Lama Zopa Rinpoche

‘This Is Buddha Nature’

Lama Zopa Rinpoche taught in December as part of the Kopan Monastery November course. On December 7, Ven. Roger Kunsang shared on his Twitter page:  Lama Zopa: The mind is empty of a real mind. This is because the mind exists in … Read full article


Upcoming Events

Nov/Dec 2014

November 23 – Long Life Puja offered by Amitabha Buddhist Centre, Singapore

Teaching during the one month lam-rim course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal


July 2015

Hosted by Maitreya Institut, Loenen, The Netherlands

July 11 – 12 Teachings on the Essence of the Kadam

July 13 – 19  Heruka Five Deities Initiation

July 20 Long Life Puja



Current Advice

The Kindness of Our Gurus

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Australia, October 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Australia, October 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

“The benefit that we have been able to offer to sentient beings and the teachings of the Buddha, particularly to spread the teachings of Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism in this world, this is due to the kindness of our Gurus. That we have been able to offer service to His Holiness the Dalai Lama who is the sole object of refuge of all of us sentient beings and the originator of all our peace and happiness; to the Tibetan people — particularly the monasteries; and all the extensive service that we have been able to offer sentient beings — not only with Dharma but also with the various social services — all of this is due to His Holiness the Dalai Lama the Buddha of Compassion’s kindness. And particularly it is due to the Lama whose holy name is very difficult to express and who is kinder than all the three times Buddhas — Lama Yeshe’s kindness. It is due to his brave heart, his big heart, as well as the idea of building a very large Maitreya Buddha statue that blows away many living beings’ minds and hearts,” Lama Zopa Rinpoche said during a long life puja at Land of Medicine Buddha in California in 2001, also acknowledge Ribur Rinpoche, who was in attendance as well as “other Gurus who pray every day for the success of the activities, the projects.” 

Photos of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Yeshe on the throne next to Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the retreat in Australia, October 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Photos of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Lama Yeshe on the throne above Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the retreat in Australia, October 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

“It is because of this that we can have some success. There is a lot to do. What has been done so far is very little. What is going to happen is more. All of this is completely due to the kindness of the Gurus,” Rinpoche continued. “Then, next, I am not going to mention the names of all the students because I wouldn’t remember them and even if I could it would take many days, but there is [Ven.] Roger [Kunsang] who for many years has been my attendant, and many students whose nature is compassionate and faithful. The most important thing is harmony, unity in the organization. That is what has brought success so far — unity. There are many students who are like gold, like diamonds. The most important quality is to have the nature of compassion towards others, to be kind-hearted, next is to be intelligent, understanding the Dharma, and then to be responsible. It is particularly due to the harmony, the unity, that there has been success and that we have been able to offer this much service.

“So there is a lot of potential to be able to offer much much more extensive benefit than this. The Maitreya project didn’t happen yet. It did not get actualized yet. Because it has such immense benefit, skies of benefit to sentient beings, of course it has a lot of obstacles, it takes time. But it’s just a question of time. When the merit is more and more increased, then there will be less obstacles. So I would like to thank very much all the members of the FPMT organization, all the students at the centres in the different countries for all their prayers, not only for my long life but for all the other things and particularly for the Maitreya project. The benefit that we are able to offer, that I am able to offer, is due to the kindness of so many students who are compassionate to sentient beings, faithful, and responsible. And it is due to unity, harmony in the organization. So we can offer much more, many more times extensive benefit to the teachings of the Buddha and more and more service to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. So I want to thank very very much.”

From “The Most Important Thing in the FPMT”  on the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service.



Recent Photos


Australia CPMT 2014 and Retreat Bendigo September-October 2014
Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Australia, September 2014. Photo by Andy Melnic.

Australia CPMT 2014 and Retreat Bendigo September-October 2014
Lama Zopa Rinpoche turning the prayer wheels outside the Great Stupa at dusk, Australia, September 12, 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Australia CPMT 2014 and Retreat Bendigo September-October 2014
Offering khatas to Lama Zopa Rinpoche the day before the start of CPMT 2014, Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Australia, September 12, 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Recent Video

Lama Zopa Rinpoche blessing a horse in Italy
Lama Zopa Rinpoche blessing the horses at the animal sanctuary in Italy. Benefiting animals in anyway possible is extremely important to Rinpoche and he often spends a lot of time reciting mantras and prayers for any animal or insect he encounters. June 2014

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist scholar and meditator who for 30 years has overseen the spiritual activities of the worldwide network of 160-plus centers, projects and social services that form the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) which he founded with Lama Thubten Yeshe.

Read more about Lama Zopa Rinpoche including: updates on his health, news blog, photosvideosscheduleadvice and how to contact.





November FPMT International Office e-News Out Now!

