Venerable Lama Thubten Yeshe

Lama Thubten Yeshe was born in Tibet in 1935. At the age of six, he entered Sera Monastic University in Tibet where he studied until 1959, when as Lama Yeshe himself has said, “In that year the Chinese kindly told us that it was time to leave Tibet and meet the outside world.” Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, together as teacher and disciple since their exile in India, met their first Western students in 1967. By 1971, they settled at Kopan, a small hamlet near Kathmandu in Nepal. In 1974, the Lamas began touring and teaching in the West, which would eventually result in The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. Lama Yeshe died in 1984.

An exquisite and definitive two-volume biography of Lama Yeshe, Big Love: The Life and Teachings of Lama Yeshe was published by the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive in 2020.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche with Big Love books, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, April 2020.


You must recognize that your real enemy, the thief who steals your happiness, is the inner thief, the one inside your mind - the one you have cherished since beginningless time. Therefore, make the strong determination to throw him out and never to let him back in.

Ego, Attachmnet and Liberation

Read a brief early history of both Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, from their youth to their founding the FPMT organization together in 1974.

Why have we established the FPMT? Why are we establishing these facilities all over the world? I think we are clean clear as to our aim—we want to lead sentient beings to higher education. We are an organization that gives people the chance to receive higher education. We offer people what we have the combined knowledge of Buddha’s teachings and the modern way of life. Our purpose is to share our experiences of this.

—Lama Yeshe

Read more about Lama Yeshe’s vision for FPMT.


 

The Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive has an extensive collection of books, teachings and advice from Lama Yeshe.

You can also find major publications of a number teachings from Lama through Wisdom Publications.


 

Lama Yeshe was known for his exuberant range of expressions, which you can enjoy in this small photo gallery from FPMT. You can also enjoy a more extensive gallery from the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

Please enjoy these tributes to the life of Lama Yeshe from the intimate perspectives of Lama’s friends and students, including words from Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Geshe Sopa Rinpoche, Dr. Jeffrey Hopkins, Father P. Bernard de Give, Katy Perlman and others.


Tenzin Osel Hita, born in Spain in 1984 by two of Lama Yeshe’s students, was recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the reincarnation of Lama Yeshe at the age of one.

You can read about Osel’s life and current activities, and find videos of public talks, a documentary he produced, read from his ongoing blog, and more.

 

 

Without understanding how your inner nature evolves, how can you possibly discover eternal happiness? Where is eternal happiness? It's not in the sky or in the jungle; you won't find it in the air or under the ground. Everlasting happiness is within you, within your psyche, your consciousness, your mind. That's why it's important that you investigate the nature of your own mind.

 

Lama Thubten Yeshe teaching at University of California at Santa Cruz, 1978. Photo by Jon Landaw.

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