LAMA YESHE WISDOM ARCHIVE 2021 YEAR-END APPEAL
Thank you so much for your interest in and support of our work. We are extremely fortunate to be able to do something highly beneficial for all sentient beings and ourselves by dedicating our time and resources to the spread of Dharma, the actual solution to all the world’s problems. Thank you again for your contributions that allow those of us here at LYWA to work in partnership with you to bring all of us closer to enlightenment.
As 2021 draws to a close, we again launch our year-end appeal, aiming to raise $50,000 by December 31 to help us close out the year on a positive note and get 2022 off to a great start.
Our work continues
Next up will be an expanded print version in one volume of our three Lama Yeshe ebooks, The Enlightened Experience, a collection of about seventy short (and not so short) teachings by Lama. We’re very excited to be bringing you this amazing compilation next spring!
In addition to these books, we continue to add new material to our website. Each month our web editor Sandra Smith uploads previously unpublished teachings and new advices for Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Online Advice Book. There are now more than 2,300 of Rinpoche’s precious advices online. Sandy also keeps our online glossary of Buddhist terms up to date.
And did you know we have established an auxiliary website called “Teachings from Tibet,” featuring the teachings of exceptional Tibetan lamas such as HH Ling Rinpoche, HH Trijang Rinpoche, HH Serkong Rinpoche, HH Zong Rinpoche, Khunu Lama Rinpoche, Geshe Sopa Rinpoche, Geshe Rabten Rinpoche, Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey and many others? Check it out!
Our publications continue to be in high demand. Every month Venerable Ani Desal manages dozens of shipments of our free and for-sale books to individuals and centers around the world and also looks after the LYWA membership program, which continues to grow under her expert management and is a major source of support for us. In addition, she manages our team of transcribers, who continue to produce new transcripts for editing and publication.
Our e-publishing and social media manager Megan Evart tirelessly spreads the teachings of the lamas in digital format via the LYWA podcast and the LYWA YouTube channel, and every day she reaches out to our social media communities of more than 140,000 subscribers with news, teachings, video and much, much more. She also continues to add to our ebook and audiobook catalog and to design multimedia offerings that bring together transcripts, audio, video and images into beautiful, inspiring Dharma presentations.
Finally, every month we publish an e-letter, compiled by our content and communications manager Stacey Martin, which brings you news of our current activities and teachings that you would not have seen before. We have been publishing it for nearly twenty years and the e-letter archive is an amazingly detailed record of all we’ve been able to do over this period.
Preserving the Precious Archive for the Future
Our digital imaging specialists David Zinn and Francine Fagundez continue to digitize, optimize, preserve and catalogue our exceptional collection of historical images. For the past year they have been migrating this collection of tens of thousands of images to a new digital asset management system, AssetBank, which we share with the FPMT.
Also in the past year our IT and finance director Jen Barlow, assisted by Stacey Martin, has been migrating our video, audio and transcript collection—more than 30,000 digital files—into AssetBank. This new system will ensure that the entire Archive collection along with all the precious digital assets generated by the FPMT’s education and other departments can be safely preserved and easily managed for many years into the future.
We are very grateful to have been awarded a grant from the Italian Buddhist Union, received in partnership with our friends at FPMT Italia, to fund this critically important project. The grant covers 70% of our annual project budget, so donations to our year-end appeal will help to fully fund this project.
Give the Gift of Big Love
Last year we published Big Love: The Life and Teachings of Lama Yeshe, the official, authorized biography of Lama Yeshe. The two-volume set contains personal stories of the lamas and the students who learned, lived and traveled with them, excerpts from teachings, and more than 1,500 photos dating back to the 1960s. This immense project has made a significant contribution to preserving the history of Tibetan Buddhism in the West.
In gratitude for your support of our work, we are making a special offering to donors of our year-end appeal:
- If you contribute $125 or more to our year-end appeal, we will send you or any person or center you designate a copy of the sensational Big Love: The Life and Teachings of Lama Yeshe.
- If you would simply like to buy a copy of Big Love, from now until the end of the year we are offering it for only $48 plus shipping and handling. That’s a $37 discount!
It is only through your kind and generous support that we have been able to do all this beneficial work for the sake of all sentient beings. Please help us make our year-end appeal a success by making your year-end donation here.
Thank you so much,
Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive 2020 Year-End Appeal
Dear LYWA friends and supporters.
I hope you are all safe and well. Here at LYWA we’re happy to announce the end of 2020! What a year. But, as Gen Rinpoche Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey once said, “These are very bad times, but for us Dharma practitioners, they’re the best.” Something like that.
