Lama Zopa Rinpoche works on writing out the Prajnaparamita Sutra with Ven. Tsering at his side. June 2017. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

In March we reported that Ven. Tsering has entered his fifteenth year of writing out the Prajnaparamita Sutra in gold ink on archival quality rainbow paper as a means to create the karma needed to build the large Maitreya Buddha statue in India. 

Lama Zopa Rinpoche recently commented about Ven. Tsering’s work: “His life is completely taken care of, up to enlightenment. He has created so much merit, even just writing one syllable of the Prajnaparamita. And he has been writing so long…. So much merit.” Rinpoche regularly reviews Ven. Tsering’s work to make sure it is the highest quality. 

In April, Ven. Katy Cole, on behalf of FPMT Charitable Projects, spoke to Ven. Tsering about his work. Ven. Tsering  provided us with some insight into what this project has meant to him and how it has impacted his mind. 

What would you like to say about this project?

Ven. Tsering: It is definitely beneficial for me but the whole project is not for me. It is for FPMT and the Maitreya Project. The whole project is for Rinpoche’s wishes to come true which depends on how much the students are able to achieve fulfilling the wishes of the guru. 

How has this work affected you? Have you seen a difference in your mind since doing this?

Ven. Tsering: I don’t know if has affected me but it definitely has created the conditions for me to listen to teachings and from there for me to do more positive things and cultivate positive thoughts actions. This is mainly from listening to teachings. It has definitely created the condition for me to listen to the teachings. Maybe because of this Prajnaparamita writing I am still a monk. Also by doing this I can fulfill my gurus wish which is also a great practice and as a monk what more could I ask to do than fulfill the wishes of the guru. 

All depend on the conditions. Conditions also create the change. My mind is still under the control of karma and delusions so it’s difficult to say but definitely my days are becoming very satisfying. I feel I did something right and did not waste my life or my day. There is deep satisfaction there. 
What is your projected finish date?
Ven. Tsering: One year to finish Volume 4. To finish Volume 12 will have to be the next life.
How are you able to concentrate so many hours a day? 
Ven. Tsering: Listening to the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Zopa Rinpoche is keeping me focused.

Dagri Rinpoche, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and Ven. Tsering look at the progress of writing out the Prajnaparamita Sutra, June 2017. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab

Every year, the Prajnaparamita Project disburses approximately US$25,000 to cover the costs associated with this project. The majority of the money is used to sponsor the real gold used in the calligraphy ink. Tremendous thanks to all who contribute to this fund, making it possible to continue until the final verse is completed. 
You can read a moving interview from 2013 with Ven. Tsering about his work. 

You can learn more about the Prajnaparamita Project as well as the other Charitable Projects of FPMT.