Lama Yeshe

Lama Zopa Rinpoche  

The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition
is an international, non-profit organization, founded in 1975 by Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-84), a Tibetan Buddhist monk. The Foundation is devoted to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation, and community service. The FPMT provides integrated education through which people's minds and hearts can be transformed into their highest potential for the benefit of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility. We are committed to creating harmonious environments and helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion. Our organization is based on the Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsong Khapa of Tibet as taught to us by our founder Lama Thubten Yeshe and spiritual director Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.

Lama Yeshe, with his closest disciple Lama Zopa Rinpoche, were the founders and spiritual heads of the FPMT.

They began giving teachings to Westerners at Kopan Monastery on the outskirts of Kathmandu in 1965. Gradually their students, wanting to continue their studies at home, invited the Lamas on teaching tours of the West.

Together the two Lamas inspired and guided a growing network of meditation and retreat centres and monastic communities around the world. Since its beginnings in 1971 the FPMT has grown to more than 119 FPMT centers, projects and services and 38 study groups in 37 countries.

Lama Yeshe passed away in March 1984 and Tenzin Osel Rinpoche (born 1985 in Spain) was recognised as his incarnation by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the FPMT.

FPMT projects and activities

  • Monasteries and nunneries in 6 countries
  • Liberation Prison Project
  • Leprosy Clinics
  • Polio Clinics
  • Health and Nutrition Clinics
  • Meditation Centers in 26 Countries
  • Hospices
  • Building the world's largest statue:a 500ft/152m statue of Maitreya, the future Buddha, by the Maitreya Project in Kushinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Publishing houses
  • Universal Education Schools

learn about these and many other FPMT projects and activities at :

The FPMT web site

The FPMT Annual Report

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