I don’t need to remind you of this year’s worst of times. Obviously, the pandemic. Karma and COVID-19 have caused, and continue to cause, incredible suffering all over the world, but especially here in the USA. So many lives disrupted by illness and death, a shattered economy, unemployment, business failure, separation from loved ones, hopelessness and so much more. True suffering.
For those of us practicing Buddhism, it’s a bit different. Knowing we’re in samsara, we expect things to go wrong. We know why they go wrong and what to do about it; we know how to transform problems into happiness. It’s the best of times because we have so many opportunities to practice Dharma and to dedicate our merit to the freedom from suffering and swift enlightenment of all sentient beings.
While 2020 will be remembered for any number of national and global tragedies, for LYWA it will always be remembered as the year we published Big Love. It was an unparalleled joy to see it in print, and all who have seen it rejoice in the many years of loving effort that brought it to completion. Read what people are saying about Big Love here. We hope you have had a chance to read it, and if not, you can still order a copy. It is also a precious gift to give over the holidays.
While so many businesses and organizations have struggled to stay afloat during the pandemic, you, our community of supporters, have enabled the Archive to continue its work unabated. Your generosity, coupled with a little help from the government, has made it possible for us to keep all of our staff employed, continuing to meet our mission to archive, catalog, transcribe, edit and publish the precious teachings of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Thank you so, so much.
Each month, our web editor Sandra Smith adds new teachings to our website drawn from the Archive, such as Rinpoche’s lectures from Kopan courses and an updated Lama Tsongkhapa Guru Yoga commentary, and many never-before published teachings from Lama Yeshe. And every month she prepares new advices for Rinpoche’s Online Advice Book, adding more than 100 new entries this year on a variety of topics. There are now more than 2,200 of Rinpoche’s precious advices online. Our online glossary of Buddhist terms is continually improving and is a useful resource for students. We are grateful to Ven. Gyalten Lekden for his assistance with the glossary revisions, and we appreciate his ongoing expert advice.
Our publications continue to be in high demand. Our office manager Ani Desal manages dozens of shipments of our free and for sale books each month to individuals and centers around the world. And, through our online vendors, hundreds of our ebooks are downloaded each month. In addition to publishing Big Love this year, we also published the third volume in the ebook collection of teachings from Lama Yeshe entitled The Enlightened Experience, as well as print and ebook versions of Enjoy Life Liberated from the Inner Prison in partnership with Liberation Prison Project.
Early next year, we plan to publish Lamrim Year, a book of daily reflections and meditations from the Lamas based upon the lamrim outline, as well as more ebooks of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings.
LYWA editor Gordon McDougall continues to create books of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings for Wisdom Publications. Recent titles include Bodhichitta, The Six Perfections and Patience, which we recently offered to all our members. Power of Mantra is coming soon. And speaking of LYWA membership, our program continues to grow under the expert management of Ani Desal and is also a major source of support for us.
But printed teachings are not all we publish! Our epublishing and social media manager Megan Evart tirelessly spreads the teachings of the lamas in digital aspect including through audio excerpts to the LYWA Podcast and new archival video published to our YouTube channel. Every day she reaches out to our social media communities of more than 140,000 members with relevant teachings that lead them back to the LYWA website and with wonderful images of the lamas from our historic image galleries. Megan also continues to add digital titles to our ebook catalog and design multimedia offerings that bring together transcripts, audio, video and images into beautiful, inspiring Dharma presentations. And now that the boxed set of Big Love is here, we will be moving forward with our plan to produce a modified digital edition of Big Love.
As many of you have seen, Big Love featured an exceptional collection of historical images, digitized, optimized and catalogued by our digital imaging specialists David Zinn and Francine Fagundez. Now, we are embarking on a project to migrate the collection of tens of thousands of images to a new digital asset management system, AssetBank, which we share with the FPMT. In the past year our IT director Jen Barlow, along with office assistant Stacey Martin, have been migrating our video, audio and transcript collection into AssetBank. This new system will ensure that the entire Archive collection along with all the precious digital assets generated by the FPMT’s education and other departments can be safely preserved and easily managed for many years into the future.
Finally, every month we also publish our eletter, bringing you news of our current activities and teachings that you would not have seen before. We have been publishing this monthly for nearly twenty years and the eletter archive is an amazing detailed record of all we’ve been able to do over this period.
And it is only through your kind and generous support that we have been able to do all this beneficial work for the sake of all sentient beings. Since we would like to keep doing this, we are asking you to support our work with a year-end donation so that we get a flying start to 2021 and leave 2020 way, way behind!