Rinpoche was born in 1946, in the Mount Everest region of Thami and was recognized at the age of 3 by HH Tulshing Rinpoche as the reincarnation of the Lawudo Lama, a great yogi from his region. Rinpoche was ordained as a monk and educated in monasteries in Nepal and Tibet. In 1959 after the Chinese occupation, he escaped to India, and continued his studies in the Buxa Duar refugee camp.
Soon after, he became the main disciple of Lama Yeshe, and accompanied him on his travels and during his teachings. In 1970, Rinpoche taught his first meditation course for Westerners at the Kopan Monastery near Kathmandu, founded by himself and Lama Yeshe.
Invited to the West by their growing number of students, the two lamas devoted their time to giving regular teachings throughout the world. When Lama Yeshe passed away in 1984, Rinpoche took over the spiritual direction of the FPMT. Lama Zopa usually visits the centers that the FPMT has in Asia, Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand, to give teachings and guide his numerous disciples. Rinpoche is the perfect living example of his teachings, as he displays all the qualities of an altruistic mind in his tireless and compassionate work for others.
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