We are a mind training
Think of us like your personal mental fitness centre.
We also want the centre to be a social environment that can be visited any time you feel like dropping in, not only for formal teaching sessions and events.
We encourage members to pop in to meditate, meet people or just sit and read and have a hot drink. Have a lunch break and feel stressed? Why not come along for an hour and take sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of work for a moment of mindfulness?
Our mission is to contribute to a more peaceful, kind, and wise world by helping individuals learn techniques for meditation and mind training.
We believe that by cultivating beneficial inner qualities such as focus, awareness, generosity, kindness, compassion and wisdom we can live in harmony with ourselves and our world. Peace in the world comes from peace in our individual hearts and minds.
We believe that true happiness comes not solely from external causes, but rather from a discovery of our own inner potential and an exploration of what truly gives our lives meaning.
Positive Impact and Sustainability
We want all our activities to be sustainable and ethical, maximizing benefit while minimizing harm to people and animals, and the environment.
We believe that the techniques of meditation and mind training need to be presented in a way that does not require any specific belief system or religious dogma.
Our center and our activities should be presented in a way that is modern, appealing, familiar, non-sectarian, and congruent with science.
At the same time we want to offer the full range of practices and teachings available within the Indian and Tibetan Mahayana Buddhist traditions.
What we want to contribute to is this ancient wisdom taking on a form that is suitable for people of modernity, and not simply adopt formats that evolved in very different times and cultures.
Who We Are
We are affiliated with the FPMT (Foundation of the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition). If a center or project is affiliated with FPMT, it means that the center follows the spiritual direction of Lama Zopa Rinpoche. It means that the center uses FPMT’s educational programs and material, created in the unique lineage of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Each FPMT center is incorporated individually (is a separate legal entity) and is responsible for its own governance and finance.
All FPMT centers follow the FPMT Ethical Policy.
Read more at FPMT
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet
Inspiration and Guide of the FPMT
His Holiness is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He frequently states that his life is guided by three major commitments:
- the promotion of basic human values or secular ethics in the interest of human happiness
- the fostering of inter-religious harmony and the welfare of the Tibetan people
- focusing on the survival of their identity, culture and religion.
The Dalai Lamas are believed by Tibetan Buddhists to be manifestations of Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the Bodhisattva of Compassion and the patron saint of Tibet. Bodhisattvas are realized beings, inspired by the wish to attain complete enlightenment, who have vowed to be reborn in the world to help all living beings.
Venerable Lama Thubten Yeshe
FounderLama Thubten Yeshe was born in Tibet in 1935. At the age of six, he entered Sera Monastic University in Tibet where he studied until 1959, when as Lama Yeshe himself has said, “In that year the Chinese kindly told us that it was time to leave Tibet and meet the outside world.” Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, together as teacher and disciple since their exile in India, met their first Western students in 1965.
By 1971 they settled at Kopan, a small hamlet near Kathmandu in Nepal. In 1974, the Lamas began touring and teaching in the West, which would eventually result in The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. Lama Yeshe passed away in March 1984 and Tenzin Osel Rinpoche (born 1985 in Spain) was recognised as his incarnation by His Holiness the Dalai.
Venerable Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche
Spiritual DirectorLama Zopa Rinpoche was born in 1946 in Thami, in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, not far from the Lawudo cave where his predecessor had meditated for the last 20 years of his life. Lama Zopa Rinpoche is now the Spiritual Director of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition and oversees all of its activities.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche is a Tibetan Buddhist scholar and meditator who for 30 years has overseen the spiritual activities of the extensive worldwide network of centers, projects and services that form the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) which he founded with Lama Thubten Yeshe.
Rinpoche’s kindness is legendary. learn more details of Rinpoche’s ongoing philanthropy.