Lama Thubten Yeshe
FPMT’s founder

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 Yeshe and Lama 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 died in 1984. His reincarnation, Tenzin Ösel Hita, resides in Spain.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche
FPMT’s Founder and Spiritual Director

Lama Zopa Rinpoche was born in 1945 in Thami, in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, not far from the Lawudo cave where his predecessor had meditated for the last twenty 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 spiritual activities.


Geshe Lharampa Thubten Zoepa

Geshe Thubten Zoepa was born on 15th of December, 1970 in northern Tibet, at a place called Nagchu. When he was 13 years old, he joined Shavgon Ganden Doden Dekyiling monastery in Nagchu and commenced studying sutra and tantra. In 1991, he fled to India and joined Khardon Khamtsen of Sera Jey dratsang in Southern India where he studied for 17 years completing all the courses. Between 2008 and 2013, Geshe-la studied garampa, lopon and lharampa classes each for two years and successfully passed these great exams of the Gelugpa tradition and received the Lharampa Geshe title. As we do not have our own resident Geshe at GDNSL, Lama Zopa Rinpoche advised a couple of years ago that it is appropriate to invite Geshe Thubten Zoepa to teach at the centre as his time permits.  Geshe-la teaches 2 times per week and helps us with bestowing the 8 Mahayana precepts, 100 Million Mani Retreat and other requests as they arise.  When Lama Zopa Rinpoche was in Mongolia in May 2017, he also requested Geshe-la to teach our Dolma Ling Nuns and he very kindly accepted

Getsulma Thubten Gyalmo
Introductory Dharma Teacher

Thubten Gyalmo, (Glenda Lee) is from Western Australia and moved to Mongolia on 31st December, 2008.   She has 2 adult children and has been a practicing Buddhist for the past 40 years. Born and educated in Western Australia, Gyalmo traveled to the United Kingdom in 1975 where she studied Hatha Yoga and in 1976 qualified as a Yoga Instructor.  In 1977 she attended a 5 week intensive Buddhist meditation course with Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche at Manjushri Institute, Cumbria, UK. Since this time, Gyalmo has studied Buddhism and participated in retreats with Tibetan Buddhist masters and several FPMT monks and nuns, both in Australia and overseas.  Upon the advice of Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, she has been guiding meditation over the past 33 years and in April 2005 was given approval to teach the FPMT Discovering Buddhism program. In 2009, Gyalmo received Getsulma Ordination from Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche and is currently serving as the resident Western teacher at GDNSLC and makes regular visits to teach at our Centre in Darkhan, Golden Light Sutra Centre. Gyalmo also offers service to the Liberation Prison Project and is visiting some Mongolian prisons to offer spiritual support and teachings to inmates. Lavain Egshig (Ganden) radio hosts a meditation radio program and Gyalmo has been offering meditations and talks for this program over the past 3 years.