Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

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Thubten Zopa Rinpoche
Kyabje Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche December 2008 Kopan monastery Nepal.jpg
Born1946 (age 72–73)
RegionThubten Zopa Rinpoche
SchoolGelug

Thubten Zopa Rinpoche (Tibetan: ཐུབ་བསྟན་བཟོད་པ་, Wylie: Thub-bstan Bzod-pa; 1946 Thami, 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]

Early in life, he was recognized as the reincarnation of the Lawudo Lama Kunzang Yeshe, from the same region (hence the title "Rinpoche"). He took his monastic vows at Dungkar Monastery in Tibet where he travelled in 1957.[3]

Lama Zopa met Choekyi Gyaltsen, 10th Panchen Lama, in Nepal in 1986 and in Tibet.[4]

Lama Zopa is most noteworthy as the co-founder, with Lama 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.[5] Since the 1984 death of Lama Yeshe, Lama Zopa has served as the FPMT's spiritual director. FPMT states that, "under Rinpoche’s guidance, FPMT plans to build two large statues of the future Buddha, Maitreya, in Bodhgaya and Kushinagar in India; The Sera Je Food Fund, which offers three vegetarian meals a day to all 2,500 monks studying at Sera Je Monastery in south India; Animal Liberation events around the world, at which creatures, big and small, are freed from immediate harm or blessed every year– the total number of animals liberated to date (by Lama Zopa Rinpoche or those inspired by him) is over 200,000,000 and counting!"[6]

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.[7]

Lama Zopa Rinpoche has requested some Tibetan lineage holders to support his Dharma work by being available to travel to teach at FPMT centers, projects and services.[8] In 2019 one of the 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 as an FPMT Touring Lama.[10] Lama Zopa Rinpoche offered spiritual advice to students of Dagri Rinpoche on how to relate to their teacher.[11] [12]

Lineage[edit]

Lama Zopa Rinpoche is a Gelugpa lineage holder, having received teachings from many of the great Gelugpa masters[13]. 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 His Holiness the Dalai Lama as much as possible and to be able to fulfill His Holiness’ wishes is the highest priority for the FPMT organization.[14]

The 14th Dalai Lama has repeatedly encouraged buddhists to go against their own spiritual mentors if they behave inappropriately: "then also you see in our Tibetan tradition, some great lama mentioned very clearly that devotion to one’s guru or one’s lama is important. But at the same time, you should not follow sort of the wrong behavior of your guru. You should criticize your guru. Like that. So. Some people who blindly, blind faith go that way, it’s wrong". [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]

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. ^ Wangmo, Jamyang (2013). The Lawudo Lama: Stories of Reincarnation from the Mount Everest Region. Simon and Schuster. p. 314. ISBN 9780861718900.
  4. ^ Wangmo, Jamyang (2013). The Lawudo Lama: Stories of Reincarnation from the Mount Everest Region. Simon and Schuster. p. 314. ISBN 9780861718900.
  5. ^ "Tushita Meditation Centre".
  6. ^ "The Official Homepage for Lama Zopa Rinpoche - FPMT". fpmt.org. Retrieved 2017-07-05.
  7. ^ "Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive". Retrieved October 25, 2015.
  8. ^ "Touring Lamas - FPMT". fpmt.org.
  9. ^ "Tibetan Lama Dagri Rinpoche faces "Me Too" allegations .:. Tibet Sun". www.tibetsun.com.
  10. ^ "Update Regarding Dagri Rinpoche - FPMT". fpmt.org.
  11. ^ "Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Advice to Students of Dagri Rinpoche - FPMT". fpmt.org.
  12. ^ "Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Additional Advice to Students of Dagri Rinpoche - FPMT". fpmt.org.
  13. ^ "Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Teachers - FPMT". fpmt.org.
  14. ^ "Lama Zopa Rinpoche's Vast Visions for FPMT - FPMT". fpmt.org.
  15. ^ "The Dalai Lama on Abuse".
  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.

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