Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive 2019 Year End Appeal: Dharma Every Day
For over 20 years the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive has been fulfilling its mission to preserve and share the teachings of our precious gurus, Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, bringing immeasurable benefit to countless beings around the world. While we are all focused on the upcoming publication of Lama Yeshe’s biography Big Love (read more about this below) we continue with our ongoing work of preserving, transcribing, editing and publishing the precious teachings in the Archive, and look ahead to the projects we will work on over the next year, and into the future.
Dharma Wisdom in Everyday Life
The Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive offers the Dharma, with its message of love, compassion and equanimity towards all, to students and seekers the world over. The teachings of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche contain practical advice for applying the Dharma wisdom in our everyday lives, helping us to bring benefit to others. In our recently published ebook of Lama Yeshe’s teachings, The Enlightened Experience, Lama Yeshe spoke about the value of taking refuge in the Dharma:
"The important thing in taking refuge is to have the understanding that you can do something to solve the problem of everyday life by relying, with confidence and trust, on the Buddha's wisdom—or you can also call it your own activated wisdom—to liberate you from confusion and suffering. So it is really worthwhile."
Lama Yeshe imparted timeless wisdom to his students through his formal teachings but also through his everyday interactions. Big Love: The Life and Teachings of Lama Yeshe contains countless stories of Lama’s impact on everyone he met. We are in the final stages of this decades-long project, looking forward to publication early next year, and are incredibly grateful to those of you who sponsored the project over the years.
Looking ahead, our next big project is to publish Lamrim Year, a book of daily contemplations drawn from the teachings of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche and based on the lamrim outline. Presented as a daily practice guide over 365 days, each page contains a teaching from Lama Yeshe or Lama Zopa Rinpoche and a reflection on the topic. We plan to also create an ebook version so Lamrim Year can be an easily accessible resource for you wherever you are in your day.
EPUBLISHING Activities abound
The Archive’s epublishing activities continue to flourish. Our website offers thousands of teachings freely available, all categorized, tagged, and fully searchable. In addition, our companion website, Teachings from Tibet, offers free teachings from some of the most revered Tibetan teachers of our time.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Online Advice book on our website continues to grow, with on average ten new advices posted to our website each month. With more than 2,000 letters of advice from Rinpoche on dozens of topics, it is a resource you can turn to for everything from work, home and family problems, to the challenges we all face in our daily practice.
This past year we published two-volume series of ebooks of Lama Yeshe’s teachings titled The Enlightened Experience, a collection drawn from teachings given by Lama Yeshe in the 1970s and 1980s, when he traveled the world and taught extensively along with Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
And next year, our epublishing and social media maven Megan Evart will be hard at work converting Big Love into ebook and multimedia versions, a monumental task given the length of the two-volume set and number of images accompanying the text. As part of this blossoming of the Big Love digital presence, we will also be working on adding many Big Love-specific image galleries to the LYWA online image galleries. And we hope to develop an extensive excerpted audio version of Big Love with more dramatic readings from Big Love author Adele Hulse.
Staying connected with podcasts, video and social media
In addition to publishing transcripts in books, ebooks and on our website, we are continually releasing archival audio and video recordings. We currently have hundreds of videos on our YouTube channel with over 7,300 subscribers, and in 2018 we had 162,000 views of videos on the LYWA channel. So far in 2019, our videos have been viewed over 130,000 times and more than 1000 new people have subscribed. And since we revamped our podcast two years ago more than 50,000 audio episodes have been downloaded from our podcast page and website.
Megan will also continue to maintain the vibrant connections we have with people the world over through our social media sites, sending out Dharma gems daily on social media to the nearly 135,000 followers on Facebook and 15,000 more followers on other social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram.
And each year we add over 2000 new subscribers to our monthly eletter; we now have nearly 12,000 active recipients of our eletter each month. To sign up and see all our back issues, see our eletter signup and archive page.
The archive moves into the future
All of this would not be possible if the archive collection did not exist. Our work in the coming years includes migrating the digital collection of tens of thousands of audio, video, image and transcript files into a modern digital asset management system, so that these precious recordings are preserved and accessible far into the future.
We couldn't do all this without your support of and commitment to our mission. As 2019 draws to a close, we invite you make your year-end contribution today. Thank you so much for partnering with us as we embark on another year of bringing the precious teachings of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche to everyone, everywhere, every day. Thank you so much!
Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive 2018 Year End Appeal: Changing the World One Mind at a Time
For more than twenty years, Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive has been excelling at fulfilling its twin missions: preserving the precious teachings of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche and making these teachings available to all. In this way we offer the Dharma, with its message of love, compassion and equanimity towards all, to interested students and seekers the world over.
As Rinpoche explained this August at Kurukulla Center in Boston:
When the teachings materialize in a book they can go very far; they can go all over the world, and reach people everywhere. So can you imagine? The benefits are really unbelievable. Of course, we can’t travel that much but books can go everywhere. So this is one of the great activities of the FPMT. Through books we awaken people’s minds, suffering beings’ minds, from the deep sleep of ignorance.
LYWA materializes teachings not just in books but also on our website, in multimedia presentations, in audio books and ebooks. In these myriad ways we reach people in every corner of the world, helping them cultivate wisdom and peace in their minds so that they in turn can benefit as many beings as possible.
The Archive’s Print Publishing Activities
Over the past five years we have published more than twenty new print books, ebooks, audio books and print-on-demand titles, including Sun of Devotion: Stream of Blessings, Abiding in the Retreat, two ebooks drawn from Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings at Kopan courses, and fully revised editions of Teachings from Tibet and Teachings from the Vajrasattva Retreat.
Next year we will publish Lama Yeshe’s biography, Big Love: The Life and Teachings of Lama Yeshe. The design phase of the book is nearly complete and we are planning on printing it early 2019. Following that we will publish Lamrim Year, a book of daily contemplations drawn from the teachings of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche and based on the lamrim outline.
Over the past five years we have reprinted more than 100,000 copies of our existing titles, bringing the number of Archive books in print to over 800,000. In addition, there are many tens of thousands of LYWA titles printed in languages other than English as well as reprints commissioned and printed by other FPMT Centers.
The Archive’s E-Publishing Activities
Our website remains the most complete source of all published transcripts from the Archive, with thousands of teachings freely available, all categorized, tagged, and fully searchable. Each month, the average number of unique visitors to our website tops 100,000.
Two years ago we launched a companion website, Teachings from Tibet, based upon the teachings on the LYWA publication of the same name. In addition to a selection of teachings from Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, this site features teachings from some of the most revered Tibetan teachers of our time.
Each year, 11,000 copies of our ebooks are downloaded from our online ebook vendors. Many thousands of website visitors also download pdfs of our free titles or read them online. And Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Online Advice book continues to grow, with on average ten new advices posted to our website each month, bringing the total number of entries in the Online Advice Book to more than 2,000.
Supporting all this publishing activity of course is our team of transcribers, who work diligently to transcribe the ever-growing collection of teachings in our Archive. In the past five years, nearly 4,000 transcripts have been transcribed and/or checked. Of the more than 1,900 recorded teachings events in our database, just over 60% have been transcribed; only a quarter of these have been checked. There are numberless riches yet to be discovered in this precious collection.
Multimedia and Social Media
As our online audience grows, we have steadily increased our digital offerings meet the demand. Our library of multimedia presentations – which complements transcripts with audio, video and images – has steadily grown. We now have more than twenty multimedia titles freely available, including Life, Death and After Death, Freedom Through Understanding, Bodhisattva Attitude and Guru Puja is the Heart Practice.
In recent years we have released sixty-five new videos on our YouTube channel to over 1,200 subscribers. In 2017, we had 130,000 views of videos on our YouTube. And since we revamped our podcast two years ago 46,000 audio episodes have been downloaded from our podcast page and website.
The Archive maintains a vibrant social media community, sending out Dharma gems daily to the nearly 135,000 followers on Facebook and 15,000 more followers on other social media sites such as Twitter and Instagram. And each year we add over 2000 new subscribers to our monthly eletter; we now have over 10,000 active recipients of our eletter each month.
The Archive’s Reach is Extending
We can all rejoice that the efforts we have made together to offer the Dharma around the world is so successful. Each month more than sixty new people contact the Archive to either order materials, make a donation or both. And our Membership program is still growing; we’ve added 130 new members donating $1,000 or more since 2014, members who have access to ebook and print versions of every book published of Lama Yeshe’s and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s teachings.
It’s clear that every day our myriad activities—outlined above and supported by you—continuously reach those newly interested in the Dharma and the teachings of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche while at the same time serving current students and the entire FPMT family as well.
We cannot do all this without you. As we embark on another year of this precious work, we invite you to join us in our mission to bring peace and happiness to the world, one mind at a time. Thank you so much!