Celebrating 50 Years of the International Mahayana Institute

FPMT Sangha (IMI) International Mahayana Institute with Lama Zopa Rinpoche in the centre.

The International Mahayana Institute

To support Buddhist monastics, Lama Yeshe, who co-founded the FPMT alongside Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1973, established the

International Mahayana Institute.

To support the Buddhist monastics, Lama Yeshe, co-founder of the FPMT with Lama Zopa Rinpoche, established in 1973 the International Mahayana Institute (IMI). The IMI serves as the Sangha of the FPMT, the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, and is affiliated with the Jamyang London Buddhist Centre.

The first Western Sangha community of the IMI was founded by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 1973 at Kopan Monastery. Approximately 20 monks and nuns from various parts of the world initiated a program of study, meditation, and communal living, marking the inception of the largest community of monks within the FPMT today.

From 1981, the IMI found its home at Nalanda Monastery in France. Subsequently, several monastic communities were established worldwide, including the Chenrezig Nuns’ Community, Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery, and Machig Labdron Nunnery in Australia, Khachoe Ghakyil Nunnery and Kopan Monastery in Nepal, Taipei Sangha Community in Taiwan, Nalanda Monastery and Monastère Dorje Pamo in France, Detong Ling Monasterio in Spain, Shenpen Samten Ling Nunnery and Takden Shedrup Targye Ling Monastery in Italy, and Shedrup Zung Drel Ling in India.

Apart from these sangha communities, many monks and nuns affiliated with the IMI reside in residential communities of the FPMT.

Monastic Community at Jamyang London Buddhist Centre

Monastic Community of Jamyang London Buddhist Centre

Furthermore, at Jamyang London Buddhist Centre, we are fortunate to host a monastic community. On November 10th, don’t miss the opportunity to meet Jamyang’s Sangha members online as we celebrate 50 years of the IMI. Join the event with our Resident Teacher, Geshe Namdak; IMI Director, Venerable Tendar; FPMT UK Coordinator, Venerable Barbara; Centre Director, Venerable Drolma; AV Technician, Venerable Konchok; and Spiritual Program Coordinator, Venerable Wangyel. To reserve your spot and obtain more information.

Celebrating 50 Years of the International Mahayana Institute

November 10 @ 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm, Online

Join us to celebrate the IMI!

Celebrating 50 Years of the International Mahayana Institute