Saturday, April 23, 2011

Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche has had a stroke

...please do Medicine Buddha prayers!! As if the illness of Sathya Sai Baba is not enough to give me the suspense, now I almost got the heart attack with this news from Ven. Roger that Rinpoche has had a stroke and is now in hospital. The email this morning from Ven. Roger did not mention any stroke, only a later message from him did. So, if you do not have any Medicine Buddha puja texts, at least recite the Medicne Buddha mantra or the White Tara mantra. I should think all FPMT centres worldwide are organising a puja by Sunday. It is very critical Lama Zopa survives for a long long time. When the late Lama Yeshe passed away, FPMT still has Lama Zopa. I am not sure about the succession after Rinpoche. This is something the FPMT organisation must seriously think about. But my post here is not to dwell about this issue. So, please go do your Medicine Buddha prayers. Thank you.

Dear Friends,

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has been admitted to hospital, the medical staff have confirmed that Rinpoche has had a stroke and temporally lost some of the movement of his right side and his speech is impaired.

The hospital have requested that Rinpoche stay for a few days to observe and monitor him to ensure there are no further complications. His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been informed of Rinpoche’s situation and high Lamas close to Rinpoche are doing pujas as well as Kopan Monastery. Apart from Rinpoche’s right side and speech being affected, Rinpoche seems in good humor and is doing his prayers in the hospital (altar is set up with prayer wheel, thanka and texts)

Regarding practices – at this time the main practice is Medicine Buddha puja and to recite the mantras of the Long Life Deities such as White Tara and Amitayus.

Specifically I am requesting if Centers could organize extensive Medicine Buddha pujas or Medicine Buddha practice with many offerings and to do strong prayers for Rinpoche’s health and long life at this time.

roger (FPMT)

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