His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, was born on July 6, 1935 to a peasant family in the small village of Taktser in northeastern Tibet and was recognized at the age of two [...]

Lama Thubten Yeshe

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 said, “In that year the Chinese kindly told us [...]

Lama Kyabje Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

Lama Zopa Rinpoche, our Founder and Spiritual Director, is a Tibetan Buddhist scholar and meditator who for 30 years has overseen the spiritual activities of the extensive worldwide network of centers, projects and services that form the Foundation for the Preservation [...]

Geshe Thubten Sherab

Geshe Thubten Sherab was born in 1967 in the Manang district of Nepal. He entered Kopan Monastery at age nine. He completed his Geshe degree at Sera Je Monastic University in South India, followed by [...]

Venerable Amy J. Miller

Amy J. Miller (Venerable Lobsang Chodren) first encountered Tibetan Buddhism in the spring of 1987 during a course at Kopan Monastery in Nepal. Since then, she has spent a great deal of time engaged in [...]

Venerable Lhundub Tendron

Venerable Tendron comes to us from the Kadampa Center in Raleigh, NC, and the Chenrezig Nuns Community in Australia. Following Lama Zopa Rinpoche's advice she received ordination from Geshe Lhundub Sopa in 2002 at Deer [...]

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Venerable Robina Courtin

Teaching at Maitripa College, Portland, OR (photo by Marc Sakamoto) Ordained since the late 1970s, Venerable Robina has worked full time since then for Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche's FPMT. Over [...]

Karuna Cayton

Karuna Cayton (LMFT, 1992) has been a student of Buddhist psychology and philosophy for over 40 years.  A long time student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche, he worked for the lamas at Kopan [...]

Don Handrick

Don Handrick is the resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling, and he teaches for the FPMT at the Ksitigarbha Tibetan Buddhist Center in Taos, NM. Don also serves as a Buddhist teacher for Liberation Prison [...]

Jacie Keeley

Jacie describes that her yearning to find out where happiness comes from began as soon as she could formalize thoughts as a young child. While growing up in rural Illinois, she followed the advice and [...]

Jon Landaw

Jon Landaw was born in New Jersey in 1944 and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1965. After spending three years in the Peace Corps in Iran, Jon worked as an English editor for the Translation [...]