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Dusum Sangay Guru Rinpoche statue, February 2014. Photo courtesy of Chandrakirti Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre.


My wish is for FPMT to build many holy objects everywhere, as many as possible. Making it so easy for sentient beings to purify their heavy negative karma and making it so easy for sentient beings to create extensive merit. Which makes it so easy to achieve the realizations of the path and so easy to achieve liberation and enlightenment.

—Lama Zopa Rinpoche, CPMT 2002, Taos

A 2-meter (7-foot) Padmasambhava statue has been built at New Zealand’s Chandrakirti Tibetan Buddhist Meditation Centre. This statue is of Dusum Sangay Guru Rinpoche, the manifestation of Guru Rinpoche who dispels all obstacles and brings amazing success.

The statue was crafted in Nepal and Gen Tenpa Choden la and Ven. Ani Fran at Kopan Monastery coordinated the production of it.

This brings the number of large Padmasambhava statues around the world, in accordance with Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s vast vision for FPMT,  up to 15!

You can offer any amount to the Padmasambhava Project for Peace, which is dedicated to offering support to the building of many large statues of Padmasambhava around the world in order to create the cause for peace for all beings.






Padmasambava - looks like me

The very famous Padmasambhava statue that is called “Looks Like Me” in Tibet that Lama Zopa Rinpoche often uses as an example.


The Padmasambhava Project for Peace is dedicated to fulfilling Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s goal of building many large statues of Padmasambhava around the world in order to create the cause for peace for all beings

In October of 2013 the project offered US$7,000 for gold and equipment needed for gold leafing a 70 ft Padmasambhava statue with two consorts.  A very skilled artist began the tremendous task of gold leafing this large statue. Scaffolding was set up and the artist spent time training some of the local monks in the gold leafing process. This year only one month of work was done due to the onset of Winter, but the gold leafing will continue next few years.

You are welcome to offer any amount toward this amazing offering of gold to Padmasambhava.



Listen, beautiful one having the form of a goddess,
For those sentient beings who have not met me,
Statues of me in the future
Will become the light eliminating the darkness of ignorance.
Whoever builds such statues of me,
Which become objects of offering and so forth,
All their future lives will become meaningful
And they will establish the banner of the teachings.




Guru Pharche Lamsel

New Padmasambhava statue built for Lawudo gompa.

In 2011 the Padmasambhava Project for Peace offered US$14,000 toward the creation of three Padmasambhava statues at Lawudo Retreat Center, Nepal.

Lawudo is an incredibly special location for FPMT. The cave of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s previous incarnation, known as the Lawudo Lama,  is situated there, 14,000 feet up in the mountains of Nepal. Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s brother, Sangye Sherpa, is the current director of the Lawudo Retreat Center and has been rebuilding the gompa. Lama Zopa Rinpoche advised that these new statues should go into the new gompa.

We are very happy to report that the statues are now finished.

Please rejoice that we are now three statues closer to fulfilling Lama Zopa Rinpoche wish for many large Padmasambhava statues to be built around the world!

You may donate any amount to the continued building of more large Padmasambhava statues around the word:


Guru Chhoki Dorji & Guru Urgen Khandro Norla

New Padmasambhava statues built for Lawudo gompa.


IMG 3431Padmasambhava statue for Lawudo nearly finished.US$14,000 offered to build one 11-foot (3-meter) and two life-sized statues of Padmasambhava in Lawudo, Nepal. Lawudo is the site of particular significance for FPMT as the meditation cave of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s previous incarnation, Lawudo Lama Kunsang Yeshe, is located there.

US$60,000 donated to build large Padmasambhava statue for a monastery in Asia.

Over US$1.6 million offered to build and house 21 statues including:

•A 70-foot (21-meter) statue of Padmasambhava with two consorts, each 25 feet (7.5 meters) high;

•Eighteen life-sized statues including the Eight Aspects of Padmasambhava over 6 feet (2 meters) high

A temple to house the statues utilizing art inspired by Padmasambhava’s experience of the pure land Zangdok Palri (Glorious Copper-Colored Mountain)

US$3,000 donated to build a Padmasambhava statue at Milarepa Center in Vermont, USA between 2 and 3 feet (about 1 meter)– Thanks to a 2009 International Merit Box grant!

US$100,000 offered to build a very large Wish-fulfilling Padmasambhava statue at a Sakya Monastery

Initial planning to build a 120-foot (36.5-meter) Padmasambhava statue in Khakhorin, Mongolia. This project is being undertaken by FPMT Mongolia.