Prayers for Our Teachers' Long Lives & Peace in Ukraine
with Jon Landaw

About Practices for Our Teachers' Long Lives

For our teachers’ long lives, Khadro-la has advised us to recite the Mani and White Tara mantras. This will help us accumulate the causes and conditions to continue receiving benefit from them for a long time. (The essential practice for their long lives is harmony between students and following our teachers’ Dharma advice, which includes offering service. A long life puja is also being offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche on March 11.)
If reciting the mantras on your own, please keep a count of your recitations and share them by March 18 here. (You can submit the form as many times as you’d like.) We will offer the accumulation of meritorious activity to Lama Zopa Rinpoche via FPMT and Venerable Roger.

About Practices for Peace in Ukraine

For helping to stop the violence and suffering in Ukraine, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has recommended various practices here. Shantideva Center will also make a donation on behalf of our students, members and volunteers to GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund to help the most vulnerable people, including children.
Here are recent words from His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the hope for resolving conflict through dialogue. And here are his earlier reflections on the role of inner peace for outer peace.
In this dark time, we take hope in our collective ability to make a positive difference through prayers, material help, and cultivating inner peace for a better world.

About the Teacher

Jon Landaw was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1944. He received his A.B. degree in English Literature from Dartmouth College in 1965 and spent three years teaching English as a Second Language with the Peace Corps in Iran (1966-69).

Jon worked as English editor for the Translation Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (1972-77) producing numerous texts under the guidance of Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey. As a student of Lama Yeshe and Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche since the mid-1970’s, he has edited numerous works for Wisdom Publications, including “Wisdom Energy” and “Introduction to Tantra.” He is also the author of “Prince Siddhartha,” a biography of Buddha for children, “Images of Enlightenment,” published by Snow Lion in 1993 and “Buddhism for Dummies”. As an instructor of Buddhist meditation, he has taught in numerous Dharma centers throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere.

Jon is known for his ability to present traditional Buddhist ideas in ways that are accessible and relevant to our everyday life. He and his wife currently live in Santa Cruz, California where he teaches regularly at the nearby Land of Medicine Buddha center.