Osel Hita News

Tenzin Ösel Hita and Lama Zopa Rinpoche after having lunch together, Italy, June 16, 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Tenzin Ösel Hita and Lama Zopa Rinpoche after having lunch together, Italy, June 16, 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Tenzin Ösel Hita both attended His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s recent public teachings in Livorno, Italy, June 14-15. The following day, Ösel joined Lama Zopa Rinpoche for lunch.

Rinpoche was in Italy through the end of June. He gave teachings at Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa June 28-29. Rinpoche taught on June 28 and conferred the long life initiation of White Tara on June 29.

Ösel recently finished the semester of studies in Hawaii, and later in 2014 will be taking teachings from Geshe Gendun Chomphel at Sera Je Monastery.

More information, photos and updates about FPMT spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche can be found on Rinpoche’s homepage. If you’d like to receive news of Lama Zopa Rinpoche via email, sign up to Lama Zopa Rinpoche News.

Osel offering drumming to Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Aptos, CA, USA. May, 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Osel offering drumming to Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Aptos, CA, USA. May, 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Rinpoche making the noodles for thukpa.

Rinpoche making the noodles for thukpa.


After Ösel finished his semester of studies in Hawaii, he headed back to his home country of Spain. On the way, he stopped into California and visited Lama Zopa Rinpoche several times.

One afternoon, Ösel offered drumming to Rinpoche and the Sangha at Kachoe Dechen Ling who enjoyed it very much. Then Rinpoche personally supervised and helped make dinner for Ösel, a delicious thukpa (Tibetan noodle soup).

Ösel is now returning to Spain and later in the year he will be going to India to take teachings from his teacher, Geshe Gendun Chomphel.




Lama Zopa Rinpoche helping Sangha make a special thukpa for Osel's visit to Kachoe Dechen Ling.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche helping Sangha make a special thukpa for Osel’s visit to Kachoe Dechen Ling.



Ösel on his way to begin studies in Hawaii!

Occasionally Ösel shares his thoughts and experiences on his Facebook page. In this update, he gives discusses the role every action has on our experience of life.

Life has so many ways of appearing to us. There is such complexity in each moment, each sensation we receive and create. Are we even aware of each passing second, and each experience, which combined, makes what life is for each of us? We may be very subtly aware, but I don’t think we really assimilate how important every action we do is; how habits are so powerful in our daily life. How these “actions” multiply incredibly every time we repeat an action and create the habit. Habits are so strong in our lives. That is why we must be very aware of our habits, and if we feel we are not on the right path towards understanding our inner being, towards nourishing our body and minds, towards helping ourselves and others become more functional, emotionally balanced, peaceful, loving, kind, and joyful; then we must check our habits and focus on what we want to accomplish in the big picture and the long run.

My thoughts are similar to yours. I can identify with emotions humans may have felt in some great moments of their life. I can imagine what it must have been like for the explorers who were discovering something new for themselves and the rest of humanity. Just like an astronaut, who is moving into a new place, a new dimension. What is different from everything else? We are so complex, and each of our organs means so much to our lifestyle. Each breath we take means so much for the next couple minutes we live. Each bite of food we eat, every time we speak, every time we walk, every time we blink. All those moments are so small in our daily life, but yet so big and important. And these are all actions we do consciously. I guess life is so dependent on so many tiny details, that we don’t realize how interdependent on everything else we are every second of our parallel lives.

Thank you everyone for your love and kindness, really appreciate it! Just turned 29 a couple weeks ago.

La vida tiene muchas maneras de aparecerse a nosotros. Hay tal complejidad en cada momento, cada sensación que recibimos y creamos. ¿Somos conscientes de cada segundo que pasa, y cada experiencia que tenemos? Combinados crean lo que es parte de la vida para cada uno de nosotros. Podemos estar conscientes muy sutilmente, pero no creo que realmente asimilemos la importancia detrás de cada acción que tomamos. Por ejemplo; los hábitos son tan poderosos en nuestra vida diaria. Estas “acciones” se multiplican increíblemente cada vez que se repite la acción y esto en cambio crea el hábito. Los hábitos son tan fuertes en nuestras vidas. Es por eso que tenemos que ser muy conscientes de nuestros hábitos; y si sentimos que no estamos en el camino correcto hacia la comprensión de nuestro ser interior, de nutrir nuestro cuerpo y mente, de ayudarnos a nosotros mismos y los demás a ser más funcionales, emocionalmente equilibrados, con paz interior, amorosos, compasivos, y alegres; entonces debemos investigar nuestros hábitos y enfocar lo que queremos cumplir en esta vida, mirando desde fuera de la burbuja, y a lo largo del tiempo.

Mis pensamientos son similares a los tuyos, al igual que yo puedo identificarme con las emociones humanas que podrían haber sentido muchos individuos en algunos grandes momentos de su vida. Me puedo imaginar lo que debe haber sido para los exploradores que estaban descubriendo algo nuevo para ellos y para el resto de la humanidad. Al igual que un astronauta, que está entrando en un nuevo lugar, una nueva dimensión.

