Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

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Thubten Zopa Rinpoche
Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche December 2008 Kopan monastery Nepal.jpg
Born1946 (age 74–75)
Thangme, Nepal
RegionTibetan Buddhism
SchoolGelug
Websitefpmt.org/teachers/zopa/

Thubten Zopa Rinpoche (Tibetan: ཐུབ་བསྟན་བཟོད་པ་, Wylie: Thub-bstan Bzod-pa; 1946 Thangme, Nepal[1] as Dawa Chötar) is a Nepali lama from Khumbu, the entryway to Mount Everest.[1]

Biography[edit]

Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, also called Lama Zopa Rinpoche has an extensive biography of him in the book The Lawudo Lama by Jamyang Wangmo.[2]

Lama Zopa Rinpoche was born in Thangme, Nepal, in 1945.[3] Early in life, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the Lawudo Lama Kunzang Yeshe, from the same region (hence the title "Rinpoche"). At the age of ten, Lama Zopa Rinpoche went to Tibet and studied and meditated at Domo Geshe Rinpoche’s monastery near Pagri. He took his monastic vows at Dungkar Monastery in Tibet.[4]

Lama Zopa Rinpoche left Tibet in 1959 for Bhutan after the Chinese occupation of Tibet. Lama Zopa Rinpoche then went to the Tibetan refugee camp at Buxa Duar, West Bengal, India, where he met Lama Yeshe, who became his closest teacher. The Lamas met their first Western student, Zina Rachevsky, in 1967 then traveled with her to Nepal in 1968 where they began teaching more Westerners.[5]

Lama Zopa met Choekyi Gyaltsen, 10th Panchen Lama, in Nepal in 1986 and in Tibet.[6]

Lama Zopa is most noteworthy as the co-founder, with Lama Thubten Yeshe, of Kopan Monastery and the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). In 1972 he along with Lama Yeshe founded Tushita Meditation Centre near McLeod Ganj at village Dharamkot in Himachal Pradesh.[7] Since the 1984 death of Lama Yeshe, Lama Zopa has served as the FPMT's spiritual director. FPMT is involved with a number of charitable activities including "under Rinpoche’s guidance. These include initiatives such as: offering food to ordained Sangha; providing scholarships to study Buddhist philosophy; offering to the main teachers of the Lama Tsongkhapa tradition and sponsoring annual debates; offering grants for social services such as to old age homes, schools, hospitals and monastic institutions; providing comprehensive Dharma programs; translating Dharma texts; sponsoring holy objects: statues, stupas and prayer wheels, and saving animals.[8]

In 2019 one of the FPMT touring Lamas, Dagri Rinpoche, was accused of sexual harassment while on a flight from Delhi to Gaggal, followed by another accusation via a video of molestation at his residence at Namgyal Monastery in McLeod Ganj in 2008.[9] Dagri Rinpoche was suspended and then later removed as an FPMT Touring Lama after the conclusion of Fact-Finding Assessment[10]

Lama Zopa Rinpoches's books are published by Wisdom Publications and Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive. Free transcripts of some of his teachings are available from the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.[11]

Lama Zopa Rinpoche offers spiritual advice on a range of topics to students, many of which are available on the FPMT[12] and LYWA[13] websites.

Lineage[edit]

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is a Gelugpa lineage holder, having received teachings from many of the great Gelugpa masters.[14] His Root Guru is HH Trijang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso since he was a young boy studying in Buxa, India. Lama Zopa Rinpoche is a devoted student of the 14th Dalai Lama and has outlined that offering service to the Dalai Lama as much as possible and to be able to fulfill his wishes is the highest priority for the FPMT organization.[15]

Published books[edit]

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has a number of books published by Wisdom Publications and Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive including the following titles:

  • How To Enjoy Death: Preparing to Meet Life’s Final Challenge without Fear[16]
  • The Four Noble Truths: A Guide to Everyday Life[17]
  • Bodhichitta: Practice for a Meaningful Life[18]
  • Dear Lama Zopa: Radical Solutions for Transforming Problems into Happiness[19]
  • Ultimate Healing[20]
  • The Door to Satisfaction[21]
  • Transforming Problems Into Happiness[22]
  • The Heart of the Path Book: Seeing the Guru as Buddha[23]
  • Teachings From the Medicine Buddha Retreat Book[24]
  • Sun of Devotion, Stream of Blessings Book[25]
  • How Things Exist: Teachings on Emptiness[26]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Official Homepage for Lama Zopa Rinpoche". Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  2. ^ Jamyang Wangmo (2013). The Lawudo Lama: Stories of Reincarnation from the Mount Everest Region. Wisdom Publications. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-86171-890-0.
  3. ^ "About Lama Zopa Rinpoche". www.lamayeshe.com. 6 January 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  4. ^ Wangmo, Jamyang (2013). The Lawudo Lama: Stories of Reincarnation from the Mount Everest Region. Simon and Schuster. p. 314. ISBN 9780861718900.
  5. ^ "The Official Homepage for Lama Zopa Rinpoche - FPMT". fpmt.org. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  6. ^ Wangmo, Jamyang (2013). The Lawudo Lama: Stories of Reincarnation from the Mount Everest Region. Simon and Schuster. p. 314. ISBN 9780861718900.
  7. ^ "Tushita Meditation Centre".
  8. ^ "FPMT's Charitable Projects - FPMT". fpmt.org. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  9. ^ "Tibetan Lama Dagri Rinpoche faces "Me Too" allegations .:. Tibet Sun". www.tibetsun.com.
  10. ^ "Conclusion of Fact-Finding Assessment Regarding Dagri Rinpoche - FPMT". fpmt.org. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  11. ^ "Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive". Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  12. ^ "Advice from Lama Zopa Rinpoche - FPMT". fpmt.org. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  13. ^ "Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Online Advice Book". www.lamayeshe.com. 11 July 2015. Retrieved 8 April 2021.
  14. ^ "Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Teachers - FPMT". fpmt.org.
  15. ^ "Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Vast Visions for FPMT - FPMT". fpmt.org.
  16. ^ "How to Enjoy Death". The Wisdom Experience.
  17. ^ "The Four Noble Truths". The Wisdom Experience.
  18. ^ "Bodhichitta". The Wisdom Experience.
  19. ^ "Dear Lama Zopa". The Wisdom Experience.
  20. ^ "Ultimate Healing". The Wisdom Experience.
  21. ^ "The Door to Satisfaction". The Wisdom Experience.
  22. ^ "Transforming Problems into Happiness". The Wisdom Experience.
  23. ^ "The Heart of the Path Book". www.lamayeshe.com. 29 January 2015.
  24. ^ "Teachings From the Medicine Buddha Retreat Book". www.lamayeshe.com. 23 February 2015.
  25. ^ "Sun of Devotion, Stream of Blessings Book". www.lamayeshe.com. 8 August 2016.
  26. ^ Rinpoche, Lama Zopa (April 20, 2021). "How Things Exist - Teachings on Emptiness" (PDF). lamayeshe.

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