

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Dear friends: as you may have heard, a December 26th fire has destroyed the gompa at the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition’s Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa (ILTK) in Italy. No one was hurt, but this nonetheless represents a giant loss — and yet, at the same time, an opportunity. As Lama Zopa Rinpoche himself wrote in reaction to the news:

“I think what has happened at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, with the blazing fire destroying the gompa, is an auspicious sign – that you have overcome all the problems by this blazing fire… The burning of it gives us the opportunity to build an enlightened gompa… We definitely need a very beautiful gompa that becomes an encouragement to everyone, to depressed people, to people who believe ‘I am helpless’, something that brings greatest joy and fulfillment in the heart. It is also a teaching to us on impermanence. Do not hold on to things which are impermanent, which are a dependent arising, like a butter lamp that depends on causes and conditions, like lightning, like a water bubble, like clouds, also like a star in the day time, like the defective view of the senses … an illusion, a dream, all that was said by Buddha.”

You can read a full report on the fire here.

If you’d like to make a donation via PayPal to help the ILTK build their new gompa, go to:


To make a donation by bank transfer:

ACCOUNT NAME: Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa
Cassa di Risparmio di Lucca Pisa Livorno
BRANCH: Rosignano Marittimo
Tel. 0586/799230 – Fax 0586/760995
IBAN: IT21-A-06200-25100-000000000048
: “the new gompa”

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Here are some photos from the December 17th book-launch for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s new “little book of Wisdom,” How to Be Happy, at Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal.




What a beautiful location for an author event!

To order your copy of this “perfect gift for family and friends who may not have had the good fortune to meet Lama Zopa,” just click here.

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dreamingmeProfessor Guy Newland recently read the new Wisdom book, Jan Willis’s Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist, and Buddhist — One Woman’s Spiritual Journey, and was immediately moved to write to the author. He was also kind enough to share his letter so that we may share it with you…:

Hello Professor Willis,

We met briefly when you visited the University of Virginia to give a talk on in the 1980s. Your talk, as I recall, was about getting living Tibetans to tell their own stories, to create spiritual autobiography. I was a grad student of Jeffrey Hopkins then.

For some reason I just happened across your book Dreaming Me this week and it knocked me out. I guess your students WOULD say you tell a good story.

Wow, thanks for telling it! I have to find a way to get his book into my classroom.

Well, I just like to write fan mail when I read a great book by a living author — so here it is.

Guy Newland, Chairperson
Department of Philosophy and Religion
Central Michigan University
Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Learn more about this stunning book and its author — one of TIME’s Top Religious Innovators for the New Millennium — here.

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