FPMT News Around the World
In early November, a group of 35 directors, spiritual program coordinators and teachers from FPMT centers in North America traveled to Thubten Norbu Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to discuss the priorities and development of the North American region. The group focused on improving regional communications, developing internal structures and identifying working groups. Maitripa College president Yangsi Rinpoche attended the meeting and offered to host the region’s next meeting, planned for May 2013 in Portland, Oregon.
Regionalization is part of a “strategy we are in the process of developing in order to fulfill Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s wishes for the FPMT,” Claire Isitt, FPMT center services director, explained in a September 2012 email to the leadership of FPMT centers, projects and services. “Our aim is to create a local tier of management at a national/regional level in order to support the current and ongoing growth of the organization as we work to fulfill Rinpoche’s vast visions now and in many future lifetimes.”
There are eleven regional/national offices in FPMT, which are meeting regularly.
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