Que es diferente de todo lo demás? Somos tan complejos, y cada uno de nuestros órganos es esencial en muchos aspectos para nuestro estilo de vida. Cada aliento de aire que tomamos significa todo para los próximos par de minutos en que el vivimos. Cada bocado de comida que comemos, cada vez que hablamos, cada vez que caminamos, cada vez que parpadeamos. Todos estos momentos son tan pequeños en nuestra vida diaria, pero al mismo tiempo tan grandes e importantes. Y estas solo son acciones que hacemos conscientemente. Supongo que la vida es tan dependiente de tantos pequeños detalles, no nos damos cuenta de lo importante que son las sutilezas de la vida. Todos somos completamente interdependientes del resto de todo lo demás cada segundo de nuestras vidas paralelas.

¡Muchísimas gracias a todo el mundo por tu amor y cariño, lo agradezco un montón! Cumplí 29 años hace unas semanas.


Tenzin Ösel Hita is doing very well and continuing his college studies in California.

Ösel offering long life words of praise to Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Rinpoche’s long life puja, Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, California, September, 2013. Photo by Chris Majors.

Ösel offering long life words of praise to Lama Zopa Rinpoche at Rinpoche’s long life puja, Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, California, September, 2013. Photo by Chris Majors.

While Lama Zopa Rinpoche was in the United States this year, Ösel visited Rinpoche at his residence many times. In September, Ösel participated in a long life puja offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche on behalf of FPMT, Inc. board members and FPMT North American centers. Ösel offered moving long life words of praise to Rinpoche which can be viewed on video or read in their entirety.

In November, Ösel participated in the FPMT, Inc. board meetings in California.

In 2014, Ösel plans to travel to India and take teachings from his teacher at Sera Je Monastery, Geshe Gendun Chompel, following the advice of Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

 Supporting Ösel, the recognized reincarnation of FPMT’s founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe, is of great importance to the FPMT organization. The Big Love Fund was set up to provide financial resources which support the educational endeavors of Ösel. The fund currently covers all of his educational expenses related to attending college in California as well as the cost of Ösel to travel to India so he can receive teachings from his teacher.

You are welcome to offer any amount to this fund in support of Ösel.


Tremendous thanks to all of the kind donors who have already been supporting Ösel and his education. It is greatly appreciated.


Occasionally Ösel shares his thoughts and experiences on his Facebook page. In this update, he pleads with us to shift our minds from oriented toward gaining wealth, self enjoyment and power, toward taking care of the earth and its inhabitants.

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Tenzin Ösel Hita. September 2013, Land of Medicine Buddha, California, USA. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Today I woke up with a very strong feeling in my being. I felt that Mother Earth is suffering immensely and whatever we are doing every day, if it is not to help Earth get better, there won’t be a planet for us to live in 50 years from now. If these atrocities keep happening then we have no possibility of life, of practicing loving-kindness or Dharma. But worst of all, the opportunity for all the sentient beings who will be born in the future on this planet will become null.

The strong karma we are creating by egoistically focusing on wealth, self enjoyment, and power is keeping alive the ignorance in our beings. This karma is creating a vortex of energy which is drowning Planet Earth and everyone else. The planets may look lifeless from our perspective, but this is just like the perspective that bacteria and ameba have of our individual self. We are composed by millions of living organisms. They don’t understand what we are going through, but they are affected by our emotions and experiences even though they don’t know why or have the capacity to understand.

The main reason why I’m talking about this is because I saw it so clearly this morning. The doctor prescribed me a double dose of the strongest antibiotics due to an infection that suddenly appeared on my leg for no particular reason. After a week it kept growing, no clear cause of why it started, it just popped out by itself. Even with antibiotic cream it kept getting worse. The doctor said it is very dangerous if the infection gets into my bloodstream.


Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Ösel. October, 2013, Aptos, California. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

So I’ve been taking antibiotics for two days now and last night i had the two pills on an empty stomach. This morning i was so dizzy and weak, I couldn’t stand up. I felt that my little infection is so small compared to what happens every day on this planet just because people are chasing continuously after wealth, power and self-enjoyment. This is the direct cause of so much suffering everywhere, and I believe very strongly that each of us can make a huge difference if we just try to be more conscious of our actions and our thoughts. Personally i am thinking of studying permaculture and starting work for the planet. To sleep near the earth and be far from all these distractions and chaos created by society. It doesn’t make sense to burn down your own home while you are in the office struggling with what society expects of you. The true richness is inside of us, the true wealth is inside of us, the real understanding of what our potential is. We are not here to make money and pollute the planet, we are here to evolve and help the planet improve. Each individual has the power to do this, and it is our job to make this a reality. Already there are many people involved in this movement, and I really want to help this energy flower everywhere.

