Robina's Teachers

Ven. Robina’s heart teachers are Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. She has served Lama and Rinpoche’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition since meeting the lamas in 1976.

Robina's Teachers

Ven. Robina’s heart teachers are Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. She has served Lama and Rinpoche’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition since meeting the lamas in 1976.

Robina's Teachers

Ven. Robina’s heart teachers are Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. She has served Lama and Rinpoche’s Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition since meeting the lamas in 1976.

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 himself 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 students in 1967. By 1971 they settled at Kopan, a small hamlet near Kathmandu in Nepal. In 1974, the lamas began touring and teaching in the West. Lama named the growing network of Dharma centers and activities The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. Lama died in 1984.

Rinpoche was born in 1946 in Thami, in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, not far from the Lawudo cave where his predecessor had meditated for the last 20 years of his life. After Lama passed away, Rinpoche served as the sole spiritual director of the FPMT, overseeing its growth to include 140+ Dharma activities.

Rinpoche passed away at Kopan Monastery in Kathmandu on April 13, 2023. You can read here the obituary Ven. Robina wrote for Rinpoche here: “This Is the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, This Is the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.” (pdf)

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