Zopa Rinpoche Rinpoche was born in Thami, Nepal, in 1946. At the age of
three he was recognized as the reincarnation of the Lawudo Lama, who had
lived nearby at Lawudo, within sight of Rinpoche’s Thami home. At the
age of ten, Rinpoche went to Tibet and studied and meditated at Domo Geshe
Rinpoche’s monastery near Pagri, until the Chinese occupation of Tibet
in 1959 forced him to forsake Tibet for the safety of Bhutan.
went to the Tibetan refugee camp at Buxa Duar, West Bengal, India, where
he met Lama Yeshe, who became his closest teacher. The
Lamas went to Nepal in 1967, and over the next few years built Kopan and
Lawudo Monasteries. In 1971 Lama Zopa Rinpoche gave the first of his famous
annual lam-rim retreat courses, which continue at Kopan to this day. In
1974, with Lama Yeshe, Rinpoche began traveling the world to teach and
establish centers of Dharma. When Lama Yeshe passed away in 1984, Rinpoche
took over as spiritual head of the FPMT,
which has continued to flourish under his peerless leadership.
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