Lama Yeshe’s Teachings & Advice

‘Lama Thubten Yeshe was born in Tibet in 1935. At the age of six, he entered Sera Monastic University in Tibet where he studied until 1959, when as Lama Yeshe himself has said, “In that year the Chinese kindly told us that it was time to leave Tibet and meet the outside world.” Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, together as teacher and disciple since their exile in India, met their first Western students in 1967. By 1971, they settled at Kopan, a small hamlet near Kathmandu in Nepal. In 1974, the Lamas began touring and teaching in the West, which would eventually result in The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition. Lama Yeshe died in 1984.’ [Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition]

For more information about Lama Yeshe please click here.

The Big Love of Lama Yeshe

Big Love: The Life and Teachings of Lama Yeshe tells the story of Lama Yeshe, how he met Lama Zopa Rinpoche and how they created the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), one of the world’s largest Tibetan Buddhist organizations. If you knew Lama, you will be reminded of his wisdom and charisma; if you did not, Big Love is the perfect introduction.

Video Teachings

As Lama Yeshe passed away before video recording became so and common place, there are a limited number of video recordings of his teachings available. However, Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive have done an amazing job of archiving those that were recorded and kindly making them available via their YouTube channel.

Below are a selection of those teachings. Please see Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive’s YouTube channel to learn more about each one and discover more.

Making the Most of your Life made available by Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive

Understanding the Process of Death made available by Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive

Introduction to Tantra: Part One made available by Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive

The Three Principal Aspects of the Path – Part 1 made available by Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive

Introductory talk to Naropa and the Six Yogas made available by Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive

Question & Answers on Mahamudra, the Great Seal made available by Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive

Practice Texts

Lama Yeshe wrote and translated several practices before his passing to help many practice the dharma. Below are a selection of what you can discover. Please click on the title to see all the details.

Please visit the FPMT Foundation Store to explore other titles by Lama Yeshe as well as the many other practices written by buddhist masters that are available to help you start and develop your practice.

Practice Advice

The Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive (LYWA) is a treasure trove of advice and teachings from Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. The Archive was founded in 1996 by Lama Zopa Rinpoche, its spiritual director, to make available in various ways the teachings it contains. Even though the Archive contains teachings from both Lamas, Rinpoche chose the name Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive in honour of his teacher. If you have a question about the buddhism or how to practice it we strongly recommend searching it’s pages by click here.

Here are a few examples to get you started:

The Benefits of Purification with Heruka Vajrasattva

How to Meditate

Mahamudra Question & Answer

Giving & Taking on the Breath (Tonglen)

Practicing Dharma in the West: Question & Answer