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= International Mahayana Institute (IMI) =

People all over the world who want to practice the buddhist path as a bhikshu monk or bhikshuni nun have a place to be and a way to do that. The International Mahayana Institute (IMI) is a community of Buddhist monks and nuns of the foundation_for_the_preservation_of_the_mahayana_tradition (fpmt). lama_yeshe, the founder of FPMT, established the imi in 1973. lama_zopa rinpoche is the current Spiritual Director of IMI.

As emissaries of buddhism, we inspire others through our speech and behavior (see vinaya and precepts) and provide the opportunity for lay practitioners (upasaka) to integrate respect and support for sangha into their practice of Buddhism.

Our community contributes to world peace and individual spiritual growth by keeping the buddha’s teachings (the dharma) alive, and inspiring others with values of ethical behavior (shila), tolerance (kshanti), compassion (bodhichitta and karuna) and wisdom (prajna_paramita and shunyata).

IMI is distinct in preserving the unique lineage of lama tsong_khapa, integrating study and practice (cultivation) as manifested by its teachers, hh dalai_lama, lama_zopa rinpoche, and lama_yeshe all the while adapting to various cultures and conditions around the world.

The Sangha, the community of Buddhist monks and nuns, is the oldest monastic tradition going back to the time of the Buddha, nearly three thousand years ago. By becoming a monk or a nun, one abandons the ways and appearance of a lay person and adopts the appearance and ways of an ordained person by keeping a number of monk_vows.

The first community of monks established by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche was at kopan_monastery, Nepal, in 1971 when 25 monks moved down from the Solukhumbu region of Nepal to the small hill overlooking boudhanath to pioneer a program of study, meditation, and communal living; this was the beginning of the largest community of FPMT monks today. The core of the Himalayan Sangha remains at Kopan Monastery, the original monastery of the FPMT. Nearby is the Khachoe Ghakyil Nunnery, home to the community of nuns associated with Kopan Monastery. Monks and nuns from the age of seven come from all over Nepal and the Himalayan countries such as tibet, india, Bhutan, Sikkim, and even Mongolia to attend this gelugpa monastery, one of the best in Kathmandu valley, to receive a classical monastic education.

From the early days of the fpmt organization, students have been inspired to dedicate their lives to the practice of the Buddhist path by taking the vows of monks of nuns. In the years since the founding of International Mahayana Institute (IMI) in 1974 at Kopan Monastery, several monastic communities have been established around the world, in Australia, France, India, Italy and Taiwan. The monks and nuns of IMI continue to serve as teachers, retreat leaders, center directors, spiritual program coordinators, editors and counselors in FPMT centers worldwide. They tirelessly help bring the benefit of Buddhist teachings to all of us.

“From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank very much all the Sangha who for so many years, not only living in, guarding, your vows, but able to benefit others - doing retreat continuously for many years or doing social service, doing hard work at the center, doing service to sentient_beings and teachings of the Buddha, which is service to our guru, his_holiness the Dalai Lama.” – Lama Zopa Rinpoche, April 2007


see_also: bhikshu, bhikshuni, sangha, ordination, vinaya, pratimoksha, nalanda_monastery, http://www.imisangha.org, www.fpmt.org/centers/sangha.html, http://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Mahayana-Institute/108928795814483

btts_references: sv 44; ds 9; s42 1, 3, 10; edr I 159.


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Fair Use Bibliographic Sources

fair_use: Primary fair_use Compilation Source: ron_epstein, Ph.D, compiler, buddhism_a_to_z, Burlingame, california, buddhist_text_translation_society, 2003, p. isbn_0881393533 Paperback: 284 pages. http://www.BTTSOnline.org www.Amazon.com http://www.bttsonline.org/product.aspx?pid=118 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0881393533/ref=ase_medicinebuddh-20 and many other sources (see bibliography).

Primary Original Source: The tripitaka of sutra, shastra and vinaya dharma teachings (as found in the scripture storehouse of the indian sanskrit- siddham, chinese, tibetan and japanese traditions of the nalanda_tradition of ancient nalanda_university) of shakyamuni_buddha, and his arya sagely bodhisattva bhikshu monk and upasaka disciples.

