Lama Yeshe


“Reality changes when your view of reality does”

Lama 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 student in 1965, the Russian princess Zina Rachetsky.
By 1971 they settled at Kopan, a small hamlet near Kathmandu in Nepal where they started to teach Buddhism and meditation to a growing number of Western students. These same students started to come together in groups and build centres in their own countries.
And so, in 1975, Lama Yeshe organized and named this network leading to the development of The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) that since then, has continue to grow with more centres, institutions and projects all around the world.
A great charismatic person, admired for his wisdom, down to earth style and practical sense, Lama Yeshe travelled non stop all over the world giving teachings until his death in Los Angeles in 1984.
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.