YESHE, founder of the FPMT
Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-1984) was born in a village
close to Lhasa in Tibet. He was soon recognized as the reincarnation
of a learned abbess who lived at Chi Me Lung nunnery. This abbess
was considered to be a great yogini.
Lama Yeshe lived at Sera
Je monastery until he was
25 years old, following strict monastic discipline.
At the age of 28 he was fully ordained by Kyabje
Ling Rinpoche at Buxaduar,
where he met a young reincarnate lama named Zopa Rinpoche who would become
his disciple. This was a crucial moment for both of them: their meeting
would eventually change thousands of Westerners’ lives. In 1971 they settled at Kopan Monastery, and in 1975 Lama Yeshe set up the Foundation
for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). Since then, this
foundation has grown steadily.
Since March 3rd 1984, when Lama Yeshe passed away in Los Angeles at the
age of 49, Lama Zopa Rinpoche has been guiding the foundation. Eleven
months after Lama Yeshe’s death, his reincarnation was recognized
in the person of Osel Hita Torres, born in Granada, Spain on February