Namdrol Ling Study Group is a group devoted to cultivating wisdom and compassion through the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism and meditation classes in Miami, Florida.
We are an FPMT study group (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition), a worldwide network of Buddhist centers and activities, founded by Lama Thubten Yeshe.
Under the guide of our Spiritual Director Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche and our founder Lama Thubten Yeshe, we follow the teachings and practices of the Gelug tradition, and we follow the advice of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
FPMT study groups are groups which are using this status as a probationary period before a group becomes a legal entity and a full FPMT center.
FPMT study groups are not yet affiliated with the FPMT, and therefore do not have the same responsibilities as a center or project, financially or administratively. FPMT study groups are required to work toward becoming an FPMT center, within a period of two years.
Namdrol Ling means “The place for complete liberation” in Tibetan. The name was given to us by Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche in October 2015.
Our logo was created according to the instructions from Lama Zopa Rinpoche for centers under his guidance. In general, the meaning of the various elements are described below according to Rinpoche.
A Pile of Jewels
This has two meanings: one is to have wealth – not only external wealth, but inner wealth: the wealth of Dharma understanding and realizations. Also for all the Sangha to be able to fulfill the wishes of all sentient beings. Then the second meaning is to become wish-fulfilling for all sentient beings. This creates the cause to have success and to have all the realizations from guru devotion up to enlightenment and to be able to fulfill the wishes of all sentient beings.
This signifies the place and sentient beings in this world and in other worlds. The implement being on the world signifies that the center, service and project exists to benefit all sentient beings, the whole world, and that the whole world is supporting the center, service and project.
Signifies coming out of the mud, and that sentient beings’ minds are in nature pure, unstained by true existence, like the lotus born from mud but unstained. The lotus also signifies the Sangha – the pure monks and nuns – being wish-fulfilling for all beings and bringing all sentient beings to achieve the whole path to enlightenment.
A Bodhi Leaf
This signifies that bodhicitta is your heart practice; your aim is to benefit sentient beings, to develop your center, service and project to cause all sentient beings to have bodhicitta. Also that bodhicitta is the main aim of your center, service and project. It also signifies that all practices on the path to enlightenment, from guru devotion up to enlightenment, must come from the good heart – bodhicitta – the thought of benefitting others. The bodhi leaf also signifies that the way you guide numberless sentient beings is with bodhicitta, the good heart: that the main goal (of your center, service, project, monastery, nunnery and even country) is to benefit sentient beings and therefore everything you do in your life is with bodhicitta, whether you are teaching, listening, reflecting, from beginning to end, it is done with bodhicitta, including eating, sleeping, walking, sitting, everything is harmonized with bodhicitta, the wish to achieve enlightenment to liberate numberless sentient beings from the lower realms and to bring them to full enlightenment.
Beams Emitting from the Bodhi Leaf
Signify spreading the light of Dharma in the ten directions to all sentient beings and dispelling the darkness of all sentient beings. Beams radiating out from an implement signify that the center, service and project are continually benefiting sentient beings. The beams signify that everyone who comes there receives all realizations, and that the center, service and project will continually benefit sentient beings up to enlightenment, liberate all sentient beings without effort, spontaneously, from all the sufferings by eliminating the darkness of ignorance on the mental continuum, by the light of Dharma. This is the same as in a sadhana when Buddha sends beams of light out, eliminating all the defilements etc.
Signify strength – to be very strong in one’s heart and mind, strong in Dharma practice, strong in higher training – morality, the vows, higher concentration, wisdom, also to overcome all the obstacles – the inner obstacles, delusions and the outer obstacles, such as financial needs.
Dragons are very, very important in logos and you need to have a dragon on each side. It is very important for the logos to have dragons, this makes the center, service and project very stable and strong and this benefits the whole organization, it makes the organization become strong. This is similar to advice that I have given in the past on the reason why centers, projects and services should have dragons outside on the front door. It makes the center, service and project very strong.
For example Bhutan has a dragon on their money, and even though it is a very tiny country, it has always stayed strong, it has not been taken over by India or China and also the Dharma has stayed very strong in Bhutan. Singapore also has dragons on their money.
The dragons must hold a jewel in each hand, it is very important they are not empty handed. The dragons need to be very clear, vivid and not messy. It is best if the dragons are embossed.
All the logos that I have designed for centers have these similar things – except my own logo and the logo of Kopan – these 2 logos have a garuda and in its heart is a vajra radiating light. Later I added dragons around my logo. My own logo has one line from Arya-mañjushri-nama- samgiti, it says: The doer who is doing works for sentient beings.
This is the main image for our center that makes it unique within the FPMT family. Each center’s logos usually has most of the elements above, and then the center image has special meaning to the individual group.
A stupa is a symbol of the enlightened mind, (the awakened mind, universal divinity) and the path to its realisation. The stupa represents the Buddha’s body, his speech and his mind, but most especially his mind and every part shows the path to Enlightenment.