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Lama Yeshe Online Audio Wisdom Archive

 

This page has been posted within the Buddhism area of the Information Centre of this website so that visitors can find the online audio teachings of Lama Thubten Yeshe.

 

Lama Yeshe, together with his fellow Tulka, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, created a movement to bring Buddhist teachings to western people. Although Lama Yeshe passed away some time ago, some of his teachings are available free of charge on line within the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive.

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

Background

Lama Thubten Yeshe was a Tibetan Tulka, born in 1935 who studied at the Buddhist Sera Monastic University near Lhasa. A Tulka is a Buddhist spiritual teacher or leader who has taken the Bodhisattva vow and incarnates repeatedly in order to be able to help people in the physical planes. There are many Tulka lineages at present, one of the most well known being that of His Holiness The Dalai Lama. The Sera University was one of the main centres of Buddhist Studies in Tibet before the Chinese invaded and now continues outside of Tibet.

  

Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche is a Nepalese Tulka, born in 1946 in Thami. As a young boy, he was recognised as the reincarnation of the Lawudo Lama, Kunzang Yeshe, who had lived nearby. In his Lawado Lama incarnation, he had been a renowned teacher of the tantric teachings of the Nyingma Lineage of Buddhism. In the incarnation immediately before the Lawado Lama lifetime, he had been in the Sakya lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. He moved to Tibet as a child but had to move to India after the Chinese invasion. In India he met Lama Yeshe and the two worked together until Lama Yeshe’s death in 1984.

 

 

 

 

The Mission

In India, Lama Yeshe and Lama Rinpoche met Zina Rachevsky, a Russian-American lady who was in the region on a spiritual pilgrimage. In 1969, the three bought Kopan Hill near Kathmandu’s Boudhanath Stupa. Kopan Monastery was founded there as a teaching centre so that Buddhism could be taught to Westerners. This is where the world famous annual Kopan November course was started. Please click here to go to the Kopan Monastery website.  

 

In 1974 Lama Yeshe and Lama Rinpoche started to travel to the western countries on teaching tours. Over the years a network of Buddhist teaching and meditation centres was created in the footsteps of the teaching tours.  These are now operated under the umbrella of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), of which Lama Rinpoche is the worldwide Spiritual Director. Click here to go to the FPMT website for further information.  Lama Rinpoche is also connected to other important projects, either in a Directorial role or fund raising role. Click here to read about the Maitreya Project which was the dream of Lama Yeshe, click here to read about Sera Jey Monastery where the reincarnated Lama Yeshe went back to study,  and click here to read about The Lama Tsong Khapa Teachers’ Fund.

 

Lama Yeshe passed away at the young age of 49 in 1984. He reincarnated again shortly afterwards in Spain as Ösel Hita Torres in 1985. Ösel was officially recognised as the reincarnation of Lama Yeshe in 1986 by His Holiness The Dalai Lama. He later moved to the Sera University at Sera Je Monastery which had transferred to India from Lhasa after the Chinese invasion to study there. He is currently studying in Europe away from the public eye. His story was captured in the book by Vicki MacKenzie, Reincarnation: The Boy Lama published by Wisdom Publications. Extracts from the book can be found by clicking  here.

 

 

 

 

Lama Yeshe Online Audio Wisdom Archive

Some of Lama Yeshe’s work from that incarnation is available online free of charge for anybody to access in the form of both audio recordings and text. Please click here to go to the Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive website. The Wisdom Archive is a project directed by Lama Rinpoche and includes some of his teachings as well as some of those of His Holiness The Dalai Lama and of other leading Buddhist teachers. Uploading of audio and text files to the Wisdom Archive is an ongoing project and over the years ahead the Wisdom Archive will develop into an enormous online library of Buddhist teachings. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Date of posting : 30th November 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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