Our mission is to offer a supportive environment where everyone can discover their potential to be kinder, wiser & happier people, creating better lives for themselves and a better world for others.
We rely on the principles of Tibetan Buddhism, meditation and creativity as tools for exploration and transformation, helping you to become the person you want to be.
To build a Retreat Centre with accommodation where everyone is able to explore and discover their potential in creating happier lives and an harmonious world for themselves and others.
That future Centre property vision includes:
- resident accommodation for monastics and staff
- visitor accommodation
- meditation retreats
- creative youth programs
- workshops & conferences
- performance & art space
- annual community events
- vegetarian café
- vegetable gardens
- plus more
Our project plans will bring benefit to our local Blue Mountains community and to all our visitors from near and afar. We’ll create a safe, cohesive and supportive environment where everyone, regardless of age, gender or beliefs can experience a sense of connection with themselves, the environment and each other.
Teachers and Lineage
His Holiness The Dalai Lama
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as well as being an advocate for world peace, Nobel Peace Prize winner and temporal leader of the Tibetan people, he is also a prominent teacher in the Gelugpa Tradition. His Holiness is great source of inspiration for FPMT and is the spiritual guide of our director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche. It is the wish of FPMT to help fulfil the Dalai Lama’s wishes in accomplishing world peace and global responsibility.
For more information please visit HH Dalai Lama’s official website.
Lama Yeshe (1935 – 1984), Founder of Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (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 Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche met in the Tibetan internment camp in Buxador, India. In 1965, they met their first Western students. In 1971 they settled at Kopan, Nepal. There they built a monastery to support Tibetan monks and nuns, and invited western students to attend retreats and teachings. This monastery continues to hold annual one month retreat for western students today (see www.kopanmonastery.com ).
In 1974, the Lamas began touring and teaching in the West, which would eventually result in the creation of The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, from which over 150 centres world wide have developed. Lama Yeshe died in 1984, his reincarnation Osel Hita Torres was born to Spanish parents in 1985. Visit www.lamayeshe.com for more informtaion about Lama Yeshe’s life and works.
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, Spiritual Director of FPMT
Lama Zopa Rinpoche, FPMT’s spiritual director, is the reincarnation of the Sherpa Nyingma yogi Kunsang Yeshe, the Lawudo Lama. He is highly regarded by many other Tibetan Lamas and is a close and devoted disciple of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Rinpoche was born in 1946 in Thami, not far from the Lawudo Cave, in the Mount Everest region of Nepal, where his predecessor meditated for the last twenty years of his life. Lama Zopa Rinpoche went to study in Tibet when he was ten. While fleeing Tibet to seek exile in India he met Lama Thubten Yeshe, with whom he would remain as heart disciple until Lama Yeshe passed a way in 1984.
Our centre is named after his predecessor, Kunsang Yeshe, the great Lawudo Lama.
Visit www.lamazopa.com for more info about his life and works.
Centre Director: Venerable Tencho
Ven. Tencho, ordained as a Buddhist Nun in 1998, was invited to join Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Centre in 2009. She has completed 6 years of formal Buddhist Philosophy study at Chenrezig Institute in Queensland and also has a foundation of teaching Buddhism and leading meditation retreats, both in Australia and overseas.
Ven. Tencho is currently in the role of Director of Kunsang Yeshe Retreat Centre and is delighted to offer the Blue Mountains community a peaceful environment to explore the ancient wisdom of Buddhist concepts in a modern context.
Meditation Teacher: Venerable Paldrön
Venerable Paldron brings her experience of Dharma practice which began in the mid 1970’s when she & her 3 children moved to a Thai Forest monastery in NSW – Wat Buddha Dhamma, as part of the lay community, supporting Western monks & nuns and receiving teachings from Burmese Sayadaws & Thai Ajahns . During that time she made several self-retreats.
With an interest to experience different aspects of Dharma she lived some time in a Dzogchen community in Italy before finding her teacher, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and taking ordination in 1999. After ordination she lived at Chenrezig nuns’ community before travelling to Mexico as a resident teacher.
Venerable Paldron offers regular weekly meditation classes and monthly one day retreats at KYRC, integrating many years of Dharma teachings & practice with the emphasis on developing clarity & awareness.
Geshe Samten – Resident Teacher at Vajrayana Institute
Geshe Ngawang Samten is the resident teacher at Vajrayana Institute, our sister centre in Sydney. He attained his Lharampa Geshe degree, the equivalent of a Ph.D. in Buddhist Philosophy, at Sera Monastery in India. His teaching style is thorough and detailed, pitched at different levels to suit different students.
