Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Offering Elephants at Great Stupa of Universal Compassion

“… All those who make flower offerings to the stupa will achieve a perfect human rebirth, having freedom and richness. …” –From Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s translation of “Padmasambhava’s Instruction on Offerings to Stupas,” which details the benefits of prostrating to, circumambulating, making offerings to, … Read full article


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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 14 – 18 Heruka Five Deities Initiation

July 20 Long Life Puja



Current Advice

Benefits of Building a Stupa

Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Ian Green discussing the art and decorations for the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion interior, Bendigo, Australia, October 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Ian Green discussing the art and decorations for the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Bendigo, Australia, October 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche offered this advice to students on the benefits of building a stupa:

“By building a stupa, without words we are continually liberating so many sentient beings. Every day, the stupa plants the seed of enlightenment and purifies anybody who sees, touches, remembers, talks or dreams about the stupa. This includes insects that touch the stupa. The stupa is meaningful to behold, and it liberates many sentient beings, insects and humans, every day.

“When the wind touches a stupa—especially if it has the four dharmakaya relics inside—the wind becomes blessed. Then, wherever the wind goes and whoever it touches, it liberates them from the lower realms, by purifying their negative karma. When rain falls on the stupa, that water liberates any being it touches—all the worms in the ground etc, are liberated from the lower realms. It is similar with dust.

“We can build stupas to inspire people without even teaching Dharma. However many hundreds and billions of years the holy object lasts, it continues to liberate many sentient beings every day, freeing them from the lower realms, causing them to actualize the path, liberating them from samsara and bringing them to enlightenment. After we die, even if we are in another universe, in the hell realms or a pure land, wherever we are, the stupa that we built or helped to build, is continually benefiting sentient beings. It is incredible how we can continually benefit sentient beings by building a stupa.

“From the Flower Garland Sutra:

Whatever one offers [to a stupa], whether it is tiny or big, it causes happiness from beginningless rebirth up to now.

“This refers to temporary happiness and on top of that the cause of ultimate happiness—liberation from suffering and causes of suffering, and full enlightenment, for the sake of all sentient beings. Then we are able to liberate numberless sentient beings from suffering and bring them to enlightenment, so of course this includes achieving worldly people’s small happiness; it is all contained here.

“These are some of the benefits we get by helping to build this stupa.”

From the page on “Stupas” in “Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Online Advice Book,” part of the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. 

Light offerings projected on to the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Australia, October 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

Light offerings projected on to the Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Australia, October 2014. Photo by Ven. Thubten Kunsang.

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


Recent Photos


Mongolia August 2014
Lama Zopa Rinpoche doing Dzambhala practice at Ganden Do Ngag Shedrup Ling, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Mongolia August 2014
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teachings at 100 million mani retreat, Idgaa Choizinling Dratsang, Ganden Monastery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Mongolia August 2014
Lama Zopa Rinpoche teaching at 100 million mani retreat, Idgaa Choizinling Dratsang, Ganden Monastery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, August 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger 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.





Khensur Jampa Tegchok Passes Away

We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of another one of our precious and kind Buddhist masters. Khensur Jampa Tegchok passed away on October 28 at 1:55 a.m. local time in a hospital in South India. His body was ... Read full article

FPMT Projects

Robes Offered to FPMT Resident Geshes and Touring Teachers

On Losar this year, as a token of appreciation and gratitude for the incredibly kind service offered to the FPMT organization and to the teachings of Buddha, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, through the FPMT Puja Fund sponsored robes 49 sets of ... Read full article

Mandala Magazine

Don’t Be Afraid of Death

Share your love, your wisdom, and your wealth, and serve other beings as much as possible. Live in harmony with one another and be an example of peace, love, compassion, and wisdom. Try to be happy in your practice, to be satisfied with your life. ... 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 – Octubre 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.