Lama Zopa Rinpoche being welcomed on the first day of the 100 Million Mani Mantra Retreat at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa, Italy, October 2017. Photo by Piero Sirianni.

Earlier this week Lama Zopa Rinpoche traveled to Italy to lead the month-long 100 Million Mani Mantra Retreat at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa (ILTK) in Pomaia, Italy. Mani mantra is the mantra of Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara), the Buddha of Compassion. During the retreat, participants will collectively recite the mantra more than 100 million times. The retreat’s host, ILTK, plays an important role in FPMT history and serves as a center for in-depth Dharma study, offering many courses, including FPMT Education Services’ Masters Program and Basic Program. ILTK shared the following report about the beginning of the retreat: 

The 100 Million Mani Mantra Retreat started Thursday morning, October 5, with a welcome speech from Filippo Scianna, the director of Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa. Filippo expressed his happiness that ILTK is able to host the event and his gratitude to all those, staff and volunteers, that worked hard to make it possible.

Filippo reminded those in attendance that ILKT celebrated its forty year anniversary this year, something which was due to the kindness and inspired vision of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and by the “worldly condition of generosity” from the Corona family.

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Filippo Scianna, Ven. Siliana Bosa, and Massimo Corona at the beginning of the retreat, ILTK, October 2017. Photo by Piero Sirianni.

Massimo Corona spoke on behalf of the Corona family and gave a colorful description of the very beginning of ILTK, with the old main building’s timely rescue from ruin and geshes teaching twice in a flooded room.

In preparation for the Chenrezig empowerment being given by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Ven. Olivier Rossi gave an explanation of the tantra vehicle, so that participants, including those never having received a tantric empowerment, could attend the event with full awareness and understanding.

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Ven. Olivier Rossi explains the tantra vehicle at the beginning of the retreat, ILTK, October 2017. Photo by Piero Sirianni.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s daily teachings at the 100 Million Mani Mantra Retreat in Italy are being broadcast live over Facebook and YouTube:

You can watch recordings of previous teachings by Lama Zopa Rinpoche online:

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