His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. He frequently states that his life is guided by three major commitments: the promotion of basic human values or secular ethics in the interest of human happiness, the fostering of inter-religious harmony and the preservation of Tibet’s Buddhist culture, a culture of peace and non-violence.
The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) is devoted to preserving and spreading Mahayana Buddhism. Our organization is based on the Buddhist tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as taught to us by our founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe and our spiritual director, Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche.
The International Mahayana Institute is a community of Buddhist monks and nuns of the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). Lama Yeshe, the founder of FPMT, established the IMI in 1973. Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the current Spiritual Director of IMI.
Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive: The work of the Archive falls into two categories: archiving and dissemination.
Archiving requires managing the audio recordings of teachings by Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche that have already been collected, collecting recordings of teachings given but not yet sent to the Archive, and collecting recordings of Lama Zopa’s on-going teachings, talks, advice and so forth. Incoming media are then catalogued and stored safely while being kept accessible for further work.
We organize the transcription of audio, add the transcripts to the already existent database of teachings, manage this database, have transcripts checked, and make transcripts available to editors or others doing research on or practising these teachings.
Other archiving activities include working with video and photographs of the Lamas and digitizing Archive materials.
Dissemination involves making the Lamas’ teachings available through various avenues including books for free distribution, books and DVDs for sale on our website and through other vendors, lightly edited transcripts, free audio on our website, articles in Mandala magazine and other magazines and on our website. Irrespective of the medium we choose, the teachings require intensive editing to prepare them for distribution.
Istituto Lama Tzong Khapa is a Tibetan Buddhist centre located in the heart of Tuscany. We offer regular courses on Buddhism, meditation, and many other topics. The community consists of a sangha of Buddhist monks and nuns, an international body of lay students and visitors, and a group of staff and volunteers.
“The aim of the centre is to serve others. This is an international centre, open to everyone, every race, nationality, and background. It is a place to learn how to free the mind from deep-seated harmful conceptions, and to live in harmony with others by putting meditation into practice in daily life.” Lama Thubten Yeshe
The Italian Buddhist Union (UBI) was founded in Milan in 1985 by the Buddhist centres of all traditions present in Italy who felt the need to unite and cooperate, as had happened in other European countries. The U.B.I. began with the aim to meet the increasing demand of Italians interested in Buddhism gain knowledge of the teachings of the Buddha according to the various traditions, to develop the relationships between the various existing centres in Italy, to establish official relations with the Italian State through the signing of the Entente, as required by Article 8 of the Constitution, and to protect the rights of the practitioners, whether they are Italian citizens or Buddhists from Asian countries and residing in our country.
Other FPMT centres in Europe:
The FPMT European Regional Office serves all FPMT centres and study groups in the European region by organising teaching tours, holding regular regional meetings, by aiming to improve and maintain communication between the centres and by providing an information portal for all those wishing to learn more about Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhist centres in Europe. There are actually 55 FPMT centres and study groups in 17 countries in the region, including monasteries, city centres, country centres, retreat centres and publishing houses…
European Buddhist Union is an international umbrella association of Buddhist organisations and national Buddhist unions in Europe. In 2008 the EBU obtained official participatory status with the Conference of International Non-Governmental Organisations at the Council of Europe.
Studybuddhism.com is an extensive source of authentic Buddhist teachings, presented in a down-to-earth and practical way. Free of charge and free of adverts, our aim is to make the wisdom of Tibet available and accessible to our modern world.
This website is the next generation of The Berzin Archives, founded in 2001 by Dr Alexander Berzin, a Buddhist teacher, translator and practitioner with more than 50 years of experience. With an international team of over 100 people, studybuddhism.com continues to grow; we add new articles, videos and audio teachings on a regular basis.
While monastic training is the focus, lay guests are also welcome to experience community life, offer service, and experience the kindness of others.