Thank you for participating and please keep up the good work.

Take care and Big love. osel



On September 29, 2013, Tenzin Ösel Hita read the following words of praise to Lama Zopa Rinpche during a long life puja offered to Rinpoche at Land of Medicine Buddha, Soquel, California, USA.

Video of Tenzin Ösel Hita Offering Praise to Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Tenzin Ösel Hita’s Praise to Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Dearest spiritual friend and guide, Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche, you are so precious to us in so many different aspects. From so many angles in life, do you benefit us constantly with no break, no rest, no sleep.

Dear Lama Zopa-la, we are so grateful for your presence in this planet. We are so lucky to be able to share this space and time with you.

Since the beginning, you have dedicated your life fully to improving peoples’ spiritual lives, even though I’m sure you would love to spend many years in a Lawudo cave deep in meditation. Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us and guide us towards our inner potential.

We know how each and every action you do is dedicated to helping sentient beings – every thought, every breath; every sip of water you take is dedicated to sentient beings. We are so lucky to have you in our midst. You inspire us to be better people, and your presence gives us motivation to follow your example. You are constantly helping so many sentient beings from so many different dimensions. It is amazing to see your work in this world.

Please stay with us for as long as it takes all sentient beings to reach enlightenment. We are willing to follow your advice and work hard to accomplish your dreams, which, of course, are always focused on benefiting in the greatest way, in this life and the next.

We all thank you so much from the depth of our hearts; we wish you success in all of your vast visions present and future. 

Lama Zopa-la please live a long life. And rest a bit when you can.

Thank you for guiding us relentlessly – without rest, without tiring.

Thank you for helping us purify, for sparking interest into investigating our own egos and ignorance.

Thank you for making us see how mistaken we are.

Please continue helping sentient beings, and live a long life, with no obstacles.

Thank you, Rinpoche, for your kindness and dedication.

We love you Lama Zopa-la.

Thank you so much.



Ösel (right) with his teacher Geshe Gendun Chompel (middle), and his partner, Mai (left).

The Lama Zopa Rinpoche Bodhichitta Fund recently offered US$14,463 for the roof repair of Tenzin Ösel Hita’s teacher, Geshe Gendun Chompel. Ösel requested that Lama Zopa Rinpoche help in this way because the roof was very old and extremely hot in the Summer, making it very difficult for anyone to remain inside.

Ösel is still taking teachings from Geshe Gendun Chompel, and said this about those teachings in 2013, “It is so wonderful to hear the Dharma in such simple and clear terms, while clearing so many doubts I’ve had during a long time of my life. Understanding the teachings without having to clarify with anybody but myself. I’m so grateful for the understanding and help I have received. Thank you for the time to find myself, thank you for the patience and dedication, dearest Gen-la. You are like my Father and Mother, and will always be in my heart.”



 HOsel and HHDLÖsel with His Holiness the Dalai Lama at FPMT International Office. Photo by Leah Nash.is Holiness the Dalai Lama visited FPMT International Office on Friday, May 10, prior to speaking at Maitripa College’s graduation ceremony. During the visit to International Office, His Holiness had a tour of the offices and was offered a body, speech, mind mandala by Tenzin Ösel Hita.

A short video clip was captured of this moving mandala offering.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, who was unable to be in Portland, sent His Holiness a letter and a video offering.

Ösel also gave a talk to participants of the North American Regional Meeting which was taking place at Maitripa College during the same weekend.

Osel at NARMÖsel with participants of the May 2013 North American Regional Meeting held at Maitripa College.



Please enjoy Tenzin Ösel Hita speaking to participants of the annual lam-rim course at Kopan Monastery in November-December 2012.

“Lam-rim is the basis of Dharma. If you can get a good understand of lam-rim then you have enough for your whole life time. That is why this November course is very important. It is historical. Keep that in mind and try not to get stressed. Keep a light-hearted, light mind.”- Tenzin Ösel Hita, Kopan Monastery, November Course 2012.

Tenzin Ösel Hita in Kopan Monastery, Part 1: Life Story

Tenzin Ösel Hita in Kopan Monastery, Part 2: Relationships



Dear Family,

812576 580264175334366 58110740 oÖsel with Geshe Gendun Choephel and Mai Le Turquais, India Feb 2013.Time passes and already it has been another year gone – 29 years since Lama Yeshe passed away – and we keep evolving in a very healthy and organic way. I’m very happy and full of admiration for the whole FPMT family. This year is strong and we are here to bring about a magical change to this planet and its inhabitants by making available a series of ideologies, philosophies, motivations on true living and a way of life that helps awaken that inner self we all talk about.

Please keep your focus as much as you can in your everyday life; every moment we have, every aspect of life is essential for our evolution. Keep the joy in your heart and spread the positive vibes. Point your path to awakening this child in each and every one of us.

Thank you very much and take care everyone.

Big love,


You may read the entire 2012 FPMT Annual Review in eZine or PDF format online.