Lama Zopa Rinpoche with His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama [Photo from FPMT's website] Lama Thubten Yeshe [Photo from Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive]
Jamyang Buddhist Centre provides a place for the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism in the Mahayana tradition following the lineage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
We’re part of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).
FPMT FOUNDERS Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche:
Lama Thubten Yeshe
Lama Thubten Yeshe was born in Tibet in 1935. At the age of six, he entered the great Sera Monastic University, Lhasa, where he studied until 1959, when the Chinese invasion of Tibet forced him into exile in India. Lama Yeshe continued to study and meditate in India until 1967, when, with his chief disciple, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, he went to Nepal. Two years later he established Kopan Monastery, near Kathmandu, in order to teach Buddhism to Westerners.
In 1974, the Lamas began making annual teaching tours to the West, and as a result of these travels a worldwide network of Buddhist teaching and meditation centers—the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT)—began to develop.
In 1984, after an intense decade of imparting a wide variety of incredible teachings and establishing one FPMT activity after another, at the age of forty-nine, Lama Yeshe passed away. He was reborn as Ösel Hita Torres in Spain in 1985 and recognized as the incarnation of Lama Yeshe by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1986. For more information about Tenzin Osel Hita see the FPMT website.
Thousands of pages of Lama's teachings have been made available as transcripts, books and audio by the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive, and most are freely available through the Archive's website. Other teachings have been published by Wisdom Books, including Wisdom Energy; Introduction to Tantra; Becoming Vajrasattva and more, available at www.wisdompubs.org.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Spiritual Director of the FPMT. Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche was born in 1946 in Thami, in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, not far from Lawudo cave where his predecessor had meditated for the last 20 years of his life.
As a teenager he studied at a monastery in Southern Tibet until the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1959 forced him to forsake Tibet for the safety of Bhutan. Rinpoche then went to the Tibetan refugee camp at Buxa in West Bengal, India, where he met Lama Yeshe, who became his closest teacher. The Lamas went to Nepal in 1967, and over the next few years built Kopan and Lawudo Monasteries. In 1971 Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave the first of his famous annual lam-rim retreat courses, which continue at Kopan to this day. When Lama Yeshe passed away in 1984, Lama Zopa Rinpoche became the spiritual head of the FPMT, which has continued to flourish under his caring leadership.
Rinpoche's published teachings include Wisdom Energy (with Lama Yeshe), Transforming Problems, and a number of transcripts and practice booklets.
A number of their Western disciples invited the Lamas to give teachings in their own countries, where contact was made with many more people and from there, the centres of the "Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition" (FPMT) began to grow. There are now over 170 centres and groups worldwide.Today, Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the Spiritual Director of these centres and spends his life travelling the world to give teachings, and to spread the Dharma of wisdom, love, compassion and universal responsibility.