A Tibetan Buddhist Study Group in Austin/ FPMT

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 11 October 2009.

Phone: 512-280-8687
Email: bonnie@austinfpmt.com
Website: http://www.austinfpmt.com

Activities and Schedule

Under the guidance of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) in Austin provides access to a complete lineage of Lama Tsong Khapa’s teachings. According to them, the practices of the group focus primarily on the “study and meditation on the development of Bodhichitta, mind training (LoJong), karma and emptiness.” Regular services, such as meditation, Mandala offerings, refuge and Bodhichitta prayer, and long-life prayer are held regularly between 1:00 and 3:30 P.M. on Sundays.

History

A Tibetan Buddhist Study Group in Austin, the regional chapter of FPMT in North America, was founded on September 19, 2004, with the aim of connecting interested people to the Buddha teachings within the Tibetan Gelupa lineage. Hoping to benefit from 'the wisdom of the holy gurus' as much as possible, FPMT rejects Americanized Buddhist practices as well as western reinterpretations of the Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. Before relocating in Austin, the group leader had been the spiritual program coordinator at the Land of Medicine Buddha in Soquel, California, and a member of several FPMT centers in the Bay Area. Currently, the group has eight active members with over 30 registered practitioners. Members usually meet in private homes. Bonnie Baptist, the group leader, indicated that, despite its relatively short history, the newly established group is seeking opportunities to participate in joint activities with other local Buddhist groups.

Demographics

Most of the members are primarily white, with two Asian-Americans.

Affiliation

They are affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) in North America.

Membership

Over 30 members are registered in their organization.