The Foundation Store, FPMT International Office’s online shop, now carries 108 ebooks to support the Dharma practice of students around the world. Diana Ospina, Foundation Store manager, described how ebooks became a big part of the shop’s offerings:
“We only started carrying ebooks in 2015, starting with Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive’s titles. In 2016, le Service de traduction francophone de la FPMT and Ediciones Dharma agreed to let us host their French and Spanish titles, respectively. And now in 2017, Wisdom Publications worked with us to find a way to carry its titles, like Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s How to Enjoy Death and Lama Yeshe’s The Bliss of Inner Fire, too. There are even some ebooks that are only available by donation, such as Tenzin Ösel Hita’s Do Not Believe Everything You Think.
“Forty percent of our customers live outside of the United States so it was important to spread Dharma while bringing shipping costs to zero. Fewer print copies means we potentially make less of an impact on global forests, which is something really important to me. Also, I really hope that more young people engage with Buddhism, and since they are into digital devices of all kinds, making popular titles available in ebook format is one way to encourage that. I’m really pleased with the progress we’ve made in this area so far.”
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