Our International Community
In 1972/73 Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche traveled to Australia and USA on the invitation of their students who had established centers there since returning from their stay at Kopan.. This inspired Lama Yeshe in 1974 to set up an international organization, the FPMT (Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition).
CPMT Meeting in France 2009 (meeting of all the centers within the FPMT
The FPMT, an international, non-profit organization, is devoted to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation and community service. The aim is to provide integrated education through which people’s minds and hearts can be transformed into their highest potential for the benefit of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility.
The FPMT is committed to creating harmonious environments and helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion. The organization is based on the Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as taught to us by our founder Lama Thubten Yeshe and spiritual director Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche. It provides integrated education through which people's minds and hearts can be transformed into their highest potential for the benefit of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility. The FPMT is committed to creating harmonious environments for helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion.
Every living being has the potential to be free from suffering and to develop limitless love and compassion for others. Working to help human beings fulfill this potential are the FPMT Centers and students. The FPMT strives to follow the example and inspiration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his compassionate service to humanity.
Nepal: Click here to see all centers in this region.
Lawudo Retreat Center
Located in the high mountains of Solu Khumbu, the center offers simple retreat facilities.
Read more about Lawudo Gompa here
Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Center
The center is located in Thamel, in the center of Kathmandu.
Read more onwww.fpmt-hbmc.org
Gaden Yiga Chozen Center
Located near the beautiful Fewa Lake in Pokhara, it offers retreat facilities, daily meditation, and yoga classes.
Read more on www.pokharabuddhistcentre.com
India: Click here to see all centers in this region
Tushita Meditation Center Dharamsala www.tushita.info
Root Institute for Wisdom Culture Bodhgaya www.rootinstitute.com
Choe Khor Sum Ling Study Group Bangalore www.cksl.in
Education Programs in the FPMT
Education is the very heart of FPMT. Through comprehensive study programs, practice materials, training programs, and scholarships, FPMT Education nourishes the development of compassion, wisdom, kindness, and true happiness in individuals of all ages.
There are many ways to study at FPMT centers or with FPMTs home study programs. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced practitioner, if you are wondering about the next step to take on your spiritual journey, please refer to the Treasure Map to your Enlightenment Through FPMT. This map has been prepared to give you a complete overview of FPMT education curriculum and all that is available to you in FPMT standard programs.
Monasteries and Nunneries within the FPMT
FPMT is committed to the support and education of its monks and nuns. There are monasteries and nunneries in six countries. Read more here about Monasteries and Nunneries within the FPMT.