For more information on Geshe Samten and VI’s program, see www.vajrayana.com.au
Geshe Thubten Sherab
Geshe Thubten Sherab was born in Menang, Nepal in 1967. He entered Kopan Monastery at the age of 9. After 10 years study, he went to Sera Je Monastery graduating as a Geshe. After this he went to Gyume Tantric College for one year and then to Kopan Monastery for one year to teach young monks. From 2001 – 2003, Geshe Sherab served as a Board member at FPMT International Office, Taos, USA. He taught at Thubten Norbu Ling Center, Santa Fe and Ksiti Garba Center, Taos. In December 2003, he had returned to Nepal for his own practices. Appointed as Head Master of Kopan Monastery from 2006 – 2010. He served as Acting Abbot in 2011 at Kopan Monastery. For the last few years, Geshe Sherab has been teaching at FPMT Centers in USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Asia, Europe and Australia. Currently Geshe-la is resident teacher at Thubten Norbu Ling Center, Santa Fe, USA.
Venerable Robina Courtin – Touring FPMT Teacher
Robina has been teaching annually at our centre for many years. She tours internationally, teaching in hundreds of locations around the world.
Ordained since the late 1970s, Ven. Robina has worked full time since then for Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche’s FPMT. Over the years she has served as editorial director of Wisdom Publications, editor of Mandala Magazine, executive director of Liberation Prison Project, and as a touring teacher of Buddhism. Her life and work with prisoners have been featured in the documentary films Chasing Buddha and Key to Freedom.
For more info please visit www.robinacourtin.com
Venerable Chokyi – Spiritual Programme Co-ordinator at Vajrayana Institute
Venerable Chokyi is a another teacher at Vajrayana Institute. She is also Director of Liberation Prison Project, which provides Buddhist books, study materials and personal spiritual mentors for prison inmates across the world. For more infor about this project please visit: www.liberationprisonproject.org
Venerable Lozang Yönten is an American-born Buddhist nun in the Tibetan tradition (Geluk), ordained in 2003. She studied and practiced Buddhism in the United States from 1994 – 2002, after which she moved to Australia and engaged in full time study of Buddhist philosophy and practice at Chenrezig Institute from 2002 – 2009 with Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Tashi Tsering, the former Abbot of Gyurme Tantra College.
She also studied at Thösamling Institute in North India with Geshe Tsewang Nyima and later at Chandrakirti Centre in New Zealand with Geshe Jhampa Tharchin as well as a series of in-depth Vinaya training in Taiwan, where she became a fully ordained Bhikshuni (Gelongma) in 2011.
In 2012 Venerable Yönten completed the studies and examination to become a Registered In-Depth Teacher within the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) and now offers service by giving classes and facilitating retreats in many Dharma Centres around the world.
Venerable Yönten is known for her fresh, modern approach and warm, engaging teaching style as well as her depth of knowledge and understanding. She is currently the teacher in residence at Mahamudra Centre for Universal Unity in New Zealand and is a faculty member of Human Spirit: Psychoanalytic-Buddhist Training Program in Lod, Israel.
Prayers, Blessings & Ceremonies
Traditionally, from the time of the Buddha, monastics had a reciprocal relationship with the community by offering spiritual practices in return for material and financial support.
You can request our nuns to make special dedication prayers or conduct ceremonies for yourself or a friend.
Whether there are difficulties, illness or recent deaths or whether you have an aspiration to accomplish an activity or goal then we’re happy to offer our supportive heart-prayers and ritual expertise. These services are provided in return for donations towards the nuns.
We offer personalised blessing ceremonies for your home or business which helps in removing obstructive energies and generates the clear space for harmony & success.
If you love your pet and wish the very best for them, consider a blessing by a Buddhist nun for your animal friend’s well-being and protection. We hold a group animal blessing ceremony annually at the Centre. Keep an eye on the website for details or contact us via email, especially if your animal friend is unwell or ageing.
Naming Ceremonies for children of any age are offered at the centre annually or by personal request at a venue of your choice. Gently introducing your child to a spiritual path through the power of an aspirational spiritual name can help give them a foundation of courage, ethics, kindness, wisdom & resilience.
End of Life Services
Transitions from this life should be peacefully experienced. If you feel yourself or someone you know would benefit from Buddhist prayers or spiritual advice during this time of leaving or at any ceremonies or memorials then we can offer support. Contact us via email to arrange further discussion.
If you would like to discuss any requests for prayers or ceremonies, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org