The Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT) transmits the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through Tibetan Buddhist teachings, meditation, community service, retreat centers, and projects that preserve the tradition. FPMT is based on the Gelugpa tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as taught by our founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe and spiritual director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Atisha Centre recognises His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama as our spiritual leader. His Holiness 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 welfare of the Tibetan people, focusing on the survival of their identity, culture and religion.
The Lama Yeshe Wisdom Archive (LYWA) is the collected works of Lama Thubten Yeshe and Kyabje Lama Thubten 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. Publication of books of edited teachings for free distribution is one of the ways.
Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery is the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Australia. It is situated just up the hill from Atisha Centre and the monks contribute an integral part of our program. The monastic order is the heart of Buddhism and without monasteries the transmission of Dharma in our world would cease. By living within pure morality the sangha ensure continuity of the Buddhist doctrine, inspire others in their practice and become a cause for the peace and well being of society.
The Great Stupa of Universal Compassion is under construction on the same site as Atisha Centre. It will be the same size and design as the Great Stupa of Gyantse in Tibet which is 50 metres (164 feet) wide along each side at its base and nearly 50 metres high. This will make it the largest stupa in the Western World. A Stupa is the most sacred monument in the Buddhist world. It is a symbolic representation of the fully Enlightened mind and the path to Enlightenment. As the sacred texts are the verbal expression of the Dharma, so the Stupa is its architectural expression.
Just north of the ancient Buddhist town of Boudhanath in Nepal is the Kopan hill, rising up out of the terraced fields of the Kathmandu valley and visible for miles. Kopan is a thriving monastery of 360 monks, mainly from Nepal and Tibet, and a spiritual oasis for hundreds of visitors yearly from around the world. Nearby is Khachoe Ghakyil Ling Nunnery, home to 380 nuns. Both the monastery and the nunnery are under the spiritual guidance of Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
The members of the Loddon Campaspe Multifaith network offers the city of Greater Bendigo their common commitment to seek to live together in peace and good will. The network is a group of different religious faiths and cultural groups whose objective is to promote understanding, peace and harmony between faiths in the Loddon Campaspe region.