These good_and_wise_advisors (kaliyanamitra) dharma_master teachers include arya venerables om_tare_tuttare_ture om_ah_hum and namo to jivaka, charaka, lao_zi - mahakashapa, ashwagosha, shantideva - hui_neng - shen_kai sheng_ren_shr, bodhidharma, the 16 nalanda_acharyas 1. nagarjuna-manjushri, 2. arydeva, 3. buddhapalita, 4. bhavaviveka, 5. chandrakirti and chandragomin, 6. shantideva, 7. shantarakshita, 8. kamalashila, 9. asanga-maitreya, 10. vasubhandu, 11. dignaga, 12. dharmakirti, 13. vimuktisena, 14. haribhadra, 15. gunaprabha, 16. shakyaprabha; dharmarakshita, atisha, tsong_khapa, thogme_zangpo, nyingma padmasambhava, yeshe_tsogyel, machig_lapdron, tilopa, naropa, milarepa, sakya_pandita, kumarajiva, xuan_zang, baozhi, hui_yuan, daosheng, changzhi, fazang, han_shan, shi_de, yunmen, nichiren, honen, shinran, kukai, dogen, hakuin, jamgon_kongtrul, nyingma penor_rinpoche, bakula_rinpoche, dagri_rinpoche, kirti_tsenshab_rinpoche, geshe_lama_kongchog, longchen_rapjampa - gosok_rinpoche, phabongkha_rinpoche, patrul_rinpoche, tenzin_gyatso the dalai_lama, sakya_trizin, hsu_yun, hsuan_hua, lama_zopa_rinpoche, choden_rinpoche, garchen_rinpoche, karmapa, mingyur_rinpoche, geshe_ngwang_dakpa, geshe_sopa_rinpoche, seung_sahn, thich_nhat_hanh, ajahn_chah, ajahn_sumedho, s._n._goenka, mama_ayur_punya_jyana_pushtim_kuriye_svaha, making offerings and b_bowing at your feet I make requests. Please bestow on me the two_attainments of maha punya and maha prajna_paramita. And om_ah_hum thanks to other modern_day_masters. We consider them to be in accord with tripitaka_master hsuan_hua’s “seven_guidelines_for_recognizing_genuine_teachers

nalanda_online_university's teachings are based especially on the following buddhist_scriptures: lama tsong_khapa's lam_rim, the Dharma Flower lotus_sutra, the avatamsaka_sutra, the shurangama_sutra, the ksitigarbha_sutra, the bhaisajya_guru_sutra, the dharani_sutra, the vajra_sutra, the prajna_paramita Hridayam heart_sutra, the vimalakirti_sutra, the sanghata_sutra, the sutra_of_golden_light, the srimala_devi_sutra, the sutra_in_42_sections, the mahaparinirvana_sutra, the hui_neng_sutra, vasubandhu's shastra_on_the_door_to_understanding_the_hundred_dharmas, Maitreya's ornament_for_clear_realizations (abhisamayalamkara), chandrakirti's supplement_to_nagarjuna_s_treatise_on_the_middle_way (madhyamakavatara), vasubandhu's treasury_of_manifest_knowledge (abhidharmakosha) and the tantras and mantras of the vajrayana the 42_hands_and_eyes, guhyasamaja, the kalachakra, the vajrayogini, the heruka, the chakrasamvara, the chod, the hayagriva, the hevajra, the yamantaka, the kalarupa, the manjushri_nama_samgiti, the vajrakilaya, the vajrapani, the vajra_claws_dakini, the mahakala, the tara, the white_umbrella_goddess (she_dan_do_bo_da_la), kirti_losang_trinle's grounds_and_paths_of_secret_mantra, and aku_sherab_gyatso's the_two_stages_of_the_guhyasamaja_tantra and their commentaries (shastras) by the above Arya tripitakacharya dharma_masters. Making offerings and bowing at your feet I make requests. Please bestow on me the two_attainments of maha punya and maha prajna_paramita.

Secondary fair_use Compilation Source: The seeker_s_glossary_of_buddhism, 2nd ed., San Francisco, California: Sutra Translation Committee of the United States and Canada, 1998: http://www.budaedu.org.tw

Secondary fair_use Compilation Source: Muller, Charles, editor, digital_dictionary_of_buddhism [DDB], Toyo Gakuen University, Japan, 2007: Username is “guest”, with no password. http://buddhism-dict.net/ddb - Based in large part on the dictionary_of_chinese_buddhist_terms with Sanskrit and English Equivalents (by soothill and Hodous) Delhi, India: motilal_banarsidass, 1997.

Secondary fair_use Compilation Source: Ehrhard, Diener, Fischer, et al, The shambhala_dictionary_of_buddhism_and_zen, Boston, Massachusetts: shambhala_publications, 1991. 296 pages. ISBN 978-0-87773-520-5 http://www.Shambhala.com, http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0877735204/ref=ase_medicinebuddh-20, http://www.shambhala.com/html/catalog/items/isbn/978-0-87773-520-5.cfm Secondary fair_use Compilation Source: vaidya vasant_lad, textbook_of_ayurveda, ayurvedic_press, 2002; vasant_lad, bams, masc, ayurvedic_institute_gurukula_notes, ayurvedic_institute, 1994-2006;


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