Venerable Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-1984)
Founder of FPMT
Lama Yeshe, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, 1981. Photo by Merry Colony, restoration by David Zinn. Courtesy of Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.
Lama Thubten Yeshe was born in Tibet and studied at the Sera Monastic University. After leaving Tibet, Lama Yeshe began to teach Western students and eventually settled at Kopan near Kathmandu in Nepal. Together with Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche he founded The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT).
Lama Yeshe’s legendary kindness and sense of humor, as well as the wealth of teachings he left behind, remain the source of inspiration for the generations of students. Lama Yeshe died in 1984 in Los Angeles, California.