The disciplines practiced in Gelugpa monasteries derive from the original teachings of Buddha Sakyamuni, preserved by the scholars of the Nalanda monastery in ancient India, and later by the great practitioners of Tibet.

Lama Tsongkhapa, who lived in Tibet in the 14th century, was renowned for his wisdom and the perfection of his practice. His legacy has been passed on through a lineage of highly accomplished Buddhist practitioners of the Gelug school, one of the four schools of the Tibetan Mahayana Buddhist tradition.

All four schools include the study and practice of both sutras and tantras.

The most elderly by ordination of the monks and nuns who are part of Sangha Onlus have received teachings from many Tibetan masters, including: His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama; senior teacher Kyabje Yongzin Ling Rinpoche; Kyabje Serkong Tsenshab Rinpoche, Kyabje Zong Rinpoche; the founders of the FPMT, Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche; the past resident masters of the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute, Geshe Yeshe Tobden, Geshe Ciampa Ghiatso and Khensur Ciampa Tegciok and the current resident masters, Geshe Tenzin Tenphel and Geshe Jampa Gelek.

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Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Ghiatso was born on July 6, 1935 into a peasant family in the small village of Taktser in northeastern Tibet. At the age of two he was recognized as the reincarnation of his predecessor, the 13th Dalai Lama.

The Dalai Lamas are the manifestations of the Compassionate Buddha, who chose to take rebirth to serve humanity. Dalai Lama means Ocean of Wisdom. Tibetans normally refer to His Holiness as Yeshe Norbu, the wish-fulfilling gem or simply Kundun, the Presence.
On June 13, 2014, during his visit to Italy, His Holiness blessed the site of our monastery.

To learn more about the Dalai Lama and his activities, visit the official website

“I pray for a friendlier, more supportive and more understanding human family on this planet. To all those who do not love suffering, who care about lasting happiness. This is my heartfelt appeal. "

Lama Yeshe

Lama Thubten Yeshe was born in Tibet in 1935, he was recognized as the reincarnation of an important abbess of a convent in southern Tibet. 

In 1959, while studying at Sera Jey Monastic University in Tibet, he was forced to flee to India due to the Chinese invasion. Like many of his countrymen, he was placed in the Buxa refugee camp, where he continued his studies. There he had as disciple Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche, with whom he would later create the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT). 

He was one of the first lamas to teach Westerners and his way of communicating was simply unique. When he taught he had the ability to raise the minds of those present. Even today, if you see a video of his, listen to the tapes of his teachings or read the transcripts, one cannot fail to be impressed. His qualities of love, compassion and wisdom have been such that he has been able to care for thousands upon thousands of disciples and establish dozens of Dharma centers. 

His reincarnation, Tenzin Osel Hita, was born to Spanish parents in February 1985.

"If your path teaches you to act and exercise correctly and leads to spiritual realizations like love, compassion and wisdom, then obviously it's worth it."

Lama Zopa Rinpoche

Lama Thubten Zopa Rinpoche was born in Thami, Nepal, in 1946. At the age of three he was recognized as the reincarnation of the Lawudo Lama, who had lived in that place, from which it was possible to see Rinpoche's house in Thami. all his life.

Lama Zopa himself will describe his early life in the book The Door of Satisfaction (2004 Wisdom Publications). At the age of ten, Rinpoche went to Tibet to study and meditate in the monastery of Domo Geshe Rinpoche near Pagri, until the Chinese occupation, in 1959, forced him to leave Tibet to seek safe refuge in Bhutan. .

Rinpoche then went to the Tibetan refugee camp in Buxa Duar, West Bengal, India, where he met Lama Yeshe, who became his main teacher. The two Lamas went to Nepal in 1967 where, in the following years, they built the monasteries of Kopan and Lawudo.

In 1971 Lama Zopa held his first annual retreat course on the Lam Rim (Gradual Path of Enlightenment), which still continues to be led from Rinpoche to Kopan. In 1974 he began traveling the world with Lama Yeshe, giving teachings in the various Dharma centers that they were both founding.

When Lama Yeshe died in 1984, Rinpoche became the spiritual guide of the FPMT, which continued to flourish under his unrivaled leadership.

"Real happiness in life begins when you start loving others."

Geshe Jampa Gyatso

Geshe Ciampa Ghiatso, known affectionately at the Lama Tzong Khapa Institute as Geshe-la, was born into a nomadic family in Tibet. During his studies at Sera Je monastery, Geshe-la soon became friends with another young monk named Thubten Yeshe (later founder of the FPMT).

A few years later, after engaging in various Buddhist research and study projects, Geshe-la received a letter from his old friend Lama Yeshe asking him to travel to the West to teach. In 1980, after a brief period of teaching Westerners at the Kopan Monastery in Nepal, Geshe-la arrived at the Lama Tsong Khapa Institute, where he remained as a resident teacher until his death in November 2007. Geshe-la was for several years abbot of the monastery of Nalanda in France and first abbot of the monastic community of Pomaia as well as active inspirer of the Sangha Onlus association.

"In the minds of human beings, love is innately present."

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