About Us

FPMT Worldwide

The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) is an international, non-profit organisation founded in 1975 by Lama Thubten Yeshe (1935-84) and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, both Tibetan Buddhist monks. The Foundation is devoted to preserving and spreading Mahayana Buddhism worldwide by creating opportunities to listen, reflect, meditate, practice and actualise the unmistaken teachings of the Buddha and based on that experience spreading the Dharma to sentient beings.

We provide integrated education through which people’s minds and hearts can be transformed into their highest potential for the benefit of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility and service. We are committed to creating harmonious environments and helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion. Our organisation is based on the Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as taught to us by our founder Lama Thubten Yeshe and spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

Every living being has the potential to be free from suffering and to develop limitless love and compassion for others. Working to help human beings fulfill this potential are the FPMT meditation, retreat and study centers, monasteries, publishing houses, businesses and students. The FPMT strives to follow the example and inspiration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his compassionate service to humanity.

FPMT students try to serve others throughout the world with kindness and wisdom. We are a rapidly growing non-profit organisation participating in many aspects of the world community. Some of the projects which are affiliated with FPMT are:

FPMT in Australia

The FPMT in Australia was established in 1975. Since that time a vibrant and strong network of activities has been established comprising over twenty centres, services or projects. Our Australian Centre Directory contains a full listing of contact details and websites for each state.

Our founder, Lama Yeshe.
Our founder, Lama Yeshe.

Mission statement

The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) is an organisation devoted to preserving and spreading Mahayana Buddhism worldwide by creating opportunities to listen, reflect, meditate, practice and actualise the unmistaken teachings of the Buddha and based on that experience spreading the Dharma to sentient beings.

We provide integrated education through which people’s minds and hearts can be transformed into their highest potential for the benefit of others, inspired by an attitude of universal responsibility and service. We are committed to creating harmonious environments and helping all beings develop their full potential of infinite wisdom and compassion.

Our organisation is based on the Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as taught to us by our founder Lama Thubten Yeshe and spiritual director Lama Zopa Rinpoche.

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Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche

For detailed information about FPMT: our history, structure and vision, including a short documentary, please click here.