Lama Zopa Rinpoche sitting outside the cafe at Kopan Monastery, Nepal, February 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

Lama Zopa Rinpoche was at Kopan Monastery during February, between travels, and met with a number of people, including Khadro-la (Rangjung Neljorma Khandro Namsel Drönme) and a group of Chinese Sangha from Wutaishan. He gave an oral transmission to them in his room. 

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Rinpoche talking with Kopan monks outside the cafe, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, February 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

After a magnitude 6.4 earthquake with many strong aftershocks affected Hualien, Taiwan, in early February, Rinpoche requested Sangha to recite the Vajra Cutter Sutra and do prayers for Taiwan and those impacted by the earthquake.

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Lama Zopa Rinpoche during Palden Lhamo puja early on the morning of Losar, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, February 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

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On Losar, Kopan nuns taking a pinch of chemar, part of the New Year’s celebration, Kopan Monastery, Nepal, February 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

On the first day of Losar, Rinpoche joined with Kopan Sangha for Palden Lhamo puja in the early morning and then did Guru Puja. 

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Rinpoche with Ven. Pemba Sherpa, Ven. Jangsem, and Ven. Shenphen meeting the reincarnation of Trulshik Rinpoche, Tenzin Choekyi Lodoe Rinpoche, at Sitapaila on the fourth day of Losar, Nepal, February 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

Rinpoche went and visited the reincarnation of Trulshik Rinpoche on the fourth day of Losar. 

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Rinpoche with Oser Dorje Rinpoche, Kopan Monastery lower tantric college monks, and others doing prayers at Maratika Cave, Nepal, February 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.

Then Rinpoche traveled to Maratika Cave, the sacred cave associated with Padmasambhava (Guru Rinpoche) and longevity. While there Rinpoche, joined monks from Kopan and others, doing prayers and practices. Kopan’s lower tantric college monks were at Maratika reciting the Amitayus Long Life Sutra and the Guhyasamaja root text every day for Rinpoche’s long life.

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Group photo of Lama Zopa Rinpoche and Oser Dorje Rinpoche with Kopan Monastery lower tantric college monks and others at Maratika Cave, Nepal, February 2018. Photo by Ven. Lobsang Sherab.


Lama Zopa Rinpoche is the spiritual director of the Foundation for the Preservation of Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), a Tibetan Buddhist organization dedicated to the transmission of the Mahayana Buddhist tradition and values worldwide through teaching, meditation, and community service.