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Losar Tashi Delek – Happy New Year

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SEPTEMBER 18: MONK WITH A CAMERA

Tuesday 18th September (at 9:00 pm) Cinema Odeon Florence, in collaboration with Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, present a national preview of the documentary MONK WITH A CAMERA, in the presence of the protagonist Nicholas Vreeland, with Fabrizio Pallotti (official interpreter of HH Dalai Lama) and Ven. Massimo Stordi (Sangha Onlus Association).

The film tells the incredible story of Nicholas “Nicky” Vreeland, son of an ambassador and nephew of the director of Vogue, Diane Vreeland, who became the first western abbot to lead a Tibetan Buddhist monastery.

Monk with a Camera – Cinema Odeon Firenze

After arriving from India, Abbot Nicholas Vreeland kindly took time to visit the Lhungtok Choekhorling monastery hill.

 

 

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Snowy Monastery Hill

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Snow on our hill.
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Puja for our monastery

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Venerable Massimo Stordi during puja for our monastery held on 30th December in South India at the Jadhel Khangtsen of Sera Je Monastery.

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The Abbot of our Monastery

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We have invited the abbot of Lhungtok Choerkhorling, who will visit us in a few months.
We’ll let you know as soon as possible.

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Etruscan tomb

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To the north of the Monastery Hill, there is another small quarry where caves and an Etruscan tomb can be found.

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Two nuns, newly ordained by Lama Zopa Rinpoche: Champa Tsomo and Thubten Dechen

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Sangha of the IMI

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Photo by Ester Nuzzo.

A beautiful picture of the sangha of Pomaia alongside sangha present at the retreat with Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the end of the sojong, the monastic confession rite.

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Our architects meeting with Lama Zopa Rinpoche

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Architects Gino, Mauro, Piero and Chiara (who have been working for Lhungtok Choekhorling Monastery project for free), Virginia, Ven. Massimo and Ven. Carla met with Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

The meeting, which took place yesterday in Pomaia and thanks to Ven Roger finished with the meeting with Lama Zopa, and highlighted the project’s main stages of development from a detailed plan and the sequence of various stages of intervention with the costs. Virginia, a disciple of Lama Zopa, was asked to contribute at the planning level at Lama’s request. The architects have agreed to work by common agreement and, by defining the various areas of expertise, to draft the projects that will then be presented to Ven. Massimo and to the Sangha Board of Directors for the final decision.

“In the land of the future monastery live millions and millions of animals and other beings that we can not see. All of these will be benefited from the construction of a monastery, helping to create a monastery, and give monks and nuns the chance to study and practice Dharma, thus promoting the continuity of the Dharma teachings and the inner path, and the ability to free other sentient beings. Building a monastery is much more important than building the world’s largest company that will benefit only one life but with a monastery the benefits will be infinite for all future lives.”

In this way and with these words, Lama Zopa concluded the meeting bringing joy, peace, energy and light into our minds.

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The Rector of Pisa University conferred on His Holiness the Master’s Degree Honoris Causa in Clinical and Health Psychology

dalai-lama-conferred-honorary-degreePisa, ITALY: The University of Pisa, Italy’s largest public research university presented His Holiness the Dalai Lama an honorary Masters degree on Thursday this week [21/09/2017].

In a ceremony held at the Pisa Congress hall, Rector Professor Paolo Mancarella conferred on the Tibetan Buddhist leader, the Master’s Degree Honoris Causa in Clinical and Health Psychology.

The honorary Degree is in recognition of His Holiness’ outstanding contribution to the understanding of psychology and for his inspirational guidance and leadership in promoting the study of Buddhist Science.

Rector Professor Paolo Mancarella said, “This day is also being celebrated worldwide as International Day of Peace and how befitting is the fact that we are honouring a Noble Peace Laureate on the occasion.”

Professor Angelo Gemignami called His Holiness, “…the most eminent guide of Tibetan Buddhism and a proponent of the two pillars of Tibetan Buddhism — compassion and wisdom.”

His Holiness thanked the University of Pisa for the honour and pledged to dedicate further towards fostering an understanding of science of mind.

In his acceptance speech His Holiness said, “I count myself as half a Buddhist monk and half a scientist. This honorary degree gives me encouragement. I am now 82 years old and I pledge that in my remaining 15-20 years I will dedicate myself to further fostering an understanding of the science of mind.”

His Holiness also presided over a neuroscience symposium titled the Mindscience of Reality, along with the Rector and Matthieu Ricard, the Buddhist monk and scholar, popularly known as the world’s happiest man.

Click here for the text of His Holiness’ Lectio Magistralis