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FPMT’s 15th International Sangha Day is on July 27th, on Chokhor Duchen, the Buddha multiplying day commemorating the Buddha’s First Teaching (Turning the Wheel of Dharma). This is the day when all centers, projects and services are encouraged to celebrate the Sangha (though another day can be chosen if more suitable for your community’s needs).
The Sangha, by taking vows of renunciation, living in morality and focusing on the Dharma are an integral part of maintaining the existence of the Buddha's teachings. If we want to preserve the Dharma and the Sangha we need monastic communities and monastic training.
At the last CPMT meeting in 2014, we agreed how important it is to teach our communities about why and how to respect the Sangha. To help with that, directors and SPCs requested a reminder each year about FPMT’s International Sangha Day: here it is!
This is also a reminder to centers, projects and services to make your annual donation of US$240 or more to support the IMI via the Lama Yeshe Sangha Fund (LYSF). You can make your annual donation by going to the secure annual donations page in the FPMT Affiliates Area. (Australian centers are requested to make their annual donations to the LYSF through FPMT National Office Australia. And European centers through the IMI bank account in France).
International Sangha Day is a very auspicious occasion to celebrate and donate to the Sangha jewel, as a Wheel Turning Day is when the karmic effects of actions performed are multiplied one hundred million times.
From the early days of the FPMT, monks and nuns have served tirelessly to help bring the benefit of the Buddha’s teachings to the far corners of this planet. Today, the FPMT International Mahayana Institute (IMI) community continue to serve throughout the FPMT in many capacities: as registered teachers, directors, spiritual program coordinators, editors and more.
Ven Chantal, director of IMI, sent a brief update on the activities of IMI (sent in April), which you can read here.
If you have any questions about this, or would like ideas about how to celebrate International Sangha Day, please don’t hesitate to come back to me.