Join the community of Friends, benefit students and Dharma communities around the globe.

Your support as a Friend of FPMT will benefit students and Dharma communities around the globe.

Friends help us make the Dharma accessible to thousands of students, including those who don’t live near a Dharma center and want a genuine study of the Buddhist path. As a Friend of FPMT, you’ll provide vital funds needed to expand FPMT Education Services resources and programs like the Online Learning Center, Living in the Path, and our constant work on new publications and translations. Plus much more!

You’ll also help sustain FPMT Center Services, which assists over 160 local FPMT centers, projects, and services around the world, helping them succeed in their efforts of preserving the Mahayana tradition and serving others. 

Plus you’ll receive an instant treasure of FPMT Education Service’s online study programs, downloadable prayers, practices, ebooks and other materials!

As a Friend, you’ll enjoy instant access to the FPMT Education resources you are supporting, and get a year subscription to Mandala publications, the official magazine of the FPMT for over 30 years.

The Giving Levels

(all subscriptions last one year and are renewable)

0Patron Friends

Like the elephant, be a strong pillar of support to the Foundation. Have full access to all the FPMT Online Learning Center programs, instantly download over 200 practices, prayers and ebooks from FPMT Education, and have a special Tara puja performed for you by the nuns at Kopan Monastery on Saka Dawa each year. See all of the Patron benefits.

Starts at US$100 monthly or US$1,200 full-year

0Dharma Supporters* 

*The best value while making a GREAT IMPACT to the FPMT mission!
Enjoy access to EVERY FPMT Online Learning Center course, plus instantly download over 150 FPMT Education prayers, practices and ebooks found in the Foundation Store.  See all of the Dharma Supporter benefits.

Starts at US$30 monthly or US$360 full-year

0Foundation Friends

Enjoy some complimentary FPMT Education online courses and downloadable materials, including Meditation 101 online course, plus a print subscription to Mandala Publications. 

Starts at US$5 monthly or US$60 full-year


Similar to the Foundation Friends benefits, but totally digital – you’ll receive the e-magazine and not the print version.

Starts at US$30 full-year


Discounted Friends Levels

0IMI Sangha Friends

If you are an ordained Sangha member, you qualify for discounted Foundation Friends level benefits, with a $30 contribution for the year.

0International Friends

If you live in a country with low to medium international currency exchange rates, you can qualify for discounted Foundation Friends level benefits, with a $30 contribution for the year. 

icons smFree Friends 

JUST SIGN UP! You will receive the monthly FPMT e-newsletter, access to free courses on FPMT’s Online Learning Center, and links to other free resources.


The Four Harmonious Friends, original drawing by Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

The Story of the Four Harmonious Friends

In the Vinayavastu (“Foundation of Discipline”), the Buddha tells the story of the Four Harmonious Friends – a pheasant, a rabbit, a monkey, and an elephant – who lived together in harmony. Each of the younger animals showed respect for the older animals’ life-experience and knowledge by carrying the older on his back.

Later, the eldest (the pheasant) taught the practice of ethical conduct to the others, who then taught the same practice to the rest of the forest creatures. Because of this, happiness and comfort increased greatly in the world.

It is said that wherever a picture of the Four Harmonious Friends is displayed, the ten virtues will increase, the minds of all will become harmonious, and many auspicious events will occur.