We hope you enjoy the November FPMT International Office e-news. In it you’ll find: Who Lama Zopa Rinpoche considers to be a hero FPMT Education Service’s updates on new materials How the FPMT Puja Fund made the most of Lhabab ... Read full article

FPMT Projects

Long Life Puja for Lama Zopa Rinpoche Offered in Singapore

  Amitabha Buddhist Centre’s 25th anniversary celebrations culminated with a very extensive long life puja with the five dakini dance offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche on November 23, 2014. Follwing the puja, Rinpoche commented that he felt the students were ... Read full article

Mandala Magazine

Taiwan Organizes First Lam-rim Retreat with Geshe Tsethar

Ven. Thubten Dechen, who interpreted for Geshe Tsethar during FPMT Taiwan’s and Heruka Center’s first jointly organize lam-rim retreat, reports on the special event: FPMT Taiwan and Heruka Center in Kaohsiung jointly organized its first guided meditation lam-rim retreat during ... Read full article

What is the Foundation for the
Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition?

The FPMT is an organization devoted to preserving and spreading Mahayana Buddhism worldwide by creating opportunities to listen, reflect, meditate, practice and actualize the unmistaken teachings of the Buddha and based on that experience spreading the Dharma to sentient beings. We provide 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 and service. 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 Tsongkhapa of Tibet as taught to us by our founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe and our spiritual director, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.

Die Stiftung zur Erhaltung der Mahayana-Tradition hat es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht, diese buddhistische Tradition und ihre Werte weltweit zugänglich zu machen. Unsere Organisation bietet Unterweisungen des tibetischen Buddhismus, Meditation, soziale Dienstleistungen, Klausurzentren und Projekte, die dazu beitragen, diese Tradition zu erhalten. Sie hat ihre Grundlage in der Gelugpa-Überlieferung der Lehren des tibetischen Meisters Tsongkhapa, die wir in Form der Unterweisungen von Lama Yesche, des Gründers dieser Organisation, und unseres spirituellen Leiters Lama Zopa Rinpotsche weitergeben.

Im Folgenden finden Sie eine Liste von Zentren und deren Website in Ihrer bevorzugten Sprache.

La Fundación para la preservación de la tradición Mahayana (FPMT) se dedica a la transmisión de la tradición y valores budistas mahayana en todo el mundo a través de enseñanzas de budismo tibetano, meditación, servicio a la comunidad, centros de retiro y proyectos que preservan la tradición. La FPMT está basada en la tradición guelugpa de Lama Tsong Khapa del Tíbet, tal como nos han enseñado nuestro fundador, Lama Thubten Yeshe, y nuestro director espiritual, Lama Zopa Rimpoché.

A continuación puede ver una lista de los centros y sus páginas web en su lengua preferida.

Noticias de la FPMT – Noviembre 2014

La Fondation pour la Préservation de la Tradition du Mahayana (FPMT) est une organisation consacrée à la transmission dans le monde entier de la tradition et des valeurs du bouddhisme du mahayana, par l’enseignement, la méditation, les œuvres à caractère social, les centres de retraite et les projets qui préservent la tradition. La FPMT est fondée sur la tradition guéloukpa de Lama Tsongkhapa du Tibet, telle qu’elle a été enseignée par notre fondateur Lama Thoubtèn Yéshé et notre directeur spirituel, Lama Zopa Rinpoché.

Visitez le site de notre Service de traduction pour les traductions, conseils et nouvelles en français.

Voici une liste de centres et de leurs sites dans votre langue préférée

Nouvelles du Bureau International de la FPMT – Aout 2014

La Fondazione per la Preservazione della Tradizione Mahayana (FPMT), opera per diffondere in tutto il mondo i valori e la tradizione buddhista attraverso gli insegnamenti del buddhismo tibetano, la meditazione, i centri di ritiro, le attività a carattere sociale e vari progetti mirati a preservare la tradizione stessa. L’FPMT si basa sul lignaggio Gelugpa e sugli insegnamenti del maestro tibetano Lama Tzongkhapa così come sono stati trasmessi dal nostro fondatore Lama Thubten Yeshe e dal direttore spirituale, Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Di seguito potete trovare un elenco dei centri e dei loro siti nella lingua da voi prescelta.

FPMT News Aprile

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Today’s Date

Merit Box Project The power of Rinpoche’s bodhichitta coupled with the effectiveness of Rinpoche’s projects makes the Merit Box an essential method for committed FPMT students to accumulate merit by practicing generosity towards the purest object, the Guru. more…


Work a Day This year we celebrate Saka Dawa on June 4 and we are inviting you to contribute to Work a Day for Rinpoche, a fund that supports Rinpoche’s beneficial programs and projects. By dedicating your virtuous activities on Saka Dawa towards the realization of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s compassionate wishes and donating your salary from that day to the fund, you are able to make a meaningful contribution towards benefiting all beings.

is a magnificent 500ft/152m bronze statue in the form of Maitreya Buddha. The statue is being built to last at least 1,000 years, providing an enduring monument to the quality of loving-kindness. The purpose is to bring as much benefit as possible, for as long as possible – spiritually, in education and healthcare, and economically, through the direct and indirect creation of employment opportunities.