Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Khadro-la enjoying lunch together in Bhutan, May 2016. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Khadro-la (Rangjung Neljorma Khadro Namsel Drönme) is consulted every year for advice on practices to clear obstacles for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s health and long life. In 2016 she advised that all the students in all FPMT centers, projects, and services come together and offer a long life puja to Rinpoche and do 100,000 tsog offerings. This advice resulted in the beautiful long life puja held March 13 at Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore. Khadro-la was not physically present at the long life puja, but the day before, she spontaneously composed a prayer for Lama Zopa Rinpoche, which was offered during the puja. The English translation of the prayer was read for all to hear while Rinpoche received the prayer in Tibetan. 

Pema Lhamo and Pema Samdrup

We are pleased to make the prayer available in a variety of languages and formats, including the newly revised English version with Tibetan phonetics and Tibetan script.

Recently, two Bhutanese singers, Pema Lhamo and Pema Samdrup, composed two tunes for this prayer, both of which Lama Zopa Rinpoche enjoyed. He asked that their recordings be played at big retreats during break times or while students are waiting in the gompa. He also asked that both or either of these tunes be learned and used when offering the prayer. We are delighted to offer Rinpoche’s students these lovely tunes—with music or with guitar—and we hope that you will download and learn them for your own practice. 

This year, Khadro-la advised that students of Lama Zopa Rinpoche offer recitations of the Vajra Cutter Sutra and Dependent Arising: A Praise of the Buddha (Tendrel Topa) for Rinpoche’s long life. FPMT International Office has requested everyone to join in and keep track of their recitations during the rest of this Tibetan year. The total number of recitations will be offered to Rinpoche at a later date.

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