Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Stupas Plant the Seeds of Enlightenment

While in Leeds, UK, in early July, Lama Zopa Rinpoche and members of Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds visited the stupa located in the Himalayan Garden on the Harewood House estate. Rinpoche made sure to circumambulate the stupa while visiting. “Every day, when sentient beings … Read full article


Upcoming Events

July 2014

5 – 6  Teaching: Making Life Meaningful, Jamyang Buddhist Centre Leeds, UK

10   Teaching: Enlightened Courage – The Buddha’s Path of Wise Compassion, Jamyang Buddhist Centre, London, UK

11 – 13  Heruka Five Deities Initiation, Jamyang Buddhist Centre, London, UK

16  a Long Life Puja will be offered to Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Jamyang Buddhist Centre, London, UK


August 2014

August 27 – September 1  100 Million Mani Retreat, hosted by FPMT Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia (the retreat runs from Aug 17 – Sept 18)




Current Advice

Benefits of Offering Service to the Guru

Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave a talk to the recent European Regional Meeting in Italy which included this teaching on the benefits of offering service to the guru. We invite you to read the edited transcript of Rinpoche’s talk and watch Rinpoche giving this teaching on video.

An excerpt from the talk follows:

“Our reason to be here in Italy, at Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, where the director, the SPC [spiritual program coordinator], all the staff here, with FPMT Italy arranged to receive His Holiness to give all the different teachings. Everything went so well. Unbelievable, unbelievable accomplishment, service. Wow. People have really enjoyed. The happiness they normally achieve is just external, sensual, attachment, just like that, nothing new, just the same story, from beginningless rebirths. His Holiness is sooo extremely pleased. It went extremely well, and so I want to say from my heart, billions, zillions, trillions, numberless thanks! Billions, zillions, trillions, numberless thanks! It’s really wonderful, the best accomplishment, as an individual and as an organization.

“So of course, body and mind is under the control of karma and delusion, in the nature of suffering, so of course [we have] tiredness, feel worn out – these things happen. During beginningless rebirths we did not achieve liberation from samsara; we created the cause of these contaminated aggregates. But what I want to tell you, what you have to understand, is that many eons of negative karma have been purified. Sooo many eons of negative karma, heavy negative karma has been purified through bearing much hardship, serving the teachings of the Buddha, sentient beings, the guru, or Compassion Buddha. Sooo many eons, from beginningless rebirths, so many years of negative karma is purified. You have to understand, you have to rejoice about that. So the more you feel difficulty, the more you feel tiredness, whatever happens – oh, it’s great purification.”

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Recent Photos


UK Leeds and London July 2014
Lama Zopa Rinpoche arriving in UK, June 30, 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

UK Leeds and London July 2014
Lama Zopa Rinpoche taking a walk in the park on his first morning in England, July 1, 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

UK Leeds and London July 2014
Lama Zopa Rinpoche at the potential site of Land of Joy, Northumberland, UK, July 2, 2014. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Recent Video

Lama Zopa Rinpoche talk about karma and emptiness of flowers
Lama Zopa Rinpoche talking about the karma and emptiness of some amazing flower offerings at Kachoe Dechen Ling. 6 June 2014 Filmed by Ven.Roger Kunsang and Ven.Thubten Kunsang

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.





July FPMT International Office e-news Out Now!

We invite you into the July FPMT International Office e-news!  In this month’s e-news, you can: Read and/or watch the video of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s advice about the Benefits of Offering Service to the Guru. Read about the important new ... Read full article

FPMT Projects

Offering to the Pores of the Guru

In November 2012, on the very auspicious occasion of the 610th Anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa’s composition of his masterpiece Lam-rim Chen-mo (The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment) and the 600th Anniversary of Lama Tsongkhapa’s teaching ... Read full article

Mandala Magazine

Mandala en Español: La Gran Estupa de la Compasión Universal y Los Proyectos Maitreya

FPMT has more than 20 centers and study groups in four Spanish-speaking countries and Mandala features several articles translated into español, available for free online.  Student and coordinator of Thubten Kunkyab Study Group in Mexico Alejandro M. García recently translated “La Gran Estupa de la Compasión Universal” and ... 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 – Junio 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 Bureau 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 – Juin 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.