Born in the Solukhumbu region of Nepal, Venerable Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the reincarnation of the Lama Kunzang Yeshe, a great tantric adept who meditated for thirteen years in the cave called Lawudo, near Mt. Everest.
In his youth Rinpoche spent some years studying in Tibet until the Chinese invasion. He continued his studies in India under the care of Lama Thubten Yeshe. After meeting their first western students both lamas moved to Nepal where they established Kopan monastery and study centre. From 1974 they began to teach throughout the world and founded the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition.
After the passing of Lama Yeshe, Venerable Lama Zopa Rinpoche assumed the task of Spiritual Director of the FPMT. Lama Zopa is the Spiritual Guide of Amitabha Buddhist Centre in Singapore.