His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama
Inspiration and Guide of the FPMT
His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He was born Lhamo Dhondrub on 6 July 1935, in the small village of Taktser in northeastern Tibet. Born to a peasant family, His Holiness was recognized at the age of two, in accordance with Tibetan tradition, as the reincarnation of his predecessor the 13th Dalai Lama, and thus an incarnation of Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion (also known as Chenrezig).
The 14th Dalai Lama is the Spiritual Leader of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism, but not of the many other Mahayana schools, Zen schools, or Theravada.
The 14th Dalai Lama is the Head of the dominant school of Tibetan Buddhism, the Gelugpa school (also known as the Yellow Hats).
Lama Thubten Yeshe
Spiritual Founder of the FPMT
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 1965. 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 (FPMT). Lama Yeshe died in 1984, his reincarnation Tenzin Osel Hita was born to Spanish parents in 1985.
Kyabje Thubten Zopa Rinpoche
Spiritual Director of the FPMT
Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche is the reincarnation of the Sherpa Nyingma yogi Kunsang Yeshe, known as the Lawudo Lama. Rinpoche was born in 1946 in Thami, not far from the cave Lawudo, in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, where his predecessor meditated for the last twenty years of his life. From time to time, whilst giving teachings at various centres around the world, Rinpoche would tell stories of his childhood: in Thami, then in Tibet, where he went when he was ten, and finally India, where he first met Lama Thubten Yeshe, with whom he would remain as heart disciple until Lama passed a way in 1984.
The reincarnation of the FPMT’s founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe
In 1984, Lama Yeshe passed away on the first day of The Tibetan New Year. In 1985, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche assumed leadership of the FPMT organization and began a search for Lama’s reincarnation. A western child was born on 12 February 1985 in Bubion, Spain, at O Sel Ling Dharma Center in the beautiful mountains of Granada, Spain. In 1986, after a series of tests and divinations, young Tenzin Osel Torres was recognized by His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama to be the reincarnation of Lama Thubten Yeshe. He was then named Tenzin Osel; today he prefers to be known as Osel Hita. Click here to visit the web site for Osel.
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