How to Contact Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Thank you for your interest in contacting Lama Zopa Rinpoche. We hope the below information will assist you in directing your inquiry to the appropriate department or help you access the resources you need.

Rinpoche’s Teaching Schedule

You may view Rinpoche’s most up-to-date schedule and subscribe to his schedule via RSS feed for the most current information.

Current Events

September 3 - 17 2023
Light of the Path Retreat, hosted by Kopan Monastery, Nepal

November 1 - 30, 2023
Teaching during the one month meditation course, Kopan Monastery, Nepal

Will be scheduled for 2024
Bodhicaryavatara and Rinjung Gyatsa Retreat, including the initiation of Guhyasamaja. The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion, Bendigo, Australia


Lama Zopa Rinpoche and other sangha members, Nalanda Monastery, Rouzegas, Labastide-Saint-Georges, France, June 2019. Photo by Ven. Roger Kunsang.

Questions Regarding Ordination

The International Mahayana Institute (IMI), FPMT’s community of monks and nuns, has detailed guidelines and next steps regarding how to prepare for ordination.

Rinpoche’s General Advice Page

This page includes current advice from Rinpoche and everything you need to know about essential practices to protect from harm, help during sickness and assist those who are dying or have died. Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Online Advice Book offers advice on a wide range of topics in the form of short talks and letters.

Daily Practices

Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Essential Daily Practice Advice is a valuable resource Rinpoche has put together to use a basis for daily practice. In addition to recite daily The Method to Transform a suffering Life into Happiness.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Online Advice Book

Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Online Advice book contains answers to many students’ questions about health, life problems, practice, and more.

Center-Related Questions

Death and Dying

  • Please see the Death and Dying practice and resource page this has all of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s essential advice and practices for the time of death.
  • For those close to you who have passed away within the past 49 days, you can request for prayers to be made by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Lama Zopa Rinpoche and FPMT Sangha communities.

To Request Prayers for the Sick

  • In order to request prayers for someone who is sick please email and mention the sick person’s full name. The Sangha at Rinpoche’s house will dedicate for them during regular animal liberation practices and daily when making long life tsa tsas.
  • If you would like to make a donation for this service please go to the Animal Liberation Fund and Stupa Fund.
  • For advice on what are the best practices you can do at this time, Lama Zopa Rinpoche always recommends Medicine Buddha practice and Using Sickness for the Path.
  • To request a puja for a sick person, Kopan Monastery offers this service.

Personal Correspondence to Rinpoche

Due to Rinpoche’s health and very busy schedule it is not always possible for Rinpoche to reply to all his personal correspondence. It also can take some months before Rinpoche is able to reply and sometimes he is not able to reply to everyone. Before sending your question, please look at Rinpoche’s Advice page and Rinpoche’s Online Advice Book as Rinpoche may have answered a question very similar to yours.

If you do need to contact Rinpoche directly, you may send an email to Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s assistant.  Please be aware that if Rinpoche is able to respond to you, it will be specifically in response to your request for spiritual advice.  Lama Zopa Rinpoche would be giving this advice solely from a Dharma perspective, and only to help you deepen your own Dharma practice and understanding.

Any advice provided will not be a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment from a doctor or health care professional and it will remain your personal responsibility to make any decisions about your lifestyle and physical and mental health.

It is the mission of the FPMT organization to help beings and to not harm them. The FPMT organization has clear policy regarding protecting from harm and abuse in FPMT affiliates (centers, projects, and services). If you need to raise a complaint or concern, please refer to our Safeguarding webpage, which describes the appropriate process for this, as the only focus of any correspondence from Lama Zopa Rinpoche will be advice to you for your spiritual practice.


Lama Zopa Rinpoche giving last-minute advice to students at a cafe at the Madrid-Barajas Airport, Madrid, Spain, November 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.