Updates Regarding Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Singapore, August 2022. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

On April 13, at 9:30 a.m. Nepal time, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, our most precious guru and spiritual director, entered his final meditation.
You can find all news, updates, and resources here. 
We also share a moving obituary of Lama Zopa Rinpoche in English, with translations in French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Recent News and Updates from FPMT International Office | Latest Advice from His Holiness the Dalai LamaSwift Return PrayersTributes and Condolences | Practices and Gatherings Translations | Downloadable Altar Photo of Rinpoche

Recent News Updates from FPMT International Office

Swift Return of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s Reincarnation

Advice from His Holiness the Dalai Lama – May 18, 2024

His Holiness the Dalai Lama offered Ven. Roger Kunsang the following advice regarding practices for creating the causes for the swift return of Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s reincarnation on May 18, 2024. His Holiness explained that it is important to continue with practices as previously advised as well as protector prayers and practices outlined below.

All of these practices listed below (except for the Retreat Prayer Book) are available as one-click downloads without the need to log into a Foundation Store account. Simply select the “one-click download” link located above the description of each practice.

As Previously Advised:

New Advice!

  • Perform rituals invoking the four activities of the Dharma protectors Mahakala, Kalarupa (i.e.Dharmaraja), and Shri Devi (i.e. Palden Lhamo)

Do kangso (fulfillment and amendment) rituals if you are able to and have received an appropriate highest yoga tantra initiation. Copies of the relevant texts are available on request.

As these elaborate rituals may be more difficult to perform, students can recite the following prayers to the three protectors:

  • Praise to Six-Armed Protector Mahakala
  • Praise to Achieve the Inner Kalarupa (Dharmaraja)
  • Torma Offering to Palden Lhamo
  • Praise to Palden Lhamo: Requesting the Four Activities

These prayers can be found in the following booklets :

Additional Kalarupa ritual:

Additional prayers to Palden Lhamo:

Swift Return Prayers 

With great rejoicing we have received a prayer which His Holiness the Dalai Lama composed for the swift return of Lama Zopa Rinpoche, A Prayer for the Swift Return of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. 

Swift Return Prayers Compilation

For the convenience of students, we have compiled a booklet consisting of His Holiness’s prayer (starting on page 5), along with a small collection of additional prayers for Rinpoche’s swift return, composed and offered spontaneously by other distinguished lamas with whom Rinpoche had a connection in this lifetime, including Khenzur Jhado Rinpoche, Rangjung Neljorma Khandro Tseringma, and Lelung Rinpoche—A Prayer for the Swift Return of Lama Zopa Rinpoche by His Holiness the Dalai Lama with additional prayers by other distinguished lamas:

Please note that this collection of swift return prayers is a work in progress and updated versions of the booklet will be released. Our aim has been to make these prayers accessible as soon as they are available. Further prayers may be added to subsequent editions of the collection and edits made to existing prayers.

Swift return prayers in other languages:


Tributes and Condolences 

We have been moved by the outpouring of kind and heartfelt tributes, condolences, and notice of prayers being offered from great lamas, friends, and monastery officials around the world. We have created a page to honor these warm messages, photos, and activities. 

Practices and Gatherings

Current Advice for FPMT Centers and Students

The following practices were suggested by Khenrinpoche Geshe Chonyi on April 18, 2023,  for FPMT centers and students to do at this time. These are practices to be offered as one wishes, not everything here has to be done:

Practices and gatherings in Local FPMT Communities

We encourage you to check FPMT centers’ and study groups’ websites and social media pages for information regarding group prayers and practices being done in person and online. Visit our FPMT Center Directory to search for centers.



Downloadable Altar Photo of Lama Zopa Rinpoche

All are welcome to download this high quality photo of Lama Zopa Rinpoche for use on one’s altar, in FPMT centers, etc. This photo was taken in 2018 at Kopan Monastery by Ven. Lobsang Sherab. 



Please continue trying to fulfil Rinpoche’s holy wishes, especially to practice impermanence and bodhicitta in the context of the lamrim. Fulfilling the gurus’ holy wishes is a very important part of inviting the guru to return. May Rinpoche be reborn as quickly as possible in a place where he can be very quickly recognized and be of most benefit to sentient beings.