A growing mandala
The FPMT in India mandala has two urban centres, two retreat centres, translation project, and social service centres.
We are the mandala of FPMT as all the centres are in the same lineage teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, and share common beliefs in the education of Buddha Dharma.
Each center, project and service functions to achieve the FPMT mission to preserve and spread Mahayana Buddhism worldwide.
Students in the FPMT organization strive to follow the example and inspiration of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in his compassionate service to humanity. FPMT students try to serve others throughout the world with kindness and wisdom.
The centres in India would help, as Lama Yeshe would say,
That is the kindness of India as both the birth place of Buddhism which later spread to Tibet and also as a refuge for thousands of Tibetan Buddhist after the tragic event of the 1950s* .
Through the kindness of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche, FPMT Inc.,and the energy of devoted FPMT students, students of Buddhism in India are able to study and practice the Dharma in centres near them. We pray that all the wishes of our precious Rinpoche come true through the work of our divine centres.
1. Tushita Meditation Centre, Dharamkot
Established in 1972
Nestled in the hilly forest area of Dharamkot, high above Dharamshala, Tushita Meditation Centre has opened its doors to students from all around the globe, who are interested in studying Buddha Dharma since 1972. The centre offers courses in Introduction to Buddhism, courses on Lam-rim topics, and opportunities to people to practice private retreats in the topic of Buddhism.
Tushita also houses precious gompas of Medicine Buddha, Vajrasattava, and stupas and precious holy objects and items.
2. Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre, New Delhi
Established in 1979
Tushita Mahayana Meditation Centre, is an urban centre based in New Delhi, and was founded in 1979 thanks to the inspiration of Lama Thubten Yeshe, who taught and inspired many students continuously from the late sixties until his passing in away in 1984. The centre was conceived with the awoved purpose of providing a facility where students of Dharma, especially from India, could re-establish contact with Mahayana Buddhism, one of the many glorious facets of India’s great and ancient spiritual wisdom culture.
Tushita offering of programs is varied and the central aim of the centre continues to be that of providing an opportunity for sincere seekers to learn and put into practice Buddhist meditational and psychological techniques in order to develop mental and physical harmony, greater insights and compassion and above all to become better human beings with a sense of universal responsibility for this precious earth and its global family.
(Description excepted from article by Dr. Renuka Singh)
3. Root Institute for Wisdom Culture, Bodhgaya
Established in 1984
Root Institute for Wisdom Culture is a beautiful oasis of tranquility located near Bodhgaya in the north Indian state of Bihar.
Because of its vicinity to the Mahabodhi Stupa, where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment, Root Institute is a unique place for practice, contemplation and blessings. Many other sites where the Buddha meditated, taught, and resided are found throughout the local landscape, making Bodhgaya the most blessed place in the Buddhist world.
For this reason, each year during the season – October through March – Root Institute offers: pilgrimage programs, courses and retreats for beginners and advanced people alike. Students also have the opportunity to practice retreats at the centre.
Please enjoy a short film directed by Mark Israel, about Root Institute for Wisdom Culture, in Bodhgaya. It tells the story of of the birth in the mind of our Guru Kyabje Lama Yeshe, and the growth of the centre with the help of students and volunteers from around the world, under the guidance of Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
(Description excepted from article on the RIWC Website)
4. Maitri Charitable Trust, Bodhgaya
Established in 1989
MAITRI is engaged in the eradication of leprosy, the control of TB, the medical assistance and care for expecting mothers and new born babies, the life-saving assistance to malnourished small children, the promotion of awareness regarding leprosy, TB, HIV/AIDS, hygiene, and birth control, the education of children and adults in rural areas, the rehabilitation of disabled people, the provision of opportunities to women and other underprivileged persons,the promotion of a holistic development in villages, the rescuing and care of animals in Bodhgaya , India
(Description excepted from article on the MCT Website)
5. Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translation Program, Dharamshala
Established in 1996
Lotsawa Rinchen Zangpo Translator Program (LRZTP), based in Dharamshala, one of the leading schools in the formation of specialized interpreters and translators from Tibetan. It offers Tibetan language programs such as Tw0- Year Interpretation Training Program, Intensive Short Programs, Online Learning programs, and private lessons in Tibetan.
6. Maitreya Buddha Project, Kushinagar
Established in 2003
Kushinagar, located in the state of Uttar Pradesh in northern India, is one of the eight great places of Buddhist pilgrimage. Kushinagar is also the place where Maitreya Buddha Project will build a large Maitreya Buddha Statue and develop the socially impactful projects.
7. Choe Khor Sum Ling, Bangalore
Established as study group in 2003
Established as an FPMT centre in 2014
Choe Khor Sum Ling (CKSL) is a centre for the study and practice of Buddhism from the Tibetan Mahayana tradition. Choe Khor Sum Ling functioned as a study centre in Bangalore from 2003. It was registered as a Tibetan Buddhism and Meditation centre in the year 2014. CKSL is located in the South Indian city of Bangalore. They have a colourful temple which hosts lectures and courses for beginners to Buddhism as well as advanced
CKSL have a quiet colourful temple which is open for lectures and structured courses. The use of our well-stocked library of Dharma books for loan is open to all.
CKSL was founded by local students, after His Holiness the Dalai Lama requested one of His most devoted disciples, Lama Zopa Rinpoche, to support a Buddhist centre. Since then FPMT registered teachers have been coming weekly to CKSL to teach and lead our spiritual program. CKSL is now only hosting teachings and programs online.
(*) Referring to the time when many Tibetans had to flee an oppressive regime, and follow His Holiness the Dalai Lama to India seeking refuge in India.