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Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave this teaching on December 21, 2022, during the long life puja offered to Rinpoche by the FPMT organization during the fifty-third Kopan lamrim meditation course at Kopan Monastery, Nepal. Please enjoy!

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“The Effects of Smoking and Living a Healthy and Happy Life” Book Release

Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche | March 14, 2023 -
On December 24, 2022, Lama Zopa Rinpoche attended a book release celebration at Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery, Nepal, for his new book in Nepali, titled The Effects of Smoking and Living a Healthy and Happy Life. The event drew over … Read more »

Refuge is a State of Mind

Lama Yeshe's Wisdom | February 1, 2023 -
The Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive has released a new free book by Lama Yeshe, Knowledge-Wisdom: The Peaceful Path the Liberation. This collection is drawn from teachings given by Lama Yeshe in the 1970s and 1980s, when he and Lama Zopa … Read more »

Offering 1,000 Buddhas for His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Long Life

Supporting our Lamas | February 22, 2023 -
We have incredibly joyous news to share! On May 24, 2023 Lama Zopa Rinpoche has been given the opportunity to offer a long life puja, on behalf of the entire FPMT organization, to His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Namgyal … Read more »

FPMT Study and Practice Materials Available in Non-English Languages

Study & Practice News | February 16, 2023 -
FPMT is now present in 36 countries and in order to meet the study and practice needs of non-English speaking FPMT students, many practice resources, texts, study programs, and teachings from Lama Zopa Rinpoche are now translated by volunteers. We … Read more »

March 2023 e-News is Now Available

FPMT Community: Stories & News | March 17, 2023 -
We are very pleased to share with you our March 2023 e-News! This issue features news and causes for rejoicing including: Recently published teachings from Lama Zopa Rinpoche , An update on offering 1,000 Buddha statues to His Holiness the … Read more »

Latest Essential Extracts Podcast

The Lama Zopa Rinpoche Essential Extracts podcast episodes, which range from fifteen minutes to half-an-hour, cover many lamrim topics. Please enjoy the latest release below. You can find all previous episodes as well as our full-length teachings podcast on our podcast homepage.

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The trekking group to Lawudo, pictured from front: Lama Yeshe, Chip Weitzner, Dorje Sherpa, Judy Weitzner. Above: Zina, Max, and behind Max, Lama Zopa Rinpoche. Photo courtesy of Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

The Lawudo Chronicles: Judy Weitzner’s Account of the 1969 Trek to Lawudo

Below is Judy Weitzner’s extraordinary and historic account of a very early visit to Solu Khumbu, Nepal with Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1969. This was the first time that Rinpoche had returned to Lawudo since he left for Tibet as a young boy and the group included Zina Rachevsky and Max Mathews. This story was first published in three parts in the Love Lawudo monthly newsletters #11, #12 and #13. We’ve added many photos from the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive collection for this posting. We hope you enjoy!


In the Fall of 1968, Chip Weitzner and I took off on a round the world adventure. For months prior to leaving I brought home stacks of books from the Richmond Library, compiling a list of all the intriguing spots in various countries around the globe. I listed the sites on index cards for each country we might visit and compiled a manila file. Some stops were clear. We knew we would stop in Hong Kong to see Chip’s sister, Janet who was a China scholar. We had promised a Peace Corps friend that we would visit him in Nepal. When it came time to purchase a round the world ticket for $1258.00, I discovered that we were allowed as many stopovers as we wanted, as long as we went forward and did not zig or zag excessively. Basically, I put every place on the ticket that we might want to visit, north of the equator… Read the full story »

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